After “new normal”, “hybrid work” seems to be the new buzzword for tech manufacturers these days. And Samsung is leaning in fully with the release of the Galaxy Book2 Business.
Addressing hybrid work needs means putting in place tech that’s secure but still enables creativity and seamless collaboration. That’s what Samsung set out to do with the Galaxy Book2 Business.
Samsung’s no stranger to developing secure devices. Their Galaxy line closely integrates the use of their Knox tech. But the company takes it even further for this business line laptop. Realizing the need to protect employees who work from home from cyber risks, the Galaxy Book2 is equipped with Samsung’s
defense-grade security technology, Intel Hardware Shield Technology, and secure embedded processor to protect BIOS.
The Galaxy Book2 Business is able to stop attempts to compromise its system by establishing a Hardware-based Root of Trust, which validates BIOS and builds a dependable trust chain between the CPU, secure embedded processor and SPI flash. Should Galaxy Book2 Business become the target of an attack, valuable data is secured with BIOS auto-recovery, which can detect threats during the PC’s boot process and automatically restore the BIOS to a backup copy before corruption strikes.
In pop-culture terms, it’s like having a Time Stone to reverse your laptop into a pre-damaged state should an attack occur. Just like what Thanos did to Vision after Wanda destroyed the Mind Stone in Avenger’s Infinity War.
Productivity for the mobile worker
Video calls has been the bane of everyone’s existence since the pandemic hit. Majority of our interactions with other people has boiled down to this type of connection. Gadget makers are doing their part to ease the whole process as best they can. Which is why the Galaxy Book2 is has a Studio Mode feature.
Studio Mode elevates the whole video calling experience by enhancing both its video and audio aspects. There’s auto-framing that makes sure you’re at centerstage and Background Effects to keep the focus on you. It also has noise isolation features making sure it captures less of the background noise and more of your own voice.
A powerful addition to the Galaxy
We’re sure you’re curious about its numbers on paper so here’s a quick look for you:
- Intel vPro with 12th Gen Intel Core i5 or i7 processors / 12th Gen Intel® CoreTM i3 or i5 or i7 processors
- Intel UHD Graphics / Intel Iris X Graphics / NVIDIA GeForce MX570 A
- 4G LTE, WiFi 6E
- Up to 64GB RAM (2 Slot)
- Up to 1TB Internal Storage
- 14″ FHD, Anti-Glare display
Battery and Charging
- 65W USB-C
Ports and more
- One (1) USB-C
- Two (2) USB-A
- Thunderbolt 4
- HDMI 2.0
- Headphone/Mic jack
- Kensington Lock
- IR Camera
- Fingerprint Power Key
This being a Galaxy device means it will also work seamlessly with whatever Samsung Galaxy device you already own. This means the use of Samsung Account Single Sign-On feature, block-chain based Private Share, and more. Owners can also sync smartphone apps via the Link to Windows feature. This way they can send and receive texts right on the laptop.
Should the Galaxy Book2 be misplaced, owners can use Samsung’s SmartThings Find5 to search for their Galaxy devices and pinpoint the location of each one.
Price and availability
Pricing details have yet to be announced. They will vary per model and region. Availability begins on April in select markets.
POCO debuts X4 Pro 5G, M4 Pro
All-around flagship-level experience
Tech brand POCO announced the global launch of the new POCO X4 Pro 5G and POCO M4 Pro at the MWC 2022 in Barcelona, Spain.
The POCO X4 Pro 5G packs flagship-level experience for a value, making it perfect for the young tech enthusiasts.
It comes with a 120Hz AMOLED Display, 108MP camera, Snapdragon 5G processor, and more cutting-edge features.
The POCO M4 Pro, meanwhile, looks to be a competitive option suitable for the user’s entertainment experience as it is powered by MediaTek Helio G96 and has a 64MP main camera.
Both new phones have an octa-core CPU and come with 8GB of RAM that can be expanded up to an extra 3GB from the 256GB storage for a seamless experience.
X4 Pro 5G: All-around, flagship-level
The new POCO X4 Pro 5G marks the first time the company is employing AMOLED for the X-series, as the phone comes with a large 6.67-inch AMOLED DotDisplay screen with a 120Hz refresh rate and 360Hz touch sampling rate for less lag.
