Samsung is launching ECG monitoring for the Galaxy Watch 3

Available starting today



As the world becomes more health-conscious, smartwatches are packing in more sensors. Besides the traditional palette of fitness sensors, today’s wearables can now detect electrocardiograms (ECG), blood oxygen levels, and even stress levels. Coinciding with this trend, Samsung is launching ECG monitoring for the Galaxy Watch 3.

Announced during the initial launch, the feature will finally make its way to users in the United States. Samsung is rolling out the update through the Samsung Health Monitor app. Besides ECG tracking, the Galaxy Watch 3 can also monitor their user’s blood oxygen levels.

Starting today, Galaxy Watch 3 users can track their heart rhythms for irregularities. The feature can accurately detect any heretofore undetected disorders such as atrial fibrillation. After which, users can send reports to their healthcare providers for additional help.

The feature’s rollout undoubtedly increases the watch’s value for potential customers holding out on a purchase. It took a while because the feature just passed through the US Food and Drug Administration. Other smartwatches — like the Fitbit Sense — have also promised similar features coming after their respective launches.

If you’re wondering about the sudden influx in the feature, health experts are studying the correlation between blood oxygen levels and COVID-19. Having the ability to track blood oxygen might prove useful in preventing infection.

The Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 is available now. It starts at US$ 399.99.

SEE ALSO: Samsung has announced the Galaxy Watch 3 Titanium


Apple might launch cheapest AirPods ever

And a new generation of AirPods Max



Apple has a reputation for selling its products at exorbitant prices. Even the brand’s affordability-positioned devices can still cost customers quite a pretty penny. However, getting the authentic Apple experience might soon get a significant price drop — for one segment, at least. The brand is reportedly launching a new pair of AirPods which will cost only US$ 99.

First reported by Ming-Chi Kuo on Twitter, Apple has inked a deal with Hon Teng, a subsidiary of the Foxconn Group, to manufacture the former’s AirPods lineup. Starting off the new partnership, Apple and Hon Teng will supposedly launch a new generation of AirPods Max and a new entry-level set. Either or both models will launch between the second half of 2024 to the first half of 2025.

With such a price tag, the rumored wearable would be one of the most affordable products you will be able to buy from Apple to date. Being positioned as an entry-level device, the affordable AirPods will likely lose a few features from the current generation like the H1 chipset.

It’s still quite some time before the rumored device’s launch, though. Like other leaks and rumors coming out as of late, the current report forecasts developments coming more than a year from now. Though technology can certainly see that far ahead, anything can change in a heartbeat.

SEE ALSO: Apple AirPods Pro 2 Review

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Apple will release in-house microLED for devices soon

Replaces Samsung, LG for display vendors



Apple is quickly defining its year with increasing bouts of self-reliance. Only a little over a week since the year began, a few reports have already described the company’s big moves for the future: fewer third-party components, more in-house development. Now, fresh off reports of an in-house connectivity chip, Apple is reportedly readying another fresh replacement — microLED for all devices.

First reported by Bloomberg, Apple is already ready to replace the screens of 2024’s Apple Watch with the new display. After incorporating the new technology inside the wearable lineup, the company will eventually use the screens for the iPhone lineup in several years’ time.

It’s been a long time coming for the company. Development for the screen started all the way back in 2018. Almost five years since the news first broke, we’re finally learning what has become of the burgeoning display technology.

Though Apple has not released a product with the in-house display yet, it’s already a promising development. According to reports brewing since 2018, microLED technology can make colors pop out from a screen as if they were printed, rather than shone from a backlight. Doing so will even improve viewing angles on devices.

As of late, the company has relentlessly pursued in-house components to replace its reliance on third-party vendors. Reported earlier this week, it is reportedly working on a switch from Broadcom and Qualcomm to its own facilities. With a new display, Apple can replace Samsung and LG as the primary sources for its devices’ displays.

SEE ALSO: Apple is preparing to replace Qualcomm with in-house chip

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OnePlus 11 series launches in China

Global launch coming in February



Another year of promising smartphones has started. Though the more popular brands reserve their debuts for later in the year, OnePlus has gone ahead with the launch of its first flagship this year. Ahead of a more global launch, the Chinese brand has unleashed the OnePlus 11 series in China.

Inspired by “black holes,” the OnePlus 11 stands out from the crowd with its large, circular camera bump. On the flipside, the screen touts a 6.7-inch LTPO 3.0 AMOLED display, which puts out images at 2K resolution and 120Hz refresh rate.

Inside the smartphone’s large frame, users will find the usual offerings they can expect from flagship devices throughout the first half of 2023. The OnePlus 11 boasts the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor, up to 16GB of RAM, and up to 512GB of internal storage.

Once again, OnePlus is packing Hasselblad-built cameras for its flagship. The black-hole-inspired bump features a trio of shooters consisting of a 50-megapixel main sensor, a 32-megapixel telephoto lens, and a 48-megapixel ultrawide camera. Opposite the three, the selfie shooter takes 16-megapixel photos.

Finally, the smartphone will come with a 5000mAh battery. It will also charge at up to 100W.

OnePlus Buds Pro 2

To complement the flagship’s launch, OnePlus has also launched the OnePlus Buds Pro 2. Going a step beyond the previous generation, the new wearable features a dual-driver setup, packing an 11mm driver for bass and a 6mm driver for mid/treble.

For additional features, the OnePlus Buds Pro 2 comes with spatial audio and a six-axis motion sensor to optimize sound. It will connect to devices with Bluetooth 5.3 LE support. It will reportedly last for 39 hours on a single charge.

Price and availability in China

Ahead of everyone else, OnePlus is launching both the OnePlus 11 and the OnePlus Buds Pro 2 early for China. Users in the country can get the devices starting January 9. The rest of the world will get them after their launch on February 7. Both will come in either black or green.

The OnePlus 11 will start at CNY 3,999 (12GB RAM/256GB storage) and tops off at CNY 4,899 (16GB RAM/512GB storage). Meanwhile, the OnePlus Buds Pro 2 will sell for CNY 899.

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