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Review: ASUS Vivobook 13 Slate OLED



Detachable laptops are all the craze right now as most laptop brands out there on the market have started launching one detachable after the other. However, ASUS is one brand that is taking the detachable game to a whole new level with the Vivobook 13 Slate OLED. This 13.3-inch Windows detachable laptop comes packed with an OLED touchscreen, supporting Dolby Vision. In addition, it is also PANTONE validated.

The Vivobook 13 Slate OLED comes packaged in a very funky-looking acrylic box. Inside, you will find the Vivobook 12 Slate OLED, a magnetic snap-on keyboard, and a magnetic kickstand. You also get the ASUS Pen 2.0 stylus, to awaken the creative guru in you, if you ever wish to do so. The stylus offers 4096 pressure levels, four swappable pen tips, and Bluetooth one-click functions via a shortcut button.

Let’s first talk about the device’s display – the one you get with the Vivobook 13 Slate OLED is capable of displaying 1.07 billion colours. It also offers a 16:9 widescreen aspect ratio, in order to provide a full-screen viewing experience when watching movies and TV shows. Apart from being PANTONE Validated, you also get a cinema-grade 100% DCI-P3 gamut for accurate and vivid colours.

The display offers a resolution of 1920-by-1080 pixels and 550 nits of peak brightness. In addition, there’s also DisplayHDR True Black 500 certification for deep blacks. The display also offers a contrast ratio of 1,000,000:1, a fast 0.2-millisecond response time, and TÜV Rheinland-certified eye protection through lower blue-light levels.

Under the hood, the Vivobook 13 Slate OLED is powered by a Quad-core Intel Pentium Silver N6000 processor. This is coupled with 8GB of LPDDR4x RAM, 256GB of M.2 NVMe PCIe 3.0 SSD storage, and support for WiFi 6 (802.11 ax) with ASUS WiFi Master. The laptop also supports the Bluetooth 5.2 standard for strong wireless connectivity.

On the front, just above the display, you will find a 5MP camera, while at the rear, ASUS includes a 13MP shooter. In terms of I/O ports, you get two USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C ports with display and Power Delivery support, one 3.5 mm combo audio jack, and one microSD card slot. Even though the Vivobook 13 Slate OLED offers so many bells and whistles, it keeps its form factor small. It measures just 309.9-by-190-by-7.9 mm and weighs just 785-gms.

Watching movies or videos on the Vivobook 13 Slate OLED is a rewarding experience. In addition, the Vivobook 13 Slate OLED comes packed with a highly responsive touchscreen and the high-precision ASUS Pen 2.0. So you can use the combination of the two to write, draw, or annotate with 4096-level pressure sensitivity and 266 Hz sampling rate. The stylus also comes with four interchangeable pen tips that have different textures mimicking 2H, H, HB, and B pencils.

This means the experience of sketching or drawing with it will feel very natural. It can be charged via any USB-C charger, and when paired via Bluetooth, the shortcut button provides intuitive one-click functions. This includes tasks such as taking screenshots or navigating to the next page of a presentation.

The overall performance offered by the Vivobook 13 Slate OLED is very good, thanks to its solid specs. The detachable full-size keyboard offers a long 1.4 mm key travel. The dished keycaps also increase fingertip comfort. The mega-sized touchpad meanwhile offers very good responsiveness and accuracy, and it has a special coating with a silky-smooth feel.

The laptop also comes with a 50Wh battery that can even be charged using a power bank or any USB-C charger you might be carrying around. The bundled charger will charge the laptop to 60% in as little as 39 minutes. The front camera of the Vivobook 13 Slate OLED lets you experience clear video calls, while the rear camera helps take good photos or videos. AI Noise-Canceling Audio makes sure voices in meetings are clear, even when there are lots of people in the same room.

The ASUS Vivobook 13 Slate OLED laptop is available at a price point starting at AED 2499. For a price of a smartphone these days, you get a full-fledged and much more powerful productivity device, that also doubles up as an entertainment hub, a creativity tool, and so much more. If you are looking for an ultralight detachable Windows laptop, the ASUS Vivobook 13 Slate OLED is something you should consider.

