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Review: HUAWEI P50

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HUAWEI’s P Series of smartphones are known to be top-notch devices for photography and videography for years and the new P50 series is no stranger. We reviewed the P50 Pocket and the P50 Pro a couple of months ago. The company has now announced a new variant – the HUAWEI P50 – onto the market and we got our hands on the new device. And boy, is it a charmer!

In terms of the design and the display, there are a few differences. The P50 has a flatter design compared with the P50 Pro. The P50 comes with a 6.5-inch OLED display that is flat like its predecessors, while the P50 Pro has a curved 6.6-inch OLED display. The P50 Pro also has a faster 120Hz refresh rate than the P50’s 90Hz refresh rate.

Left: P50 Pro. Right: P50.

The P50 Pro is also a bit heavier and larger than the P50. The P50 Pro measures 158.8mm-by-72.8mm-by-8.5mm and weighs 195-gms, while the P50 measures 156.5mm-by-73.8mm-by-7.92mm and weighs 181-gms. On the right edge of the device, you get the volume rockers and the power button.

Left: P50 Pro. Right: P50.

On the top edge you get the speaker grille and the noise-cancelling microphone, while on the bottom, you get the dual SIM slot, a noise-cancelling microphone, the USB Type-C port, and the speaker grille. In addition, both the P50 and the P50 Pro are IP68 certified for dust and water resistance.

Both the phones come with a 13-megapixel wide-angle front camera offering an aperture of f/2.4, and supporting 4K video recording. However, the rear camera modules differ on the P50 and the P50 Pro.

The P50 comes packed with a 50-megapixel True-Chrome camera offering an aperture of f/1.8, a 13-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera with an aperture of f/2.2, and a 12-megapixel telephoto camera offering an aperture of f/3.4, with OIS and AF support.

In contrast, the P50 Pro features the same 50-megapixel True-Chrome camera with an aperture of f/1.8 with OIS, a 40-megapixel True-Chroma mono camera with an aperture of f/1.6, a 13-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera with an aperture of f/2.2, and a much bigger 64-megapixel telephoto camera with an aperture of f/3.4, along with OIS and AF support.

The telephoto lens on the HUAWEI P50 Pro has a maximum zoom range of 200x, while the HUAWEI P50 offers a zoom range of up to 80x. Both of these phones support 4K video recording across the entire focal range. The all-new AIS Pro True-Steady Shot helps you shoot stabilised videos, even when zoomed all the way in.

In terms of the battery, the HUAWEI P50 packs a 4100mAh battery, while the HUAWEI P50 Pro comes with a 4360mAh battery. Both the devices support 66W HUAWEI SuperCharge, however, the HUAWEI P50 Pro also supports 50W Wireless HUAWEI SuperCharge for quick and effortless wireless charging.

Both the P50 Pro and the P50 are powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 4G processor, coupled with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage space. Both the phones also allow you to expand the storage capacity by using a nano memory card.

The HUAWEI P50 Pro and HUAWEI P50 are powered by EMUI 12, which offers a very clean and elegant user interface. Controlling multiple devices at once is as easy as controlling just one single device, thanks to the Super Device features. The Device+ tab in Control Panel enables you to easily control or set up multi-device collaboration with other devices, such as the HUAWEI Vision, FreeBuds, MatePad, and MateBook.

With the Distributed File System, these phones can also function as a wirelessly connected external storage unit for the PC. This means you can access the files you want more easily than ever before. Using the HUAWEI P50 Pro and HUAWEI P50, users can take a call by taking advantage of the larger display, camera, and speakers.

In addition, AppGallery allows you to install all your favourite apps and games with ease. The HUAWEI P50 offers a very good overall performance, thanks to its solid internals. It does not matter what you are trying to achieve with the device, the P50 was able to handle everything we threw at it with aplomb.

The P50’s stand-out feature is its outstanding camera module. You are able to click excellent photographs with ease. The P50 also shines in videography – it is able to take very good-looking footage without you having to put in much effort.

For a price of AED 2799, the HUAWEI P50 is a truly worthwhile smartphone when compared with similarly-priced smartphones on the market. It offers good design and build quality, great specifications, a very good overall performance, and an outstanding camera. The HUAWEI P50 is this highly recommended.

Price: AED 2799

HUAWEI P50 AED 2799
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The P50’s stand-out feature is its outstanding camera module. You are able to click excellent photographs with ease. The P50 also shines in videography – it is able to take very good-looking footage without you having to put in much effort.

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Acer Launches Chromebox Mini

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As the digital landscape evolves, businesses are increasingly seeking ways to engage with audiences. Digital signage and interactive kiosks are at the forefront of this trend, with the market expected to reach $30.56 billion by 2028. Acer addresses this demand with mini-PCs designed for digital signage and kiosks. Their Chromebox Mini CXM1 is a secure and reliable mini-PC that can drive up to three displays simultaneously. It’s compact, silent, and features the latest connectivity options like Wi-Fi 6E and Gigabit Ethernet.

Powered by ChromeOS, the Chromebox Mini CXM1 offers fast deployment, automatic updates, and long-term support. Additionally, the cloud-based Google Admin console allows for remote management and customization. The Chromebox Mini CXM1 complements Acer’s existing line-up of digital signage solutions, including Large Format Displays (LFDs). Acer offers LFDs in various configurations, from high-resolution 4K displays to interactive whiteboards. These LFDs seamlessly integrate with the Chromebox Mini CXM1 using a VESA mounting kit.

