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Long Term Review: Realme 9 Pro+

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Realme has long been known for the affordable devices it brings to the market, which do not skimp on either quality or features. So when the company sent us the Realme 9 Pro+ and the Realme 9 Pro for review, we weren’t expecting anything lesser. I have been using the company’s 9 Pro+ for over a month now and I must say, I am impressed by its performance.

The Realme 9 Pro+ comes packed in a case that is made of hard plastic and it has a glossy finish at the back. The metal edges of the phone are sandwiched between the plastic rear and the front glass for the display.

The colour of our review unit was Aurora Green. On the left edge of the device, you get the volume rockers while on the right edge, along with a dual SIM slot on top of it.

On the right edge, you get the power button, while on the top, there is a noise-cancelling microphone. On the bottom edge, you get the 3.5mm audio jack with Hi-Res certification, the USB Type-C port, and the speaker grille. The dual stereo speakers also feature support for Dolby Atmos.

On the front, you get a 6.4-inches AMOLED display that offers a resolution of 2400-by-1800 pixels. The display also offers a refresh rate of 90Hz, a 84.2% screen-to-body ratio, and an aspect ratio of 20:9.

The display is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5 and the under-display fingerprint reader can not only offer security features but can also detect heart rate.

To use this feature, go into the Settings menu and tap on Realme Lab. Next, click on Heart-Rate Measurement and press your thumb onto the under-display fingerprint sensor, while the phone counts down and shows the results.

The results were quite accurate when compared with fitness trackers such as the Fitbit Charge which I use on a daily basis.

Just above the display, you will find the 16MP wide-angle front camera that offers an aperture of f/2.4. The front camera supports modes such as HDR and panorama, and it can shoot 1080p videos at 30fps.

Turn the phone around, and you will find the phone’s triple camera setup. The main camera of this setup is a 50MP Sony IMX766 OIS camera that offers an aperture of f/1.8. You also get an 8MP ultrawide camera that offers an aperture of f/2.2, and a 2MP macro lens offering an aperture of f/2.4. Connectivity options include 5G, Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.2, and NFC.

Under the hood, the Realme 9 Pro+ is powered by MediaTek Dimensity 920 processor which has been built using the 6nm process. There is also 8GB of RAM and you can virtually expand the RAM by up to 5GB more. You can choose whether you want to virtually expand the RAM by 2GB, 3GB or 5GB from the settings menu. You also get 256GB of internal storage, though this is non-expandable due to the lack of a microSD card slot in the dual SIM slot.

The phone runs on the Android 12 operating system with the Realme UI 3.0 running on top of it. The battery of the Realme 9 Pro+ is rated at 4500 mAh and it supports Realme’s 60W Super Dart charging capability. You do get a 60W Super Dart charger inside the box. On a single charge though, the Realme 9 Pro+ was able to offer a battery life of a little more than a day’s worth, which is pretty good.

The camera of the phone also performs very well – it does not matter if you are clicking pictures or shooting videos under good or low light conditions. We got consistent results every time and I was surprised by the image and video quality offered this thing! Images look sharp and crisp and there is no evidence of over-exposure.

You can also shoot RAW images using either the Pro or Street photography mode. Videos also turned out really well with very good audio quality.

For a pocket-friendly device, the overall performance was quite good as well. Whether it was day-to-day use, watching videos, or even playing games, the Realme 9 Pro+ did an amazing job. For a price of AED 1449, the Realme 9 Pro+ is a very capable smartphone that offers good design and build quality, good specs and feature sets, a great camera, and very good performance. The Realme 9 Pro+ thus comes across as highly recommended!

Price: AED 1449

Realme 9 Pro+ AED 1449
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Under the hood, the Realme 9 Pro+ is powered by MediaTek Dimensity 920 processor which has been built using the 6nm process. There is also 8GB of RAM and you can virtually expand the RAM by up to 5GB more. You can choose whether you want to virtually expand the RAM by 2GB, 3GB, or 5GB from the settings menu. You also get 256GB of internal storage, though this is non-expandable due to the lack of a microSD card slot in the dual SIM slot.

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ASUS Launches the Zenbook 14 OLED (UX3402)

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ASUS has announced the all-new Zenbook 14 OLED (UX3402), a powerful, elegant and lightweight 14-inch laptop that introduces a completely new and modern look to the pioneering Zenbook series. It’s the new benchmark for portable perfection.

