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Review: HONOR X9

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HONOR launched its HONOR X Series a while ago and we had reviewed the X8, as well. This time around we have the new HONOR X9 5G. The X9 brings users a raft of innovative flagship features, a beyond exceptional experience, and extraordinary quality, all at an affordable price point.

The HONOR X9 comes packed with a 4800mAh long-lasting battery and it uses HONOR’s flagship fast charging technology, the 66W HONOR SuperCharge, to ensure you get from 0% to 50% in just 15 minutes and to 81% in just 30 mins. The HONOR X9 has also been designed with flagship-level 1.05mm super-narrow bezels, which HONOR says is 40% narrower than most smartphones in the same category.

The HONOR X9 also offers a screen-to-body ratio of 94%, thus giving you more screen real estate for an immersive entertainment experience while watching movies, indulging in gaming, and during web browsing.

The build quality and design of the HONOR X9 are quite good for a mid-range device. On the front of the device, you get a big 6.81-inches FHD+ HONOR FullView Display, that offers a refresh rate of 120 Hz. The display also offers advanced eye protection features to protect your eyes during prolonged smartphone usage.

Just above the display, you will find the 16MP front camera for all your selfie requirements. On the right edge of the device, you get the volume rockers and the power button which also doubles up as a fingerprint scanner. On the top edge, you get the speaker grille and a noise-cancelling microphone. On the bottom edge, you get the USB Type-C port, the dual SIM slot, speaker grille, and another noise-cancelling microphone.

At the rear, you will find the triple camera setup that includes the 48MP main camera, 2MP macro camera, and a 2MP bokeh camera. In terms of photography, you get lots of modes such as aperture, night, portrait, panorama, HDR, super macro and so on. In terms of videography, the HONOR X9 can shoot videos at 1080, and supports Dual View recording and micro movie production, through the Story mode.

Under the hood, the HONOR X9 5G is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G Mobile Platform. You also get 8GB of RAM and a choice of either 128GB or 256GB of storage capacity. The HONOR X9 also supports the company’s RAM Turbo Technology that adds 2GB of RAM to the already existing 8GB, virtually, thus extending the total RAM capacity to 10GB. This is particularly useful when playing graphically demanding games and performing memory-intensive tasks.

The HONOR X9 also comes packed with a 4800mAh battery that in our real-world tests, offered more than a day’s worth of battery life. If you do run out of juice, though, you can rely on the 66W HONOR SuperCharge to quickly charge your X9 in minutes.

The overall performance of the HONOR X9 was very good, thanks to its solid specs. HONOR’s RAM Turbo further enhances the overall performance by converting a small portion of Read-Only Memory (ROM) into RAM, thus boosting efficiency. The RAM Turbo technology is particularly useful since it stops background processes from getting killed when you switch apps, ensuring you can make a video call or write a message when you are gaming or watching a movie. Apps will still be running in the background and waiting for you to pick up exactly where you left off.

Photography and videography features also perform on point, on the new HONOR X9. It does not matter whether you shoot photos or videos under good or low light conditions. The results are always consistent.

The HONOR X9 is priced at AED 1099 for the 8GB+128GB variant, while the 8GB+256GB variant is priced at AED 1199. The HONOR X9 is also the most advanced 5G smartphone in this price range. For such an affordable price point, you also get a smartphone that offers a good design and build quality, very good internals, HONOR’s RAM Turbo for enhanced performance, HONOR’s 66W SuperCharge, and very good photography and videography skills.

Price: AED 1099 (8GB+128GB), AED 1199 (8GB+256GB)

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HONOR X9 AED 1099 (8GB+128GB), AED 1199 (8GB+256GB)
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Under the hood, the HONOR X9 5G is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G Mobile Platform. You also get 8GB of RAM and a choice of either 128GB or 256GB of storage capacity. The HONOR X9 also supports the company’s RAM Turbo Technology that adds 2GB of RAM to the already existing 8GB, virtually, thus extending the total RAM capacity to 10GB. This is particularly useful when playing graphically demanding games and performing memory-intensive tasks.

