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Vivo brings in high-end Xplay 6, midrange X9 and X9 Plus

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Vivo Xplay 6

Vivo has really stepped up its game this week. After releasing the V5 in India a couple of days ago, the Chinese manufacturer went back to its home country to launch its new flagship Xplay 6, along with two additions to the X series.

This has to be the company’s answer to pressure forged by rivals Xiaomi and Huawei after they came out with some of the most impressive hardware we’ve seen this year. Vivo can rest easy with its second-place ranking in China, but there’s no telling when the tides could shift to another brand’s favor — just ask former top-ranker Xiaomi.

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The Xplay 6, in particular, is no joke. Although it imitates a lot of the established ideas from fellow Chinese flagships, the price competes with Google’s Pixel phones at a bewildering CNY 4,498; that’s $655, seriously!

What makes this smartphone so special? Looking down the feature list, there’s nothing out of this world if you’re updated on the latest mobile tech.

Vivo Xplay 6 rose gold

Vivo Xplay 6 in rose gold

Standing out the most is the curved 5.46-inch Quad HD AMOLED display, which is something you’d find on the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge. But the Xplay 6’s advantage over its Korean counterpart is the use of 6GB of memory and a larger 4080mAh battery with built-in fast charging.

There’s also the inclusion of smartphone technology’s latest trending feature: a dual-camera setup. With a pair of 12- and 5-megapixel rear cameras, the former does the photo taking with the help of optical image stabilization, while the latter provides depth information to produce sharper subjects with blurred-out backgrounds.

Curiously, Vivo decided to go with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor instead of the newer 821. Reminds us of what HTC had done earlier with the Bolt. The Android version is also stuck at 6.0 Marshmallow, and not the much maturer 7.0 Nougat.

Vivo Xplay 6 gold

Vivo Xplay 6 in gold

Even if you consider the full-metal body, fingerprint scanner in front, and super-cool rose gold color, the Xplay 6 is a tough sell. You can purchase it beginning December 12, if you really must.

And then we have the X9 and X9 Plus, which fit between the lower-end V5 and premium Xplay 6. The 5.5-inch X9 retails at CNY 2,798 ($407) for the 64GB storage variant, and the 128GB storage option goes for CNY 2,998 ($436); both are already available for pre-order. No details have been revealed for the 5.88-inch X9 Plus.

The X9 and X9 Plus have one thing in common, and that’s the dual-front-facing cameras. One is 20 megapixels in resolution, and the other has an 8-megapixel image sensor for depth info, just like the rear camera setup of the Xplay 6. Both have a plain 16-megapixel shooter at the back.

Vivo X9 rose gold

Vivo X9 in rose gold

Other than that, you can already spell out what else they offer. The smaller X9 has a midrange Snapdragon 625 processor, 4GB of memory, and 3050mAh battery. As for the larger X9 Plus, it has a faster Snapdragon 653 chipset, 6GB of memory, and 4000mAh capacity for its battery.

If all these sound too expensive for you, you can always look down the pricing ladder towards the Vivo Y55. It got our thumbs up in both its full review and our best budget phones list, plus it costs only $165.

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Quarantined man asks neighbor on a date through a drone, posts video on TikTok

Coronavirus can’t stop love

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Needless to say, today is the worst time to go on a date. With social distancing in full effect, getting naughty in bed is a risky proposition. Regardless, even with physical distances, humans will always find a way to get intimate.

In New York, a man just upped his game in the coronavirus dating scene. Jeremy Cohen, a resident of Bushwick, invited his next door neighbor out on a date in the most creative way in the quarantine era.

In Brooklyn, rooftop antics and parties are commonplace. Recently, Cohen spotted his neighbor, Toni Cignarella, dancing alone on the rooftop next door.

“I looked out on the street, saw this girl dancing. I needed to say hi to her,” Cohen said in an NBC New York report. They waved at each other, but Cohen wondered how they could contact each other.