Price: AED 2499 onwards

ASUS Vivobook 13 Slate OLED AED 2499 onwards
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Watching movies or videos on the Vivobook 13 Slate OLED is a rewarding experience. In addition, the Vivobook 13 Slate OLED comes packed with a highly responsive touchscreen and the high-precision ASUS Pen 2.0. So you can use the combination of the two to write, draw, or annotate with 4096-level pressure sensitivity and 266 Hz sampling rate. The stylus also comes with four interchangeable pen tips that have different textures mimicking 2H, H, HB, and B pencils.

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Sony Announces New Compact Beamforming Shotgun Microphone ECM-B10



Sony Middle East & Africa introduced a new beamforming shotgun microphone, the ECM-B10. This new microphone features Sony’s industry-leading sharp directivity and digital signal processing, known as the ECM-B1M, in a remarkably compact form factor. The ECM-B10 applies digital signal processing to the sound collected by four high-performance microphone capsules using beamforming technology. This allows the user to customise how the audio is recorded by enhancing the microphone’s sensitivity from different directions.

The microphone offers three types of directivity in a single product, allowing the user to easily switch between super-directional, unidirectional, and omnidirectional. When using super-directivity, the microphone collects sound from a narrow field in front and suppresses sound from other directions. The super directivity setting is a great option for interviews, selfies, and other situations where the range of sound collection is limited to a narrow extent at the front.

The ECM-B10 also offers unidirectional sensitivity that suppresses sound from behind while collecting sound from a wide field in front. This option is perfect for recording conversations between several people. For additional flexibility, the user can also select omnidirectional sensitivity, which picks up sound equally from all directions and is ideal for recording environmental sounds.

The ECM-B10 offers crystal clear sound collection with effective noise suppression. Using digital signal processing within the microphone itself, the ECM-B10 effectively reduces noise for clearer sound collection and creates a more efficient post-production workflow since less audio edits are required. The ECM-B10 pairs with cameras that are equipped with a MI (Multi Interface) Shoe, either analogue or for best results; with cameras with a digital audio interface to transmit audio directly as a digital signal to deliver high-quality sound recording without degradation.

In addition, the microphone’s shock and vibration suppressing design effectively suppresses low-frequency vibration noise, while its cable-less design eliminates noise transmitted via cables. The supplied wind screen minimises environmental noises, making it easy to capture crisp audio even when shooting outside. For additional versatility, the ECM-B10 also includes the following audio settings:

  • ATT (attenuator) switch (0/10/20 dB).
  • FILTER switch (noise cut / low cut / off)
  • AUDIO LEVEL dial with AUTO/MAN (manual) switch

The microphone’s compact body provides flexibility and mobility, even when using gimbals and grips. By connecting the ECM-B10 to a camera via the MI Shoe, users can also experience greater shooting flexibility without any cables to interfere with the side flip out screen, and replacement of batteries. Power is supplied directly from the camera to the microphone, so you can continue shooting without worrying about the microphone battery running out.

For detailed setting operation, a comprehensive range of audio settings are available on the back of the microphone. This lets the user check the setting status at a glance, preventing any settings set by accident and provides peace of mind. For added durability, the ECM-B10’s design is resistant to dust and moisture, which allows for worry-free outdoor shooting when combined with a similarly dust and moisture resistant body and lens. 

The new ECM-B10 will be available in the UAE from July 2022.

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HONOR Magic4 Pro Goes on Sale in the UAE



HONOR recently announced the launch of HONOR Magic4 Pro 5G with the “Best Camera of Flagship Phone 2022” in the UAE. The latest device by HONOR is now available at an exciting offer for consumers. The revolutionary HONOR Magic4 Pro 5G boasts cutting-edge technology to deliver new breakthroughs in smartphone design, display, photography, videography, performance, and privacy and is supported by Google Mobile Services. We reviewed the HONOR Magic4 Pro recently.

The HONOR Magic4 Pro 5G pre-order rollout phase from 14th to 23rd of June was a huge success across the UAE, with all available units sold. This is a testament to the continued demand for HONOR products in the UAE market and HONOR’s expertise in developing cutting-edge technologies.

