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Insta360 ONE hands-on: Stepping up 360 videos

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360 cameras have been all the rage these days, but none of the new camera releases have really excited me — until now. Insta360’s newest device promises a new camera experience, and it may very well be a game-changer in the video department.

The Insta360 ONE is the latest release from the Shenzen-based company known for their 360-degree cameras. With the launch of this new gadget and following the success of their last plug-and-play devices, I was left wondering: What more could they do with the technology?

Insta360 ONE boxed

The answer? A lot more.

The Insta360 ONE is a tiny device that fits in the palm of my hand and is capable of 4K 360-degree videos, 24-megapixel photos, real-time 360 video streaming, and video stabilization.

Insta360 ONE camera

At the bottom of the device, we find a micro-USB port for charging and a small switch to release the Lightning connector for your iPhone. The Insta360 ONE is only compatible with iPhones at the moment, but Android users need not worry as there’s an Android version coming soon.

Insta360 ONE lightining socket

On one side, the Insta360 ONE has a socket for screwing on any standard tripod mount or even selfie sticks. The same side houses the microSD card slot which allows you to take photos and videos even without plugging the camera into your phone!

Insta360 ONE standard tripod mound and microSD card slot

The camera also comes with this handy cover case which may be turned into a stand — pretty convenient!

Insta360 ONE on stand

Plugged into your phone, the camera looks like this. It’s not the most stable mount but, surprisingly, it hasn’t fallen off my phone in the two days I’ve been using it — yet.

Insta360 ONE plugged into the iPhone

The Insta360 ONE comes with the Insta360 app. Once downloaded, you just plug the camera in and start shooting.

If you’ve used the Insta360 Nano, the app interface will be quite familiar to you — it has similar menus and you still have to use it with your iPhone upside down. The whole phone flipping bit still bothers me (as it bothered me when I used the Nano), though I do realize that until Apple decides to relocate their ports to the top of the phone, Insta360 has no choice in the matter.

Insta360 ONE app

What has changed with the app is the new editing tool. This addition may very well be what could revolutionize video shooting on 360 cameras, and I’m not even exaggerating here. ?

Insta360 ONE app

The Insta360 app allows you to go through the 360 video footage you just shot and frame your video according to whatever point-of-view you’d prefer. Think this: You’re reshooting the same scene with the benefit of having the whole 360-degree view, only this time around, you have control of what you see on your non-360 video.

Let’s be real: As cool as 360 videos are, unless you have the patience or the right tech for it, we don’t really watch them as much.

With the Insta360 ONE, that may change. This device allows for a more practical application to 360 videos — one that allows people to create and consume videos shot on the 360-degree format the way they would with normal videos.

Girl taking photo with the Insta360 ONE

In theory, this seems like the most awesome thing ever. Undeniably, I’m very excited to try this new camera out more. Just think of all the vlog possibilities!

The Insta360 ONE retails at US$ 300.

SEE ALSO: Insta360 Camera Review

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Redmi Earbuds S are the most affordable TWS offering

The price is unbelievable

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In India, Xiaomi’s Redmi division looks after the affordable segment while Mi-branded products are for the premium segment. On the side, POCO is now an independent brand. Continuing with the new strategy, Redmi today announced the launch of their new TWS earbuds, the Redmi Earbuds S.

Just a couple of weeks ago, the Mi True Wireless Earphones 2 were announced in the country but they are far from affordable. To bridge this gap, the Redmi Earbuds S has been unveiled. It’s worth noting that they are the same as the Redmi AirDots S, which were launched in China earlier.

The Earbuds have 7.2mm drivers and are IPX4-rated for water resistance. The individual buds weigh only about 4.5g each. The company’s marketing has focused on how good their bass is, but we’ll be able to confirm that in our review later.

For connectivity, it leverages SBC codec, a commonly used protocol via Bluetooth. However, a low-latency mode has also been added to aide gaming. The earbuds are said to deliver four hours of playback on a single charge and the case can extend this to 12 hours.

The Earbuds S also has a physical button on either side to control media playback or skip tracks. The gaming mode can be triggered by pressing the function key thrice.

The Redmi Earbuds S will cost INR 1,799 (US$ 23) and will go on sale starting May 27 via Mi.com and Amazon.

These earbuds are an entry-level option for someone who’s looking for a pair of TWS earbuds. Instead of rich features, the point of this product is to offer an affordable option to the end-user.

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Apple moving its AirPods assembly line to Vietnam

iPhone production is next in line

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Apple has started shifting its iPhone production line to India but it doesn’t end there. With the ongoing trade war between China and the US, more companies are slowly finding alternatives — such is the case with Apple moving AirPods assembly to Vietnam.

Asia Nikkei‘s report indicated that Apple has already done production trials of the AirPods line in Vietnam last year. Just this month, numerous buyers (including a MacForums user) have pointed out the sudden change. The ‘Assembled in Vietnam’ engraving at the back of the AirPods Pro is prominent since loyal users know that Apple products are assembled in China.

A Reddit user initially shared his concern about the product’s authenticity, even before the mentioned tweet started gaining attention.

It says mine are made in Vietnam but all other ones say China ? Should I be worried or it has nothing to do with it?? from r/AirpodsPro

Even a staff from The Verge shared a photo of her recently bought AirPods Pro with the same engraving.

Photo by Kara Verlaney (The Verge)

A follow-up report stated that the mass production of the new AirPods units took place in Vietnam last March. Despite the pandemic, they were able to secure permits from Vietnamese officials to bring in engineers for better and smoother production.

Some of the old EarPods were also assembled in Vietnam, which means the country isn’t exactly new to assembling Apple’s audio accessories. Even Apple’s long-awaited AirPods Studio might be produced there as well.

A recently-published article by DigiTimes states that other than India, they’re also moving the iPhone production line to Vietnam. It makes sense considering Foxconn has already built factories in the northern province of Bac Giang.

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OnePlus TWS earbuds could look like the AirPods

Why are we not surprised?

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Apple was the first company to remove the 3.5mm headphone jack in iPhone 7 and release a wireless solution, the AirPods. Now, every phone maker wants a piece of the pie, and now a OnePlus TWS is coming our way as well.

Reliable leakster Max J. has revealed an illustration of the upcoming OnePlus truly wireless earbuds and they look eerily similar to the Apple AirPods. The signature in-ear design without rubber tips is considered to be Apple’s design language and many makers have tried to replicate it.

Realme launched the Buds Air this year and they look exactly like the AirPods. Even the charging case is a lookalike. Even the OPPO Enco Free wireless earbuds have a cop-cat design and are indistinguishable.

 

On the other hand, Xiaomi unveiled the Mi True Wireless Earphones 2 and they have an entirely different design. The brand seems to have focused more on functionality than looks.

OnePlus has already released wireless earphones in the past, but they haven’t been truly wireless. The OnePlus Bullets Wireless and Bullets Wireless 2 had their own design language and were built to offer a premium experience. Along with the OnePlus 8 series, the company announced an affordable version called the Bullets Z.

Rumors suggest OnePlus could launch a midrange phone dubbed the OnePlus Z or OnePlus 8 Lite in July. These earbuds are expected to launch alongside the phone.

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