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realme launches smart home devices in the Philippines

The realme ecosystem is taking shape

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Months after realme announced its expansion beyond smartphones, the brand is now bringing its smart home products to the Philippines.

These products are the realme M1 Sonic Electric Toothbrush, Smart Scale, and Smart Cam 360-degree. This trio of smart home products builds upon the brand’s vision of expanding its portfolio of IoT devices. Further, the brand also launched an Adventurer Luggage aimed at the accessories market.

Getting fit and healthy with realme

realme M1 Sonic Electric Toothbrush, like its name suggests, is an electric toothbrush with four cleaning modes.  These four modes are soft mode for sensitive teeth; clean mode for daily use; white mode for deep cleaning; and, a polish mode for shinier teeth.

It also has DuPont 99% anti-bacterial bristles, a 10-degree stable swing, and a high-frequency sonic motor for a much effective and efficient cleaning process. Further, it supports quick wireless charging coupled with 90-day battery life.

For those who struggle with their fitness goals, realme Smart Scale can help them keep track of where their body stands. It measures a person’s weight, fat rate, body shape, BMI, muscle mass, body age, visceral fat, skeletal muscle, protein, fat mass, and heart rate.

A special “small weight” mode enables the measurement of items weighing up to 10 grams. The smart scale comes in an ultra-thin design with a hidden LED display, powered by a battery life of up to 360 days. Using the realme Link app, users can control and see relevant information with the smart scale.

A safer home and travel

realme’s Smart Cam 360-degree is its first foray into the smart home market. The smart camera has a 360-degree panoramic vision with real-time tracking and voice talkback.

Through the realme Link app, users will know if it detected a human body, or voice and motion anomalies. Events are also recorded in full HD using H.265 video encoding technology to save bandwidth and storage.

Last but not least is realme Adventure Luggage. The luggage stands out among the crowd with its Rubik’s Cube-inspired design and layers of protection made of durable PC material. It also has TSA-approved locks so travelers can have peace of mind while traveling.

Discounted only on November 11

All these realme smart home products are coming on November 11. As a treat, there will be special discount prices available exclusively on that day.

Discounts of up to PhP 2,500 are also up for grabs on all realme devices during 11.11. Flash sales will happen at Lazada, Shopee, and all authorized stores and partner kiosks nationwide during that day.

Laptops

Framework laptop has a fully customizable and easily repairable parts

Bucking the trend of modern laptops

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Most manufacturers today are bent on making their laptops thinner and lighter. However, that trend comes with an unfortunate development: making laptops much harder to upgrade or repair. Soldered parts, for instance, discourage users from undertaking do-it-yourself (DIY) repairs to further extend a laptop’s lifespan.

To buck this trend, a San Francisco-based Framework recently launched a laptop that aims to be “upgraded, customized, and repaired in ways that no other notebook can.” The laptop features fully customizable and modular parts that users can repair and upgrade accordingly.

A laptop like no other

Base specifications of the laptop include a 13.5-inch 2K screen with a 3:2 aspect ratio, a 1080P webcam, and a 55Wh battery. A choice of 11th-gen Intel Core i5 or i7 processors, up to 64GB of DDR4 memory, and up to 4TB of NVMe SSD storage is configurable too.

As for the operating system, the laptop can come with Windows 10 Home, Windows 10 Pro, or Linux.

Almost everything on this laptop is fully upgradeable, from its internal to external components. Users can easily upgrade or swap the storage, memory card, WiFi card, battery, and even the motherboard. The same goes for the screen, screen bezel, keyboard, and even ports.

Upgrading the ports themselves is a unique proposition, making use of an expansion system users for a quick and easy swap to a USB-C, USB-A HDMI, DisplayPort, or microSD card reader.

Users may scan the laptop part’s QR code which will take them to the Framework Marketplace where they can easily find replacements. The marketplace will eventually feature parts from third-party manufacturers so users can have more options in the future.

The most impressive part here is that Framework manages to cram all these upgradeable parts into one slick profile. The startup boasts an impressive weight of under 1.35 kilograms all thanks to the use of aluminum for the chassis.

