Gadgets launched in India recently
Gadgets launched in India recently. Asus ROG Zephyrus gaming laptop with ultra-slim form factor launched. Apple is expected to launch a more advanced version of the Apple TV set top box that supports 4K content etc.
Asus ROG Zephyrus gaming laptop with ultra-slim form factor launched in India:
Asus has launched the world’s thinnest gaming laptop, the ROG Zephyrus, in India. The Zephyrus has a slim, beautiful design with powerful hardware under the hood. Even though the laptop weighs under 3kgs, the ROG Zephyrus is powered by an Intel Core i7 Kaby Lake processor and Windows 10. Asus ROG Zephyrus is priced at Rs 2,99,999 in India. The powerful laptop was first announced at this year’s Computex tradeshow in Taipei.
The ROG Zephyrus is designed to keep a hardcore gamer in mind, and it shows. Asus claims its Zephyrus is the”world’s thinnest gaming laptop” with Nvidia GTX 1080. The laptop profile varies from 17.9mm down to 16.9mm to its thinnest point. Even though the laptop weighs under 3kgs, the ROG Zephyrus is powered by an Intel Core i7 Kaby Lake processor and Windows 10. The VR-ready laptop is cooled by what Asus describes as “Aero Accelerator (AA) technology that increases the speed and efficiency of airflow” through the laptop.
Samsung Gear Fit2 Pro to feature swim tracking, offline Spotify support:
Samsung is believed to be hard at work on its next-generation wearable device, dubbed the Gear Fit2 Pro. While some reports have said the Gear Fit2 Pro will be a slightly more polished version of the Gear Fit2, other scattered reports suggest the wearable will be an all-new device. Ahead of the August 23 launch, reputable leakster Evan Blass via VentureBeat has revealed even more details about the upcoming wearable.
According to Blass, the Gear Fit2 Pro will be an enhanced version of the existing Gear Fit2, which was launched in June last year. Its design is similar to the Gear Fit2, and generally speaking, the new model should be seen as a ‘Pro’ version. Just like its predecessor, the Gear Fit2 Pro retains a curved AMOLED screen and is based on Tizen OS, although it will be compatible with Android and iOS devices.
The report says the new model will come packed with a built-in GPS – after all this wearable is being pitched as the ultimate fitness tracker. Moreover, the fitness tracker will also get offline Spotify music playback feature. This could be an important feature for some users. At the moment, Samsung Gear S3 is the only other wearable to offer this functionality.
Apple TV with 4K, HDR support in the works:
Apple is expected to launch a more advanced version of the Apple TV set top box that supports 4K content. A report from MacRumors suggests that iTunes could soon start offering movies in 4K and HDR, meaning a new model of the Apple TV is on the way.
In a discussion forum on the MacRumors forums (via Apple Insider), users have spotted that recent films like Passengers and Fantastic Beats and Where to Find Them had ‘4K’ and ‘HDR’ mentions in both rented and owned sections of the films. However, given that there is no 4K support on iTunes yet, it appears that Apple could add ultra high-definition support in the near future. This can be said because users were able to download movies in 720p or 1080p resolutions.
It’s safe to assume that Apple is planning to come with the new version of the Apple TV with ultra high-definition (4K) support. Earlier this year, in February, Bloomberg reported that Apple could launch the fifth-generation Apple TV as early as this year. The next-generation Apple is internally code-named ” J105″ with support for “more vivid colours”. Apple hasn’t confirmed the arrival of the fifth-generation Apple TV into the market.
Apple TV has been a moderate success for the Cupertino-based company. The company’s late co-founder Steve Jobs originally called the Apple TV business as a “hobby” because there was no market for streaming devices during the time.
Sony has launched its flagship Bravia OLED A1 television series in India:
Sony has launched its flagship Bravia OLED A1 television series in India at a starting price of Rs 3,64,900. The new Sony Bravia A1 series comes with 4K display, High Dynamic Range (HDR) support and has a new image processor as well. The A1 series also comes with Acoustic Woofers, which Sony claims makes these the world’s first large screen television sets with powerful sound.