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TEAMGROUP Launches the MP44Q M.2 PCIe 4.0 SSD

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Team Group has launched TEAMGROUP MP44Q M.2 PCIe 4.0 Solid State Drive, featuring the latest 3D QLC NAND technology, combining cutting-edge technology with the trend of demanding high storage capacity to meet daily system and file storage needs. TEAMGROUP MP44Q M.2 PCIe 4.0 SSD utilises the latest 3D QLC NAND, offering capacities of up to 4TB. With the PCIe Gen4 x4 interface and SLC Caching technology, it achieves maximum sequential read and write speeds of up to 7,400 MB/s and 6,500 MB/s, respectively.

The MP44Q SSD operates with low power consumption, catering to all document processing and storage applications, significantly enhancing work efficiency. Paired with TEAMGROUP’s exclusively patented graphene heat dissipation sticker, whose thickness is less than 1 mm, eliminating the potential for mechanical interference in any assembly, coupled with the native heat sink of the motherboard, such an arrangement effectively addresses the heat generated by high performance, extending the SSD’s lifespan.

Additionally, it supports TEAMGROUP’s exclusively patented SSD intelligent monitoring software, S.M.A.R.T., allowing for quick and easy configuration and testing, effortlessly monitoring the quality and performance of the SSD. The product also provides the latest QLC high-speed Gen4 x4 SSD to cater to various storage needs for both life and work.

The packaging of TEAMGROUP MP44Q M.2 PCIe 4.0 SSD adopts recyclable packaging materials and has passed RoHS, REACH, and other environmental protection certifications with the effort of contributing to sustainable living. The product comes with a comprehensive 5-year warranty, ensuring consumer confidence in product quality. It is expected to be available globally starting in early May 2024.

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Nothing Intros Ear and Ear (a) Powered by ChatGPT

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Nothing has revamped its audio product line with two new wireless earbuds: Nothing Ear and Nothing Ear (a).

The company also announced groundbreaking ChatGPT integration for its earbuds and smartphones, marking an industry first.

The new earbuds represent a culmination of three years of design and engineering, catering to both audiophiles and everyday listeners.

“Ear” prioritizes audio quality, while “Ear (a)” is designed for daily use.

Features of the Nothing Ear:

  • Enhanced Sound: Custom 11mm drivers and a refined dual-chamber design deliver richer audio with crisper highs and clearer sound.
  • High-Resolution Audio: Supports LHDC 5.0 and LDAC codecs for high-fidelity Bluetooth streaming.
  • Advanced Equalizer: Offers extensive customization options through the Nothing X app, including pre-sets and personalized profiles based on hearing tests.
  • Industry-Leading Noise Cancellation: Features Nothing’s most effective ANC yet, with Smart ANC auto-adjusting for optimal noise reduction (up to 45 dB).
  • Extended Playtime: Up to 40.5 hours of battery life with the charging case, with fast charging capabilities.
  • Improved Call Clarity: Advanced Clear Voice Technology and wind reduction design for clear calls.
  • Seamless Connectivity: Dual Connection allows switching between devices, while Low Lag Mode reduces audio delay for gaming.

Features of the Nothing Ear (a):

  • Eye-Catching Design: Features Nothing’s signature transparency with a playful bubble design and a vibrant yellow color option.
  • Noise Cancellation on Demand: Offers ANC with Smart and Adaptive modes for personalized noise reduction (up to 45 dB).
  • Powerful Sound: Delivers deeper bass thanks to its new driver and dual-chamber design.
  • Hi-Resolution Audio Certified: Supports LDAC codec for high-quality Bluetooth streaming.
  • Long Battery Life: Up to 42.5 hours of playtime with the charging case, with fast charging capabilities.
  • Dual Connection and Low Lag Mode: Provides seamless connectivity and reduced audio lag for a smooth user experience.

Nothing is pushing boundaries by integrating ChatGPT with its earbuds and Nothing OS. This allows users with the latest Nothing OS and ChatGPT to access AI capabilities directly from their earbuds and smartphones through pinch-to-speak functionality. Further integration within Nothing OS is promised, including screenshot sharing and Nothing-styled widgets. Nothing Ear will be priced at AED 549, while Nothing Ear (a) will be available for AED 379. Pre-orders in the UAE start on April 22nd.