Designed to deliver a cinematic audiovisual experience, Zenbook 14 OLED features an expansive 16:10 2.8K 90Hz OLED NanoEdge 550-nit PANTONE Validated 90Hz display with a cinema-grade 100% DCI-P3 gamut. It’s DisplayHDR True Black 500 certified for deep blacks and is also TÜV Rheinland certified for eye care. The Harman Kardon-certified Dolby Atmos sound system uses a smart amplifier to deliver powerful spatial sound.

Zenbook 14 OLED delivers excellent performance, powered by the latest 12th Generation Intel Core processors and Intel Iris Xe graphics, with up to 16 GB RAM, ultrafast PCIe 4.0 SSDs, the latest WiFi 6E connectivity, and ensures maximum life from the high-capacity 75 Wh battery. Despite its compact size — a mere 16.9 mm thin and 1.39 kg light — the all-aluminium Zenbook 14 OLED includes a full set of I/O ports, including two Thunderbolt™ 4 USB-C ports, an HDMI 2.0 port, a USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A port, a microSD card reader and an audio combo jack.

The Zenbook 14 OLED offers users an enhanced audiovisual experience, with an expansive 16:10 2.8K OLED NanoEdge 600-nit 90Hz touchscreen that delivers incredibly detailed visuals with ultra-vivid colours. The NanoEdge design has ultra-slim bezels and a 90% screen-to-body ratio, which in turn gives Zenbook 14 OLED a svelte and compact form factor. For superb colour accuracy, the display is PANTONE Validated, and the DisplayHDR True Black 500 certification means it displays the deepest possible blacks. It also cares for eyes during long screen sessions, with low blue-light levels that are certified by both SGS and TÜV Rheinland.

Immersive audio is delivered by the powerful and crystal-clear Harman Kardon-certified Dolby Atmos stereo sound system, which uses a smart amplifier that uses special algorithms to boost loudness levels by up to 350% without distortion. Dolby Atmos delivers a new spatial sound experience for all types of audio, for breathtaking realism in music, movies and videos.

Whatever the user needs to do, Zenbook 14 OLED is primed and ready, featuring all the multitasking power of up to the latest 12th Generation Intel Core i7 processor, up to 16 GB RAM, Intel Iris Xe graphics, and an ultrafast up to 1 TB PCIe 4.0 x4 SSD for storage, while allowing all-day battery life from the 75 Wh battery. Designed for a sublime on-the-go experience, Zenbook 14 OLED packs this premium specification into a compact, slim and lightweight all-aluminium chassis that’s ready to go anywhere.

It’s just 16.9 mm thin and weighs a mere 1.39 kg, yet it’s packed with a full set of I/O ports for easy device and peripheral connectivity. The latest ultrafast Thunderbolt 4 USB-C ports support fast charging, 4K UHD external displays and up to 40 Gbps data transfers, and there’s also an HDMI port and a USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A port alongside a microSD card reader. Communications and audio I/O are taken care of by the convenient audio combo jack.

Zenbook 14 OLED introduces a breathtaking new interpretation of the signature Zenbook design that’s timelessly elegant yet totally modern. The bold new lid design is based around our new monogram ‘A’ logo — first seen in the 30th Anniversary Edition Zenbook — that’s delicately carved in shining metal to produce a pattern inspired by Japanese Kintsugi craftsmanship. An echo of the iconic spun-metal Zenbook finish, with its Zen-inspired concentric circles — can be seen on the end caps of the hinges. Zenbook 14 OLED is available in two fresh new colours: Ponder Blue and Aqua Celadon.

Giving users the best experiences is something we really care about. That’s why Zenbook 14 OLED is packed with thoughtful design features, such as the 180° ErgoLift hinge that makes it easy to share and collaborate, ASUS NumberPad 2.0 for easy data entry, and a fingerprint sensor on the power button for single-touch login with Windows Hello.

This laptop also features the new full-size ErgoSense keyboard and touchpad for the most comfortable typing experience ever. Its 19.05 mm key pitch is the same as a desktop keyboard, for superb typing comfort and accuracy. The 0.2 mm key-cap dish matches the shape of fingertips, and the long 1.4 mm key travel lets use type with optimal force. The special hydrophobic coating on the ErgoSense touchpad provides smoother, silk-like touch feedback for every scrolling movement, and there’s also a tough, easy-to-clean anti-fingerprint coating.

