While other tech-infused facemasks had already raised eyebrows all over the world, nothing comes close to Dyson’s entry announced earlier this year. It was initially presented as a cyberpunk-esque piece of headgear featuring the traditional styling of over-ear headphones and a wraparound face covering. At the time, Dyson held back announcing everything. Now, the brand has finally revealed the wearable in all it glory — specs, price, and all.
Coming with its own landing page, the Dyson Zone combines noise-cancelling headphones and an air-purifying mask. On an audio level, the device carries 11 microphones to create a more advanced ANC system. According to Dyson, it can reduce the sounds of the city to a more comfortable 38dB. For sound quality, the brand rates the headphones as a capable driver between 6Hz to 21kHz frequencies.
As for the main attraction — the wraparound cover — the Dyson Zone features a visor that can be clamped in place using magnets. Meant to loosely cover your nose and mouth, the visor can supposedly filter out 99 percent of air pollution, particularly those you’ll normally find when living in the city.
Of note, the device makes no mention of any COVID-19 filtration. Despite the prevalence of tech-savvy coverings these days, brands are careful to claim anything related to the disease.
For power, the device can reportedly last up to 50 hours on a single charge with a sizable 2600mAh battery. On the connectivity side, it connects using Bluetooth 5.0, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and USB-C.
From both an audio and a purifying perspective, the Dyson Zone is a beast. However, the price tag is something else. The device costs US$ 949 and will release sometime in March.
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Apple might launch cheapest AirPods ever
And a new generation of AirPods Max
Apple has a reputation for selling its products at exorbitant prices. Even the brand’s affordability-positioned devices can still cost customers quite a pretty penny. However, getting the authentic Apple experience might soon get a significant price drop — for one segment, at least. The brand is reportedly launching a new pair of AirPods which will cost only US$ 99.
First reported by Ming-Chi Kuo on Twitter, Apple has inked a deal with Hon Teng, a subsidiary of the Foxconn Group, to manufacture the former’s AirPods lineup. Starting off the new partnership, Apple and Hon Teng will supposedly launch a new generation of AirPods Max and a new entry-level set. Either or both models will launch between the second half of 2024 to the first half of 2025.
The next-generation AirPods will likely begin mass shipments in 2H24 or 1H25, including more affordable AirPods (with Apple targeting a price of $99) and new AirPods Max, which will be assembled by Luxshare ICT and Hon Teng.
— 郭明錤 (Ming-Chi Kuo) (@mingchikuo) January 12, 2023
With such a price tag, the rumored wearable would be one of the most affordable products you will be able to buy from Apple to date. Being positioned as an entry-level device, the affordable AirPods will likely lose a few features from the current generation like the H1 chipset.
It’s still quite some time before the rumored device’s launch, though. Like other leaks and rumors coming out as of late, the current report forecasts developments coming more than a year from now. Though technology can certainly see that far ahead, anything can change in a heartbeat.
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Apple will release in-house microLED for devices soon
Replaces Samsung, LG for display vendors
Apple is quickly defining its year with increasing bouts of self-reliance. Only a little over a week since the year began, a few reports have already described the company’s big moves for the future: fewer third-party components, more in-house development. Now, fresh off reports of an in-house connectivity chip, Apple is reportedly readying another fresh replacement — microLED for all devices.
First reported by Bloomberg, Apple is already ready to replace the screens of 2024’s Apple Watch with the new display. After incorporating the new technology inside the wearable lineup, the company will eventually use the screens for the iPhone lineup in several years’ time.
It’s been a long time coming for the company. Development for the screen started all the way back in 2018. Almost five years since the news first broke, we’re finally learning what has become of the burgeoning display technology.
Though Apple has not released a product with the in-house display yet, it’s already a promising development. According to reports brewing since 2018, microLED technology can make colors pop out from a screen as if they were printed, rather than shone from a backlight. Doing so will even improve viewing angles on devices.
As of late, the company has relentlessly pursued in-house components to replace its reliance on third-party vendors. Reported earlier this week, it is reportedly working on a switch from Broadcom and Qualcomm to its own facilities. With a new display, Apple can replace Samsung and LG as the primary sources for its devices’ displays.
OnePlus 11 series launches in China
Global launch coming in February
Another year of promising smartphones has started. Though the more popular brands reserve their debuts for later in the year, OnePlus has gone ahead with the launch of its first flagship this year. Ahead of a more global launch, the Chinese brand has unleashed the OnePlus 11 series in China.
Inspired by “black holes,” the OnePlus 11 stands out from the crowd with its large, circular camera bump. On the flipside, the screen touts a 6.7-inch LTPO 3.0 AMOLED display, which puts out images at 2K resolution and 120Hz refresh rate.
Inside the smartphone’s large frame, users will find the usual offerings they can expect from flagship devices throughout the first half of 2023. The OnePlus 11 boasts the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor, up to 16GB of RAM, and up to 512GB of internal storage.
Once again, OnePlus is packing Hasselblad-built cameras for its flagship. The black-hole-inspired bump features a trio of shooters consisting of a 50-megapixel main sensor, a 32-megapixel telephoto lens, and a 48-megapixel ultrawide camera. Opposite the three, the selfie shooter takes 16-megapixel photos.
Finally, the smartphone will come with a 5000mAh battery. It will also charge at up to 100W.
OnePlus Buds Pro 2
To complement the flagship’s launch, OnePlus has also launched the OnePlus Buds Pro 2. Going a step beyond the previous generation, the new wearable features a dual-driver setup, packing an 11mm driver for bass and a 6mm driver for mid/treble.
For additional features, the OnePlus Buds Pro 2 comes with spatial audio and a six-axis motion sensor to optimize sound. It will connect to devices with Bluetooth 5.3 LE support. It will reportedly last for 39 hours on a single charge.
Price and availability in China
Ahead of everyone else, OnePlus is launching both the OnePlus 11 and the OnePlus Buds Pro 2 early for China. Users in the country can get the devices starting January 9. The rest of the world will get them after their launch on February 7. Both will come in either black or green.
The OnePlus 11 will start at CNY 3,999 (12GB RAM/256GB storage) and tops off at CNY 4,899 (16GB RAM/512GB storage). Meanwhile, the OnePlus Buds Pro 2 will sell for CNY 899.
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