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Review: HONOR X9a 5G – The Smartphone With the Strongest Screen

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HONOR is back with a new and exciting addition to its X Series of smartphones – the brand-new X9a! The HONOR X9a boasts an impressive display, a durable battery, and a seamless user experience, all housed in a compact, affordable design.

DISPLAY
The HONOR X9a features a 6.67-inch OLED Curved Display with a screen-to-body ratio of 93%. Its rounded corners and high resolution of 2400-by-1080 pixels, support for up to 1.07 billion colors, and display brightness of 800 nits offer an immersive viewing experience. Whether you’re in a brightly lit room or a dimly lit environment, the HONOR X9a’s display delivers clear and crisp images.

The HONOR X9a has also been designed with your eye’s health in mind. It comes packed with the hardware low blue light technology, which has been certified by TÜV Rheinland. The technology reduces harmful blue light exposure. It also supports 1920Hz PWM Dimming technology, which reduces screen flickering – so you can watch your favourite content on the screen without any eye fatigue.

One of the standout features of the HONOR X9a is that its display is 0.65mm thick. Now, this is thicker than the industry average of 0.55mm, thereby helping improve its durability. The display has also undergone two tempering processes, making it able to withstand accidental drops from a height of up to 1m on marble surfaces. This makes the HONOR X9a, a smartphone with the strongest screen on the market today.

The HONOR X9a’s Daylight Screen Algorithm increases the display brightness and reduces glare in bright lighting conditions, allowing users to easily read content and view images in their true colors, even in direct sunlight. Its Night-time Screen Algorithm reduces the display brightness to as low as 2 nits in low-light environments, reducing strain on the eyes when viewing in dim conditions.

In addition, you also get a special E-Book Mode, which is perfect for users who enjoy reading on their smartphones. When activated, E-Book Mode enhances the display contrast to mimic the look of a paper reader, easing eye strain even in low-light environments. This makes it a great choice for users who want a comfortable reading experience on their phones.

The phone also comes with a Dark Mode feature, which changes the background colour from white to black and the text colour from black to white. By using a black background, the HONOR X9a’s Dark Mode reduces the blue light emission from the screen, easing eye strain. It also takes advantage of the properties of the AMOLED display to turn off individual pixels for the black background, creating deep blacks and improving battery life.

The HONOR X9a’s high screen refresh rate of up to 120Hz and touch sampling rate of up to 300Hz provide smooth, responsive visuals and reduce motion blur. Whether gaming, typing, or editing files, the HONOR X9a’s display delivers a seamless user experience.

DESIGN
The HONOR X9a has been designed to be compact and lightweight, measuring just 7.9mm in thickness and weighing just 175 grams. The overall design and build quality are top-notch.

On the rear, you get the symmetrical Matrix Star Ring camera design, which has been inspired by the iconic circular camera layout of HONOR’s flagship Magic Series. Its triple cameras module and the flashlight are evenly positioned along the Star Ring.

The HONOR X9a is available in three different colour options such as Titanium Silver, Emerald Green, and Midnight Black. The one showcased in this review is the Titanium Silver variant. The phone uses an in-screen fingerprint reader for added security.

On the right edge of the device, you get the volume rockers and the power button. On the bottom edge, you get the dual SIM tray, a noise-cancelling microphone, a USB Type-C port, and the speaker grille. On the top edge, you get the IR blaster and a second noise-cancelling microphone.

HARDWARE
Even though the HONOR X9a is incredibly slim and lightweight, it comes packed with a massive 5100mAh battery. With a single full charge, the HONOR X9a offers up to 2 days of daily use, providing uninterrupted work, play, and entertainment on the go.

Under the hood, the phone is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G Mobile Platform, a 6nm advanced processor with integrated Qualcomm Adreno 619 GPU and Qualcomm Kryo 660 CPU. You also get 8GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage.

In addition, the HONOR X9a is equipped with HONOR RAM Turbo to convert a small portion of the internal storage into RAM. This allows users to run apps faster without having to relaunch them, thus delivering a smoother user experience. The HONOR X9a runs the latest Android 12 operating system with the company’s very own Magic UI 6.1 running on top of it.

CAMERA
On the rear, the HONOR X9a comes packed with a triple camera system. Now, this includes the 64MP Ultra-clear Main Camera offering a f/1.8 aperture, a 5MP Wide Angle Camera offering a f/2.2 aperture, and a 2MP Macro Camera offering a f/2.4 aperture.

On the front, just above the gorgeous display, you get a 16MP Front Camera with a f/2.45 aperture. The front camera is also capable of vividly rendering the subject’s facial features with facial recognition capabilities while keeping the details of the background sharp.

