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Review: Xiaomi 11T Pro

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Xiaomi launched a series of new smartphones on the regional market including the 11 Lite 5G NE, the 11T, and the 11T Pro. We reviewed the Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE a couple of weeks ago and today we are deep-diving into the 11T Pro. The phone, which comes with a tag line “cinematic powerhouse” is aimed at content creators.

DESIGN
The Xiaomi 11T Pro is not a spec-upgrade smartphone over the Xiaomi Mi 11, as many might think. There are lots of differences between the two, the first being the rear case. While the Mi 11 featured a glass back, the Xiaomi 11T Pro comes with a polycarbonate finish. It is also a bit wider in size – measuring 76.9mm in width, the 11T Pro is 2.3mm wider than the Mi 11 and Mi 11 Ultra.

The phone is also a bit heavy at 204-gms. By comparison, the Xiaomi Mi 11 weighs 196-gms. The phone does have a lot of heft to it and is a bit bulky to carry around, considering all the latest mid and high-end smartphones on the market have emphasised sleekness. Xiaomi has also added a splash-proof IP53 rating to the 11T Pro.

On the front, you get a 6.67-inch FHD+ AMOLED screen with a 120Hz refresh rate and Dolby Vision, with thin bezels and a centered cutout for the front camera module. The screen is also protected by Corning Gorilla Glass Victus.

On the right edge, you will find the volume rockers and the power button which has the fingerprint scanner built-in. On the top edge, you got the noise-cancelling microphone and a stereo speaker grille. On the bottom edge, you get the dual SIM slot, a noise-cancelling microphone, the USB-C port, and the secondary stereo speaker grille. The left edge is empty.

CAMERAS
On the top of the display, you will find the 16MP front shooter that offers an aperture of f/2.5. On the rear of the device, you will find the triple camera module. This includes the main (26mm) 108-megapixel camera that offers an aperture of f/1.8 aperture and phase detection autofocus (PDAF), an 8MP wide-angle (13mm) lens offering an aperture of f/2.2, and a 5MP telemacro (50mm) lens offering an aperture of f/2.4.

HARDWARE, SOFTWARE, AND CHARGING
Inside, the phone derives its power from a Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor, coupled with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage space. It runs the Android 11 operating system with MIUI 12.5 running on top of it.

The overall user interface is quite familiar and clean, with minimum bloatware. The phone also comes with a huge 5,000mAh battery. What, however, sets the Xiaomi 11T Pro from everything else on the market is charging. This device supports 120W USB-C wired charging that, in our tests, whizzed all the way from zero to 100% in less than 20 minutes. That is quite a feat!

PERFORMANCE
In terms of performance, the Xiaomi 11T Pro blazes through everything you throw at it. You will now notice any performance hiccups in operation. The phone unlocks in the blink of an eye, juggles applications without any fuss, and runs high frame-rate games on the Google Play store – such as Alto’s Adventure and Call of Duty Mobile – without a hitch.

In terms of the camera’s performance, the Xiaomi 11T Pro shines throughout. Xiaomi uses 12-to-1 pixel binning to deliver a 12MP photo with the 108MP sensor, and there’s also a full-res mode. The 11T Pro also gets the ability to shoot 8K at 30fps, and 4K at 60fps. There’s also an Audio Zoom mode that enhances the audio from the subject in focus.

The 108MP sensor takes some really good images in daylight with plenty of details and good dynamic range. As for low-light shots, there’s a night mode that automatically jumps in most of the time, and it does a good job minimising noise from the images. There are a few camera features missing such as optical image stabilisation. However, given the price, the Xiaomi 11T Pro will come across as a value for money smartphone.

VERDICT
The Xiaomi 11T Pro ticks many of the boxes you would look for, in a higher mid-range smartphone. It comes with an impressive 120W super-charging capability, very good camera module, solid specs, and good performance, all at a pocket-friendly price of AED 2399.

Price: AED 2399

Xiaomi 11T Pro AED 2399
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3.5

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In terms of performance, the Xiaomi 11T Pro blazes through everything you throw at it. You will now notice any performance hiccups in operation. The phone unlocks in the blink of an eye, juggles applications without any fuss, and runs high frame-rate games on the Google Play store – such as Alto’s Adventure and Call of Duty Mobile – without a hitch.

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Review: Huawei MateBook 14s

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Huawei has been churning out one awesome laptop after another in quick succession. We recently reviewed the company’s brilliant MateBook 14 which offered a 2K eye-comfort full-view display and metal unibody, 11th Gen Intel Processor, super device features, up to 16GB RAM+512GB SSD ROM, long battery life, and 65W SuperCharge and Shark-fin cooling fan tech. And today, we are reviewing the new 14s, which was launched a couple of weeks ago, and comes in at a price point starting at AED 5,299.

