News

Fitbit launches Versa 2 with OLED display, Alexa

But, there’s no compromise on battery life

Published

on

Fitbit acquired crowdfunded Pebble a few years back and used it to launch its own line of smartwatches. The Versa was the first actual smartwatch from the fitness-centric brand and it has received a lot of positive response from the users. In fact, Fitbit even launched a slightly stripped down version called the Versa Lite to offer a more affordable option.

Now, the brand has launched the Versa 2 and it plays a crucial role in their fight against Apple. Fitbit has struggled to gain a foothold in the smartwatch category as Apple and Samsung have cornered a bigger share of the market with more sophisticated devices.


It comes with a new OLED display that is brighter, more vivid, and the bezels have shrunken. Continuing the legacy, it can last up to five days on a single charge and users now also have the option of an Always-on Display mode.

In line with the Versa Lite, it features just one physical button and swipe gestures can be used for quick navigation. Amazon’s personal assistant Alexa is called by long-pressing the side button. It’s capable of answering a host of questions as well as operating other connected devices like the speaker. Keep in mind, the watch doesn’t have a speaker and you’ll have to depend on the display for Alexa’s response.

Obviously, like all Fitbit’s, Versa 2 has an active heart-rate sensor, automatic sleep tracking, and activity tracking. A special set of work-out modes have been provided and even third-party services can be installed.

Pricing and availability

The Versa 2 is priced at US$ 199. It’ll be available via a wide range of stores in the US starting September 15.

Fitbit’s also launching a new coaching and fitness guidance subscription service called Fitbit Premium. It will cost $10 a month or $80 a year and is not exclusive to the Versa 2. Users get personalized coaching including health reports, workouts plans, diet advice, and sleep features.

In the Philippines, it will retail for PhP 12,890 and will come in black with a carbon case, petal with a copper rose aluminum case, and stone with a mist grey case. Accessories range from PhP 1,790 to PhP 2,890. There’s also a Versa 2 Special Edition available  in navy and pink with a copper rose aluminum case and smoke with a mist grey case. It will retail for for PhP 14,590. Interested buyers may purchase from local retailers like Digital Walker and the Fitbit Official Store on Lazada.

In india the wearable will be on sale for INR 20,999.

The Versa 2 will be available in stores worldwide beginning October 3, 2019. Two exclusive editions — emerald and plum, both with a copper rose case — will also be available this fall, only on Fitbit.com and select retailers.

News

Mi Mix Alpha could be truly an all screen phone

Could have 100% screen-to-body ratio

Published

on

Xiaomi is scheduled to host an event on September 24 in China. According to leaks, the company is expected to launch Mi 9 Pro 5G and the next Mi Mix series phone. According to a post on Weibo via their official handle, the next Mi MIX device will be dubbed the “Mi MIX Alpha” and will have an insane screen-to-body ratio.

Vivo’s latest flagship smartphone, the NEX 3 was unveiled a few days back and featured a Waterfall FullView curved display that gave a whopping 99.6 percent screen-to-body ratio.


Xiaomi has also shared a teaser image of the phone, flaunting a radically curved display that wraps around the edges and might even hit the 100 percent screen-to-body ratio mark, becoming the first phone to do so. The last teaser hints that the Mix Alpha will bring the highest screen to body ratio in Xiaomi’s lineup.

As far as specifications go, we’re confident it’ll house a Snapdragon 855+ chipset. The processor will be paired with up to 12GB of LPDDR4X RAM and 512GB of UFS internal storage.

Furthermore, there have been rumors suggesting that the device will sport a triple-rear camera with a 108-megapixel primary camera.

Xiaomi’s Mi 9 Pro 5G will be a stunner as wll. It’s expected to offer a Snapdragon 855+ SoC, 48-megapixel triple rear camera setup and a 4000mAh battery.

Continue Reading

News

Samsung admits redesigned Galaxy Fold is still too fragile

Don’t press on the phone too hard!

