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The New OnePlus Nord CE 3 Lite Boasts a 108MP Camera and 67W Fast Charging

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OnePlus is launching a new smartphone in its midrange Nord lineup, called the OnePlus Nord CE 3 Lite. Despite its unimpressive name, it boasts some intriguing specifications at a relatively affordable price point of €329. The phone will be available for purchase in Europe on April 20th and in select markets in Asia. No information is available about it being launched in the MEA region.

Furthermore, a new set of true wireless earbuds under the Nord brand, the OnePlus Nord Buds 2, will also be available for purchase today in European, Asian, and US markets. What’s especially notable about the Nord CE 3 Lite is its primary camera’s 108-megapixel sensor.

Another noteworthy feature of the Nord CE 3 Lite is its fast-charging capability, which can reach speeds of up to 67W. This is sufficient to charge the phone’s 5,000mAh battery to 80% in just 30 minutes, which is impressive considering its price point. Compared to the previous year’s Nord CE 2 Lite, which had 33W fast charging, the Nord CE 3 Lite’s charging speeds are over double and even surpass the 65W of the higher-end OnePlus Nord CE 2 model.

The Nord CE 3 Lite is equipped with an 8GB RAM midrange Snapdragon 695 processor and comes with 128GB storage. It also supports microSD cards of up to 1TB. While it features a triple camera setup, the secondary cameras are a less impressive two-megapixel macro and two-megapixel depth assist.

The primary sensor’s high resolution enables the phone to offer a “3x lossless zoom” without requiring a separate telephoto lens, according to OnePlus. The phone is available in gray or lime green and will receive two years of Android software updates and an additional year of security updates.

The Nord CE 3 Lite has a headphone jack and stereo speakers that can be boosted by up to 200 percent, according to OnePlus. This claim refers to the company’s optimizations to double the perceived loudness of the phone’s speaker hardware, which sounds somewhat similar to Spinal Tap’s notorious amps that go up to 11. Additionally, the Nord CE 3 Lite’s LCD screen measures 6.72 inches and boasts a 1080p resolution with a 120Hz refresh rate.

In addition to the OnePlus Nord CE 3 Lite, OnePlus has unveiled a successor to last year’s OnePlus Nord Buds called the OnePlus Nord Buds 2. The primary new feature is active noise cancellation. The Nord Buds 2 will be available for a price of $59.

Apart from the addition of ANC, the Nord Buds 2 offer similar features to the original Nord Buds. With ANC on, the earbuds provide five hours of battery life, which can be extended to 27 hours with the case. With ANC off, you get the same seven hours of battery life as the previous model and up to 36 hours with the case. The earbuds come in gray or white and have an IP55 rating for dust and water resistance.

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Nothing’s CMF Unveils Budget-Friendly Phone 1, Buds Pro 2, and Watch Pro 2

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CMF, the budget-friendly brand from Nothing, unveiled three exciting new products: CMF Phone 1, CMF Watch Pro 2, and CMF Buds Pro 2.

CMF Phone 1
For smooth performance, this phone boasts a powerful MediaTek Dimensity 7300 5G processor (co-engineered with Nothing). The massive 5000 mAh battery promises up to two days of use, while 8GB or 16GB RAM options ensure effortless multitasking.

 

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Capture stunning photos with the 50MP Sony rear camera and a dedicated portrait sensor. The 16MP selfie camera complements the package. All this comes to life on a vibrant 6.67-inch Super AMOLED display with a smooth 120Hz refresh rate.

CMF Phone 1 runs Nothing OS 2.6, offering a clean and customizable Android experience. But the real charm lies in the phone’s adaptability. Swappable backcases and custom accessories let you create a phone that reflects your style.

CMF Watch Pro 2
This versatile smartwatch features an interchangeable bezel design, a stunning 1.32-inch AMOLED display, and over 100 customizable watch faces. Track your fitness with over 120 sports modes and automatic workout detection. It also monitors heart rate, blood oxygen, and stress levels.

Stay connected with Bluetooth calling, music control, notifications, and remote camera control. Built for an active lifestyle, the watch boasts IP68 water resistance and an impressive 11-day battery life.

CMF Buds Pro 2
Elevate your listening experience with these feature-packed earbuds. The innovative Smart Dial on the case lets you control everything with a touch. Dual drivers and LDAC technology deliver rich, Hi-Res Audio Wireless sound, further enhanced by Dirac Opteo. Advanced Hybrid Active Noise Cancellation (up to 50dB) and clear voice calls with 6 mics ensure an uninterrupted listening experience.

