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Review: Motorola Edge 30 5G

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The Motorola Edge 50 5G is the budget-friendly variation of the company’s Edge 30 Pro and the Edge 30 Ultra. The phone is being touted to be the slimmest 5G smartphone around at just 6.79mm in thickness. Coming in two different colour options such as Meteor Grey and Aurora Green, the Edge 30 5G also hits the sweet spot when it comes to the price point. It is available at a very pocket-friendly price of AED 1599.

In terms of build quality, the Edge 30 5G does not cut corners. It is sleek and the overall design is pretty good. On the front, you get a beautiful 6.5-inch FHD+ AMOLED display that offers a refresh rate of 144Hz. The display supports HDR10+ and meets the DCI-P3 cinematic standards for colour range.

The display also offers a resolution of 1080-by-2400 pixels, an aspect ratio of 20:9, and a pixel density of 405-PPI. The display is also protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3. Overall, the phone weighs just 155 gms.

On the right edge, you get the volume rockers and the power button. On the top edge, you get a noise-cancelling microphone, while on the bottom edge, you get the dual SIM slot, a USB Type-C port, a noise-cancelling microphone, and the speaker grille. The Edge 30 5G comes with stereo speakers and the speaker at the top also doubles up as the earpiece.

The phone also supports Dolby Atmos – so sound quality is top-notch. Under the hood, the phone is powered by the Snapdragon 778G+ 5G Mobile Platform. Now, this is coupled with 8GB of RAM and up to 256GB of storage.

On the front, above the display, you get a 32MP front shooter for selfies. On the rear is where you will find the triple camera setup. This includes a 50MP wide-angle main camera that offers an aperture of f/1.8, multi-directional PDAF, and OIS. There is also a 50MP ultrawide camera offering an aperture of f/2.2 and PDAF, and a 2MP depth camera offering an aperture of f/2.4.

The rear cameras can shoot videos at 4K@30fps, 1080p@30/60/120fps, and 720p@960fps, while the front camera can shoot videos at 4K@30fps and 1080p@30/120fps. You also get an under-display fingerprint scanner for added security.

The phone is powered by a 4020 mAh battery, which offered a battery life of little more than a day on a single charge. The phone also supports 33W fast charging, for which the charger is included in the box.

Inside the box, you get the Motorola Edge 30 Pro with the protective case preinstalled, a 33W fast charger, a USB Type-C cable, and the user guide. Right out of the box, the phone feels really good in the hands. The construction quality is pretty good, and though the company has used a mix of glass and plastic to build it up, it looks and feels quite nice.

The phone is available in three colour options – Meteor Grey, Supermoon Silver, and the one we have reviewed here the Aurora Green. The back of the device has got a nice matte finish to it, which I quite like. It’s also got IP52 splash-resistance, so it can handle a bit of water splash here and there, but will not survive proper immersion in water.

I like how Motorola has stuck to the stock Android user interface, which is very clean and intuitive to use. You won’t find any bloatware in there, so that’s one thing less to worry about.

The phone is powered by the Android 12 operating system and Motorola promises a couple of years worth of OS and security updates, which is great. One of the coolest features is Ready For, which allows you to easily connect wirelessly to a PC or TV of your choice.

The overall performance of the device is very good. Everything felt smooth-sailing and we did not encounter any sort of stutter or lag during our everyday usage. The cameras performed quite well too, whether it was shooting photos or videos. Even under low light conditions, images through the Night mode came out good.

The Motorola Edge 30 5G has its own charm in the already crowded mid-range smartphone space. The performance, though not as good as some of its rivals, is still pretty good for everyday usage. The cameras also are quite good, too. Overall, the Motorola Edge 30 5G is a very good mid-ranger, if you were on the market looking for a good and pocket-friendly smartphone.

Price: AED 1599

Motorola Edge 30 5G AED 1599
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3.5

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Inside the box, you get the Motorola Edge 30 Pro with the protective case preinstalled, a 33W fast charger, a USB Type-C cable, and the user guide. Right out of the box, the phone feels really good in the hands. The construction quality is pretty good, and though the company has used a mix of glass and plastic to build it up, it looks and feels quite nice.

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Dell Intros Comprehensive Portfolio of Copilot+ AI PCs

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As part of the Dell AI Factory’s growing AI devices and infrastructure offerings, Dell expands its broad portfolio of AI PCs and workstations with the leading number of Copilot+ PCs powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon X Elite and Snapdragon X Plus. The brand-new class of devices transforms the AI PC experience with extraordinary performance and battery life, upleveled productivity and powerful security. Dell’s five new laptops, XPS 13, Inspiron 14 Plus, Inspiron 14, Latitude 7455 and Latitude 5455, offer a range of consumer and commercial options that deliver exceptional speed and AI performance to elevate computing and simplify tasks.

