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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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Sony Launches FE 24-50mm F2.8 G, a Compact, Large Aperture F2.8 G Lens with High-Performance Optics

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Sony Middle East and Africa has announced the release of its new compact 35mm full-frame compatible α (Alpha) E-mount lens, FE 24-50mm F2.8 G (product name SEL2450G) standard zoom with F2.8 maximum aperture over the entire zoom range. Despite its small and lightweight body, it achieves the high-resolution performance and beautiful bokeh that can be expected from a large aperture G Lens with F2.8. It covers a focal length of 24 mm to 50 mm, allowing you to capture everything from still images such as everyday snapshots, and portraits to video shooting, all in high quality but with a design that will easily fit in the smallest of kit bags.

With the latest optical and mechanical design, the dimensions have been kept compact with a filter diameter of φ67 mm, maximum diameter of 74.8 mm, length of 92.3 mm, and weight of approximately 440 g. Sharp and detailed images at all focal lengths are achieved thanks to the arrangement of four aspherical lenses and two pieces of ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass, so that aberrations such as chromatic aberration, are reduced, achieving high-resolution performance from the centre to the corner. FE 24-50mm F2.8 G uses an 11-blade circular aperture which together with the optimisation of spherical aberration provides the beautiful, soft and smooth bokeh that is characteristic of the G Lens series. It has a minimum shooting distance of 0.19 m (AF) at the wide end and a maximum magnification of 0.30 x (AF) offering high-quality close-up shooting.

The quality is evident through the AF (auto focus) whereby, equipped with two linear motors, it achieves high speed, high precision, high tracking, and quiet focusing. It also supports high-speed continuous shooting with AF/AE tracking of up to 120 frames per second for the full-frame mirrorless camera Alpha 9 III. For those wanting a solid video performance, AF tracking is available for high frame rate 4K 120p or FHD 240p movie recording where critical focus control is required, plus it supports in-body Active Mode image stabilisation for steady shooting while walking. It is also compatible with the focus breathing compensation on camera bodies, allowing for high-quality video expression.

Intuitive manual focus is achieved thanks to the adoption of linear response MF which allows smooth and superior image expression. FE 24-50mm F2.8 G is equipped with user-friendly functions such as a customisable focus hold button, aperture ring, aperture click ON/OFF switch, and focus mode switch, offering high operability and comprehensive control. Plus, for further ease of use, they are designed to be dust and moisture-proof with a fluorine coating which prevents dirt from sticking to the front surface of the lens.

 The new FE 24-50mm F2.8 G will be available in the region from Q2 2024.

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CORSAIR Intros New 75% Keyboard for Enthusiast Gamers

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CORSAIR has launched a standout addition to its lineup of award-winning gaming keyboards: the K65 PLUS WIRELESS. Beautifully built, and loaded with the essentials needed to win, this 75%-layout keyboard maxes out both performance and personality. When you deploy the K65 PLUS WIRELESS, your gaming persona and your keyboard enthusiast side come out to play.

Powerful performance now resides in a cleverly compact 75% profile. The space-saving K65 PLUS WIRELESS optimizes the important desk space needed for your mouse, while including the essential arrow and utility keys that put game controls right where you want them. Pre-lubricated CORSAIR MLX Red linear switches are buttery smooth and register every input with crisp responsiveness. The switches are also hot-swappable, so you can customize the keyboard by subbing in your switches easily – how you play is completely up to you.

The K65 PLUS WIRELESS offers ultra-satisfying typing, with no modding required. Each keystroke is tempered by two layers of integrated sound dampening that hushes internal pings and clacks. The result is precisely tuned acoustics that you – and everyone nearby – will appreciate. The PBT dye-sublimated keycaps’ midnight grey and silver accents complement any desktop; you will want to make K65 PLUS WIRELESS your primary board for daily use.

Connect and play, more adeptly than ever. Make ultra-fast moves over a reliable, low-latency 2.4GHz wireless connection for gaming, or Bluetooth for tablets, mobile, and more, all with secure AES encryption and up to 266 hours on a single charge with RGB off. Toggle from PC to Mac layout by simply flipping a switch, and connect to multiple devices seamlessly with a single keystroke.

For RGB fanatics, the K65 PLUS WIRELESS comes alive with a shiny array of per-key RGB, endlessly customizable with CORSAIR iCUE software. Use the power of iCUE to record macros, remap keys, and sync your keyboard to the rest of your setup’s RGB and iCUE Murals profiles, for a lighting ambience that makes your space a haven for gaming and working.
Equip the infinitely intriguing K65 PLUS WIRELESS keyboard, and match your superior skill with stunning style.

To celebrate the launch of K65 PLUS WIRELESS, CORSAIR is excited to offer an exclusive deal on DROP Holy Panda X tactile switches. For a limited time, when you buy a K65 PLUS WIRELESS keyboard on the CORSAIR webstore, you can get a set of Holy Panda X switches for 50% off from DROP.com. When brought together, this keyboard and key switch combo makes tactile gaming and typing a delightful experience. (Offer only available in North America)

The CORSAIR K65 PLUS WIRELESS gaming keyboard is available immediately from the CORSAIR webstore and the CORSAIR worldwide network of authorized online retailers and distributors. The K65 PLUS WIRELESS is backed by a two-year warranty, alongside the CORSAIR worldwide customer service and technical support network.

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HONOR Says its Eye-Tracking Features Can Move a Car

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HONOR has introduced an AI-powered eye-tracking feature that can move a car without a driver inside. This experiment, demonstrated by an automotive engineer, uses the eye-tracking feature of the HONOR Magic6 Pro to control a car based on the user’s eye movement.

A video by Autocar, available on YouTube, showcases this innovative technology. The HONOR Magic6 Pro is equipped with four commands that can be activated by eye gaze, allowing the car to start the engine, turn it off, and move forward or backwards. After focusing on a specific button for 2-3 seconds, the corresponding command is activated, and the car responds accordingly.

HONOR says that this demonstration is a testament to the company’s belief that AI can transform the way humans interact with devices in the future. HONOR has announced that its MWC Launch Event will be on February 25th. HONOR will also host an AI Panel with industry partners such as Qualcomm to unveil more discoveries about the future of AI. This event will take place on February 26th at 17:00 (CET) at MWC 2024. Find out more at this link: https://www.hihonor.com/ae-en/events/honor-mwc/

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