Sony explains why they removed headphone jack on Xperia XZ2

They’re not that convincing



Sony's first phone not to have an audio port -- the Xperia XZ2

Back at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Sony unveiled their latest design of smartphones. They finally moved on with their Omnibalance philosophy to what they now call “Ambient Flow” for the Xperia XZ2 phones.

It’s good news that the Japanese company finally made the change, but they also removed the headphone port along with it. Sony is definitely not the first to do it (*cough* Apple *cough*), but it’s a trend they’re now following.

Knowing Sony, they should have a good reason why. I mean, we kept on forgiving them with their thick bezels before because they have front-facing stereo speakers. Here’s their answer why they removed the audio port:

This is part of the shift to our new Ambient Flow design language. In order to create the beautiful seamless design, our designers needed to remove the headphone jack. Plus, we’re aware of the major market trend toward wireless headphones over wired headphones.

Removing the headphone port could mean bigger batteries or slimmer phones, but that’s not the case with the new Xperia XZ2. They’re even one of the thickest flagships to come out and if Samsung can still put a 3.5mm port on their phone, others can too without a question.

Sure, you can still use wired headphones with USB-C connectors or adapters, but having no audio port on your phone means you can’t conveniently use your favorite headphones without having to deal with a tiny adapter.

Source: Sony Blog

SEE ALSO: Sony Xperia XZ2 Hands-On: More beautiful than ever!


Motorola is launching the razr 5G on October 2

Starts at US$ 1,199



Last year, Motorola resurrected the clamshell phone, locking up with the ongoing foldable trend. However, despite the inarguable nostalgia factor, the Motorola razr launched to tepid reception. Thankfully, Motorola stuck to its guns and improved even after the initial launch. This year, for example, the company officially announced the Motorola razr 5G, an upgrade over the first device. Now, we finally know when the razr 5G is coming. Motorola is launching the razr 5G on October 2.

As confirmed to us today, Motorola is launching the 5G-ready device very soon. Unlocked devices will ship out starting on October 2. They will also start retailing at US$ 1,199.

Meanwhile, US telco customers can get huge discounts for the new device. For example, new AT&T customers can bag US$ 700 off a new razr 5G by switching their numbers over to AT&T. Existing customers can get at least US$ 300 off by upgrading their devices. New T-Mobile customers can also get half off (and 24 monthly bill credits) by activating a new line.

Untethered customers can already grab the new smartphone for US$ 200 off through and

Under the hood, the Motorola razr 5G sports the new Snapdragon 765G chipset, bringing 5G compatibility. It has a new 48-megapixel rear camera and a 20-megapixel selfie shooter.

Besides the hardware, the smartphone has an updated design, making it more convenient for one-handed use. For software, Motorola is bringing several quality-of-life changes for more convenience. Finally, Motorola upped the battery to 2800mAh.

SEE ALSO: Motorola is launching a new 5G midranger

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Mi Watch Revolve launches with ultra long battery life, premium design

Huawei should be worried



Today, Xiaomi unveiled a host of new products via its Smarter Living 2020 event in India. Last year, the brand announced a new air purifier, water purifier, smart lights, and more. Following the same trend, Xiaomi has expanded its Mi product lineup with a new wearable — the Mi Watch Revolve.

The Mi Watch Revolve is an affordable fitness tracker that looks extremely premium and measures 46mm. Available in two color options, the Mi Watch Revolve will go up against Huawei’s Watch GT 2e. Both the watches are quite similar on paper, and we’ll try our best to do a comparison article soon.

On the front, the watch has a 1.4-inch always-on AMOLED display with Gorilla Glass 3 protection. In terms of technology, the watch connects via Bluetooth 5.0 and can be used on Android as well as iOS. Onboard sensors include a heart rate sensor, a three-axis acceleration sensor, a gyroscope, a geomagnetic sensor, a baroreceptor, and an ambient light sensor.

To withstand regular usage, the watch gets 5ATM water resistance and a battery life of 1-2 weeks. The battery consumption vastly depends on your usage and Xiaomi is sure the watch will get you through a week with heavy usage.