With AI processing locally on the device across the custom-integrated Qualcomm Oryon CPU, GPU and neural processing unit (NPU), Dell’s new AI PCs offer:

  1. Groundbreaking battery life.
  2. 45 trillion operations per second (TOPS) of performance on the NPU, to run AI tasks more efficiently.
  3. Instantaneous results when searching your own content using on-device Copilot.

Built for AI, the XPS 13 is the first XPS to feature Copilot+ powered by Snapdragon X Elite. The already iconic laptop now has powerful on-device AI that delivers cutting-edge responsiveness and impressive speed for navigating demanding workloads and freeing up time to be more creative, all the while extending time away from the outlet. XPS 13 is Dell’s thinnest and lightest XPS and now has an all-day battery life of up to 27 hours, suitable for everyday productivity and content creation.

Consumers can also choose from two new Inspiron AI laptops with exceptional battery life, ideal for students and multitaskers. Both Inspiron 14 Plus (available in ice blue) and Inspiron 14 (available in titan grey) are crafted with lightweight, low emissions aluminium and are energy efficient with an EPEAT Gold rating.

Inspiron 14 Plus features the Snapdragon X Plus platform with up to 15 hours of battery life, enabling a faster and more efficient experience. The device offers an upleveled video and audio experience with quad speakers and a QHD+ display with 400nit brightness. Inspiron 14 is powered by Snapdragon X Plus and provides an easy-to-use platform with features like voice commands and a mechanical privacy shutter for extra security.

New Latitude AI laptops with Copilot+ feature Qualcomm Snapdragon X Elite 12-core and Snapdragon Plus 10-core processors, packing game-changing performance and exceptional battery life for today’s busy worker. Users can operate efficiently and smoothly throughout the day without needing to charge, staying productive no matter where they work.

The Latitude 7455 is a premium AI laptop with up to 21 hours of battery life stacked with a stunning 14-inch QHD+ touch display, quad speakers with AI noise reduction, Qualcomm FastConnect Wi-Fi 7 and optional 5G for greater connectivity and collaboration. As Dell’s thinnest Latitude laptop ever, team members have the mobile form factor they need for productivity at the desk or on the go. The all-aluminium chassis is built with a combination of low emissions and recycled aluminium.

The Latitude 5455 packs performance in a mainstream AI business laptop option with a 16:10 FHD+ display and dual speakers. Multiple layers of hardware and firmware security features also protect the Latitudes, from rigorous controls at the supply chain to keep defenses at the BIOS level. Beyond the device, new Dell Implementation Services for Microsoft Copilot solutions rapidly enable more efficient ways of working across the entire organization, reducing risk and preparing the right users to fully adopt Copilot technologies.

Dell’s Copilot+ PCs take productivity, creativity and communication a step further. With new exclusive AI experiences powered by Snapdragon X Series platforms, users can take back time in their day and focus on the tasks that matter most. Recall remembers everything you’ve done on your device and stores it securely on your PC, not in the cloud, making it quick and easy to pick up where you left off. Easily search for files and applications you were working on weeks ago using the natural and descriptive language of what you remember to quickly get back to work.

Using Cocreator, you can create AI-generated images using a combination of descriptive words and your brushstrokes. You can iterate the image in real-time to make it exactly as you like for when you need visuals for a PPT presentation or want to unlock your kids’ creativity. Live Captions adds the ability to translate any live or pre-recorded audio from 44 languages to English, making it even more seamless to connect with friends and colleagues on video calls.

New Windows Studio effects adjust lighting and offer new creative filters to enhance call collaboration.
Auto Super Resolution uses AI to upscale your videos and games in real time for smooth streaming and gameplay. Complete the AI ecosystem with one of two new keyboards, featuring a dedicated Copilot key for quick access to Copilot, the everyday AI companion.

The Dell Silent Keyboard and Mouse (KM555) – ideal for open office environments – they provide silent typing, clicking, scrolling and gliding, in a space-saving compact design and offers up to 36 months of battery life.
The Dell Wired Collaboration Keyboard (KB525C), the world’s first wired collaboration keyboard for Zoom and Microsoft Teams, features dedicated keys designed for seamless performance during conference calls including microphone mute/unmute, video on/off, screen share and chat.

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Acer Launches its First Copilot+ PC, the Swift 14 AI Laptop

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Acer today launched its first Copilot+ PC with the Swift 14 AI laptop, in collaboration with Microsoft and Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., ushering in a new AI era with brand new user experiences and AI capabilities on Windows 11. The Swift 14 AI has multiple device models, powered by Snapdragon X Elite and Snapdragon X Plus platforms, and both feature one of the world’s fastest NPUs for laptops to enable on-device AI processing. Users can streamline everyday tasks with smarter PC functions and tackle complex workloads more effectively.

