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Apple launches special edition red iPhone 8 and 8 Plus

For a good cause!

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Remember when we said that Apple might launch another red iPhone soon? Well, it just happened.

Apple announced that there will be a (PRODUCT)RED Special Edition iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus. These new releases sport red glass backs with an aluminum band and a black front.

Yes, you read right. Unlike previous red iPhones, this one has a sleek black front. This change has delighted many iPhone users as not a lot of people were fans of the previous (PRODUCT)RED iPhones’ white face. There were even those who went as far as modifying their phones to cover it up.

Another addition to the roster of (PRODUCT)RED accessories is a (PRODUCT)RED iPhone X Leather Folio that matches this new phone perfectly.

If you didn’t already know, a part of the proceeds from the sale of these red products are given to Global Fund HIV/AIDS grants. Apple started partnering with (RED) in 2006 and has since donated more than US$ 160 million to the cause.

According to (RED) CEO Deborah Dugan, that “equates to more than 800 million days of life-saving ARV medication that prevents the transmission of HIV from mothers to their babies.” She continues, “We’re honored that Apple has dedicated its resources to our purpose, and can’t wait to see customers bring our mission to life through the purchase of iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus (PRODUCT)RED Special Edition.”

These iPhones are available online beginning tomorrow in select countries and regions. They’ll be in stores starting April 13. There are two versions: 64GB and 256GB with prices starting at SG$ 1,148 in Singapore, which will be one of the first markets to get it, and US$ 699 in America.

SEE ALSO: Apple iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus Review

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Realme Watch launches with a touchscreen display and HR tracker

High on features, light on the pocket

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This is the first watch from Realme and we’ve been waiting for it for a long time. The company teased its existence multiple times and considering the brand’s reputation, we knew it’ll have a very competitive price. Thankfully, the watch is now official, and here’s everything you need to know.

It comes with a 1.4-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 320 x 320 pixels, a maximum brightness of 380 nits, and Gorilla Glass 3 protection. Currently, it comes pre-loaded with 12 watch faces and the company has confirmed more than a hundred will be available via an OTA update soon.

The smartwatch offers real-time heart rate monitoring using the built-in PPG sensor and records results every five minutes. Furthermore, it also has a SpO2 monitoring system to track the blood oxygen level.

On the fitness front, it has 14 different sports modes such as Badminton, Cricket, Indoor Run, Outdoor Run, Walk, and Yoga, among others. Health-based features also include sleep monitoring, sedentary reminders, hydration reminder, and meditation relaxing.

Just like all other smartwatches or bands, it can receive notifications from your phone via Bluetooth, control music playback, and unlock the phone via Android’s smart unlock system. Unlike the Apple Watch, you can’t pick-up voice calls but it’ll let you reject the call or mute the notification.

Realme Watch runs on a proprietary OS and can be linked to your phone via the Realme Link app. It supports 20mm removable wrist straps and has an IP68-certified body that can resist dust and water.

The Realme Watch is priced at INR 3,999 (US$ 53) and will be available via Flipkart and Realme.com from June 5. The additional color straps will cost INR 499 (US$ 7) later.

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Realme TV is a very affordable option with Android TV and HDR 10

Realme is going after Xiaomi, again!

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Realme is a fairly young brand when compared to established players like Xiaomi, Samsung, and OnePlus. But that isn’t stopping it from making bold moves like taking digs at Xiaomi and aggressively expanding its product lineup.

Today the brand unveiled the Realme TV in India. In comes in two sizes, 32-inch with 1366 x 768 resolution and 42-inch with 1920 x 1080. The brand says the TV has a premium look with a bezel-less design. The smart TV segment is turning out to be a very lucrative segment in developing markets and Xiaomi’s TV lineup currently dominates it.

Coming back to the Realme TV, it has Chroma Boost Picture Engine that optimizes the brightness, color, contrast, and clarity for top-notch viewing experience. The same technology is used in its smartphones as well and can the panel can deliver up to 400 nits of brightness.

It runs on Android TV out-of-the-box, bringing along support for Google Assistant and other bundled apps. Popular media streaming platforms like Netflix, YouTube, Prime Video, and more are also available. In fact, the remote has a dedicated button for YouTube, Netflix, and Prime Video.

Powering it is a MediaTek quad-core processor with in-built support for HDR 10, and 8GB internal storage. For audio, it features four 24W stereo speakers with Dolby audio support. Port options include a couple of USB ports, three HDMI ports, one AV port, and one digital audio port. Wireless connectivity includes Bluetooth 5.0 and WiFi.

The Realme TV 32-inch is priced at INR 12,999 (US$ 170) and the 43-inch model is priced at INR 21,999 (US$ 290). It shall go on sale starting June 2 via Flipkart and Realme.com.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 20+ leak completely reveals design

Bigger than ever!

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The Samsung Galaxy Note 20+ shall be the South Korean brand’s second flagship of 2020 and is months away from launching. But in-line with the industry trend, leaks are all over the place. The Note series is known for its huge display and Samsung is going to make it slightly bigger.

A new leak from OnLeaks in collaboration with Pigtou, shows the complete design of Note 20+. While the design language looks familiar, it has some drastic changes. On the rear are three cameras within a thick module alongside a ToF sensor. It looks similar to the S20 Ultra camera module setup. Though, a recent report has negated the claim about a ToF sensor, stating that Samsung could ditch it.

Unlike the Note 10, the successor has curved edges instead of a flat display. There’s barely any bezels and the chins are trimmed drastically. Going by the render, the phone feels like a slab of display in one’s hand. However, the company has retained a tiny cut-out in the display to house the front camera.

It will have a slightly larger 6.9-inch display compared to the Note 10+’s 6.8-inch display. The power and volume buttons are housed on the right side while the USB-C port, speaker grille, and the S-Pen slot reside at the bottom. However, a 3.5mm headphone jack is gone.

The phone is expected to launch in August. It’ll be powered by a flagship processor like the Snapdragon 865. We also expect to see a display with 120Hz refresh rate. There’s no doubt the phone will be a true flagship and continue Samsung’s mobility legacy.

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