For movie lovers, Spatial Audio creates a three-dimensional soundscape. With a total battery life of 43 hours and a quick 10-minute charge for 7 hours of playback, the CMF Buds Pro 2 are perfect for any adventure.

The CMF Phone 1 hits shelves on July 20th in two configurations:

  1. 8GB + 128GB: Starting at SAR 799 (Jarir Bookstores) / AED 749 (Lulu Hypermarket & Noon)
  2. 8GB + 256GB: SAR 1,099 / AED 999

CMF offers stylish Black, Orange, Light Green, and Blue cases for just SAR 59 / AED 49 each. Other accessories include a stand, lanyard, and card case, all priced at SAR 59 / AED 49.

The CMF Watch Pro 2, a versatile smartwatch with a starting price of SAR 279 / AED 249, complements the Phone 1 perfectly. The CMF Buds Pro 2 is available for SAR 219 / AED 199 for immersive audio.

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HUAWEI FreeBuds 6i Review: Impressive ANC Earbuds Without Breaking the Bank

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In today’s crowded world of wireless earbuds, features often come at a premium price. But what if you could silence the outside world and crank up your favourite tunes without breaking the bank? Enter the HUAWEI FreeBuds 6i, a pair of earbuds promising top-tier noise cancellation on a budget.

Design and Comfort
The HUAWEI FreeBuds 6i sport a familiar in-ear design with a short stem. They come in three colours: white, black, and purple – the one reviewed here is the purple variant. The earbuds themselves are lightweight and comfortable to wear for extended periods. The included silicone ear tips come in three sizes, allowing for a customised fit that creates a good seal for passive noise isolation. The charging case is small and pocketable, with a glossy plastic finish that feels surprisingly sturdy.

An LED indicator on the case displays the battery level for the earbuds and the case itself. The controls are touch-sensitive, and located on the flat stem of each earbud. A single tap plays or pauses music, a double tap skips tracks, a triple tap activates the voice assistant, and swiping up or down adjusts the volume. The touch controls are highly responsive.

Sound Quality
Despite their budget price tag, the HUAWEI FreeBuds 6i deliver surprisingly good sound quality. The 11mm dynamic drivers with a quad-magnet design produce clear, detailed audio. These are also Hi-Res certified, producing as low as 14 Hz punchy bass. Having said that, the bass is present but not overpowering, allowing mids and highs to shine through. The soundstage isn’t the widest, but it’s sufficient for most genres of music.

HUAWEI also offers the AI Life app, which allows for some customisation with a five-band equaliser. This offers control over the listening experience. The FreeBuds 6i support SBC, AAC, and the higher-fidelity LDAC codecs. LDAC offers near-lossless audio transmission, but it requires a compatible device. If you have a HUAWEI phone that supports LDAC, you’ll get the best possible sound quality from these earbuds.

Active Noise Cancellation (ANC)
The star of the show for the HUAWEI FreeBuds 6i is undoubtedly the ANC technology. HUAWEI boasts its Intelligent Dynamic ANC 3.0, which uses an algorithm to adjust noise cancellation based on your environment. This allows the earbuds to effectively block out low-frequency noises such as aeroplane rumble and traffic noise.

The ANC is particularly impressive for the price range. Call quality is also decent, with the earbuds doing a good job of filtering out ambient noise for clear conversations. It does so by using the deep neural network (DNN) algorithm to distinguish voices from noise and cancel out noise during calls.

Battery Life
The HUAWEI FreeBuds 6i boast a battery life of up to 8 hours on a single charge. The charging case provides an additional 27 hours, bringing the total listening time to 35 hours. These numbers are competitive with other earbuds in this price range. The case supports fast charging, providing 4 hours of playback time with a 10-minute charge.

App and Features
The HUAWEI FreeBuds 6i connect to your device via Bluetooth 5.1. The connection is stable with minimal latency issues. The earbuds also support wear detection, automatically pausing playback when you remove one earbud and resuming when you put it back in.

As mentioned earlier, the HUAWEI AI Life app allows for some customisation, including ANC mode selection (Cozy, Awareness, and Dynamic), touch control settings, and equaliser adjustments. The app is user-friendly and provides all the necessary controls for your earbuds.

