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CES: Jabra reveals 40-hour wireless headphones

At CES in Las Vegas this week, Jabra revealed headphones that last up to an astounding 40 hours on a single charge.

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Personal audio leaders Jabra unveiled the Jabra Elite 45h headphones at CES 2020 in Las Vegas this week. The headphones are engineered to provide long-lasting use while remaining at a competitive price point, namely $99. The headphones offer an incredibly long battery life – up to 40 hours on just one charge – and large speakers that deliver an excellent music experience.

The Elite 45h features Jabra MySound, a new technology by Jabra and sister company GN Hearing, created to optimise and personalise sound experiences based on individual hearing profiles.

The headphones are crafted with high-grade materials and designed with long-time wear in mind. The lightweight headband and soft oval ear cushions mould to one’s ears for added comfort. The headphones provide an immersive sound experience built to withstand the effects of external noises.

With MySound functionality, the music audio is optimised for a personalised experience. Users can start the Jabra Sound+ app to take a test comprised of beeps. Following the test, the headphones calibrate to each users’ hearing profile. 

René Svendsen-Tune, CEO at Jabra, says: “Portability is the name of the game for today’s consumers. We are excited to introduce the new Elite 45h, that was engineered with the everyday commuter in mind and the first product to feature our new MySound personalisation feature. We have leveraged years of audio know-how to create the most portable, long-lasting, powerful and compact headphones that are as light on your wallet as they are in your hands.”

The headphones also offer fast charging to get up to 8 hours listening time from just 15 minutes of charging.

Jabra provided the following information on features and specifications: 

  • Optimise the music experience to your individual hearing profile with MySound
  • Over eight hours of battery life with a 15-minute charge, and a total of 40 hours in one complete charge
  • Large 40mm speakers provide a powerful audio experience
  • Lightweight and portable at just 6 ounces
  • Single fold allows headphones to lie flat, fitting easily into bags
  • Supports Bluetooth 5.0 for heightened connectivity
  • Dual-microphone technology for crystal clear calls even in noisy and windy environments
  • One-touch access to voice assistants available on the device like Siri and Google Assistant

Jabra Elite 45h will be available in March 2020 in the US.

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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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