Now, I know that when most people shop for a power back, “cute” isn’t up there on the list of priorities. But, it should be. In all the tech I use, I always strive to find the best-looking and most interesting versions out there. If people are able to make paper-thin TVs, talking refrigerators, and AI-enabled smartphones, they are most certainly capable of making cute tech.
Enter: MojiPower power banks. These things come in the most millennial designs ever. Yes, they’re emoji power banks and I loved them the moment I laid eyes on them.
Not once have I taken these things out of my bag and not elicite a reaction. People are amazed at them every. single. time. If I wanted to chat someone up, I’d just whip this out and that’s a guaranteed reaction right there.
I have the ghost and the pizza emoji, and sure these aren’t the cutest ones in the emoji roster (I’m still sad I didn’t get the unicorn), but they’re still pretty amazing-looking even if these just pack 2600mAh. Now, this will not give your phone a full charge, but it gives you a little more juice and a talking point for people who see them. Granted, that won’t save you from having a low battery, but it will give rise to actual people you can have real-life conversations with.
Sure, they’re pretty bulky but that’s part and parcel of being an emoji — of course, they don’t come in clear-cut shapes. But, this is the price I pay for cuteness. Besides, this is a welcome excuse to tout these power banks around.
10/10, would get these again because like a true millennial, I need my power banks to represent me and my tech-filled life adventures. Plus, looking at these things make me happy.
vivo introduces TWS Earphone Neo
Joining the TWS party!
Another one has joined the TWS party!
vivo is launching its TWS Earphone Neo — a companion to the upcoming X50 series. It’s built to provide a stellar audio experience for everyday music lovers. It also features voice-activated smart controls and AI noise cancelling for clearer phone calls.
Neo runs Qualcomm’s 4th-generation TWS platform named QCC3046, offering low latency, high precision, and stable listening experience. Moreover, it’s equipped with the latest Bluetooth 5.2 technology, reaching a maximum of 10-meter range.
This pair of wireless earphones carries a design-centric compact body. It has a 14.2mm ultra-large driver unit and a bio-fiber composite diaphragm, promising to deliver enhanced audio and powerful sound.
In 2012, vivo pioneered the Hi-Fi chip technology, being the first smartphone to incorporate the chip to deliver unparalleled audio experience. Together with the X50 series, the TWS Earphone Neo is the realization of vivo’s decade-long investments and commitment to improving consumers’ lives with their devices.
Pricing and availability of the TWS Earphone are yet to be announced.
Redmi Earbuds S are the most affordable TWS offering
The price is unbelievable
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.
Apple moving its AirPods assembly line to Vietnam
iPhone production is next in line
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.
Apple is now selling AirPods Pro models that are Assembled in Vietnam pic.twitter.com/UZWNHtcBi4
— Alireza (@alixrezax) May 20, 2020
A Reddit user initially shared his concern about the product’s authenticity, even before the mentioned tweet started gaining attention.
Even a staff from The Verge shared a photo of her recently bought AirPods Pro with the same engraving.
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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