Verdict
The HUAWEI FreeBuds 6i are a compelling option for those seeking a balance between affordability and good features. They offer surprisingly good sound quality, impressive ANC performance for the price, and a comfortable design. The battery life is pretty good, and the included app provides some helpful customization options. The HUAWEI FreeBuds 6i are thus, a strong contender in the budget ANC earbud market.

Price: AED 349

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HUAWEI FreeBuds 6i AED 349
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The HUAWEI FreeBuds 6i sport a familiar in-ear design with a short stem. They come in three colours: white, black, and purple – the one reviewed here is the purple variant.

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HUAWEI Launches FreeBuds 6i Noise-Cancelling Earbuds

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The HUAWEI FreeBuds 6i, Huawei’s latest i-series earbuds, are now available in the UAE. They set a new benchmark for earbuds within the mid-price range, thanks to enhanced noise cancellation and a slew of upgraded features. These trendy and versatile earbuds boast advanced Intelligent Dynamic ANC 3.0, punchy bass, and long-lasting battery life. The FreeBuds 6i has the best noise cancellation in this price range.

Available in a celestial-inspired colour palette of White, Purple, and Black, the HUAWEI FreeBuds 6i allow users to immerse themselves in an auditory world where style meets substance, where every beat is crystal clear, and distractions fade away effortlessly. The HUAWEI FreeBuds 6i are now available for purchase in the UAE for a price of AED 349 through Huawei’s online store and select retailers.

Next-Level Noise Cancellation
The HUAWEI FreeBuds 6i are equipped with Huawei’s most advanced noise cancellation technology yet: Intelligent Dynamic ANC 3.0. It represents the pinnacle of Huawei’s noise-cancelling technology and was featured in the Pro series earbuds. The Intelligent Dynamic ANC 3.0 blocks adapt to the world around you. It constantly analyses the surroundings and adjusts the noise-cancelling parameters to give you the best listening experience.

Upgrades to the ANC system include a 3-Mic System, 2.4 times higher computing power, and a new 11 mm Quad-magnet Dynamic Driver. The 3-Mic System uses two external mics for capturing ambient noise and one internal mic detecting residual noise within the ear canal. To deliver powerful noise cancellation across a wide frequency range, the HUAWEI FreeBuds 6i have increased computing power by 240% compared to the previous generation allowing the earbuds to do real-time noise processing and in various acoustic settings. The new flagship-level 11 mm Quad-magnet Dynamic Driver is also 50% more sensitive than the previous generation, further enhancing audio quality.

In addition to the new ANC system, the FreeBuds 6i dazzles with improved passive noise cancellation. These include a Noise Filtering Chamber and brand-new ear tips, further enhancing their ability to block out unwanted sounds. The Noise Filtering Chamber is based on the Helmholtz resonance principle. It targets medium to high-frequency noises (1 kHz to 3 kHz), is especially effective at 2-3 kHz, and significantly reduces background chatter. This makes the FreeBuds 6i ideal for environments ranging from cafes to offices. On top of this, new ear tips made from skin-friendly liquid silicone enhance the noise seal, available in three sizes with a 75% thicker top and a 25% thicker wall for a more stable and comfortable fit.

Immerse Yourself in the Sound
The FreeBuds 6i are designed to deliver an exhilarating audio experience, thanks to their 11mm ultra-magnetic bass driver. This powerful driver is 50% more powerful than its predecessor, delivering thunderous lows reaching down to 14Hz. Elevating your listening experience even further, the HUAWEI FreeBuds 6i support the LDAC HD audio codec and has earned the Hi-Res Audio Wireless certification.

The audio is also highly customizable with triple adaptive EQ, which provides real-time optimization of sound level and EQ settings. It ensures the authenticity of every note, tone, and tune. The algorithm detects volume level, ear canal shape, and wearing status to deliver a uniquely tailored audio experience.

Seamless Features for Ultimate Convenience
With ANC turned off, the HUAWEI FreeBuds 6i deliver an impressive battery life of up to 35 hours of music playback with a fully charged case, and 8 hours on a single charge of the earbuds. Even with ANC enabled, users can still enjoy up to 20 hours of music playback with the charging case, or 5 hours on a single charge. Additionally, a quick 10-minute charge offers an extra 4 hours of playback, ideal for busy lifestyles. With smarter noise cancellation, improved hardware, and a richer sound, the HUAWEI FreeBuds 6i is a serious step forward for Huawei’s audio lineup.

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