Huawei has used aluminium-alloy to construct the MateBook 14s and it comes in two colour variants – Space Gray and Spruce Green. The MateBook 14s packs in lots of features – it offers a 2.5K HD Huawei Fullview touch Display that offers a 90hz refresh rate and a 90% screen-to-body ratio. It also offers a 100% sRGB (typical) colour gamut.

The display of the MateBook 14s can also render 1.07 billion colours to show vibrant colours and smooth transition, and the aspect ratio is rated at 3:2. The display is also certified by TÜV Rheinland for low blue light for improved eye protection with zero colour cast. It is also TÜV Rheinland Flicker Free Certified. The display can also automatically adjust the brightness to fit every situation.

The MateBook 14 also offers a new keyboard layout. And unlike the MateBook 14, where the web camera was built into the keyboard as a popup camera, this time around, the web camera has moved to the top center of the display. The overall footprint of the laptop is quite compact.

Huawei packs in a 14-inch display into a slim bezel with the overall weight of the laptop tipping the scales at 1.43-kgs. In terms of connectivity, you get plenty!

On the left edge, you will find two USB-C ports that support data, charging, and DisplayPort. In addition, you also get one HDMI port, and a 3.5mm audio jack. On the right edge, you get one USB3.2 Gen 1 port.

As mentioned earlier, the web camera, which offers a resolution of 720p, is now built into the top center area above the display. Under the hood, the MateBook 14s variant we received was powered by Intel’s Core i7-11370H processor. There is also a variant that runs on Intel’s Core i5-11300H processor. You also get Intel Iris Xe Graphics.

In terms of memory, you get to choose between 8GB or 16GB LPDDR4x Dual Channel, while storage options include either 512GB or 1TB NVMe PCIe SSD. The battery is rated at 60Wh and Huawei packs in a 90W supercharger, too. When it comes to wireless connectivity, the Huawei MateBook 14s supports IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax, and Bluetooth 5.1.

The full-size keyboard is quite nice to use – it offers a 1.5mm key travel and it is backlit, too. The touchpad support multi-touch and you also get Huawei Share built-in. The power button also comes with a built-in fingerprint reader for added security. The laptop is equipped with four speakers and four microphones.

The Huawei MateBook 14s runs on Windows 10 operating system and you will be able to upgrade to Windows 11.

Since the Huawei MateBook 14s is part of the company’s Super Device, multi-screen collaboration between your laptop and smartphone is seamless. Just tap your phone on the touch board, and your Huawei smartphone and the MateBook will transform into one super device even without an internet connection. By this, you will be able to transfer to and from your smartphone to your MateBook with ease.

You can also take advantage of the PC and tablet multi-screen collaboration feature. If you own a Huawei MatePad 11 or a MatePad Pro, you can use the multi-screen collaboration feature in three different scenarios. In Mirror Mode, you can mirror the Huawei MateBook 14s screen to a tablet’s display, thus allowing you to directly work on files and annotate documents, or draw/sketch with the Huawei M Pencil of the tablet.

In Extend Mode, you can transform your Huawei MatePad Pro into a second screen, providing extra screen space to display more content. This can be very useful for online shopping or when you are browsing the internet and there are so many items to explore. The Collaborate Mode enables cross-platform interactions, allowing you to transfer content such as text, images, and documents between connected devices with a simple drag and drop.

The laptop also supports Pop Up Pairing which can be used for seamless pairing between your Huawei MateBook 14s and your Huawei wireless earbuds such as Freebuds 4, Freebuds 4i, and Freebuds Pro. As mentioned earlier, the MateBook 14s comes with a high capacity 60Wh battery. According to Huawei, you get around 13 hours of continuous 1080p video playback on a single charge.

And since the MateBook 14s also comes with a nifty 90W power adapter, you can get up to 3 hours of battery life with just a 15-minute charge. During our review, we clocked almost 12 hours of battery life on a single charge, which is excellent. Another stand-out feature of the MateBook 14s is the “Personal Voice Enhancement” function. This feature filters out your surrounding ambient noises and other people’s voices during meetings and calls, to ensure you’re always crystal clear.

The Huawei MateBook 14s is a very powerful device considering it packs in an H-series i7 processor and 16GB of RAM. Even though it offers a tiny footprint, it can easily handle graphics-heavy workloads such as rendering videos on applications such as DaVinci Resolve, and even the occasional gaming sessions.

If you are one of those who want stellar performance but don’t want to lug around a heavy laptop, then the Huawei MateBook 14s is just for you.

