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Motorola debuts G Stylus and G Power budget smartphones

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Michael Josh test drives the new Moto G Stylus. Image by Enobong Etteh / @BooredAtWork

For many years Motorola has offered some of the best budget phones in the US and it hopes to continue the trend with the launch of two new devices today, the Moto G Power and the Moto G Stylus.

The company says both phones are meant to punch above their weight in terms of battery life, image quality, and overall entertainment experience while maintaining a sub $300 price tag.

I got to spend some time with both phones at Motorola’s Headquarters in Chicago earlier this week. Both phones offer more than what you pay for them – are well built, with better displays than on the previous models, have better cameras, and come with enough features to keep those who don’t want to break the bank on an Android smartphone happy.

Moto G Stylus

The Moto G Stylus is Motorola’s first smartphone to come with a bundled stylus for taking notes, a unique offering in its price range. The only other smartphone with a stylus is Samsung’s Galaxy Note 10 which retails for $700 more. At CES 2020, Samsung also unveiled the mid-range Galaxy Note 10 Light but that phone is currently not available in the US). 

The pen on the G Stylus is tucked away on the bottom right hand side of the phone. You pry it out with your fingernail instead of pushing down to eject. The stylus feels sturdy, not plasticky, with a metallic finish. Touch response felt good.   

Pulling out the stylus while the display is off automatically launches the phone’s built-in Moto Note app. When on, a customizable toolbar pops up instead.

The phone comes 3 cameras, a 48MP main camera, a Macro Vision Camera, and a 117 degree ultra wide angle action camera dedicated for shooting video. The GoPro-esque ultrawide video camera is the same one we saw on the Moto One Action from last year. One very practical features of this action camera is being able to record horizontal videos while holding the phone vertically. 

The cameras come with a host of camera features seen on higher end phones like portrait lighting, spot color, and night mode.   

The Moto G Stylus is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 665 processor and comes with 4GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. Motorola is promising 2 days of battery life thanks to its 4000 mAh battery. 

It will retail for $299.99 and is available in Mystic Indigo.

Moto G Power

The Moto G Power, replacing last year’s G7 Power, gets its name from a massive 5000 mAh battery that supposedly should last you up to 3 days on a single charge. 

It’s also intended to bring flagship camera smartphone features to midrange price points. The phone has 3 cameras –  a 16MP wide angle, an 8MP 118 degree ultra wide angle, and a Macro Vision camera with 5th X zoom. 

The G Power run’s Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 processor, and comes with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. 

It will retail for $249.99 and will be available in Smoke Black.

Both phones share a similar 6.4” Full HD+ display with a 19:9 aspect ratio. 

And come with a close to vanilla implementation of Android based the latest version Android 10. There are a few custom features built in, Moto Experiences they are called, like being able to launch the camera with the flick of a wrist.  

New to these models is a feature called Moto Gametime which lets you block notifications whenever you’re engaged in your favorite game, that a call or message doesn’t get in the way of a PUBG victory.

Both phones will be available in spring this year.

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Quarantined man asks neighbor on a date through a drone, posts video on TikTok

Coronavirus can’t stop love

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Needless to say, today is the worst time to go on a date. With social distancing in full effect, getting naughty in bed is a risky proposition. Regardless, even with physical distances, humans will always find a way to get intimate.

In New York, a man just upped his game in the coronavirus dating scene. Jeremy Cohen, a resident of Bushwick, invited his next door neighbor out on a date in the most creative way in the quarantine era.

In Brooklyn, rooftop antics and parties are commonplace. Recently, Cohen spotted his neighbor, Toni Cignarella, dancing alone on the rooftop next door.

“I looked out on the street, saw this girl dancing. I needed to say hi to her,” Cohen said in an NBC New York report. They waved at each other, but Cohen wondered how they could contact each other.