The camera offers a wide variety of photography and videography modes. One of the highlights of the camera modes is the Multi-Video Mode recording. In this mode, you can simultaneously capture multiple perspectives using the front camera and the rear camera at the same time. This is perfect for users who would like to record and share their memorable moments in life with their loved ones.

COLLABORATION FEATURES
The HONOR X9a features HONOR Share, which allows for fast wireless file transfer between HONOR devices such as laptops, smartphones, and tablets. With HONOR Share, users can easily transfer documents, images, and videos without interrupting other tasks or applications running on their devices, increasing productivity.

The phone’s Multi-screen Collaboration capabilities allow you to easily multi-task between your HONOR smartphone and an HONOR laptop or tablet. When connected, you can answer audio and video calls on all devices and easily transfer files between them for easier editing.

VERDICT
The HONOR X9a performed very well in all our tests. Whether it was gaming, watching content, or multi-tasking between multiple open app windows, the phone performed with aplomb!

The camera of the HONOR X9a also performed really well as seen in the sample shots below. Whether it was outdoors or indoors, the camera system performed consistently.

And the fact that the HONOR X9a comes with a 0.65mm thick display that has also undergone two tempering processes, durability is a given. You don’t have to worry about accidental scratches or drops as it will withstand most abuses smartphones go through on a daily basis. That makes the HONOR X9a, the smartphone with the strongest screen today.

AVAILABILITY
The pre-order for the HONOR X9a starts on January 14, 2023. The phone will be available at Axiom, Carrefour, Emax, HiHONOR, Jumbo, KM Trading, Lulu, Nesto, and Sharaf DG. In addition, online channels such as hihonor.com and noon.com will also be offering the HONOR X9a.

HONOR has also partnered with NorthLadder, the leading device trade-in player in the MEA region. Starting from January 7, 2023, you can trade in your old smartphone for new phones from HONOR for less. This includes the upcoming HONOR X9a and the iconic HONOR 70 5G. Open sales of the HONOR X9a will start on January 21, 2023, and the smartphone is expected to be priced between AED 1000 and AED 1500.

Price: Ranging between AED 1000 and AED 1500

HONOR X9a AED 1000 - AED 1500
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Summary

And the fact that the HONOR X9a comes with a 0.65mm thick display that has also undergone two tempering processes, durability is a given. You don’t have to worry about accidental scratches or drops as it will withstand most abuses smartphones go through on a daily basis. That makes the HONOR X9a, the smartphone with the strongest screen today.

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Acer Launches eKinekt Bike Desk

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Acer today announced the eKinekt BD 3 bike desk, a desk combined with a stationary bike to empower sustainable and healthier lifestyles. The eKinekt BD 3 lets users exercise as they work by using kinetic energy from the rider’s pedaling to power the machine and charge devices. The LCD display and a companion smartphone app provide information to help riders stay on track with their progress during exercise regimes or work periods.

Users can seamlessly adjust the bike resistance, seat, and desk height based on desired placement to provide added flexibility and comfort when working or training. The device is equipped with two USB Type-A ports and one USB Type-C port, a bag hook, and a beverage holder for added convenience whether in the office or in the comfort of home.

As the rider pedals, the eKinekt converts kinetic energy into an electric charge. One hour of constant cycling at 60 RPM on the bike desk can generate 75 watts of self-generated power. The useable energy is then utilized to charge laptops and other devices, so users can get work done and stay active at the same time. Embodying its long-term commitment to finding the balance between creating innovative solutions while protecting the planet, the eKinekt BD 3’s desktop and the casing that protects the bike’s components are made from post-consumer recycled (PCR) plastic.

The multi-function bike desk features two USB Type-A ports and a USB Type-C port, allowing for multiple mobile devices to be charged all at once. An LED charging indicator on the back of the bike lights up when pedaling, signaling that kinetic energy is being converted. The eKinekt’s wide desk surface provides the user with ample working space, while the adjustable table height and seat let them sit in a comfortable position at all times. For added convenience, it is designed with a bag hook that lets users easily hang their belongings and a designated beverage holder to stay hydrated and avoid spillage when on the bike.

In Working Mode, the desk surface moves closer to the chair to let riders sit in an upright position while typing and pedaling. In Sports Mode, the desktop sits further forward, giving more room to lean in, similar to the position on a standard bike or trainer, for added leg space and increased pedaling power. The well-thought design lets users take advantage of downtime in between work periods to stay energized and do some exercise within a small area. Riders can then seamlessly revert to Working Mode by just sliding the desk surface back into its original position.