Acer’s large format displays are designed for consistent performance and stunning clarity. They cater to various needs, including promotional signage, education, and corporate collaboration. With robust management tools and automated security, Acer displays require minimal maintenance, allowing businesses to focus on creating engaging content. Acer’s Chromebox Mini CXM1 and LFDs provide businesses with a comprehensive suite of tools for impactful advertising, information sharing, and customer interaction.

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Sony Unveils Next-Gen ZV-E10 II Vlogging Camera with New Lens Kit

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Sony Middle East and Africa has launched the ZV-E10 II, the successor to their popular ZV-E10 vlogging camera. The new model builds on the strengths of the original while adding improved performance and features for content creators. The ZV-E10 II boasts a new 26-megapixel sensor and the latest BIONZ XR image processing engine for better image quality. Autofocus and video capturing have also been enhanced, with features like a new vertical format user interface and improved battery life.

The camera offers two key functions for creating professional-looking content: Creative Looks and Cinematic Vlog Setting. Creative Looks provides a variety of presets for different looks, while Cinematic Vlog Setting automatically adjusts settings for a cinematic feel.

Key Highlights:

  1. Upgraded 26MP Exmor R CMOS sensor and BIONZ XR processor
  2. Improved autofocus and video capturing
  3. Cinematic Vlog Setting for Automatic Video Optimization
  4. Vertical shooting mode with a rotating user interface
  5. Upgraded battery for extended recording time
  6. Compact and lightweight design

The ZV-E10 II camera body will be available in selected countries from July 2024. Sony also announced the E PZ 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OSS II lens, a compact zoom lens ideal for the ZV-E10 II. This lens is lightweight, offers good image quality, and features built-in image stabilization. The E PZ 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OSS II will be available in black in selected countries from July 2024.

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CMF by Nothing Phone 1 Review: A Budget-Friendly Contender with a Twist

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In a market saturated with high-priced flagships, the CMF Phone 1 by Nothing is a breath of fresh air. Priced at a staggeringly affordable AED 749 onwards, it aims to deliver a compelling user experience without breaking the bank.

Design
One of the CMF Phone 1’s most striking features is its design. Unlike its flashier sibling, the Nothing Phone (2a), it ditches the transparent back with LED strips for a more conventional approach.

However, “conventional” doesn’t equate to boring here. The phone comes in various vibrant, almost playful colours, reminiscent of the early days of mobile phones. This playful aesthetic extends to the unique selling point of the CMF Phone 1: swappable back covers.

The CMF Phone 1 allows users to easily unscrew the stock black back and replace it with other colours such as orange, blue, and light green. This injects a degree of personalisation often missing in today’s homogenised phone market. Build quality feels solid despite the plastic construction, and the phone boasts an IP52 rating for basic dust and water resistance. CMF by Nothing also offers a bunch of other accessories that sweeten the deal. There’s a card case that can take in three credit cards, a kickstand, and a lanyard.

Display and Performance
The CMF Phone 1 sports a large, 6.67-inch AMOLED display with a smooth 120Hz refresh rate. This translates to a vibrant viewing experience, with excellent contrast levels and sharp visuals for everyday use. Watching videos and scrolling through social media feels fluid and enjoyable.

Under the hood, the phone is powered by the MediaTek Dimensity 7300 chipset. While it won’t win any performance benchmarks, it offers sufficient processing power for most daily tasks such as browsing, social media, and light gaming. Multitasking feels smooth, and the phone rarely stumbles during regular use.

Software
The CMF Phone 1 runs Nothing OS 2.6, a near-stock Android experience with a minimalist aesthetic. This translates to a bloatware-free interface that prioritises user experience. The software feels clean and responsive, with subtle animations and a focus on functionality.

Notably, the playful design elements found in the Nothing Phone (2a)’s software, such as the Glyph interface, are absent here. This might disappoint some users who enjoyed the unique character of the Nothing brand. However, the focus on a clean and efficient experience remains a positive aspect.

Camera
The camera system of the CMF Phone 1 is a bit of a mixed bag. The main attraction is a 50MP Sony sensor backed by a depth sensor for portrait shots. In well-lit conditions, the camera captures decent photos with good detail and colour reproduction. Even in low light, the performance is pretty good with the night mode turned on.

The 16MP front-facing camera is adequate for video calls and casual selfies but won’t impress photography enthusiasts. Overall, the camera system is functional but falls short of what some users might expect, even at this price point.

Battery Life and Connectivity
The CMF Phone 1 packs a sizeable 5000mAh battery, which translates to excellent battery life. You can easily get through a full day of moderate use on a single charge and we were able to stretch it to two days on some occasions. The phone supports 33W wired charging, which helps top the battery up quickly when needed.

However, wireless charging is noticeably absent. In terms of connectivity, the phone offers standard options such as dual SIM support, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and NFC. Notably, it also boasts 5G capabilities, making it future-proof for next-generation networks.

The Verdict
The CMF Phone 1 by Nothing is a compelling option for budget-conscious users who prioritise a clean software experience, vibrant display, and long battery life. The swappable back covers and the accessories add a unique touch of personalisation, while the overall design is refreshingly colourful and playful.

Ultimately, the CMF Phone 1 succeeds in its core mission: delivering a good user experience at an unbeatable price point. If you’re looking for a powerful flagship killer, look elsewhere. But if you prioritise everyday usability, clean software, and a touch of design flair without breaking the bank, the CMF Phone 1 is a strong contender.

Price: AED 749 onwards

CMF by Nothing Phone 1 AED 749 onwards
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Summary

One of the CMF Phone 1’s most striking features is its design. Unlike its flashier sibling, the Nothing Phone (2a), it ditches the transparent back with LED strips for a more conventional approach.

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