Published

on

Early in 2019, Samsung introduced the year’s most revolutionary form factor, the foldable smartphone. Naturally, the Galaxy Fold had its fair share of skeptics. Will the foldable smartphone hold up to durability standards?

Months after the launch, Samsung answered this controversial question. Early viewers discovered a fatal flaw in the Galaxy Fold’s first iteration, prompting a global delay. After months of reworking, Samsung has finally released the second version.


You’d expect a much stronger phone. In most cases, you’d be right. However, Samsung itself has released a critical disclaimer on the new Galaxy Fold’s durability. Despite getting a major rework, the Galaxy Fold still requires your tender touch.

In an official YouTube video, Samsung advises new users to “just use a light touch.” The warning specifically pertains to the phone’s inner spine. In its previous iteration, the inner hinge easily broke — the plastic film comes off, dirt slides underneath the screen. Worse, the screen shuts off after being infiltrated.

In this second iteration, Samsung has added plastic covers and an extended film for added protection. Despite the addition, you should still handle the new device with utmost care, particularly around the hinge. Further, Samsung advises against screen protectors which may interfere with the actual screen.

Also, Samsung has another disclaimer for the Galaxy Fold’s magnetic clasps. To keep it securely closed, the Galaxy Fold uses magnets on both panels. The device’s magnets are likely stronger than the normal smartphone. As such, the magnet might interfere with other metallic objects like credit cards or key cards. In the video, Samsung asks users to “be mindful of objects that may be affected.”

The Galaxy Fold is still a fragile beast. For a US$ 1,980 device, the foldable smartphone still requires extra care. At the disclaimer video’s conclusion, Samsung promotes its Galaxy Fold Premier Service, a training and support program specially built for Galaxy Fold users. According to Samsung, the care program is required “for the complete experience.”

Regardless, if you’re buying the new Galaxy Fold, you might want to trade the extra screen protector for cotton gloves.

SEE ALSO: Samsung Galaxy Fold Hands-on: The Redo!

Continue Reading

India

Vivo V17 Pro with dual pop-up camera launches

It has a total of six cameras

Published

on

While Xiaomi and Realme are trying to outbid each other by offering higher resolution cameras, Vivo is busy adding as many sensors as possible. The brand was the first to incorporate a pop-up camera mechanism and is now leveraging the technology in all its products.

The phone will be going up against the OnePlus 7 and instead of focusing on performance, Vivo is eyeing an ideal all-rounder. The phone has been launched in India today and shall be landing in more markets soon.


It sports a 6.4-inch Full HD+ AMOLED display with a screen-to-body ratio of 91.65 percent. The display is surrounded by a 2.5D curved glass and Schott Xensation UP protection. The rear has Gorilla Glass, but it’s always recommended to slap a case on it.

The V17 Pro is powered by a Snapdragon 675 SoC, paired with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. It runs on Funtouch OS 9.1, that’s based on Android 9 Pie.

On the rear is a quad-camera setup consisting of a 48-megapixel primary sensor, a 13-megapixel telephoto sensor, an 8-megapixel wide-angle lens, and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. The setup is capable 2x optical zoom and 10x hybrid zoom.

The front gets a dual-camera pop-up selfie module that houses a 32-megapixel camera and an 8-megapixel wide-angle lens. The front camera also supports Super Night Selfie mode for low-light photography. For authentication, an in-display fingerprint scanner has been added along with face unlock.

Backing these internals is a 4100mAh battery that supports 18W Dual-Engine fast charging. Vivo has also added a headphone jack, but the charging is still dependent on a microUSB port.

It’s priced at INR 29,990 for the sole 8GB+128GB offering and will go on sale from September 27 via Vivo eshop, Flipkart, Amazon, Paytm Mall, and Tata CliQ. Color options include Midnight Ocean and Glacier Ice.

Continue Reading

Trending