The display features a 2400 by 1080 FHD+ resolution that is SGS-certified for Eye Care Display.
It is powered by a Snapdragon 695 5G processor and an octa-core CPU headed by two Arm Cortex-A78 performance cores for speeds up to 2.2GHz.
Various camera features
The centerpiece of the smartphone is a 108MP main camera that measures in at 1/1.52”, making it one of the world’s highest resolution sensors available.
It is also joined by an 8MP ultra-wide lens and a 2MP micro camera on the rear, and a 16MP front camera.
Among the POCO X4 Pro 5G’s camera features are the panoramic selfie option, slow motion, dual-video, time-lapse, super macro, kaleidoscope, and more.
Powerful battery, fast charging
Lastly, the X4 Pro 5G comes with a 5,000mAh battery to allow users to browse or play all day long with up to 15 hours of video playback of 191 hours of music playing.
With its 67W turbo charging, the smartphone can be charged up to 70 percent in just 22 minutes, and can be fully charged in less than an hour.
M4 Pro: Ultimate entertainment experience
Meanwhile, the POCO M4 Pro is presenting itself as an entertainment powerhouse that combines value for money.
Like the X4 Pro 5G, The M4 Pro has a 2400 by 1800 FHD+ resolution. It also has a 6.43-inch AMOLED DotDisplay screen. Still with a 90Hz refresh rate and 180Hz touch sampling rate.
This allows the device to be used for basically all activities like vlogging, social media scrolling, or taking pictures and videos.
The M4 Pro comes with a triple camera setup. It has a 64MP main camera, an 8MP ultra-wide camera, and a 2MP macro lens camera. Meanwhile, in front is a 16MP camera.
It also has a 5,000mAh battery that can be recharged fully in just an hour with 33W Pro fast charging.
Price and availability
POCO’s X4 Pro 5G and M4 Pro will be available via the brand’s official e-commerce channels.
Both phones will come with YouTube Premium pre-installed. The brand is also offering customers up to two months free on the streaming service.
For the prices, variants, and color options for the two latest smartphones, check the table below:
|Unit||Variant||Colors available||Retail price|
|POCO X4 Pro 5G||6GB + 128 GB||Laser Black, Laser Blue, and POCO Yellow||PhP 16,990|
|8GB + 256 GB||PhP 17,990|
|POCO M4 Pro||6GB + 128 GB||Power Black, Cool Blue, and POCO Yellow||PhP 12,990|
|8GB + 256 GB||PhP 13,990|
Fully-charged phone in 9 minutes? OPPO unveils 240W charging tech
Pushing the boundaries of charging speed
OPPO is pushing the boundaries of charging speed as it unveiled the 240W SUPERVOOC flash charge at MWC 2022.
Nine minutes. That’s the promise of the new charging tech. To fully charge a 4,500mAh smartphone in just nine minutes.
OPPO introduced it along with a lineup of new technologies. These include the 150W SUPERVOOC flash charge with Battery Health Engine, OPPO 5G CPE T2, MariSilicon X imaging NPU. There’s also the OPPO Air Glass and Retractable Camera, and many more.
The release of such technologies follows OPPO’s successful 2021 where the brand maintained its position as the world’s fourth largest smartphone brand.
SUPERVOOC Flash Charge
OPPO officially welcome a record-breaking new charging technology in the 240W SUPERVOOC flash charge.
As demonstrated at MWC 2022 in Spain, it has the capability to charge a 4,500mAh battery to full percentage in just nine minutes!
— OPPO (@oppo) February 28, 2022
The company also unveiled the latest 150W SUPERVOOC flash charge that can charge a 4,500 mAh battery to 50 percent in five minutes and 100 percent in just 15 minutes.
The technology integrates OPPO’s Battery Health Engine which doubles battery life, keeping battery performance at 80 percent of its original capacity after as many as 1,600 charge cycles.
The 150W SUPERVOOC flash charge will be launched on selected OnePlus smartphones starting in the second quarter of 2022.
