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Review: Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE

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So, way back in June 2021, we reviewed Xiaomi’s Mi 11 Lite smartphone, which was available for a price of AED 999. A couple of weeks ago, the company also announced the new Mi 11 Lite 5G NE… NE, for New Edition. This one is powered by a completely different chipset but comes with similar features seen on the original Mi 11 Lite.

The reason why brands relaunch their existing smartphones under a different model name is due to a shortage of chipsets. So, when companies run out of chipsets, they usually tend to relaunch their phones under a different model number, powered by a different chipset, but with similar feature sets.

However, that does not mean the performance is similar. Nope. In fact, the performance of the phone, its cameras, and overall UI may vary, sometimes for the better. That is the case here with the Mi 11 Lite 5G NE. This one comes with 5G capabilities and the phone and its cameras’ performance has improved a lot – we can say that after using the phone for a whole week at the region’s largest IT extravaganza, GITEX Global 2021.

In terms of the design, both the Mi 11 Lite and the Mi 11 Lite 5G NE are very identical. The phone is quite sleek, measuring 6.81mm in thickness and it weighs just 158g. On the right edge of the device, you will find the volume rockers and the power button which also doubles up as the fingerprint scanner.

The left edge is flush, while on the top edge, you will find the dual noise-cancelling microphones. On the bottom edge, you will find the dual SIM tray which also offers space for either a second SIM or a microSD card to expand its internal storage space. There is also a USB-C charging port, a noise-cancelling microphone, and a speaker grille.

Sample 1: Indoor Shot

The phone does come with a stereo speaker setup, with the earpiece acting as a second speaker. On the front, you get a 6.55-inch 10 bit AMOLED display, that offers a Full HD+ resolution. The display supports a refresh rate of 90Hz and Dolby Vision HDR10+. The display is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5 and you also get IP53 dust and water protection on the Mi 11 Lite 5G NE.

Sample 2: Indoor Shot

Turn the phone around and you come face to face with the triple camera module. Now, this includes a 64MP main camera with an aperture of f/1.79, an 8MP ultra-wide-angle camera with an aperture of f/2.2, and a 5MP telemacro camera with an aperture of f/2.4.

Sample 3: Outdoor Shot

The phone also comes with a 4250mAh battery that supports 33W fast charging. In our battery life tests, it did manage to impress us. It offered a bit more than a day’s worth of battery life before it needed recharging, which isn’t a task, thanks to the 33W Super Charger bundled with the phone. We were able to charge from 0% to 60% in about 30 minutes.

Under the hood, the phone is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G processor. You also get 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage space, which can be further expanded, by inserting a microSD card of up to 1TB of storage space, into one of the compartments of the dual SIM slot. There are also two other variants of this phone – one with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, and the other with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage.

Sample 4: Indoor Shot

In terms of software, the phone runs on the Android 11 operating system with MIUI 12.5 running on top of it. Inside the box, you get the Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE, a 33W fast charger, a USB Type-C cable, a clear protective case, a SIM ejector tool, and the quick start guide. The phone is available in four different colour options including Bubblegum Blue (our review unit), Truffle Black, Snowflake White, and Peach Pink.

The overall performance was excellent. The phone runs butter smooth and gaming sessions were lag- and jitter-free. Camera performance is also on point. We were able to take some amazing shots, both indoors and outdoors, and we were pleased with the overall quality of photos and videos.

For a price of AED 1399, the Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G NE sounds like a very good investment. The phone also comes with a free Mi True Wireless Earphones 2 Basic. If you are on the market for an affordable 5G smartphone, that offers great features, excellent UI, and outstanding camera performance, the Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G NE will not disappoint.

Price: AED 1399 onwards

Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE AED 1399 onwards
  • Final Rating
3.5

Summary

Under the hood, the phone is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G processor. You also get 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage space, which can be further expanded, by inserting a microSD card of up to 1TB of storage space, into one of the compartments of the dual SIM slot. There are also two other variants of this phone – one with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, and the other with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage.

