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CMF by Nothing Devices Arrive in the Middle East

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CMF, a new sub-brand of Nothing aimed at making great design more accessible will launch this month in the Middle East region with a portfolio of three highly anticipated products: Buds Pro, Watch Pro and Power 65W GaN. Engineered to deliver timeless designs, through meticulous consideration of the colours, materials, and finishes being used, these first CMF products capitalise on Nothing’s savoir-faire to offer great value to users, focusing on core functionalities.

“With CMF (Colour. Material. Finish), we aim to democratise great design in a market segment that has often been overlooked,” Rishi Kishor Gupta, Regional Business Director for the Middle East and Africa at Nothing. He further added, “The Middle East is a key market for the consumer technology and accessory industry. On that note, we have seen a large acceptance not just for Nothing smartphones, but also our peripherals such as the Ear (2), in the Middle East market. We are excited to bring this new product lineup here to our loyal customers and look forward to introducing our latest innovations.”

“CMF is a new step for Nothing and with it, we want to introduce a range of new products for our customers that stay true to the Nothing ethos,” said Akis Evangelidis, Co-founder of Nothing. “Through our inaugural products, including Buds Pro, Watch Pro, and Power 65W GaN, we’re combining elevated design with advanced technology to deliver an uncompromised user experience at a relatively accessible price point.”

CMF Buds Pro
CMF Buds Pro delivers an optimal sound experience with 45 dB Hybrid Active Noise Cancellation, Clear Voice Technology for clear calls, and a powerful Dynamic Bass Boost driver. Enjoy up to 11 hours of playback, plus a fully personalised experience in the Nothing X app.

Leveraging six high-definition microphones and powerful software algorithms, CMF Buds Pro offer up to 45 dB of active noise cancellation by capturing and filtering an extensive frequency range of sounds, up to 5000 Hz. This wide frequency range allows for the elimination of a broader spectrum of background noises, ensuring an immersive audio experience even in busy environments. Additionally, an advanced Wind Noise Reduction algorithm, combined with two optimally positioned openings at the top of each earbud for wind to pass through, ensures minimal sound interference caused by wind.

By leveraging all six high-definition microphones on the earbuds and using Clear Voice Technology – an AI noise reduction algorithm developed and trained on over 20 million sound samples – Buds Pro eliminates background noise and ensures optimal voice clarity during calls.

Buds Pro redefines the bass experience by combining a custom driver with Ultra Bass Technology, a software algorithm that detects and enhances low-frequency sounds in real time. The custom-designed diaphragm, made from Liquid Crystal Polymer (LCP) and Polyurethane (PU), enhances elasticity, enabling a more precise and powerful bass output. Furthermore, an enlarged exhaust vent in the rear chamber improves airflow within the driver, resulting in richer low to mid frequencies and crisper high frequencies.

With a large 55 mAh battery in each earbud, users can enjoy up to 11 hours of music playback on a single charge (with ANC off), or extend their listening time to up to 39 hours with the charging case. Fast Charge enables a 5-hour listening session after just 10 minutes of charging.

Connect to the Nothing X app to maximise your CMF Buds Pro experience. Customise touch controls, switch between ANC levels or personalise your listening experience using the equaliser. Activate Low Lag Mode to reduce latency when gaming on your smartphone.

CMF Watch Pro
Meticulously designed, with clean lines and a sleek aluminium alloy frame, CMF Watch Pro features a large 1.96″ AMOLED display with vibrant colours, seamless navigation and a 58 fps refresh rate. It offers comprehensive health tracking, supports 110 sport modes, includes built-in GPS for accurate location data, and boasts up to 13 days of battery life. Additionally, its AI-powered call capability ensures clear and uninterrupted communication on the go.

CMF Watch Pro features a substantial 1.96” AMOLED display that enhances your information with brighter, more vivid and more accurate colours. The screen’s 600+ nits peak brightness, coupled with its 410×502 resolution, brings your most important data to life, and the 58 fps refresh rate ensures ultra-smooth navigation. With support for multiple satellite positioning systems, you can effortlessly obtain accurate location, trace, and distance data for activities such as running, cycling, walking, and hiking.