Consumers can buy the latest HONOR Magic4 Pro at a price of AED 3999 starting from 23rd June via HONOR Online Store, Sharaf DG, Jumbo, Emax, Carrefour, and other retail stores and get exclusive gifts worth AED 1156, including HONOR Earbuds 3 Pro, HONOR Magic4 Pro PU cover, 6 Months Screen Protection and 12 Months Extended Warranty. The offer comes as a part of the Eid promotion which also includes amazing offers on the HONOR X Series. From 23rd June, consumers can buy HONOR X8 for AED 799 instead of AED 899. HONOR X7 (4GB +128GB version) will be also included in the Eid promotion at a special price of AED 599 instead of AED 649.

Offering cinematic-level footage, the HONOR Magic4 Series features the HONOR Magic-Log Movie Master and AI Film Effects. With this, the HONOR Magic4 Series delivers the industry-first 10-bit Log 4K video recording in 60fps (frame per second), beating another industry benchmark.

The HONOR Magic4 Pro pushes industry benchmarks with a powerful Triple Camera combination featuring a 50MP Wide Camera that packs a 1/1.56-inch colour sensor, a 50MP 122o Ultra-Wide Camera, and a 64MP Periscope Telephoto Camera, all powered by best-in-class Ultra-Fusion Computational Photography which enables the device to produce high-definition images in stunning clarity. The lens supports up to 100x digital zoom as well as optical and electronic image stabilization, to clearly capture distant scenes.

Offering a groundbreaking new solution to sound-leaking, a common smartphone frustration for many, the HONOR Magic4 Pro debuts an all-new Privacy Calling feature supported by AI and powered by Directional Sound Technology, preventing sound leakage for more private phone calls. The HONOR Magic4 Pro is powered by an ultra-large 4600mAh battery featuring HONOR’s most powerful SuperCharge combination to deliver an ultra-long battery life and all-day connectivity. With 100W Wired HONOR SuperCharge, the HONOR Magic4 Pro juices up to a 100% charge in just 30 minutes.

Keeping consumer convenience as the top priority, HONOR strives to provide industry-leading, fast, and reliable Service & Repair solutions that offer numerous benefits for the users to meet all their needs. HONOR continues to push the boundaries of customer service experience, delivering a human-centric approach that surpasses customer expectations and empowers users to elevate their lives through technology.

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POCO Launches the F4 and X4 GT in the UAE



POCO has launched the POCO F4 and POCO X4 GT in the UAE. Powered by the Snapdragon 870 flagship processor, POCO F4 brings to the table the brand’s highest frequency prime core yet. POCO X4 GT is an affordable performance speedster optimized for efficient and smooth performance in all aspects of gaming and entertainment. POCO X4 GT is equipped with the MediaTek Dimensity 8100 chipset, giving users best-in-class power efficiency while reaching new heights in processor performance.

“POCO’s flagship products have always required best-in-class performance on all fronts, and as we present POCO F4 and POCO X4 GT, we’re confident that we’ve achieved just that. We are excited to venture forward with the Snapdragon 870 and MediaTek Dimensity 8100 chipsets,” said Angus Ng, Head of Product Marketing at POCO Global. “Meeting the highest standards for top-quality entertainment while maintaining competitive affordability, is the approach that embodies the POCO experience.”

POCO F4 is equipped with the Snapdragon 870 flagship chipset and features a 7nm processor with 5G support. The device has POCO’s highest frequency prime core running at 3.2GHz. POCO F4’s processing power offers shortened app loading times, supporting high graphic games and a smooth scrolling experience on web pages and apps. High-level performance is sustained with its 3,112mm² super big vapor chamber by upgrading to LiquidCool Technology 2.0. POCO F4’s flagship-level LPDDR5 RAM and UFS 3.1 ROM enable faster data access and are great for multitasking between demanding applications.