Framework will also offer a DIY laptop kit to enthusiasts. The kit will include individual modules and a screwdriver so users can easily assemble the laptop themselves.

Availability

Fortunately, it won’t be a long wait for interested users to get their hands on the Framework laptop. The startup is targeting a summer release, with pre-orders coming this spring. There is no word on the price yet. However, the founder says that the laptop’s price would be “comparable to other well-reviewed notebooks.”

The premise of Framework is indeed unique, rethinking what a laptop should be. Modern laptops today are becoming more and more locked down, which is a far cry from the laptops of yesteryears. Should this laptop find success, it could send a message to every manufacturer that upgradeability and repairability don’t have to suffer in the pursuit of thinner and lighter laptops.

Via: The Verge

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OPPO is now the number one Chinese smartphone brand

Overtaking Huawei

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Because of the past few years, Huawei’s former dominance atop the smartphone rankings has drastically collapsed. Already, Huawei has already lost its lead as the world’s bestselling smartphone brand. Naturally, Huawei’s woes aren’t over, especially since the new Biden administration will likely keep the previous one’s anti-China bans. Now, Huawei’s fall is even worse. OPPO has overtaken Huawei as the number one Chinese smartphone brand.

Reported by Counterpoint Research, OPPO has captured 21 percent of the smartphone market in China. Vivo takes second place with 20 percent of the market. Meanwhile, Huawei, Apple, and Xiaomi share the third sport with only 16 percent of the market apiece. Since Huawei’s decline, competing Chinese smartphones has rushed in to fill the power vacuum. Likewise, especially with the Reno series, OPPO has rapidly expanded across the board.

Contributing to its downward spiral, Huawei has successfully sold off its sub-brand Honor recently. Though Huawei has certainly suffered from the sale, Honor’s emancipation enabled it to survive America’s bans and thrive on its own. The current rankings have stopped lumping Huawei and Honor into the same spot.

Besides being the top Chinese smartphone brand, OPPO is also the second bestselling 5G smartphone brand in China. Back in 2020, 65 percent of all smartphone sales were 5G-compatible.

SEE ALSO: OPPO Find X3 Pro coming soon

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Lenovo launches Yoga 6, a convertible laptop with 18 hours of battery life

Powered by a Ryzen 4000 CPU

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Lenovo has launched the Yoga 6 in India, and its unique selling point is its 360-degree design that can also accommodate a stylus. Designed for folks who’re on the go, the notebook claims to offer exceptional battery life without compromising processing capabilities.

The Yoga 6 incorporates a new design consisting of a fabric-wrapped lid that’s treated with fire and stain-resistant finishing. At first glance, you’d actually think Lenovo has covered the laptop with a neat piece of jeans.

Coming to the specs, it sports a 13.3-inch Full HD LCD with touchscreen support and a maximum brightness of 300 nits. Moreover, as it’s a 2-in-1 device, the Yoga 6 features a 360-degree hinge, designed to provide stability while transitioning from laptop mode to tablet and vice-versa.

It packs the latest AMD Ryzen 4000-series processor along with built-in AMD Radeon graphics. To be precise, it sports the AMD Ryzen 7 4700U SoC which comes with a maximum clock speed of 2.0Ghz. The company claims the GPU can offer up to 59 percent faster graphics when compared to previous generation Vega graphics.

Backing the processor is 16GB DDR4 RAM and 1TB SSD for internal storage. The laptop weighs 1.32kg and supports Lenovo Digital Pen for sketching, doodling, and browsing. It ships with Windows 10 Home operating system out-of-the-box.

Most importantly, the Yoga 6 incorporates a 50WHr battery that’s claimed to offer up to 18 hours of usage. There’s a fingerprint sensor for authentication and connectivity options include Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5, two USB Type-A ports, two USB Type-C ports, and the headphone jack.

The laptop is available for pre-order on Lenovo.com and shall cost INR 86,990. It’ll go on sale starting March 10 via Lenovo.com, Amazon, and Flipkart, as well as other offline retail channels

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