Honor Magic4 series now official
New watch and earbuds also announced
Honor is making a splash at MWC 2022 in Barcelona, Spain with the announcement of their brand new flagship — the Honor Magic4 series. It featured two smartphones — the Honor Magic4 and Honor Magic4 Pro.
Launching alongside the series are the Honor Watch GS 3 and Honor Earbuds 3 Pro.
Honor Magic4 series
Honor took its time before fully emerging from the dust brought about by its divorce from Huawei. It relaunched softly with the Honor 50 but is now fully ready to take on the world again with the Honor Magic4 series.
This flagship set features a symmetrical design, enhanced visual experience, superior performance, and outstanding photography and videography capabilities. That’s a tall order of promises and Honor aims to not disappoint.
For performance, both phones are equipped with the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chip flanked by 8GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage. Honor also put its own ingredient in the mix adding Honor Turbo Engines to maximize the capability of the chipset. There’s also the Honor OS Turbo X which the company says improves fluency, anti-aging, and power consumption.
Honor Magic4 Pro
6.81” LTPO OLED
Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
Up to 12GB
Up to 512GB
Magic UI 6.0 (Android 12)
||12MP Wide Camera with 100 ° FOV|
Honor Magic4 Pro
Focusing on the Honor Magic4 Pro, it has a 6.81-inch LTPO Quad-Curved Display. Other display features include HDR 10+, 120Hz dynamic refresh rate, and more. It also has an IP68 rating ensuring dust and water resistance
It boasts a lot by way of numbers in the camera department.
- 50MP Wide Camera
- 50MP Ultra-wide angle lens
- 64MP Periscope telephoto lens (3.5x Optical Zoom, 100x Digital Zoom)
These massive hardware numbers are supported by Honor’s Ultra-Fusion Computational Photography. This promises high quality images that are sharp and clear. Additionally, it also has Dual Chain Computational Photography and Videography Algorithm. What it does is allow users to capture high-quality images while shooting videos.
Speaking of videos, the Honor Magic4 Series features the Honor Magic-Log Movie Master and AI Film Effects. With this, the Honor Magic4 Series delivers the industry-first 10-bit Log 4K video recording in 60fps (frame per second), beating another industry benchmark.
Battery and Charging
The Honor Magic4 Pro sports a 4,600mAh battery with support for its 100W SuperCharge tech. Wired, it’ll fill up the device from zero to 100 percent in just 30 minutes. Wireless, it can go up to 50 percent in just 15 minutes.
The series will come in Cyan and Gold.
Honor Watch GS 3
The Honor Watch GS 3 is inspired by traditional mechanical watches. It uses quality materials like 316L stainless steel for an elegant and stylish design. The watch is designed to be worn comfortably all-day long, weighing just 44g and measuring 10.5mm.
Its AI Heart Rate Monitoring Engine combines multiple algorithms to cancel out noise during exercise. The watch significantly improves the accuracy of the heart rate monitoring function, enabling users to better monitor their health.
The Honor Watch GS 3 supports over 100 workout modes while also providing precise route tracking capabilities and benefits from built-in L1/L5 Dual Frequency GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) when running, cycling or hiking outdoors.
It will be available in Midnight Black, Ocean Blue, and Classic Gold.
Honor Earbuds 3 Pro
The Honor Earbuds 3 Pro are equipped with a dual-driver design. It includes an 11mm diameter dynamic driver and a high-resolution piezoelectric ceramic tweeter, delivering both rich and delicate sound details and booming bass.
By reducing ambient sounds at varying levels, the Honore Earbuds 3 Pro deliver superior sound quality and call performance with fully developed Adaptive Active Noise Cancelling (Adaptive ANC) technology and enhanced connectivity. This allows users to enjoy immersive music and in-depth sound while gaming or on conference calls.
Price and availability
The Honor Magic4 will start at EUR 899 (8GB+256GB), while the Honor Magic4 Pro will start at EUR 1099 (8GB+256GB). It will be available in Q2 of 2022.
The Honor Earbuds 3 Pro will start at EUR 199 and the Honor Watch GS 3 will start at EUR 229. Availability will be announced at a later date.
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