Sony has launched two variants of the A1 OLED series: KD-65A1, which is a 65-inch television set, while the KD-55A1 is 55-inch version. The KD-65A1 is priced at Rs 4,64,900, while the 55-inch version costs Rs 3,64,900.
Sony says the new television sets have over 8 million “self-illuminating, individually controlled OLED pixels,” which help offer a high quality visual experience along with supreme contrast, depth, texture details when viewing content on the TV. The 4K HDR OLED panel has a resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels, and the TVs come with a 4K HDR Processor X1 Extreme.
Th other highlight of the A1 series is the new Acoustic Surface Technology, and the television comes with an integrated subwoofer behind the TV. This ensures powerful sound in the TV set itself, claims Sony. The OLED TVs also comes with a new One Slate concept design from Sony, which incorporates all different functions inside the screen, and removes needs for other elements like speakers, a bezel, or a stand.
Dimensions of the Sony Bravia A1 65-inches are 1451 mm x 834 mm x 86 mm (7.8-inches in thickness) without stand, while with stand the dimensions are 1451 mm x 834 mm x 339 mm. The 55-inch Sony A1’s dimensions without the stand are 1228 mm x 711 mm x 86 mm (7.8-inches), and with stand the dimensions are 1228 mm x 711 mm x 339 mm. The TV series comes with the stand, and it also includes the Voice Remote Control, an IR Blaster to control DTH with the BRAVIA remote as well.
Sony’s new television series also comes with support for HDR content, which means a better viewing experience on videos services like Netflix and Amazon Prime Video, which have some HDR content. Sony also claims this new television set has its own 4K HDR Processor X1 Extreme, which has 40 per cent more real-time image processing than the 4K Processor X1.
Sony A1 4K HDR OLED TVs run on the latest Android TV version 7.0 (Nougat) with Sony’s UI on top. The television set has Chromecast built-in, and users can stream their smartphone, tablet content on the A1 TVs itself. On the voice search side, the television set will recognise 42 languages as well as English with an Indian accent.
1More Piston Fit:
Companies like SoundMagic and MEE Audio, among others, have been selling quality audio products at very affordable prices for a while now. Thanks to them, you can now find some really good solutions that excel not only in terms of audio quality but also in build quality and aesthetics.
1More is another such brand in the business of selling quality audio products at cut-throat prices and has even lent its talents to companies like Xiaomi. It has an official presence in India, and today, we’ll be looking at its entry-level offering called the Piston Fit. These in-ear headphones retail at Rs. 999 and come in a variety of colours. Let’s see how good they are against budget champs like the OnePlus Bullets V2.
The chambers of the Piston Fits earbuds are built using aluminium, which makes them light and sturdy. The Space Grey version looks good, but you can also have a pair in Silver, Rose Gold, or Blue trims. The metal casings have a ‘CD lining’ texture on the surface, which looks nice but attracts lint and other microparticles that can be tough to clean. The ear tips are tilted at a 45-degree angle, which makes them comfortable to slip into your ears.
There’s a 1.25-meter cord that’s made of soft rubber and is said to have a Kevlar fibre wrapping. It doesn’t tangle easily and terminates in a gold-plated 3.5-mm headphone jack. You also get an inline microphone and a single button remote for answering calls as well as controlling media playback, but you can’t adjust your phone’s volume level. The drivers have a frequency range of 20Hz to 20,000Hz and an impedance rating of 32 Ohms.
The earphones come in a simple package. You only get extra ear tips in various sizes, but these feel very flimsy and don’t provide a good seal when you wear them. The Piston Fit doesn’t ship with a carry pouch, which isn’t that big a deal considering its price. 1More boasts of high-quality materials used in the assembly of the Piston Fit, and we have no complaints about the cord or the inline remote either, although volume controls would have been useful.