POCO F4 is the thinnest model to date in the POCO lineup. The device boasts a 6.67″ E4 AMOLED screen and an ultra-tiny 2.76mm DotDisplay, one of the smallest in the industry. The flagship-level display features a 120Hz refresh rate and a 360Hz touch sampling rate for lower response latency. With a screen peak brightness of 1,300 nits, POCO F4 ensures every moment is displayed at its ideal value for detail and contrast. Dual speakers, verified with Dolby Atmos, add to the immersive experience by delivering dynamic and crystal-clear sound. Its immersive user experience and high-performance functionality make it the most cost-effective device in terms of offering across-the-board strength in the flagship segment.

POCO F4’s triple rear camera setup features the first-ever addition of optical image stabilization (OIS) on the device’s 64MP main camera. This delivers clear and sharp photos even in low light, for near-perfect digital replicas of the moments that are captured. Accompanying the 64MP main camera is an 8MP ultra-wide camera and a 2MP macro camera. Together, this triple array captures even the finest details. POCO F4’s 4K-equipped camera setup comes with tons of fun and convenient features, including Panoramic Selfie Mode, Night Mode, AI Skyscaping 4.0 and AI Erase 2.0.

POCO F4 comes with a 4,500mAh (typ) battery and a 67W turbo charging, taking only 38 minutes to fully charge. With 100% battery power, it offers up to 10 hours of gaming, 21 hours of video playback and 119 hours of music playback. The device utilizes Middle Middle Tab (MMT) technology, a method of fast charging that circuits electric currents into two split directions for improved charging speed and stability, sustaining the highest level of performance over long periods of time.

POCO X4 GT carries the MediaTek Dimensity 8100 chipset and advanced TSMC 5nm processor, giving users fast performance while maintaining low power consumption and avoiding overheating. POCO X4 GT offers flagship-level LPDDR5 RAM and UFS 3.1 ROM, making this device one of POCO’s fastest for RAM and storage, and extremely adept in supporting high-frame-rate gaming. The LiquidCool Technology 2.0 cooling system can keep the SoC cool and maintain smooth performance, allowing users to push the device to the limit.

Available for the first time on a POCO device is POCO X4 GT’s innovative 20.5:9 LCD display ratio, making the device comfortable to grip and easy to hold. Offer one of the best LCDs on the market, it comes with POCO’s first LCD True Display. The display color temperature adjustment is contingent upon external environmental light conditions, allowing comfortable viewing. To provide a comfortable viewing experience, POCO X4 GT enables hardware-level harmful blue light reduction by up to 30%. POCO X4 GT brings one billion colors and supports DCI-P3 wide color gamut for sharper contrast and richer detail on-screen.

POCO X4 GT charges its 5,080mAh (typ) high-density battery quickly and safely with 67W turbo charging, powering up to 100% charge in just 46 minutes. In a 6-min wash-up, it can be charged up to 25%, and after a 30-min workout it will juice you up to 85%. Aided by Middle Middle Tab (MMT) technology, it enables you to game for more than 90 minutes with just 10 minutes of charging.

Sporting a versatile triple rear camera setup and Dolby Atmos stereo speakers, POCO X4 GT doubles as a 4K camera with convenient and cool features that help users reach their creative potential. Featuring a 64MP main camera, a 8MP ultra-wide camera, and a 2MP macro camera, to capture every detail, near or far. And for high-quality selfies, the 16MP front camera has users well-covered. Coming with 19 stellar vlog templates pre-installed, as well as the Drafts function, users will be able to film and edit quality content from the get-go.

True to their nature offering devices with some of the best technology on the market, POCO adds one more service to both POCO F4 and POCO X4 GT. Users can enjoy the premium after-sales service, which offers a one-time free screen repair service during the first 6 months after purchase. POCO F4 comes in three stunning colours such as Night Black, Moonlight Silver, and Nebula Green. Available in one variant: 8GB+256GB. It is available from 25 June 2022, with prices starting from AED 1,499 from official e-commerce channels, Noon and Amazon. POCO X4 GT will be coming soon and will be available in three colours such as Silver, Black, and Blue. This model will have two variants: 8GB+128GB and 8GB+256GB, with prices starting from AED 1249.

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