In addition to offering 110 sports modes to support your fitness activities, CMF Watch Pro focuses on your well-being with 24-hour health monitoring. This includes real-time heart rate and blood oxygen saturation monitoring, sleep and stress monitoring, hydration and movement reminders, and personalised goals to track your progress. CMF Watch Pro is powered by a 340mAh battery, providing up to 13 days of battery life with typical usage. It boasts an IP68 rating, ensuring it can withstand heavy rain and dripping sweat, so it won’t interrupt activity.

CMF Watch Pro utilises AI technology to deliver great call clarity. You can access your contact list with the dialpad, enabling you to make and receive calls on the go. The built-in microphone and speaker reduce background noise and enhance speech quality. With AI trained on over 100,000 noise models, it accurately identifies noise types in your environment and cancels them out, ensuring clearer calls.

Power 65W GaN
Less is always more with the CMF Power 65W GaN charger. It’s small, portable, widely compatible, and incredibly powerful, making it your new go-to charger. From phones and laptops to earbuds and tablets, its two USB-C ports and USB-A ports have you covered. It incorporates the latest GaN technology for the most efficient charging experience, all delivered in a surprisingly compact and sleek design, perfect for slipping into bags and pockets.

CMF Watch Pro features a substantial 1.96” AMOLED display that enhances your information with brighter, more vivid and more accurate colours. The screen’s 600+ nits peak brightness, coupled with its 410×502 resolution, brings your most important data to life, and the 58 fps refresh rate ensures ultra-smooth navigation.

With support for multiple satellite positioning systems, you can effortlessly obtain accurate location, trace, and distance data for activities such as running, cycling, walking, and hiking. In addition to offering 110 sports modes to support your fitness activities, CMF Watch Pro focuses on your well-being with 24-hour health monitoring. This includes real-time heart rate and blood oxygen saturation monitoring, sleep and stress monitoring, hydration and movement reminders, and personalised goals to track your progress.

CMF Watch Pro is powered by a 340mAh battery, providing up to 13 days of battery life with typical usage. It boasts an IP68 rating, ensuring it can withstand heavy rain and dripping sweat, so it won’t interrupt activity. CMF Watch Pro utilises AI technology to deliver great call clarity. You can access your contact list with the dialpad, enabling you to make and receive calls on the go. The built-in microphone and speaker reduce background noise and enhance speech quality. With AI trained on over 100,000 noise models, it accurately identifies noise types in your environment and cancels them out, ensuring clearer calls.

Power 65W GaN
Less is always more with the CMF Power 65W GaN charger. It’s small, portable, widely compatible, and incredibly powerful, making it your new go-to charger. From phones and laptops to earbuds and tablets, its two USB-C ports and USB-A ports have you covered. It incorporates the latest GaN technology for the most efficient charging experience, all delivered in a surprisingly compact and sleek design, perfect for slipping into bags and pockets.

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Nothing Intros Ear and Ear (a) Powered by ChatGPT

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Nothing has revamped its audio product line with two new wireless earbuds: Nothing Ear and Nothing Ear (a).

 

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The company also announced groundbreaking ChatGPT integration for its earbuds and smartphones, marking an industry first.

The new earbuds represent a culmination of three years of design and engineering, catering to both audiophiles and everyday listeners.

“Ear” prioritizes audio quality, while “Ear (a)” is designed for daily use.

Features of the Nothing Ear:

  • Enhanced Sound: Custom 11mm drivers and a refined dual-chamber design deliver richer audio with crisper highs and clearer sound.
  • High-Resolution Audio: Supports LHDC 5.0 and LDAC codecs for high-fidelity Bluetooth streaming.
  • Advanced Equalizer: Offers extensive customization options through the Nothing X app, including pre-sets and personalized profiles based on hearing tests.
  • Industry-Leading Noise Cancellation: Features Nothing’s most effective ANC yet, with Smart ANC auto-adjusting for optimal noise reduction (up to 45 dB).
  • Extended Playtime: Up to 40.5 hours of battery life with the charging case, with fast charging capabilities.
  • Improved Call Clarity: Advanced Clear Voice Technology and wind reduction design for clear calls.
  • Seamless Connectivity: Dual Connection allows switching between devices, while Low Lag Mode reduces audio delay for gaming.