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TOZO HT2 ANC Wireless Headphones Review: Affordable Excellence in Sound and Comfort

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At Gadget Voize, we’ve previously reviewed a couple of TOZO audio products such as the Golden X1 Wireless Earbuds and the Open Buds. Both offered commendable build and sound quality at a reasonable price.

Recently, we had the opportunity to test the new HT2 Hybrid Active Noise Cancelling Wireless Headphones from TOZO. These over-the-ear Bluetooth headphones deliver quality sound, active noise cancellation (ANC), and equalizer (EQ).

What’s in the Box?
The package includes the TOZO HT2 Hybrid ANC Wireless Headphones, a 3.5mm analogue audio cable, a charging cable, a quick start guide, and a user manual.

Design and Comfort
The review unit we received was black with a matte finish. The headset is primarily made of polycarbonate materials, with the glossy TOZO logo offering a striking contrast against the matte backdrop.

The HT2 features an adjustable band with a brushed metal finish, allowing you to customise the fit. The right ear cup houses the power and volume buttons at the back, and the noise cancellation button at the front. Additionally, an audio port and a USB Type-C charging port are located at the bottom of the right ear cup, providing flexibility for wired or Bluetooth connections.

The headphones are extremely comfortable for prolonged use. The notably soft earmuffs enhance the overall comfort. The plastic build contributes to a lightweight design, making them an ideal travel companion.

Review of the TOZO Golden X1 Wireless Earbuds in the UAE

Sound Quality
The TOZO HT2 headphones offer a very good sound quality, characterised by deep bass, clear mids, and sharp highs. Although they might not meet the high standards of audiophiles, they provide a good sound signature, with a strong soundstage, and powerful bass response.

One of the standout features of the TOZO HT2 is the customisable EQ, available through the TOZO app. The app offers 16 EQ sound profiles, allowing you to adjust the sound to your preference. This feature is particularly beneficial for those who appreciate a personalised audio experience.

The TOZO HT2 comes with Hybrid Active Noise Cancellation (ANC), which effectively minimises low-frequency noise. While it may not be top-tier, the ANC is adequate and does a good job of blocking external noise.

Connectivity
The HT2 is equipped with Bluetooth 5.3, offering a reliable range of up to 10 meters. Beyond that range, the audio may start to stutter. The headphones also come with a built-in microphone. During testing, the call quality was quite good for a headset of this type. It’s also worth noting that the HT2 can connect to multiple devices simultaneously.

Battery Life
The TOZO HT2 headphones come with a 500mAh battery. At default settings with 50% volume, these headphones offer an impressive playback time of up to 60 hours without the Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) feature.

Review: TOZO Open Buds

However, when ANC is enabled, the playback time decreases to around 40 hours under the same conditions. Such extensive battery life is remarkable, especially considering the price point at which the HT2 is available.

Verdict
The TOZO HT2 headphones deliver great value for their cost. They offer commendable sound quality, adjustable EQ settings, satisfactory noise cancellation, and a comfortable design. Whether you’re a budget-conscious audiophile or a casual listener, the TOZO HT2 headphones make for a reliable choice.

Price: $50

TOZO HT2 ANC Wireless Headphones $50
  • Final Rating
4

Summary

The headphones are extremely comfortable for prolonged use. The notably soft earmuffs enhance the overall comfort. The plastic build contributes to a lightweight design, making them an ideal travel companion.

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Review: Sennheiser AMBEO Soundbar Mini

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The Sennheiser AMBEO Soundbar Mini is a compact yet powerful soundbar, offering an expansive and meticulously detailed audio experience. The AMBEO Mini is also the most compact device in Sennheiser’s AMBEO soundbar lineup. Even though its small in stature, it goes head-to-head with some of its larger counterparts, by delivering an impressive audio performance.