Of course, with the distance today, everyone needs to get creative. Cohen sent his number through a small drone. Naturally, his smooth moves didn’t go undocumented. Throughout the whole process, Cohen filmed the whole thing and posted the video on TikTok. (Where else? He also posted it on his Instagram.)

After Cignarella’s yes, the two went “out on a date.” Specifically, they had dinner on their respective rooftops and talked through FaceTime. Cignarelli commented that it was the “coolest thing anyone’s done for [her].”

Currently, the TikTok video already has 30 million views. Even then, Cohen’s cute gesture is a ray of hope in today’s desolate times.

SEE ALSO: 4 ways you can use TikTok to help during the COVID-19 crisis

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Huawei Sound X with hi-end audio launches

Will work seamlessly with the P40 series

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Huawei is slowly but surely venturing out into more and more devices. After wearables, the company is now showing off a hi-end speaker — the Huawei Sound X.

It’s never easy to describe sound on text but Huawei claims the Sound X “will revolutionize high-end acoustic technology with sonorous audio that leaves an enduring, life-altering impression on the listener.”

It was made in collaboration with Devialet — a global audio brand known for its High-Fidelity products.

It’s not a smart speaker in the way that there’s a voice assistant integrated like the Google Home or the Amazon Echo, but it does have some ‘smart’ qualities.

For instance, it will work seamlessly with your Huawei P40 series phone. Gently tapping your phone against the Sound X transmits audio to the speaker.

The audio, Huawei says, is lossless and low-latency and can be tweaked thanks to a proprietary EMUI 10.1 multi-device control panel. Think of like Huawei’s own version of Apple’s AirPlay.

Another thing that Huawei is proud of about the Sound X is how compact it is compared to other speakers that promise to deliver the same level of hi-end audio. It’s able to deliver 60W of bass despite being relatively smaller than other speakers with the same capability.

The company says the “exterior design was inspired by the golden dome of the black, glazed surface hints at the robust sound that seems to emanate from a bottomless well.” But it really just reminds of Darth Vader from Star Wars.

The press photos even have the Sound X in this red room of sorts. Screams Sith to me.

Imagine playing the “Imperial Death March” on this thing! Whether you see the resemblance or not, it does kind of look cool.

SEE ALSO: Huawei P40 Series with ‘visionary photography’ now official

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Huawei Watch GT 2e unveiled with more than 100 workout modes

Designed for fitness freaks

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Continuing the Watch GT series, Huawei has unveiled the latest addition — the Watch GT 2e. The brand intends the watch to be a Fitbit-type replacement by equipping it with more than 100 workout modes. This ranges from outdoor activities to indoor exercises.

It has a 1.4-inch AMOLED display and the brand claims it has a “retina” grade display. It’s safe to assume the display has a higher pixel density, delivering sharper visuals. The Watch GT 2e is designed to look sporty and has an integrated strap. The primary body of the watch is built from stainless steel and the strap has four color options — Graphite Black, Lava Red, Mint Green, and Icy White.

For added comfort, the strap is made of TPU material that’s designed to withstand extreme movement caused during any kind of exercise. This shall ensure accurate data reading. The watch face is highly customizable and the user can also add dual time zones, reminders, and a photo gallery.

The watch supports 15 professional workout modes along with eight outdoor activities like running, walking, mountain climbing, hiking, trail running, cycling, open water swimming, and triathlon. Indoor activities include walking, running, cycling, pool, swimming, free training, elliptical machine, and rower.

That’s not all. The watch has 85 customized workout modes across groups like extreme, leisure, fitness, aquatics, ball games, and winter sports. It’ll constantly record the user’s duration, calories burnt, heart rate interval, exercise progress, recovery time, and more.

Lastly, it’s the first watch from Huawei to get blood oxygen saturation (SpO2) monitoring. Sleep and stress tracking, a commonly found feature today in fitness accessories, has also been included.

Powering the watch is Huawei’s proprietary Kirin A1 chip and it can last two weeks on a single charge. The company hasn’t announced pricing or availability yet.

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