Features of the Nothing Ear (a):

  • Eye-Catching Design: Features Nothing’s signature transparency with a playful bubble design and a vibrant yellow color option.
  • Noise Cancellation on Demand: Offers ANC with Smart and Adaptive modes for personalized noise reduction (up to 45 dB).
  • Powerful Sound: Delivers deeper bass thanks to its new driver and dual-chamber design.
  • Hi-Resolution Audio Certified: Supports LDAC codec for high-quality Bluetooth streaming.
  • Long Battery Life: Up to 42.5 hours of playtime with the charging case, with fast charging capabilities.
  • Dual Connection and Low Lag Mode: Provides seamless connectivity and reduced audio lag for a smooth user experience.

Nothing is pushing boundaries by integrating ChatGPT with its earbuds and Nothing OS. This allows users with the latest Nothing OS and ChatGPT to access AI capabilities directly from their earbuds and smartphones through pinch-to-speak functionality.

Further integration within Nothing OS is promised, including screenshot sharing and Nothing-styled widgets. Nothing Ear will be priced at AED 549, while Nothing Ear (a) will be available for AED 379. Pre-orders in the UAE start on April 22nd.

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Soundpeats Air4 Pro Wireless Earbuds Review: A Strong Contender in the Budget ANC Market

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The Soundpeats Air4 Pro earbuds have carved a niche in the wireless earbud market, offering hybrid active noise cancellation (ANC) and a feature set that rivals premium brands at a significantly lower price point. But are they too good to be true? Let’s find out!

Design and Comfort
The Air4 Pro comes in a sleek charging case with a brushed metal finish that feels surprisingly premium for the price. The earbuds themselves have a familiar in-ear design with silicone ear tips. They fit snugly in the ears and provide a secure feel – inside the package, you also get two pairs of extra silicone ear tips which can be used to get a perfect fit.

The touch controls on the earbuds are responsive and customisable. You can control playback, volume, ANC, and even activate your virtual assistant with simple taps and holds. The controls offer a good amount of functionality and are quite convenient to use.

Sound Quality
The Soundpeats Air4 Pro boasts 13mm dynamic drivers, which deliver a surprisingly good audio experience for the price. The bass is the star of the show, offering a rich and punchy sound that’s perfect for bass-heavy genres like electronic music and hip-hop. However, the bass doesn’t overpower the mids and trebles. Vocals remain clear, and instruments retain their detail, creating a well-balanced soundscape.

The Air4 Pro also features an EQ (equalizer) app, allowing you to customise the sound profile to your preference. You can choose from presets or create your own custom EQ settings, giving you more control over your listening experience.

Noise Cancellation
The ANC on the Air4 Pro is a definite highlight for budget-conscious buyers. It effectively cuts down on low-frequency noise such as airplane hum and traffic rumble. During our tests, the ANC did a decent job of creating a more peaceful listening environment.

The Air4 Pro also offers a transparency mode, which allows you to hear your surroundings without having to remove the earbuds. This helps stay aware of your environment or carry on conversations without taking your earbuds out.

Call Quality
The Soundpeats Air4 Pro uses six microphones with built-in AptX Voice technology for clear call quality. By supporting a high 32kHz sampling rate and maintaining a wide 16kHz frequency response, these earbuds capture the subtleties of your voice, ensuring your voice is transmitted clearly during phone calls and video conferences.

Battery Life
The Soundpeats Air4 Pro offers a decent battery life, with the earbuds lasting up to 5 hours on a single charge with ANC turned on. The charging case provides an additional 2 recharge cycles, bringing the total listening time to around 15 hours. This is sufficient for most users to get through a workday or a long commute. The case itself charges via USB-C, which is a welcome touch.

App Functionality
As mentioned earlier, the Soundpeats app allows you to access the EQ settings and customise the sound profile of the Air4 Pro earbuds. The app also displays the battery level of both the earbuds and the charging case.

