Fitbit unveils Versa Lite smartwatch and new fitness-focused wearables

Even the kids get new smart bands



Image credit: Fitbit

Coming from a good holiday quarterFitbit is determined to bring wearables to more consumers. That’s why the US-based company has unveiled a new smartwatch and three smart bands.

Versa Lite

Following the success of the Fitbit Versa is the Versa Lite. This new Fitbit smartwatch packs many of the features of the first one such as the automatic activity tracker, PurePulse (heart rate) and Sleep Stages tracking, 15+ goal-based exercise modes, connected GPS, and smartphone notifications.

It looks like the first one with its squarish body, but it only has a single button as opposed to three of the original Versa. It’s still swim-proof and has an SpO2 (blood oxygen) sensor that can detect sleep apnea.

Fitbit Versa Lite | Image credit: Fitbit

As its name suggests, the Versa Lite has to let go of some features. It lacks automatic lap counting, it can’t count stairs either due to the absence of a barometer, and it has no built-in storage for music.

Although, this makes the Versa Lite Fitbit’s most affordable smartwatch for US$ 160. It’ll come in four color choices: Mulberry, Blue Marina, Lilac, and White.

Inspire and Inspire HR

Aside from the Versa Lite, Fitbit also introduced the Inspire and Inspire HR smart bands. These two new wearables are not full-blown smartwatches, but are instead activity trackers just like the previous Fitbit Alta series.

With a promised battery life of up to five days, the Inspire smart bands can track user’s active periods with more than 15 exercise modes, plus rest periods including sleep.

Fitbit Inspire and Inspire HR | Image credit: Fitbit

They are water-resistant for up to 50 meters and you can take them for a swim. Aside from activity tracking, the Inspire and Inspire HR have timer and stopwatch features. They connect to a smartphone to show notifications through its grayscale OLED display.

The Inspire HR gets an additional heart rate monitor, hence its name. The regular Inspire is priced at US$ 70, while the HR model goes for US$ 100.

Ace 2

Fitbit also wants to capture the kids market with the Ace 2. Other big wearable brands like Apple and Samsung don’t have products for kids yet, which makes this segment pretty exclusive to Fitbit.

If the old Ace is based on the Alta, the new Ace 2 is a kid-friendly version of the Inspire. It has a durable bumper design and it’s water-resistant. Like the Inspire, it can last for up to five days on a single charge.

Fitbit Ace 2 | Image credit: Fitbit

The Ace 2 hopes to help kids build healthy habits. That’s why aside from the usual activity tracking, it also features friendly competition with other Ace 2 users and they can win virtual badges when certain goals are met.

The smart band for kids shows cutely animated watch faces that match the bright Watermelon/Teal and Night Sky/Neon color options. Printed bands are available as well. It’ll be sold for US$ 70.

All the new Fitbit wearables will be available starting this month, aside from the Ace 2 which will come during the summer.

SEE ALSO: Exercising with the Fitbit Charge 3: Workouts you can do while traveling


Huawei to unveil an all-screen phone

It’ll be more than just a prototype



With Xiaomi and OPPO showing off next-gen “waterfall” displays, Huawei too aims to be at the forefront of innovation. It’s already expected to join the foldable smartphone party with the official launch of the Mate X later this month, but that’s not all, an all-screen phone might be on the horizon.

A tweet from Jeb Su contains a teaser from Huawei showing an illustration of such a phone. The image says that the beleaguered Chinese manufacturer will announce such a device on October 17 in Paris, France.

Some companies have patents on similar tech, while others have even shown what such a concept would look like. If the following tweet is accurate, however, Huawei will actually unveil a commercial product next week.

We wouldn’t be entirely surprised if this latest device it has up its sleeve launched exclusively in China. The teaser image doesn’t give anything away, but we can expect it to house a waterfall display (like the Mate 30 Pro, but without a notch) on the front.

Earlier this year, Huawei rival Oppo demoed a concept, although the Chinese vendor hasn’t committed to an actual launch date.

Huawei’s press event is scheduled for next Thursday in Paris, according to the tweet above, or just two days after Google will launch its highly-anticipated Pixel 4.

