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At a show like Global Sources iPhone cases are a dime a dozen, but what caught our attention are companies with a commitment to sustainability.

Shenzhen Bobotel Technology

Take Shenzhen Bobotel Technology for example, who makes eco-friendly cases made of wheat straw — a biodegradable alternative to traditional plastic.

They can make cases for your iPhone, Samsung, or Huawei phones, in any color you desire. Each case starts at 90 cents at a minimum order of 50 units.

C&V Global

Guangzhou-based C&V Global offers similar products, too. The company has been certified by the Global Recycled Standard.

They have iPhone cases made from recycled plastic waste. In its purest form, it looks like a simple, clear jelly case but it can come in a variety of colors in both matte and glossy finishes.

They also make biodegradable cases made of wheat straw or bamboo fiber and thermoplastics. These cases can be engraved with your favorite pro-environment slogans as well.

The product decomposes naturally after two years if you decide to discard them. You can buy the cases through CTunes.


Global Sources Consumer Electronics is the world’s largest electronics sourcing show bridging suppliers and resellers. For more information visit GlobalSources.com.

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OPPO launches TV S1 and TV R1 series

As part of their “One More Step” to IoT campaign

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OPPO TV S1

OPPO started to seriously venture outside of phones in 2019 and now they’re taking a big leap as they launch two TVs as part of their “One More Step” into a robust IoT ecosystem. They also announced new noise cancelling TWS earphones and a new smartwatch.

The aforementioned additions are the OPPO TV S1, TV R1 Series, Enco X True Wireless Noise Cancelling Earphones, and Watch RX.

OPPO TV S1

The 65-inch OPPO TV S1 features a 4K QLED resolution Quantum Dot wide color gamut display. It also has NTSC 120% ultra-wide color gamut. This helps deliver a purer, more vibrant graphics as well as softer, smoother color transition.

The TV also supports 120Hz refresh rate and variable refresh rate (VRR) making it ideal for next gen gaming.

OPPO collaborated with HiFI audio brand Dynaudio to deliver an immersive cinematic sound quality. The TV S1 is also equipped with eighteen stereo surround speakers with total power of up to 85W. It supports 5.1.2 channels and  Dolby Atmos.

OPPO TV R1 series

The OPPO TV R1 is available in 55-inch and 65-inch models. The TVs are equipped with a quad-core processor and high-speed Wi-Fi 6. These offer users a new living room experience with the  “instant-on” feature.

OPPO Enco X

Taking aim at the likes of the Apple AirPods Pro, Sony WH-1000XM3, and Huawei Freebuds 3 Pro, OPPO launches the Enco X True Wireless Noise Cancelling earphones. OPPO collaborated again with Dynaudio to craft this product. The earphones were tuned by Daniel Emonts, Chief  Acoustic Specialist of Dynaudio A/S. He is the acoustic designer of several award-winning Dynaudio speakers.

The Enco X is capable of reproducing rich, precise texture of music with HiFi quality with a balanced and natural sound. These are all possible thanks to the DBEE 3.0 acoustic system that features an innovative acoustic structural design.

Meanwhile, the noise cancelling feature functions in all kinds of scenarios. It has dual active noise cancellation, multi-level noise reduction management, and natural communication when in transparency mode. The Enco X also supports triple microphone call noise cancellation and wireless charging.

OPPO Watch RX

The OPPO Watch RX is the company’s first round dial smartwatch that features the updated ColorOS Watch 1.5. It’s part of three custom products launched in China: he OPPO Watch League of Legends Limited Edition, OPPO Watch RX League of Legends Limited Edition, and OPPO Find X2 League of Legends.

Availability

The OPPO TV S1, OPPO TV R1, and OPPO Watch RX are now available in China. No word yet on the availability of the OPPO Enco X.

OPPO formally announced their forray into an IoT ecosystem during OPPO INNO DAY 2019. In taking “One More Step” towards a more connected system of devices, the company will focus on these areas:

  • Personal Entertainment
  • Home appliance & Furnishing
  • Sports & Health

We can expect more products that fall into these categories in the future.

 

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Apple will also take out free chargers from older iPhones

Starting with the iPhone SE

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After yesterday’s bombastic announcement, the iPhone 12’s public reception considerably soured. If the lack of a free power adapter turned you off from the latest iPhone, you’re likely looking towards Apple’s older models. Right now, the currently selling iPhones are still shipping with the included peripherals for free. However, the status quo might change soon. According to a report, Apple will also take out free chargers from older iPhones.

As reported by Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, Apple will likely continue its cost-cutting measures with other models. Though Gurman does not name the entire lineup, the report specifically points at the recently launched iPhone SE.

“Look for the iPhone SE box to shrink considerably,” he said. Further, the package will likely switch out its current USB-A to Lightning cable for a USB-C to Lightning one, mimicking the standard put forth in the iPhone 12 series.

Besides the iPhone SE, Apple might also take out the same peripherals in the boxes of “other iPhones it’ll keep selling.” Right now, this lineup includes the still-current-generation iPhone 11 series.

Of course, Apple has not officially announced any further plans at the moment. If anything, the company has now set a precedent for the entire industry. During yesterday’s event, the company hopes that other companies can also follow in its footsteps.

According to Apple, the charger exclusion will help the company achieve its 2030 goal to go completely carbon neutral. That said, most consumers are not buying into Apple’s latest decision-making.

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Apple slashed the prices of its power adapters

Plus wired earphones

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Yesterday, Apple confirmed the worst news for iPhone users. Starting with the iPhone 12 series, the company will stop shipping free power adapters and EarPods inside iPhone boxes. Naturally, despite the eco-friendly rationale, most fans threw ridicule at Apple’s decision-making. Thankfully (or not), Apple has… some good news. Starting now, Apple slashed the prices of its power adapters and earphones on their online store.

Spotted by MacRumors, the company now sells the missing peripherals at a discounted price. Now, instead of the usual US$ 29, the regular 20W USB-C Power Adapter sells for just US$ 19. Further, the normally included EarPods with Lightning Connector sells for the same price, down from its usual US$ 29.

For most users, the slashed price tags will likely offer little to no consolation. Nothing can top “free.” Still, if you’re looking for a replacement, it stings just a little bit less.

Apple has mulled over its recent decision to cut off free chargers for months now. On paper, the company offered up eco-friendly reasons for the decision. According to yesterday’s event, the decision stems from the company’s forward-thinking plan to go completely carbon neutral by 2030.

However, several pundits have also pointed out Apple’s reduced costs as a result of the removal. According to previous reports, the inclusion of 5G hardware significantly upped the company’s production costs, necessitating several cost-cutting measures.

Regardless, the decision is final. The upcoming iPhone 12 series will no longer ship with the beloved peripherals. Plus, if you want a replacement, prepare to dish out just a little bit more out of your pocket.

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