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TCL MOVEAUDIO S200: Affordable TWS headphones

All the prime TWS features without the prime price

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TCL — primarily known for their affordable but quality TVs — continues to expand its portfolio. This time, they’re bringing over the same theme of prime features for less to the MOVEAUDIO S200.

First of, yes, it’s that AirPods design again. 😐

It leverages ENC noise reduction technology to reduce background noise helping you focus on whatever you’re listening to — may that be music or calls. Four built-in microphones use beamforming technology to filter noise and focus on your voice.

For sound quality, TCL equipped each earbud with a highly precise and sensitive coil. It connects to others devices via Bluetooth 5.0 with dual-Bluetooth transmission for low-latency. This means no delay from what you’re watching to what you’re hearing.

With an IP54 rating, the MOVEAUDIO S200 is also waterproof, dustproof and sweatproof. For comfort, TCL opted for what they call a superellipse design that should be easy on the ears for as long as 3.5 hours which happens to be its expected battery life on a single use. It goes all the way up to 23 hours when used with the charging case.

It has a smart wearing detection feature. It’ll pause songs when it realizes its been taken off. Put them back on and it’ll pick-up right where you left off. Like other TWS earphones, it uses touch gestures for controls. It’s also compatible with either Google Assistant or Siri.

Pricing and availability

The TCL MOVEAUDIO S200 is available in three colors: white, black or teal blue. They retail for EUR 99 (US$ 117) and will be available by end of September.

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Apple reportedly working on a 25W wired charger

Up from the standard 20W

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Apple is reportedly boosting its wired charging capabilities to 25W for the iPhone 13 series. It’s a significant change, given the company’s current charging situation. Since the months leading up to the iPhone 12 series’ launch last year, Apple has controversially played around with how it approaches charging.

Since the iPhone 12 series, Apple stopped shipping free chargers with their new iPhones. The decision resulted in thinner boxes and more phones packed into a single shipment. In the same vein, the company also resurrected the MagSafe system for the iPhone to bring a wireless charging method for consumers. Though it offered Apple a new source of income, consumers were less than thrilled about having to buy a separate charger for their new iPhone.

According to the latest report from MyDrivers, Apple is leaning into that even further. Reportedly, the company’s upcoming supply chain includes a 25W charging capability. Currently, Apple’s main charger only goes up to 20W of wired charging. It retails for US$ 19.99. If the 25W charger is true, who knows how much Apple will sell the accessory for?

Additionally, the modest increase might not prove much in terms of charging capability, anyway. It is, hopefully, a step in the right direction, though. The company’s competitors are already ramping up the charging wars. Most notably, Samsung is reportedly gearing up for a 65W fast charger for next year’s Galaxy S22 series. Apple has a lot of ground to cover if it wants to catch up.

SEE ALSO: Apple launches official MagSafe Battery Pack

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MagSafe Battery Pack Review: Is it worth It?

$100 for a powerbank?

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Apple brought a different kind of MagSafe to the iPhone 12 series last year. And with our in-depth MagSafe explainer, Michael Josh re-envisioned a powerbank with MagSafe.

Fast forward this July 2021, Apple unveiled the real deal. But is it worth the $100 asking price?

Watch our iPhone MagSafe Battery Pack Review now!

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Xiaomi’s 200W charger is coming next year

Production starts June

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Xiaomi is reportedly gearing up for the mass production of its 200W HyperCharge next year. This week, the charging wars heated up with iQOO’s rumored 160W charging solution coming out for the iQOO 8. Though the rumor was impressive, Xiaomi’s 200W wired charging solution, which was revealed earlier this year, was always looming in the shadows.

Back in May, the Chinese company official unveiled the charging solution, touting a charge time of just eight minutes for a 4000mAh battery. The solution also boasted a 120W wireless charging compatibility to boot. Naturally, as with most new technologies announced, it takes a while before the company can safely release it for the public. True enough, some reports warned that the blazing fast solution actually degraded batteries.

However, according to Chinese publication MyDrivers, Xiaomi is ready to unleash it to the public. The company is reportedly aiming for production to start as early as June 2022. It will supposedly pair up with Xiaomi’s most premium model next year, the Mi 12 Ultra.

For years, Chinese companies have worked on creating the best charging solutions for consumers. Though most new ones are just experiments at this point, some are already coming out for the market. Besides the impressive 160W charger from iQOO, Samsung is also reportedly working on a much-needed fast charger for next year’s flagships.

SEE ALSO: Xiaomi unveils 200W fast charging technology, calls it HyperCharge

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