Making the deal even sweeter, the watch can also measure your psychological data based on physical activity and heart rate monitoring. Thanks to Firstbeat Motion Algorithm, it can measure stress, heart rate variability monitoring, and VO2 Max (blood oxygen level).

It also gets the standard workout modes like running, cycling, trekking, treadmill, and more. Lastly, the user has an option to choose from 100+ watch faces and can receive notifications from a plethora of apps.

The Mi Watch Revolve is available in one size and costs INR 10,999 (US$ 150). It’ll be available in Chrome Silver and Midnight Black color options. It’s up for purchase via, Amazon, Mi Home, and retail stores.

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Lenovo expands ThinkBook, ThinkVision lineup

Lenovo expands ThinkBook, ThinkVision lineup



Lenovo has been rather busy recently updating their entire product portfolio. So this ThinkBook and ThinkVision refresh was absolutely inevitable and most definitely welcome.

We’re going to go through all the ThinkBooks and ThinkVisions real quick. Ready? Take a breath. Let’s go!

ThinkBook 13s Gen 2 i

This was co-engineered with Intel and meets the requirements of the Intel Evo platform. That’s true across hardware specifications and key experience targets for device responsiveness, instant wake, battery life and fast charge.

It has a high resolution 13.3-inch display with a new 16:10 aspect ratio that offers 90% screen-to-body ratio with ultra-narrow bezels and is available with optional touch.

You’re also getting Thunderbolt 4 port and optional PCIe Gen 4 storage.

We’ll be going on virtual meetings for the foreseeable future. Taking that into account, the ThinkBook 13s Gen 2 i features microphones that has three audio modes: private, shared, and environmental.

  • ThinkBook 13s Gen 2 i is expected to be available from October 2020, starting at $829
  • ThinkBook 13s Gen 2 AMD is expected to be available from October 2020, starting at $729.

ThinkBook 14s Yoga i

Need something flexible? Well, here you go. The popular Yoga form factor means this thing can bend and a different number of ways.

For performance, it’s powered by 11th Gen Intel Core processors. It also comes with the Lenovo Smart Pen to really help you let your creativity run wild.

It’s available in Mineral Grey with an Abyss Blue version added to the mix.

  • ThinkBook 14s Yoga is expected to be available from November 2020, starting at $879.

ThinkBook 14/15 Gen 2 i

If working smart is your think then it doesn’t get any smarter than this. It’s powered by 11th Gen Intel Core Processors (will also come in AMD variants) with flexible storage options: HDD + SSD or dual SSD.

Working remotely and need support? The service hot key helps users reach Lenovo support at the press of a button, automatically including device details such as serial number for a fast track support experience.

But here’s the kicker. It comes with ThinkBook wireless earbuds that can be stored within the laptop. The earbuds charge automatically when stored and connect to the laptop audio instantly when taken out. Double tapping toggles the mute function, and it has dual mics and environmental noise cancellation.

  • ThinkBook 15 Gen 2 i is expected to be available from October 2020, starting at $569.
  • ThinkBook 15p i is expected to be available from October 2020, starting at $939.
  • ThinkBook 14 Gen 2 i is expected to be available from October 2020, starting at $569.
  • ThinkPad E14 Gen 2 is expected to be available from November 2020, starting at $699.
  • ThinkPad E15 Gen 2 is expected to be available from November 2020, starting at $699.
  • ThinkBook 15 Gen 2 AMD is expected to be available from October 2020, starting at $549.
  • ThinkBook 14 Gen 2 AMD is expected to be available from October 2020, starting at $549.

ThinkVision T27hv-20

This single cable USB-C Hub monitor is designed to to meet the collaboration requirements of a hybrid working model. The 27-inch display features a 1080p IR/RGB webcam, noise cancelling microphones and integrated speakers that help users conference with confidence

It has Smart Guard that blurs the screen the moment you look or move away or detects someone peeking over your shoulder. Meanwhile, Smart Energy will turn off the screen when it senses that you have moved away from your desk, saving power and protecting data.

  • ThinkVision T27hv-20 is expected to be available from December 2020, starting at $549.
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