Of course, with the distance today, everyone needs to get creative. Cohen sent his number through a small drone. Naturally, his smooth moves didn’t go undocumented. Throughout the whole process, Cohen filmed the whole thing and posted the video on TikTok. (Where else? He also posted it on his Instagram.)

After Cignarella’s yes, the two went “out on a date.” Specifically, they had dinner on their respective rooftops and talked through FaceTime. Cignarelli commented that it was the “coolest thing anyone’s done for [her].”

Currently, the TikTok video already has 30 million views. Even then, Cohen’s cute gesture is a ray of hope in today’s desolate times.

SEE ALSO: 4 ways you can use TikTok to help during the COVID-19 crisis

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Huawei Sound X with hi-end audio launches

Will work seamlessly with the P40 series

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Huawei is slowly but surely venturing out into more and more devices. After wearables, the company is now showing off a hi-end speaker — the Huawei Sound X.

It’s never easy to describe sound on text but Huawei claims the Sound X “will revolutionize high-end acoustic technology with sonorous audio that leaves an enduring, life-altering impression on the listener.”

It was made in collaboration with Devialet — a global audio brand known for its High-Fidelity products.

It’s not a smart speaker in the way that there’s a voice assistant integrated like the Google Home or the Amazon Echo, but it does have some ‘smart’ qualities.

For instance, it will work seamlessly with your Huawei P40 series phone. Gently tapping your phone against the Sound X transmits audio to the speaker.

The audio, Huawei says, is lossless and low-latency and can be tweaked thanks to a proprietary EMUI 10.1 multi-device control panel. Think of like Huawei’s own version of Apple’s AirPlay.

Another thing that Huawei is proud of about the Sound X is how compact it is compared to other speakers that promise to deliver the same level of hi-end audio. It’s able to deliver 60W of bass despite being relatively smaller than other speakers with the same capability.

The company says the “exterior design was inspired by the golden dome of the black, glazed surface hints at the robust sound that seems to emanate from a bottomless well.” But it really just reminds of Darth Vader from Star Wars.

The press photos even have the Sound X in this red room of sorts. Screams Sith to me.

Imagine playing the “Imperial Death March” on this thing! Whether you see the resemblance or not, it does kind of look cool.

SEE ALSO: Huawei P40 Series with ‘visionary photography’ now official

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Huawei Watch GT 2e unveiled with more than 100 workout modes

Designed for fitness freaks

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Continuing the Watch GT series, Huawei has unveiled the latest addition — the Watch GT 2e. The brand intends the watch to be a Fitbit-type replacement by equipping it with more than 100 workout modes. This ranges from outdoor activities to indoor exercises.

It has a 1.4-inch AMOLED display and the brand claims it has a “retina” grade display. It’s safe to assume the display has a higher pixel density, delivering sharper visuals. The Watch GT 2e is designed to look sporty and has an integrated strap. The primary body of the watch is built from stainless steel and the strap has four color options — Graphite Black, Lava Red, Mint Green, and Icy White.

For added comfort, the strap is made of TPU material that’s designed to withstand extreme movement caused during any kind of exercise. This shall ensure accurate data reading. The watch face is highly customizable and the user can also add dual time zones, reminders, and a photo gallery.

The watch supports 15 professional workout modes along with eight outdoor activities like running, walking, mountain climbing, hiking, trail running, cycling, open water swimming, and triathlon. Indoor activities include walking, running, cycling, pool, swimming, free training, elliptical machine, and rower.

That’s not all. The watch has 85 customized workout modes across groups like extreme, leisure, fitness, aquatics, ball games, and winter sports. It’ll constantly record the user’s duration, calories burnt, heart rate interval, exercise progress, recovery time, and more.

Lastly, it’s the first watch from Huawei to get blood oxygen saturation (SpO2) monitoring. Sleep and stress tracking, a commonly found feature today in fitness accessories, has also been included.

Powering the watch is Huawei’s proprietary Kirin A1 chip and it can last two weeks on a single charge. The company hasn’t announced pricing or availability yet.

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