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Honor 9A goes official along with Honor CHOICE TWS earbuds

Honor is betting big on lifestyle

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Honor is on a launch spree and announced a new phone along with TWS earbuds. The brand is also aggressively pushing its services to ensure a smoother transition to Huawei Mobile Services in the absence of Google Play Services.

You can head over to Honor’s website and register for VIP Membership until July 1. Honor VIP members shall get additional discounts on Honor products, free one-month Huawei Music membership, 15GB one-year cloud storage, and priority access to fan events. Furthermore, financial installments are available in Germany, Spain, UK, and Italy.

Coming back to the product launch, the Honor 9A sports a 6.3-inch Full View HD+ display along with a dew-drop notch on the top. Powering the phone is an Helio P22 processor coupled with 3GB RAM and 64GB of expandable storage.

On the rear is a triple camera setup consisting of a 13-megapixel primary sensor, a 5-megapixel wide-angle lens, and a 2-megapixel macro lens. On the front is an 8-megapixel selfie camera that’s housed in the dew-drop notch.

Backing these internals is a 5000mAh battery that supports 5W charging. The phone ships with Magic UI 3.1 based on Android 10 out-of-the-box and with Huawei Mobile Services. The phone will be available in  Midnight Black and Phantom Blue color options and cost €149.9 (US$ 169).

Alongside the phone, Honor also launched a new lineup of products called CHOICE. It shall include lifestyle as well as IoT products like TWS earbuds, humidifiers, smart vacuum cleaners, smart kettles, smart toothbrushes, smart lamps, and more.

The first product under this branding is a TWS earbud that can deliver a claimed battery life of 24 hours and features 7mm drivers.

Pricing details are as follows:

Country MSRP Sales Link
France EUR 34.9 (Cdiscount)

https://www.cdiscount.com/dp.aspx?sku=HON6931867800035

Spain EUR 34.9 AliExpress Plaza

https://es.aliexpress.com/item/10000300158265.html

Germany EUR 34.9 AliExpress

https://www.aliexpress.com/item/4001066231147.html

Italy EUR 34.9
UK GBP 34.9

 

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Google to invest US$10 billion in India over 5-7 years

Tech companies are bullish about India

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alAt its annual Google for India event, Google announced it will be investing INR 75,000 crore (US$ 10 billion) within the next five to seven years. Google CEO Sundar Pichai said the investment will be via multiple channels. This includes direct investments, partnerships, and infrastructure.

“Investments will focus on four areas important to India’s digitization,” he said emphasizing on infrastructure.

He added that the recent pandemic has shown the need for technology and the adoption of new digital tools. Google will focus on improving internet access and offer more information in regional languages like Hindi, Tamil, Punjabi, and more.

Secondly, it will focus on building new products and services that will empower India’s businesses. Leveraging AI in the fields of health, education, and agriculture is a priority.

Google added that its Internet Saathi has already helped more than 30 million women across India. It’s an initiative that strives to spread internet awareness.

The tech giant has also increased its focus on India in the last few years since the market is hugely untapped. One of its most successful launches has been Google Pay. It leverages the country’s UPI (Unified Payments Interface) to transfer money instantaneously to friends, businesses, and even online services.

Pichai lauded Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of Digital India stating that India has made huge progress.

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iQOO promises gaming phone with 120W fast charging this August

Charges from empty in just 15 minutes

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Earlier today, OPPO teased an upcoming 125W fast charging technology this Wednesday. The teaser is the highest charging capability we’ve heard so far. Though definitely a marvel, it certainly aims to upend vivo’s own punches in the battery war.

Coinciding with OPPO’s new teaser, vivo’s gaming sub-brand, iQOO held a press conference in China for the 120W battery technology that it’s been sitting on for quite a while now. Officially named the Super FlashCharge 120W, the upcoming tech can fill a 4000mAh battery in just 15 minutes, much like vivo’s fast charging presentation last year.

In the 15 minutes it took to charge the phone, the press conference detailed how the new technology could accomplish such a feat. Apparently, the battery is designed differently, allowing the device to charge quickly without overheating the phone.

More surprisingly, iQOO has also declared the technology ready for public release already. According to the press conference, the company will release a gaming smartphone built with the technology in August.

Since its inception, iQOO has always touted revolutionary technologies sold at an attractive price, as told by its first-ever flagship. Its most recent flagship, iQOO 3, boasted 55W fast charging and the quirkiest stress test. For sure, whatever iQOO comes up with in August will mimic this prestigious tradition.

SEE ALSO: Vivo now has its own smartphone sub-brand named iQOO

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OPPO teases 125W fast charging, the fastest to date

Going up against vivo’s iQOO

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Image source: OPPO / Weibo

Don’t you just hate it when you forget to charge your phone overnight? Thanks to new battery technologies, charging might soon become a thing of the past. Most recently, the upcoming Snapdragon 875 chipset will supposedly support 100W fast charging, a huge improvement over current standards.

Of course, this isn’t the first time that an impressive charging standard has made its debut. Last year, Xiaomi and vivo previewed an upcoming prototype for 100W and 120W fast charging technologies, respectively. However, the prototypes debuted with no definite launch date.

Today, OPPO’s own fast-charging technology has made another appearance. Posted on its official Weibo account, OPPO teased a new all-time high: 125W fast charging. Though it’s only 5W higher than vivo’s past prototype, 125W isn’t something to scoff at. vivo’s 120W charging demonstration filled an empty 4000mAh battery in just 13 minutes. OPPO’s 125W technology will likely push this even further.

Besides the teaser, OPPO also posted a definitive date: July 15. The company will likely reveal more details in a few days. Hopefully, the impending presentation will also reveal when the technology will finally make its way to a public release.

Apparently, OPPO saw it fit to launch a huge salvo in the battery wars today. vivo’s gaming sub-brand, iQOO, held a revelatory press conference for the 120W fast charging. While OPPO is still sitting on its 125W charging tech, iQOO is already gearing up for a release as soon as August.

SEE ALSO: Unboxing the OPPO Find X2 Pro Automobili Lamborghini Edition

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