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CES: Aipower debuts smartwatch-housed wireless earbuds

What started off as a small Kickstarter campaign for Wearbuds by Aipower has caught the eye of many backers with its two in one smartwatch-wireless earphone design. It will be showcased at CES in Las Vegas next week.

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Having a smartwatch and wireless earphones is now possible in one form factor. Wearbuds can deliver wireless stereo from a smartwatch that frees its users from inconvenient charging, easy-to-lose earphones, and large charging cases. Earlier in 2019, we covered this project in CrowdGadget and it will now be showcased at CES in Las Vegas next week.

“This is our first time to join CES,” says Gary Chan, founder of Aipower. “At Aipower, we believe that smart innovations make a difference. CES is a perfect place for us to show our latest product ranges and talk to a global audience. We will also announce development updates during the show.”

Aipower will feature its Wearbuds, the world’s first wristband-housed wireless earbuds. With its innovative 2-in-1 design, the Wearbuds can be stored and charged in a fitness band, bringing both audio and fitness tracking experience to consumers in one package. The latest Bluetooth 5.0 technology allows for hands-free phone calls with one or both earbuds. 

The earphones come with passive noise cancellation by using skin-friendly silicone, which can increase the comfort of the in-ear seal. The same silicone is used on the wristband. The side of the earphones can be tapped to adjust the volume, change tracks, play or pause, or to use Google Assistant or Siri.

Alongside the Wearbuds, the device developer will also present its new Sport Watch W-10, Korona smart lamps, and Spark Smart Car Charger with Alexa built-in. 

The W-10 Sport Watch features an always-on display with 45 days standby time, and the ability to monitor users heart rate, blood oxygen, and blood pressure in real-time. Equipped with a dual-navigation system including both the GPS and GLONASS, the watch is waterproof to 5ATM and can record the progress while users are swimming. 

The Spark Smart Car Charger combines the Alexa integration, USB charging and Bluetooth compatibility in one device, bring three modern updates to older vehicles. 

Aipower’s CES booth will be at LVCC South Hall 4 Booth No.35465

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Samsung to release Galaxy Note10 Lite in SA

The Samsung Galaxy Note10 Lite, unveiled at CES 2020 two weeks ago, will be released in South Africa next month.

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Samsung has unveiled the new Galaxy Note10 Lite at a preview event in Johannesburg. Building on the legacy of the Galaxy Note series, this Lite model brings key premium features like the latest camera technology, signature S Pen, immersive display and a long-lasting battery, at a more accessible price point. The Galaxy Note Lite is positioned between the Galaxy A Series and Samsung’s flagship devices. It will be launched in South Africa in February, with a recommended retail price of R12,999.

What’s different from the Note10?

The Note10 Lite drops support for wireless charging, waterproofing, and a curved screen. Other than that, it’s a very capable device at a far lower price

“The Galaxy Note devices have met consumer demands around the world and has proven to be popular in South Africa,” said Justin Hume, director of integrated mobility at Samsung South Africa. “These devices represent our continuous effort to deliver industry leading innovations, from performance and power to intelligence and services. The Galaxy Note10 Lite will make the experience more accessible to South Africans.”

To read the full breakdown of device specifications, click here.

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Sony Xperia 5 scores high

The latest compact flagship from Sony, the Xperia 5, scores a high 95 in DxOMark.

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The Sony Xperia 5, announced in September 2019, is the latest compact flagship, intended as a more affordable, pocket-friendly alternative to the full-sized Xperia 1. Key features on the Xperia 5 include a 6.1-inch OLED display, as well as the high-end Snapdragon 855 chipset with 128GB of internal storage and 6GB RAM. Storage is expandable up to 1TB via micro SD.

The main camera boasts the same triple sensor and lens setup as on the Xperia 1. All three sensors offer 12MP resolution, with a large 1/2.55-inch sensor for the main camera, and a smaller 1/3.4-inch sensor for each of the ultra-wide and telephoto modules. The main sensor is coupled to a 26mm-equivalent f/1.6 aperture lens; there’s also a 16mm-equivalent f/2.4-aperture ultra-wide-angle lens, and a 52mm-equivalent f/2.4-aperture lens offering x2 optical zoom shots.

Other features include 5-axis optical image stabilization (OIS) and predictive Dual Pixel PDAF autofocus on the main and telephoto cameras, eye-tracking autofocus, HDR, and LED flash. 4K video is available for 2160p@24/30fps capture on the Xperia 5, but the Sony’s 5-axis gyroscope-enabled OIS only kicks in for HD video recording at 1080p@30fps.

Key camera specifications:

Triple camera

  • Primary: 12MP 1/2.55-inch sensor with 1.4µm pixels and 26mm f/1.6-aperture lens
  • Ultra-wide: 12MP 1/3.4-inch sensor with 1.0µm pixels and 16mm f/2.4-aperture lens
  • Telephoto: 12MP 1/3.4-inch sensor with 1.0µm pixels and 52mm f/2.4-aperture lens
  • Predictive Dual Pixel PDAF autofocus & 5-axis OIS (main & telephoto)
  • LED flash, HDR, eye-tracking
  • 4K 24/30fps video with HDR
  • Full HD 1080p@30fps video with 5-axis gyro-EIS
  • Although not officially launched in South Africa, it is available from some online outlets.

Click here to see samples of the photography on DxOMark’s website.

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