ASUS Zenbook 14 OLED (UX3402) will be available on 11th August 2022 in UAE from Virgin Megastore, Sharaf DG, Jumbo, Emax, ECITY, Noon, Amazon, Computronic, Al Ershad and ASUS e-shop. Pricing starts from AED 5,299.

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Review: MSI Optix MPG321UR-QD eSports Gaming Monitor

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Gamers are very particular about the products they use for their setup. Apart from the gaming PC, the next most important thing is the display. Now, there are hundreds of capable gaming monitors available on the market. But if you are on the market for a 4K display that is both affordable and offers a high refresh rate, along with lots of bells and whistles, then you should definitely check out the MSI Optix MPG321UR-QD eSports Gaming Monitor.

The monitor comes packed with a QD-IPS panel, which means it comes with a Quantum Dot layer on top. The QD-IPS panel has been designed to enhance colour accuracy, offer a higher colour saturation, and provide a wider contrast ratio. All of this counts if you are on the market for a top-notch gaming monitor.

The MSI Optix MPG321UR-QD covers 99% of Adobe RGB colours, 97% DCI-P3 colour gamut and supports 82% of REC.2020 specs, thus offering a wholesome gaming experience. This is a 32-inch monitor that offers a UHD resolution of 3840-by-2160 pixels. It also offers a refresh rate of 144Hz, a response time of 1ms, 600 nits of HDR peak brightness, and an aspect ratio of 16:9.

The contrast ratio on this one is rated at 1000:1, and it offers 178° of both horizontal and vertical viewing angles, which is impressive. The surface of the monitor’s panel has been treated with an anti-glare coating for distraction-free gaming sessions.

In terms of I/O ports, you get a boatload. There’s one DisplayPort 1.4a, which supports UHD@144Hz. You also get two HDMI 2.1 ports and one USB Type-C port. In addition, there are six USB 2.0 Type-A ports, three USB 2.0 Type-B ports, one mic-in, one headphone-out, and one 3.5mm audio combo jack.

On the rear right-hand corner, you will also find a 5-way OSD navigation joystick, and just below it on the edges is where you will find the power button. The monitor is G-sync compatible and supports DisplayHDR 600 format. The monitor is tiltable at an angle ranging between -5° and 20°, swivel it between a range of -30° and 30°, and adjust its height from 0 to 100mm.

The monitor has also been optimised for use with the latest generation of consoles, including PS5 and Xbox. And since it is a gaming monitor, it also accompanies a bunch of SI gaming features including Smart Brightness, Smart Crosshair, Night Vision AI, and Sound Tune.

With the MSI Optix MPG321UR-QD, MSI’s team has taken both design and craftsmanship to a whole new level. It is a beautifully designed gaming monitor and the build quality is top-notch. The MSI metal badge on the rear of the monitor gives you an assurance that your gaming experience is going to improve by a multitude.

MSI has also added a KVM to this monitor, which will be particularly useful for game streamers out there that use platforms such as YouTube or Twitch to stream their gameplay. This feature also helps you easily switch between a gaming PC and a gaming console, if both devices were plugged into this monitor at the same time.

Gaming on the MSI Optix MPG321UR-QD eSports Gaming Monitor is a beautiful and fulfilling experience. Games such as Forza Horizon 5 looked brilliant thanks to its native HDR support. Even Elden Ring that uses Auto HDR looked really well.

The monitor also supports 1080p/4K 120Hz for the PS5, and 1080p/1440p/4K 120Hz with FreeSync for the compatible Xbox consoles. Thus gaming on the latest generation gaming consoles was a brilliant experience.

The MSI Optix MPG321UR-QD eSports Gaming Monitor is a very capable monitor. It offers a high pixel density, consistent colours, a wide Adobe RGB colour gamut support, supports DisplayHDR 600, offers VRR + MBR of up to 144Hz, ergonomic design, extensive connectivity options, and built-in KVM.

The MSI Optix MPG321UR-QD eSports Gaming Monitor is possibly one of the most feature-packed monitors out there in the market with a brilliant QD-IPS panel, and it thus walks away with the Gadget Voize Editors’ Choice award!

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MSI Optix MPG321UR-QD eSports Gaming Monitor AED 4200 approx.
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The monitor has also been optimised for use with the latest generation of consoles, including PS5 and Xbox. And since it is a gaming monitor, it also accompanies a bunch of SI gaming features including Smart Brightness, Smart Crosshair, Night Vision AI, and Sound Tune.