The eKinekt’s user-friendly companion app provides real-time information to check riding duration, distance, and speed, while indicating the estimated number of calories burned and watts generated when pedaling. For more accurate tracking, riders can input personal information such as height, weight, gender, and age on their app profiles. It also records workout history for users to track their progress and compare results over time.

The eKinekt BD 3 will be available in EMEA in June, for $1139.99.

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HUAWEI Launches the MatePad SE in the UAE

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Huawei has launched the new MatePad SE in the UAE. It comes with a 10.4-inch 2K FullView Display, a powerful 6nm Octa-core processor, immersive sound, and a host of other smart features. The HUAWEI MatePad SE is available at a starting price of AED 599 on Huawei Experience Stores, E-shop and across select retailers in the UAE. It comes with gifts worth AED 397 including an original HUAWEI Flip Cover, a Special Huawei Gift Box, VIU-F App 6-month free subscription, and 12 months free Huawei Multi-Country Warranty Service.

The device offers a 10.4-inch 2K HUAWEI FullView Display with an 83% screen-to-body ratio, 2K resolution, and 225-pixel density. It also offers 4096-level brightness adjustment and it has passed TÜV Rheinland Low Blue Light and Flicker-free certifications.

The HUAWEI MatePad SE packs two speakers into its slim body, which generate sound from both the left and right to provide a wholly immersive listening experience. The tablet also adopts the upgraded Histen 8.0 that features auto-adaptable, context-based audio effects and fine-tuning.

The HUAWEI MatePad SE comes with Super Device features that allow you to manage your devices and connections from a single place and even share devices between accounts, making cross-device operations easier. The all-new Multi-Window feature turns the tablet into a standout multi-tasking tool by supporting up to four concurrent tasks. The new and improved App Multiplier feature allows you to open up to four ongoing tasks within a single app.

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Sony Intros New Float Run Headphones for Runners and Athletes

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Sony has announced a new model of headphones designed with runners in mind. Sony’s new off-ear headphones Float Run, a novel headphone style that positions the speaker near, but without touching the ear canal, leaving the ear safely uncovered while still delivering a rich sound experience.

The Float Run headphones focus on the runner’s form, for a comfortable and stable experience without having to compromise sound quality. Float Run offers important features to runners or athletes, including a light-weight design with a flexible neckband that doesn’t slip when in motion, and a pressure-free design that sits off of the ears, so runners no longer need to worry about sweat or chafing getting in the way of their workout. This product was well received by crowdfunding, which led to its official launch.

With a special off-ear design, runners won’t have to worry about pressure or stuffiness on their ears. For extended comfort, the Float Run headphones sit on the ears of the wearer, so they can enjoy comfort for longer without disruption. Additionally, Float Run headphones only weigh approximately 33 grams, so runners can focus on their surroundings.

Designed to be stable and secure, Float Run headphones stay in place no matter how the runner moves. Tested on a wide range of head shapes and hairstyles, the headphones will stay with the runner, due to the flexible neckband design. Additionally, Float Run headphones were tested with accessories including hats and sunglasses. Whatever is worn, the stabilising neckband will keep them secure.

The 16mm drivers and precise tuning combined with the off-ear style offer a more natural and wider sound so there is no compromise on sound quality. The Float Run headphones have an open-type design that eliminates echo of the sounds your body makes, like footsteps, chewing, or heavy breathing, and allows ambient sound.

The Float Run headphones are designed to fill the user’s ears, but not cover them, so they can be aware of their surroundings. The Float Run design allows music to naturally mix with ambient sound and be formed by the user’s ear shape. Float Run off-ear headphones keep ears unobstructed, to achieve peak performance in whatever activity they are performing.

With an IPX4 water-resistant rating, consumers don’t have to worry about damage from sweat or from getting caught out in the rain. With long battery life and up to 10 hours of playtime when fully charged, the Float Run headphones will power long runs. In a hurry? A quick charge of 10 minutes will give an hour of play.

With a variety of controls built in, users can control playback and access their smartphone’s voice assistant without having to take it out of their pocket or bag[ Availability of function depends on the smartphone or app version.]. When their run is over and it’s time to get to work, the Float Run headphones have a high-quality built-in microphone to make them just as ideal for productivity tasks. Float Run headphones conveniently charge using USB-C. Additionally, the headphones include a carrying pouch to keep the supplied charging cable and headphones together and protected.

The Sony Float Run headphones will be available in the Middle East & Africa from February 2023.

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