Verdict
The Soundpeats Air4 Pro is a great option for budget-minded listeners who prioritise good sound quality, especially those who enjoy bass-heavy genres. The ANC is a valuable addition at this price point, offering a more immersive listening experience. The secure fit and long battery life make them suitable for everyday use, commuting, and workouts.

Price: AED 239

Soundpeats Air4 Pro Wireless Earbuds AED 239
  • Final Rating
3.5

Summary

The Soundpeats Air4 Pro boasts 13mm dynamic drivers, which deliver a surprisingly good audio experience for the price. The bass is the star of the show, offering a rich and punchy sound that’s perfect for bass-heavy genres like electronic music and hip-hop.

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Sennheiser Launches the MOMENTUM True Wireless 4 in the Middle East

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Sennheiser has launched the new MOMENTUM True Wireless 4 in the Middle East. This latest generation flagship earbuds from Sennheiser are equipped with impressive and useful technological advancements. At the heart of MOMENTUM True Wireless 4’s appeal is its ability to provide an unmatched fusion of superior sound quality, innovative features, and personalized comfort. It is by the trifecta of the latest Snapdragon Sound Technology with Qualcomm aptX Lossless Technology, Auracast and ultra-low-latency mode, this portable powerhouse series offers uncompromised sound to the high-performance audio enthusiast. These earbuds also ensure top-tier performance and compatibility with the next generation of wireless technology i.e. Bluetooth 5.4 connectivity.

Heston Saldanha, General Manager, Sonova Consumer Hearing (Sennheiser ME), said, “The introduction of the MOMENTUM True Wireless 4 in the UAE market is a proud moment for us at Sennheiser. These earbuds go beyond delivering excellent sound. They embody our commitment to providing users with a comprehensive audio experience. With its perfect blend of personalized comfort and cutting-edge features, we are confident that these earbuds will be able to deliver premium sound experiences.”

Building on the Qualcomm S5 Sound Gen 2 platform, the MOMENTUM True Wireless 4 supports both aptX Lossless and aptX Adaptive Audio. Additionally, upcoming firmware updates will introduce Bluetooth LE Audio with LC3 and AURACAST capabilities. These features promise a future-proof listening experience, offering premium sound quality without compromising on latency, making the MTW4 ideal for watching videos, gaming, and communicating on devices where low latency is crucial.

MOMENTUM True Wireless 4 brings Qualcomm RF Front End (RFFE) technology with Sennheiser’s signature TrueResponse transducer technology. Its improved antenna design results in greater RF sensitivity, an improved signal-to-noise ratio, and dynamic role switching for faster connections and better on-the-go signal continuity. Such advancements ensure a seamless and natural user experience, surpassing previous generations of MOMENTUM True Wireless earbuds.

Battery life is another area where the MOMENTUM True Wireless 4 shines, offering up to 7.5 hours of continuous use, extendable to 30 hours with the charging case. The inclusion of quick charging capabilities allows for up to 1 hour of additional playback with just 8 minutes of charging. The USB-C charging case and integrated Qi wireless charging option add convenience while the new battery protection mode optimizes charging cycles to upgrade the earbuds’ long-term battery performance.

Sennheiser has also focused on enhancing the acoustical experience. An array of six microphones improves voice pickup and the effectiveness of the Adaptive Noise Cancelling system, adapting swiftly and efficiently to environmental noise. The adaptive equalizer ensures consistent sound quality across various content types, while features like Sound Personalization, Sound Zone, and Sound Check are seamlessly integrated into the new hardware via the Smart Control App.

The newly designed ear tip and nozzle offer better protection from earwax, ensuring that users can fully immerse themselves in the evolved tuning. The MOMENTUM True Wireless 4 comes with a comprehensive fit kit, allowing users to find the perfect combination of comfort and stability, further enhanced by a fit test within the Smart Control app to ensure optimal bass response and noise-cancelling performance.

The Sennheiser MOMENTUM True Wireless 4 will be available in 3 colours – Black Graphite, White Silver, and Black Copper. This sophisticated sound solution offers a host of progressive features with a timeless design, encapsulating Sennheiser’s unwavering commitment to quality. Its launch unlocks a mesmerising new world of sound for audio enthusiasts, promising experiences that are deeply immersive.

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