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HONOR Intros the new MagicBook X 14 and MagicBook X 15

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HONOR has launched the new MagicBook X 14 and MagicBook X 15 in UAE. Equipped with 11th Gen Intel Core Processors, the new HONOR MagicBook X 14 and HONOR MagicBook X 15 deliver upgraded performance in a premium and slim aluminium body. Featuring HONOR Magic-Link functionality for multitasking, a massive 56Wh battery, high-speed dual-channel memory, and a Supersized Cooling Fan, the MagicBook X 14 and MagicBook X 15 deliver superb performance and a seamless user experience to take users from work to play.

“Today we live in a dynamic era where technology and innovation are revolutionizing how we entertain, work, learn, and live. HONOR is always committed to pushing industry benchmarks to new highs and elevating user experience in every aspect through intelligent solutions and groundbreaking technologies,” Zengyan Li, GCC CEO of HONOR. “We’re beyond excited to introduce HONOR MagicBook X 14 and 15 in UAE knowing that many of our fans in the UAE have been eagerly waiting for, and we are thrilled to bring those powerhouses to the market.”

Starting from August 11th, the HONOR MagicBook X 14 11th Gen Intel Core i5-1135G7 version will be available to purchase in the UAE market via the HONOR Online Store and Sharaf DG at AED 2099 instead of AED 2699. For those looking for a larger screen, the new HONOR MagicBook X 15 featuring i3-1115G4version comes with a stunning 15-inch Eye Comfort HONOR FullView Display, a screen-to-body ratio of 87% weighing just 1.56kg. HONOR MagicBook X 15 also will be available in the UAE market via HONOR Online Store and Sharaf DG at AED 1599 instead of AED 2099. Upon purchase, users will enjoy free gifts worth AED 397 including HONOR CHOICE Earbuds X, Backpack and 1-year extended warranty.

Powered by the 11th Gen Intel Core i5-1135G7 processor, the HONOR MagicBook X 14 delivers an upgraded performance with a maximum turbo frequency of 4.2GHz. Both the models run on Windows 11 Home Operating System. The HONOR MagicBook X 14 and HONOR MagicBook X 15 feature a 2X2 MIMO dual antenna design, achieving a 160MHz bandwidth and enabling wireless transfer speeds of up to 1733Mbps. Providing users faster and smoother download speeds and quick-and-easy access to a stable network for remote working, users can study, watch movies, or enjoy online entertainment with ease, wherever they may be.

The HONOR MagicBook X 14 and HONOR MagicBook X 15 retains the original HONOR Magic-Link, offering an upgraded version with Multi-Screen Collaboration capability, making it easier than ever to work between digital devices like a smartphone and laptop. Users can do cross-collaboration between their HONOR smartphone and HONOR MagicBook X 14 or HONOR MagicBook X 15 with a simple tap. Users also get to use the Magic-Link feature which allows you to share your smartphone screen and files to their laptop. You can also drag, drop, and edit their files directly from the HONOR MagicBook X 14 or HONOR MagicBook X 15 which makes it very easy and convenient.

For those who love to do multiple things at once, Multi-screen Collaboration allows users to view their smartphone screen and files on the laptop; users can simply drag, drop, and edit their files, using the same keyboard and mouse. The laptop also allows users to pick up exactly where they left off without having to jump between devices, making multi-tasking easier than ever. A handy fingerprint reading power button enables instant access when starting up the HONOR MagicBook X 14 and HONOR MagicBook X 15 for a more secure and effortless login experience.

Featuring a lightweight aluminium body, the HONOR MagicBook X 14 weighs just 1.38kg and is only 15.9mm thin, easily fitting in most bags and allowing users to enjoy ultimate portability on the go. The perfect device to match any occasion, the HONOR MagicBook X 14 and HONOR MagicBook X 15 will be available in premium Space Gray.

With a 14-inch stunning Eye Comfort HONOR FullView Display, 4.8mm ultra-slim bezels on three sides and an 84% screen-to-body-ratio. The HONOR MagicBook X 14 delivers an immersive viewing experience and superior picture quality, ensuring users can capture every detail on their screen. Thanks to its 180-degree hinge opening, users can also adjust the screen to the best viewing angle and lay it completely flat when sharing content with others.

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