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Review of the Realme 11 Pro 5G in the UAE



We are back with yet another Realme review. This time, we have the highly anticipated Realme 11 Pro on our test bench! Realme’s Number series has garnered quite a following among users seeking a reliable mid-range smartphone, and it looks like the brand has stepped up its game this year. They’ve gone the extra mile by collaborating with the esteemed ex-Gucci designer, Matteo Menotto, to create truly exceptional designs for the phone backs.

The Realme 11 Pro boasts a distinctive design that sets it apart. Its vegan-leather finish is accentuated by faux 3D stitches and a striking runway-like split down the middle, giving it a premium and unique appearance. On the front, you will find a 6.7-inch AMOLED display that offers an impressive 10-bit colour depth, a smooth 120Hz refresh rate, and support for HDR10+. This marks a significant upgrade from the LCD panels used in the Realme 10 Pro and 9 Pro.

The display also offers a peak brightness of 950 nits, a 1080-by-2412 pixels resolution, a 20.1:9 aspect ratio, and a pixel density of 394ppi. Under the hood, the Realme 11 Pro packs the MediaTek Dimensity 7050 5G chipset, which is essentially a repacked version of the Dimensity 1080. This capable platform gives the mid-range segment a noteworthy performance boost of around 15%-20% compared to the Snapdragon 695 5G chip that powered its predecessors, the Realme 10 Pro and 9 Pro.

You also get 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage capacity onboard. The phone runs on Android 13 with Realme UI 4.0 running on top of it. In terms of connectivity, the phone supports 5G, Wi-Fi 6, BT 5.2, aptX HD, and NFC. On the right edge of the device, you will find the volume rockers and the power button.

On the bottom edge, you will find the speaker grille, the USB-C port and the dual SIM slot which takes in two nano SIMs. Unfortunately, there is no way to expand the onboard storage. So if you need more storage, you might want to opt for a variant with a higher storage capacity.

The rear camera setup is equally intriguing, boasting a new 100MP OmniVision wide-angle sensor that offers an aperture of f/1.8 and OIS. You also get a 2MP depth sensor with an aperture of f/2.4. Realme promises excellent photo and video quality, and it also emphasises the camera’s 2x lossless zoom capability.

The Realme 11 Pro has no ultrawide or macro cameras since these are exclusive to the Pro+ variant. As for the selfie shooter, it comes equipped with a 16MP 25mm (wide) sensor, offering an aperture of f/2.5.

The phone’s battery is rated at 5000mAh and can be charged using a 67W Supervooc wired charger which is included in the box. Inside the box, you also get a USB-C charging cable, a transparent phone case, and a SIM ejector tool.

The Realme 11 Pro comes equipped with an under-display fingerprint sensor that impresses with its speed and reliability. Notably, it supports Quick Launch functionality, allowing you to assign up to five actions or shortcuts that can be launched with a simple swipe after successful unlocking.

Realme deserves praise for its excellent display implementation in the Realme 11 Pro, which remains identical to that of the Realme 11 Pro+. The display boasts sharp visuals and provides ample brightness for outdoor usage, thanks to an impressive peak brightness of 950 nits. Its HDR10+ certification enhances the content consumption experience, making it particularly ideal for viewing high-quality content on platforms such as YouTube.

Moreover, Realme has incorporated PWM dimming technology, utilising an ultra-high frequency of 2160Hz to minimise screen flickering and reduce eye strain for users. The presence of an in-display fingerprint scanner further adds to the device’s convenience, offering both speed and accuracy in unlocking the phone securely.

When it comes to the camera’s performance, the Realme 11 Pro’s 100MP shooter delivers decent results in daylight conditions. The photos it captures exhibit sharpness and well-balanced contrast levels. One standout aspect is the colour temperature, which adds a pleasing touch to most of the images taken with it. The primary sensor’s 2x lossless zoom capability proves to be quite handy, enabling you to capture clearer and sharper shots at this zoom level.

In low-light situations, the Realme 11 Pro manages to produce acceptable and usable shots. However, some images may appear slightly oversaturated in certain lighting conditions, and the colours may appear more vibrant than they are in reality. Despite this, the overall performance of the camera in varying lighting scenarios was good.

The Dimensity 7050 processor in the Realme 11 Pro proves to be highly capable, effortlessly handling both single-core and multi-core tasks with finesse. Its GPU performance also garners praise, as evidenced by the impressive benchmark scores achieved by the device. In its class, the Realme 11 Pro stands out for delivering good overall performance. While there may be more powerful phones available, they often come at a higher price point or belong to older generations.

Nevertheless, the Realme 11 Pro provides a seamless experience across the Android OS and smoothly handles most games, making it a commendable choice for users seeking reliable performance without breaking the bank. The Realme 11 Pro leaves a lasting impression with its captivating design, stunning display, and outstanding performance. It stands as a compelling option for anyone in search of a mid-range smartphone that combines premium features and aesthetics in one impressive package.

Price: AED 1099

Photography by Ryan Chris

Realme 11 Pro 5G AED 1099
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The Realme 11 Pro boasts a distinctive design that sets it apart. Its vegan-leather finish is accentuated by faux 3D stitches and a striking runway-like split down the middle, giving it a premium and unique appearance.

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Apple Detects Spyware Targeting iPhones in Multiple Countries



Apple has issued a second spyware attack warning to iPhone users in 98 countries, raising concerns about the growing threat to mobile security. This follows a similar alert in April targeting users in 92 countries.

While specific details about the latest attacks remain under wraps, the alert serves as a stark reminder of the evolving threat landscape. India is one confirmed country where users received the notification.

Spyware, a particularly invasive type of malware, can grant attackers complete access to an iPhone, including encrypted messages, audio, and video. The notorious Pegasus spyware from NSO Group is a well-known example.

“Apple detected that you are being targeted by a mercenary spyware attack that is trying to remotely compromise the iPhone associated with your Apple ID -xxx-,” Apple wrote in its new spyware alert.

Adding to the concern, researchers recently revealed the return of LightSpy, a “particularly dangerous” campaign capable of pinpointing a target’s location with “near-perfect accuracy.”

The worrying aspect of these attacks is their ability to exploit “zero-click” vulnerabilities, meaning infection can occur without any user interaction, such as opening a malicious link or attachment.

This highlights the importance of remaining vigilant and following Apple’s security recommendations, which may include updating your device to the latest iOS version.

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Acer Launches Chromebox Mini



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



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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