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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.

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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
  • Final Rating
3.5

Summary

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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HONOR Unveils AI-Powered HONOR 200 Series at Dubai Launch Event

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HONOR unveiled its highly anticipated HONOR 200 Series at a spectacular launch event recently. The series boasts two new smartphones, the HONOR 200 Pro and HONOR 200, designed to revolutionize smartphone photography with advanced AI features.

The launch event, themed “HONOR AI World,” showcased the power of AI in portrait photography. Guests experienced interactive zones and a dedicated shooting booth, highlighting the HONOR 200 Series’ innovative camera capabilities. HONOR executives highlighted the brand’s impressive regional growth, boasting a 154% year-over-year revenue surge in 2023 and a strong 90% growth in the first half of 2024. Notably, the premium segment witnessed a remarkable 544% growth, reflecting HONOR’s strategic expansion and growing consumer preference.

The event also featured Dr. Ghalib Al Shammari, Chairman of The Saudi Society for Artificial Intelligence and Smart Systems. He shared his vision for AI’s transformative impact on society, aligning perfectly with HONOR’s mission to create a new intelligent world.

Features of the HONOR 200 Series include:

  1. Triple 50MP AI Portrait Camera: Capture exceptional detail and clarity with a powerful camera system featuring three 50MP lenses (main, telephoto, and selfie).
  2. Blazing-Fast Charging: The HONOR 200 Pro boasts the revolutionary 100W HONOR SuperCharge, allowing a full charge in just 41 minutes. Additionally, the Pro version offers 66W Wireless HONOR SuperCharge for ultimate convenience.
  3. Unmatched Performance: Equipped with the cutting-edge Snapdragon 8s Gen 3 AI Chipset, the HONOR 200 Series delivers seamless graphics and real-time responsiveness.
  4. Intelligent User Experience: MagicOS 8.0 empowers users with a range of AI-powered features, including AI-empowered Magic Portal, Magic Capsule, and Magic Ring (on the Pro version) for streamlined digital interactions.
  5. Eye-Catching Design and Comfort: The HONOR 200 Pro features a sleek, nature-inspired design and comes in three stunning colours: Ocean Cyan, Moonlight White, and Black. Additionally, the HONOR 200 boasts a 0-Risk AI Eye Comfort Display, minimizing eye strain with advanced technologies.
  6. Powerful New Tablet: HONOR also showcased its latest tablet during the event, featuring a large 11-inch display, long-lasting battery, and ample storage.

The HONOR 200 Pro is available for pre-order at AED 2499 with exciting free gifts worth AED 1696, including a HONOR CHOICE Watch, Earbuds, Backpack, and 12-month screen protection. The HONOR 200 comes in Moonlight White, Emerald Green, and Black, with prices starting at AED 1599 (12GB+256GB version). Purchases include free gifts worth AED 1496, including HONOR CHOICE Earbuds, MOECEN Band, Backpack, and 12-month screen protection.

This launch marks a significant step forward for HONOR, solidifying its position as a leader in AI-powered smartphone technology.

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Sonos Ace Headphones Review: A Stylish Entry with Excellent Performance

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Sonos, the renowned home audio brand, took a bold step into the world of personal audio by introducing the Sonos Ace headphones. This premium, over-ear wireless headphones boast a sleek design, active noise cancellation (ANC), and the promise of signature Sonos sound.

Design and Comfort
Sonos doesn’t disappoint when it comes to aesthetics. The Ace headphones exude a minimalist elegance. Available in black and soft white, they feature a matte finish with metallic accents. The build quality feels substantial, with a mix of plush memory foam earcups and a sturdy, lightweight frame. These headphones are comfortable to wear for extended periods, thanks to the generous earcup padding and a well-distributed weight balance.

Controls and Functionality
Sonos opts for physical buttons over the now-commonplace touch controls. A multi-function “Content Key” on the right earcup handles playback, volume, and track skipping. A separate button cycles through ANC modes and voice assistant activation. The buttons offer a satisfying tactile response, a welcome change from the finicky nature of touch controls.

The Sonos app, though not as feature-rich as some competitors’ offerings, provides basic controls such as ANC adjustments and a five-band EQ, which allows for some sound customisation. One notable feature is multipoint Bluetooth connectivity, allowing you to connect to two devices simultaneously. This is a convenient feature for users who switch frequently between phones and laptops.

Sound Quality
The Sonos Ace delivers a pleasant listening experience. The sound signature leans towards the warm side, with a satisfying bass presence without overwhelming the mids and highs. The instruments are well-defined, and the vocals come through clearly. For audiophiles, the Sonos Ace offers an outstanding soundstage.

The ANC is excellent, effectively blocking out low-frequency noise such as aeroplane hum and traffic rumble. Call quality is also very good, with the built-in microphones doing an adequate job of picking up your voice during calls.

Battery Life and Connectivity
Sonos boasts a stellar battery life of 30+ hours with ANC turned on. This is a major plus for frequent travellers and long listening sessions. The headphones use Bluetooth 5.3, offering a reliable connection with minimal latency.

A unique feature of the Sonos Ace is its potential integration with the Sonos ecosystem. The app allows you to switch seamlessly between the headphones and your Sonos home speakers. This functionality is currently limited, but future updates could unlock features such as using the headphones as surround sound speakers for your Sonos home theatre setup.

Verdict
The Sonos Ace headphones are a solid first entry into the wireless headphone market. They boast excellent noise cancellation, a comfortable design, and long battery life. The sound quality is quite good, too. The potential for deeper integration with the Sonos ecosystem is intriguing, however, the hefty price tag might deter some budget-conscious consumers.

If you’re a Sonos loyalist looking for a pair of stylish headphones with excellent ANC and good sound quality, the Sonos Ace is a compelling option, especially if the promise of future ecosystem integration appeals to you. The Sonos Ace headphones are a promising debut with a clear focus on comfort, noise cancellation, and design. They offer a well-rounded listening experience with the potential for exciting future developments within the Sonos ecosystem.

Price: AED 2099

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  • Final Rating
4

Summary

The Sonos Ace delivers a pleasant listening experience. The sound signature leans towards the warm side, with a satisfying bass presence without overwhelming the mids and highs. The instruments are well-defined, and the vocals come through clearly.

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Apple Detects Spyware Targeting iPhones in Multiple Countries

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Apple has issued a second spyware attack warning to iPhone users in 98 countries, raising concerns about the growing threat to mobile security. This follows a similar alert in April targeting users in 92 countries.

While specific details about the latest attacks remain under wraps, the alert serves as a stark reminder of the evolving threat landscape. India is one confirmed country where users received the notification.

Spyware, a particularly invasive type of malware, can grant attackers complete access to an iPhone, including encrypted messages, audio, and video. The notorious Pegasus spyware from NSO Group is a well-known example.

“Apple detected that you are being targeted by a mercenary spyware attack that is trying to remotely compromise the iPhone associated with your Apple ID -xxx-,” Apple wrote in its new spyware alert.

Adding to the concern, researchers recently revealed the return of LightSpy, a “particularly dangerous” campaign capable of pinpointing a target’s location with “near-perfect accuracy.”

The worrying aspect of these attacks is their ability to exploit “zero-click” vulnerabilities, meaning infection can occur without any user interaction, such as opening a malicious link or attachment.

This highlights the importance of remaining vigilant and following Apple’s security recommendations, which may include updating your device to the latest iOS version.

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