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Samsung Galaxy A20s and A10s is now in the Philippines

Decent phones for an affordable price



The competition in the budget segment is intense. Responding to Chinese manufacturers, Samsung Philippines stepped up its game and launched the revamped Galaxy A series. With no signs of stopping, the company recently launched the Galaxy A20s and A10s. These two devices cater towards millennials who love taking selfies and photos.

Galaxy A20s specs and features

The Galaxy A20s consist of triple rear cameras in a 13MP + 8MP + 5MP setup. The secondary 8MP camera has ultra-wide-angle lens that captures up to a 120-degree field-of-view. This makes it ideal for group photo ops since more people can fit in a single frame. Meanwhile, the tertiary 5MP camera is a depth sensor that aids in portrait shots. For selfies, the phone has an 8MP front camera.

Moving to the display, the Galaxy A20s is equipped with a 6.5-inch HD+ LCD display with a V-notch housing the front camera.

Storage and memory is on the conservative side with 4GB / 64GB as the only option. However, storage is expandable for up to 1TB with a MicroSD card.

Powering the device is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 450. Power users can get a full day usage with 4,000mAh battery inside the Galaxy A20s. Should the device needs topping up, Samsung equipped a 15W fast charging in the box.

Galaxy A10s specs and features

The Galaxy A10s is a cheaper alternative to the Galaxy A20s. It has dual rear cameras in a 13MP + 2MP sensor. The 2MP secondary camera is a depth sensor for portrait shots. Selfies are handled by a 8MP front camera.

The Galaxy A10s has a 6.2-inch LCD display with a V-notch for the front camera.

To keep the costs down, Samsung put 2GB of RAM on this device. Storage is also limited with only 32GB built-in. Fortunately, it is expendable for up to 1TB with a MicroSD card.

Unlike its pricier counterpart, the Galaxy A10s features a MediaTek Helio P22 processor. However, it still keeps the 4,000mAh battery for a full day usage. Sadly though, fast charging is absent.

Pricing and availability

The Galaxy A20s comes with a price of PhP 9,990 while the Galaxy A10s comes at PhP 6,990. Both devices come in a choice of black or green.

Both devices are available at all Samsung retail stores and authorized dealers nationwide. To know more about these devices, visit Samsung Philippines’ official website.

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Epic Games just destroyed Fortnite with a literal black hole

There’s an in-game reason, though (maybe)



Are you currently wondering if (and why) Fortnite is down? If you’re trying to play the world’s biggest battle royale game, you’ll drop in on a strange sight — a black hole. To answer your first question, the game is currently down. However, Fortnite’s curious status is not because of server maintenance or a glitch. Instead, Epic Games has purposely shut its most profitable game down for the day.

Hours ago, Fortnite ended its tenth competitive season. Like most online multiplayer games today, Fortnite creates months-long periods — called Seasons — wherein gamers can rank up and subsequently gain prizes at the end of the period. However, unlike most games, Fortnite holds in-game events that significantly change the gameplay experience. For example, one of the earliest in-game events was a meteor that destroyed part of Fortnite’s map.

That said, Fortnite’s tenth season ended in a literal black hole that sucked up the entire map. Currently, the game will not start in the same lobby or map. Instead, the game only drops gamers into a front-seat view of the black hole. Fortnite is down. (Epic Games has also shut down the game’s official channels.)

For what it’s worth, the game is still churning out “some” content for viewers. Throughout its existence, the black hole has been broadcasting strange numbers for people patient enough to watch. The first set of numbers — 11, 146, 15, 62 — led viewers to a beach full of crabs when put into Google Maps. It’s a direct reference to crab raves, a meme popularized by the game’s popular Twitch streamers. Since then, the black hole released more numbers — 87, 14, 106, 2, 150. Currently, the new set doesn’t mean anything.

Further, gamers can also input the infamous Konami Code — Up, Up, Down, Down, B/O, A/X, Start/Enter — to access a Galaga minigame featuring a pizza and enemy burgers.

For now, Fortnite fans are stuck with this until Epic Games releases a more definitive conclusion. Most likely, the black hole will usher in a new era for the popular game. This might include an entirely new map or new gameplay elements.

Regardless, Fornite’s black hole is a huge gamble on Epic Games’ part. The developer has purposely shut down its biggest revenue stream for an event. It’s currently unheard of for an industry that values maximum efficiency.

SEE ALSO: Sony finally opens cross-play for Fortnite for the PS4

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