Price: AED 5299 onwards

Huawei MateBook 14s AED 5299 onwards
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4

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Since the Huawei MateBook 14s is part of the company’s Super Device, multi-screen collaboration between your laptop and smartphone is seamless. Just tap your phone on the touch board, and your Huawei smartphone and the MateBook will transform into one super device even without an internet connection. By this, you will be able to transfer to and from your smartphone to your MateBook with ease.

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RYSE Launches SmartShade

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RYSE has launched its SmartShades – a motorised shade. The company claims that it is the only retrofit solution, meaning it can be set up on any window shade already installed in your home, office, hotel room, or anywhere. The device involves a Chain-Drive system, in which the motor is mounted on the window frame and controls the chains or cords of your window shade. The idea is surprisingly simple – the motor essentially acts as a pulley system for your window shade.

Installation takes a matter of minutes. In 3 easy steps, you can transform your cord-controlled shades into motorised ones. All you have to do is install the mounting bracket on the window frame, loop the chain/cords through the cogwheel, and snap the device onto the bracket to tighten the chain/cord – that’s it. You can then program the SmartShade to lock the top and bottom positions into memory.

This motor is guaranteed to lift your window shade, regardless of its size or weight. How is this possible? This is because the clutch that already comes with your window shade helps reduce the required force needed to pull. While you can power the RYSE SmartShade with an AC Plug into the wall outlet, many of the company’s partners, including hotels and commercial office space, wanted a sleek clean look that is wire-free.

So the company created a removable, rechargeable battery pack that can last up to a staggering 9 months on a single charge, and you can simply recharge the pack via USB.

Control your shades via the buttons on the device or with our mobile app, where you can even create schedules – you can have them set up to rise at 7 am to help me wake up to natural sunlight, and close at 8 pm to give you privacy. Or integrate with Google Home, Amazon Alexa, or Apple HomeKit and control your shades by saying a few simple words. “Hey Google, open my window shades!”

Forget paying thousands of dollars per window just to have Smart Shades. RYSE SmartShade retails for only $149 – a fraction of the cost of competing solutions in the marketplace today.

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Panasonic Intros 4-in-1 Healthy Air Frying Convection Microwave Ovens

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Panasonic Marketing Middle East & Africa has announced the launch of its new 27L healthy air frying convection microwave ovens in the region, expanding its Home-Made Goodness range of kitchen appliances that make food preparation easier than ever, allowing you to be creative and serve fresh gourmet meals with minimal effort. With a variety of user-friendly programs, the CD67 and CT65 are perfect for health-conscious cooks as zero oil is required when cooking with the healthy air frying auto menus.

The air frying function works with advanced and powerful heating innovations so foods are cooked crispy on the outside and juicy and succulent on the inside which may be a healthier alternative to traditional deep-fried foods.

Just like their predecessors, the 4-in-1 models combine Microwave, Grill, and Convection which work together to provide the optimal cooking method to ensure delicious results every time in one compact kitchen appliance, catering to today’s increasingly busy lifestyle. These functions allow consumers to prepare a variety of dishes, from everyday meals to full party repertoire and specialty cuisine, without the trouble of using multiple pans, pots, cooking utensils, and oil.

The new models also feature the healthy re-bake bread auto menus allowing you to recreate the delicious taste of freshly baked croissants and Arabic bread at home. The 4-in-1 Convection Oven comes with a selection of automatic menus that eliminate the need to calculate the cooking time required or repeated checking while it is cooked. The CD67 has 131 easy-to-use pre-programmed auto-cook options, while the CT65 offers 101 auto-cook menus.

Katsuki Nishimura – Manager, Appliances – PMMAF said, “The products in our Home-Made Goodness range have been designed to redefine home cooking by offering convenience and healthy eating. These new models are the result of more than three decades of experience in developing microwave cooking technology and are perfect for busy and bigger local families. From simple one-touch reheating options to a wide cooking space and multiple programmes they can cook diverse meals for the whole family. These Japanese-made kitchen appliances are the perfect companion when it comes to preparing à la carte meals for the fast-food loving school-age children or when you are running late for the office. The versatile microwave ovens are just the right fit for busy households where healthy and convenient cooking is key.”

Crispy fried chicken, potato chips, and nuggets are among the nibbles everyone craves. However, large amounts of oil are usually used in their preparation, which is not exactly conducive to good health. The Healthy Air Frying function, on the other hand, circulates hot air at high speed around the food to prepare crispy and juicy dishes that can be a healthier alternative to traditional deep-frying.

Moreover, the stainless-steel interior makes cleaning the oven easy, while the compact design adds a stylish touch to any kitchen while making effective use of kitchen space. The ovens offer enough room to fit a 315 mm wide tray, large enough to prepare a meal for the whole family.

The newly launched models will be available in the UAE and Kuwait from mid-November, meanwhile, customers in Oman, Qatar, Iraq, and Pakistan can buy them in stores from December.

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