“Engineered for AI from the inside out, the Swift 14 AI is the first among many Acer Copilot+ PCs to come,” said Jerry Kao, COO, Acer Inc. “These next-generation AI PCs see significant leaps in AI processing power, unlocking brand new experiences that we know users will love.”

“It’s exciting to collaborate with Acer to bring AI technology to its Windows PC range of devices from sleek ultrabooks to powerful gaming rigs. Our collaboration has been crucial in delivering productive and secure PCs that cater to a broad spectrum of customers while also balancing style and performance with affordability, making technology accessible to a wider audience while also focusing on sustainability. With Acer’s launch of its Copilot+ PC, the Swift 14 AI laptop, we will bring new AI experiences to life for customers, taking advantage of on-device and cloud AI to empower individuals and organizations to achieve more,” states Mark Linton, VP Device Partner Sales, Microsoft Corp.

“The Swift 14 AI is a remarkable device that demonstrates the power, performance and intelligence capabilities of the Snapdragon X Elite platform,” said Kedar Kondap, Senior Vice President & General Manager of Compute & Gaming, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. “Powered by the world’s fastest NPU for laptops and high-performance CPU cores, the Swift 14 AI delivers groundbreaking AI, enhanced productivity and creativity, making Acer’s new device a game-changer in the world of AI-enabled laptops.”

The Snapdragon X Series processors are built for AI and are designed to be among the most powerful, intelligent, and power efficient processors created for Windows in its class today. The new Acer Swift 14 AI, powered by Snapdragon X Elite, features 12 high-performance CPU cores on a 4nm process node, integrated Qualcomm Adreno GPU of 3.8 TFLOPS, and Qualcomm Hexagon NPU capable of 45 TOPS. It is also equipped with up to 32 GB LPDDR5X-8533 memory and up to 1 TB NVMe PCIe Gen 4 SSD to enhance system performance and navigate demanding multi-tasking workloads across productivity, creativity, and immersive entertainment scenarios without sacrificing power. Paired with the hundreds of premium apps that are optimized for Arm-compatible architecture, Snapdragon X Elite and Snapdragon X Plus processors enable user experiences that run smoothly and efficiently.

The new Swift 14 AI has been optimized with powerful AI, unlocking new productivity, creativity, and communication experiences. With Recall, users can easily find anything they have seen on their PC by simply describing the clues they remember. With an explorable timeline, users can easily scroll across time to get back to apps, documents, or messages they previously used. Live Captions with live translations provides automatic speech captions and conducts translations in real-time of any live or pre-recorded video from 44 languages into English.

To spark imagination and creative abilities, visual or written prompts can now be used to co-create AI images and texts on the device with Cocreator. Auto Super Resolution automatically upscales graphics resolution and frame refresh rates of games in real-time to deliver the visuals players crave without taking a hit on performance. For those who always want to look and sound their best while better engaging their audience in video calls, Windows Studio Effects helps to automatically improve lighting conditions and cancel out unwanted noise. It can also be used to activate three artistic filters on any video platform via Quick settings, allowing users to express themselves in new and creative ways during video calls. And Copilot, the everyday AI companion, is accessible via a single click of the dedicated Copilot key.

As a reflection of its modern capabilities and usability, the Swift 14 AI sports a refined Copilot+ PC-exclusive design, highlighted by a unique AI icon stamped on the cover of the thin-and-light chassis and an Activity Indicator on the touchpad that illuminates when the device or Copilot is activated. The laptop features a 14.5-inch WQXGA (2560×1600) IPS display with a 120 Hz refresh rate and support for 100% sRGB colour gamut. It is available with edge-to-edge touchscreen options and comes with TÜV Rheinland Eyesafe Certification 2.0 to help minimize the effects of harmful blue light without sacrificing colour accuracy. A 180-degree hinge design provides the flexibility of a different user mode and enables easy opening of the aluminium cover with one hand.

A 1440p QHD IR webcam with a triple microphone array and privacy shutter supports Acer’s suite of AI-boosted conferencing tools in Acer PurifiedView 2.0 and Acer PurifiedVoice 2.0 to ensure users always look and sound their best. These can be swiftly calibrated thanks to Acer QuickPanel which intuitively appears when the device’s webcam or microphone has been switched on. A dedicated key directs users to the Red Dot Design Award-winning AcerSense app for device management and a library of AI features available on the device through the Experience Zone.