Design and Build Quality
Although the design of the AMBEO Soundbar Mini is similar to some of the soundbars out there in the market, it distinguishes itself through subtle design changes. Sennheiser has chosen to feature illuminated (dimming-capable) AMBEO branding on the front right-hand corner. Furthermore, the top panel of the mini slopes gently from back to front, while the sides are enveloped in fabric, ensuring a cohesive aesthetic throughout.

On the top of the soundbar, you will find the controls for volume adjustment, Bluetooth connectivity, input selection, playback management, and microphone muting. There’s also a white light strip that lengthens progressively from left to right as volume levels increase, providing a nice visual touch.

Features and Specs
The soundbar offers an audio output of 250 watts and boasts a frequency response ranging from 43Hz to 20kHz. It also comes packed with four 1.6-inch full-range drivers, with two oriented forward and an additional pair situated at the ends, slightly angled outward for optimal dispersion. Positioned near the center of the soundbar are two four-inch woofers, facing upward to deliver immersive bass performance.

Complementing these drivers are six class D amplifiers, collectively capable of delivering 250 watts of power, ensuring a brilliant audio reproduction. Furthermore, the soundbar features four far-field microphones responsible for room calibration; it’s essential to ensure these microphones are unmuted before initiating the calibration process for optimal results. However, the soundbar’s connectivity options are limited to a single HDMI port, which may be a potential drawback for some users.

However, the AMBEO Soundbar Mini’s wireless connectivity makes up for the limitations in wired connectivity. Wireless connectivity options include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and Apple AirPlay 2, thus offering seamless audio playback. The soundbar also integrates with popular streaming services such as Spotify Connect to enhance the overall user experience. Sennheiser’s dedicated app further enhances convenience by incorporating built-in media player controls, allowing you to stream to and manage the soundbar effortlessly from a single, centralised platform.

Performance
In terms of audio performance, the AMBEO Soundbar Mini offers an awesome overall audio experience by creating an immersive soundstage that includes outstanding detail and clarity, irrespective of what content you play on it. It excels in delivering exceptional audio performance, particularly in smaller environments. However, its effectiveness diminishes in larger spaces, particularly when attempting to replicate a 7.1.4 simulated surround sound experience.

This limitation becomes evident when one considers the Mini’s power output, which is capped at 250W. Meanwhile, the bass output of the Mini is impressively balanced, complementing the intricate details present throughout the sound profile. The delivery of impactful low-frequency effects is missing, however, which is crucial for enhancing the immersive cinematic experience. The absence of thunderous thuds, booming effects, and rumbling vibrations, that can elevate the overall movie-watching experience, is sadly missing.

Verdict
The Sennheiser AMBEO Soundbar Mini stands as a testament to compact soundbar excellence, offering a brilliant audio performance within its diminutive form factor. It is ideal for those seeking a balance between size and sonic prowess since it excels in delivering superior sound quality and sleek design aesthetics. Despite its premium price tag and the absence of certain features found in competing models, the AMBEO Soundbar Mini comes across as an interesting choice for those who prioritise audio performance and space-saving design.

Price: AED 3300

Sennheiser AMBEO Soundbar Mini AED 3300
  • Final Rating
3.5

Summary

The soundbar offers an audio output of 250 watts and boasts a frequency response ranging from 43Hz to 20kHz. It also comes packed with four 1.6-inch full-range drivers, with two oriented forward and an additional pair situated at the ends, slightly angled outward for optimal dispersion.

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HONOR Magic V2 Review: Redefining Foldable Excellence

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The HONOR Magic V2 has emerged as a groundbreaking foldable smartphone, marking the third generation of excellence from Honor and surpassing its predecessor, the Honor Magic Vs. The V2 represents a milestone in foldable design, seamlessly marrying A+ hardware with a slender profile and exceptional battery life. HONOR sent us a review unit before the official regional launch for a quick test drive – so, here’s our review.