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Shure Launches the new MV7+ Microphone

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Shure has launched its new hybrid XLR/USB dynamic microphone with the launch of the MV7+ Podcast Microphone. The MV7+ is aimed at those seeking to capture broadcast-quality audio in even the most challenging of spaces. With Shure’s cutting-edge Voice Isolation Technology, the focus lies on the user’s voice, avoiding annoying background noises and ensuring outstanding audio for every recording and streaming session.

It also includes a new, innovative onboard Digital Signal Processing (DSP) engine which powers a suite of advanced features, like an improved Auto Level Mode, a Digital Popper Stopper for enhanced plosive control, Real-time Denoiser, and Adjustable Reverb. Thanks to its unique full-touch LED live meter display and numerous customization options, the MV7+ sets a new standard in sound quality and personalization while diving into a vibrant world of colour.

To elevate the user experience to the next level, the MV7+ podcast microphone integrates with the free, new MOTIV Mix Desktop app, Shure’s latest MOTIV software interface. MOTIV Mix provides users with the ability to configure all aspects of the MV7+. The software also offers multi-track recording and routing to support users with greater control of their live streaming and recordings. With MV7+ and MOTIV Mix, it’s easier than ever to sound authentic, freeing up creators to let their imagination shine brightly.

“Modern content creators and streamers are constantly searching for new ways to customize their set-up and sound to set themselves above the pack,” said Sean Sullivan, Associate Director of Global Product Management at Shure. “The MV7+ is our answer to this challenge. It builds off the legacy of the MV7 and delivers broadcast-quality audio in any setting while empowering creators with intuitive customization and control. Through our latest DSP innovations and the new MOTIV Mix desktop app integration, the MV7+ is set to redefine excellence in audio recording for every session.”

New Features and Benefits:

  1. Multi-Color LED Touch Panel: Elevate the audio experience with a customizable LED touch panel. Choose from over 16.8 million colours to visualize your sound levels or engage an ambient pulse effect. A simple tap anywhere on the LED Panel Live Meter instantly mutes the microphone, ensuring privacy and control.
  2. Real-time Denoiser: Leverage the advanced DSP technology of the MV7+ to eliminate background noise. It works in harmony with the microphone’s Voice Isolation to deliver pristine sound, even in less-than-ideal recording environments.
  3. Digital Popper Stopper: Remove harsh plosive sounds to avoid acoustic distractions and a cumbersome physical pop filter on camera.
  4. Improved Auto Level Mode: Intelligent audio adjustment adapts the microphone gain based on the distance, volume, and room dynamics, providing perfectly balanced sound automatically.
  5. Onboard Reverb: Choose from three types of onboard reverb settings–Plate, Hall, Studio—and set intensity levels to add desired depth and richness to recordings.
  6. Hybrid XLR and USB-C outputs: The MV7+ integrates into any setup as it provides hybrid USB-C and XLR output and connects seamlessly with your laptop or phone (iOS and Android), offering unparalleled flexibility and ease of use.

Shure has also announced the new MOTIV Mix software for the MV7+ microphone. This platform allows users to customize the LED panel, access up to five multi-track recording and routing channels, and fine-tune settings like sound signature, gain, and more. A Beta version of the new software will be available to experience with the MV7+ at launch, helping users reduce the number of apps needed to streamline their workflows. Key features of MOTIV Mix include:

  • Multi-channel Mixer: Control multiple channels of audio to record, monitor or use your mixed audio for your live stream.
  • Soundcheck: Check your mic’s gain setting and optimize it with the help of Soundcheck.
  • A redefined Monitor Mix Slider: Mix mic output and system audio playback levels individually.
  • Full access: to advanced DSP features of your MV7+ Podcast Microphone.

MOTIV Mix will soon be compatible with other legacy MOTIV products such as the MV7 and the MVX2U, serving as a building block for forthcoming software innovations and premium features. The MV7+ Podcast Microphone comes in two colours (black and white). The black MV7+ is available now at Shure’s official partners and Amazon. This summer, the white version will be available along with a special bundle, the MV7+ Podcast kit, that includes the microphone in black and a Gator mic stand. Each purchase comes with a 3m USB-C to USB-C cable, a printed quick start guide, and a MOTIV MIX Art Card with download instructions. Other accessories such as a 15-inch USB-C to lightning cable and a replacement foam windscreen are available for purchase individually.

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