This Copilot+ PC comes with Windows Hello that supports biometric and facial recognition login for quick and secure access. Sustainability remains a vital pillar for Acer’s next-generation products, with the Swift 14 AI utilizing PCR plastic in the device, shipping with 100% recyclable packaging, and receiving the EPEAT Gold certification for its compliance with the highest EPEAT criteria. The device also boasts Wi-Fi 7 and Bluetooth 5.4 connectivity to deliver speeds of up to 5.8 Gbps and low network latency of under 2 ms, plus a host of generous port selections including two USB Type-C and two USB 3.2 Type-A ports for added flexibility.

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Logitech Intros MeetUp 2 AI-Powered USB Conference Camera

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Logitech has announced MeetUp 2, an AI-powered USB conference camera designed for bring-your-own-device (BYOD) and PC-based setups in huddle and small meeting rooms. This next-generation camera is the modern evolution of the iconic Logitech MeetUp, the bestselling conference camera in Logitech history that has sold more than one million units.

MeetUp 2 video bar brings AI-powered video and audio features, recycled plastics, and easy deployment to USB-based huddle rooms. “Instantly recognisable, MeetUp took video from the boardroom to the huddle space, making video collaboration achievable and affordable for everyone,” said Alistair Johnston, Head of Collaboration at Futuresource Consulting. Now, MeetUp 2 is poised to disrupt the market once again as the need for huddle room tech increases in companies embracing hybrid work models.

With the rise in huddle rooms comes the need for video conferencing tech that fits multiple scenarios, including those who prefer dedicated PC-based deployment or using their laptop in a BYOD setup. And because Logitech has been using AI-enhanced features in conference room devices for years to create experiences that focus on the human and deepen engagement among meeting colleagues (with no manual control needed), MeetUp 2 is now designed with those intelligent features.

“Logitech MeetUp 2 brings the power of AI with RightSight 2 to create dynamic views that draw remote users into the virtual meeting, and RightSound 2 for advanced voice equalization and noise suppression,” said Henry Levak, VP of Product at Logitech B2B. “On the backend, IT teams can remotely monitor the devices and push out software updates to continuously make MeetUp 2 smarter over time. And not insignificantly, we’ve built this next-generation conference camera with next-life plastics.”

AI-driven video features of RightSight 2 create equitable experiences for remote participants by using intelligence to automatically focus and frame in-room participants – whether focusing on the active speaker, the group of participants, or each individual participant. For advanced audio clarity, RightSound 2 uses AI-based algorithms that balance voices and filter out unwanted noise, while reducing reverberation in rooms with echoes.

MeetUp 2 works with popular video conferencing platforms people use every day such as Microsoft Teams, Zoom, and Google Meet, enabling MeetUp 2 users to enjoy features like Zoom Rooms Smart Gallery, which creates individual feeds of in-room participants; and Microsoft Intelliframe, which automatically places participants in frames to make everyone equally visible.

Buyers of IT equipment are increasingly responsible for purchasing technology with a lower environmental impact. MeetUp 2 was developed using Design for Sustainability (DfS) principles, a framework that guides product teams toward lower-impact, more circular design solutions.

“We’re helping our enterprise customers better manage their carbon footprint,” said Prakash Arunkundrum, Chief Operating Officer at Logitech. “MeetUp 2 is the latest in our video conferencing portfolio to demonstrate our deep commitment to reducing environmental impact.”

MeetUp 2 replaces virgin plastic parts with post-consumer recycled plastic, lowering its carbon footprint and giving a second life to end-of-use plastic from old consumer electronics. The plastic parts in MeetUp 2 contain 62% recycled plastic, the highest percentage of similar products in the market today. By choosing recycled plastic vs virgin plastic, MeetUp 2’s design saves 15.5 tCO2e saving per 10,000 units, allowing IT tech buyers to lower their company’s Scope 3 indirect emissions.

To encourage other brands to adopt DfS, Logitech openly shares its knowledge about how to integrate Next Life recycled plastic into its manufacturing process. MeetUp 2 is also packaged in paper sourced from FSC™-certified forests and other controlled sources. MeetUp 2, designed for up to six people in a small room, offers the flexibility of deploying in USB mode with an in-room computer device or in BYOD mode connected to a laptop.

In BYOD setups, users simply connect their laptops or mobile devices to the MeetUp 2 with the optional Logitech Active USB Cable to run video meetings from their platform of choice, while IT admins can monitor room status, deploy updates, and modify settings over ethernet or WiFi through Logitech Sync. When MeetUp 2 is not in a meeting, the display in the room can be used for digital signage, allowing custom content such as company logos or space usage instructions, through Logitech Sync and AppSpace.

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