Design and Display
The HONOR Magic V2 impresses with its thin and lightweight profile. It’s the first foldable device to dip below 10mm in thickness and boasts a footprint even smaller than most smartphones out there in the market. The Magic V2 measures just 4.7mm thick when unfolded and 9.9mm thick when folded.

Once unfolded, you come face to face with a vivid, eye-friendly display with support for up to a 120Hz refresh rate, providing an immersive visual experience. The inner unfolded screen measures 7.92 inches, while the external folded screen measures 6.43 inches. The aspect ratio of the inner screen is rated at 9.78:9, while the external screen is rated at 20:9.

With a maximum brightness of 1600nits and a cover display claiming an impressive 2500nits, both LTPO OLEDs deliver stunning visuals and feature 3840Hz PWM dimming. When it comes to the resolution, the inner screen offers 2344-by-2156 pixels, with the external screen boasting 2376-by-1060 pixels.

Performance
Under the hood, the HONOR Magic V2 houses a powerhouse of technology. The Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset and 16GB of RAM work in tandem to provide swift and responsive performance across various applications. Multitasking feels seamless, and resource-intensive tasks are handled with ease.

If you are into mobile gaming, you will appreciate the device’s prowess in delivering smooth graphics and lag-free gameplay. The optimisation of both hardware and software contributes to a device that can keep up with the demands of modern, resource-hungry applications. In terms of storage, you can choose between either 256GB or 512GB.

Camera
On the rear, the camera setup impresses with two 50MP modules for the main and ultrawide lenses, accompanied by a new 20MP telephoto lens offering 2.5x zoom. Completing the photography experience is a 16MP selfie camera that offers an aperture of f/2.2. , one per display. Both the front and rear cameras support capturing 4K videos.

In well-lit conditions, the camera captures intricate details with sharpness and clarity. The low-light performance is commendable, thanks to the excellent pairing of the hardware with the software elements. The inclusion of various shooting modes and AI enhancements adds a layer of creativity to your photography endeavours.

The front-facing camera doesn’t lag, ensuring your selfies are equally captivating. Whether you’re a photography enthusiast or someone who simply wants to capture life’s moments, the HONOR Magic V2’s camera system is likely to meet your expectations, as seen in the samples below:

Software
The user interface is the bridge between the user and the device, and the HONOR Magic V2 packs in a seamless and intuitive interface. Running on MagicOS 7.2, which is based on Android 13, the device benefits from the latest features, security patches, and overall system improvements.

You also get a boatload of customisation features and uniqueness to the overall user experience. Navigating through the device feels intuitive, and the learning curve for new users is minimal. Having said that, however, there is room for improvement, and refinements could enhance the overall software experience.

Battery Life
A smartphone’s effectiveness is heavily reliant on its ability to stay powered throughout the day, and the HONOR Magic V2 addresses this with a 5000 mAh battery. The optimisation of the device’s hardware and software ensures that you can navigate through your day without constantly worrying about running out of battery.

The V2 also supports HONOR 66W SuperCharge, which further enhances the device’s practicality. Whether you’re in a rush in the morning or need a quick top-up between meetings, the HONOR Magic V2’s fast-charging feature proves to be a valuable asset.

Verdict
The HONOR Magic V2 marks a significant achievement in foldable design, presenting an exceptional phone with a captivating display housed within an impressively slim form factor. Despite lacking wireless charging and an IP rating, the Magic V2 emerges as a promising device that boldly ventures beyond the conventional boundaries of foldable smartphones.

Its technological strides suggest a potential lead over similar devices in the market, establishing itself as a pioneering device at the forefront of innovation within the foldable smartphone landscape. The HONOR Magic V2 comes across as Highly Recommended!

Price: AED 7000 approx.

HONOR Magic V2 AED 7000 approx.
  • HONOR Magic V2
4

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Under the hood, the HONOR Magic V2 houses a powerhouse of technology. The Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset and 16GB of RAM work in tandem to provide swift and responsive performance across various applications. Multitasking feels seamless, and resource-intensive tasks are handled with ease.

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