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Xiaomi announces heart rate tracking Mi Band Pulse

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Chinese company Xiaomi upgrades their fitness tracker, Mi Band, by adding real-time heart rate monitoring and appropriately calling it the Mi Band Pulse.

The Mi Band Pulse photoelectric light perception module to continually track your heart rate. This is on top of its other features which include tracking distance and calories burned during your workout session as well as sleeping patterns.

It has the same 45 mAh battery as the first generation Mi Band but still processes to last up to 30 days on a single charge.

Xiaomi’s latest fitness tracker will be available in China on November 11 with CNY 99 ($16) price tag. As for availability elsewhere, it looks like the company is looking to here from its Facebook fans posing the question, “Would you like to see this launched in your country too?,” along with the announcement of the wearable.

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The company also announced a Plastic 20,000 mAh Power Bank priced at the equivalent of $24. It should be lighter than its metal counterparts and also has 5.1V and 3.6A output.

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OPPO F7 Youth officially launches as a budget midrange selfie phone

A toned-down version of the F7

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There’s a new OPPO phone in the block. After launching the F7 and the F7 128GB, OPPO is now giving us the F7 Youth — a toned-down version of the company’s main lineup.

The F7 Youth and the main F7 share a lot in common: a 6-inch Full HD+ 18:9 display, 4GB of memory, 64GB of storage, and the powerful Helio P60 processor. Of course, there are compromises to make it affordable like lower resolution cameras — 13-megapixel rear and 8-megapixel front — and removal of the fingerprint sensor at the back.

Apart from the missing fingerprint sensor, the F7 Youth also doesn’t have a display notch. If you want a new selfie phone from OPPO but dislikes the notch, the F7 Youth is a great option.

The phone also has a large 3410mAh battery, AI features in the camera and battery, Android 8.1 Oreo with ColorOS 5.0, and a micro-USB port.

The F7 Youth comes in similar color options as the F7 with the patterned Diamond Black and sophisticated-looking Solar Red. The phone is priced in the Philippines at PhP 13,990 or roughly US$ 265. The F7 Youth is also known as the Realme 1 in India.

SEE ALSO: OPPO F7 Diamond Black hands-on: Shining bright

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Razer Blade 15 gaming notebook gets thinner bezels, 144Hz display

Sporting the latest specs available!

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Popular gaming brand Razer has a new laptop for PC gamers. The all-new Razer Blade 15 is currently the world’s smallest gaming laptop in its class thanks to its thin bezels and slim chassis. Of course, Razer didn’t skimp on giving it the best specifications available in the market as well.

The Blade 15 is a gaming notebook with a 15.6-inch display but in a body size comparable to a 14-inch laptop. How? It has 4.9mm-thin bezels, but Razer still managed to retain the webcam at the top of the screen. The display can either be a Full HD panel with 144Hz refresh rate or a 4K touchscreen with 100 percent Adobe RGB coverage.

Razer Blade 15

The new gaming notebook is powered by an 8th-Gen Intel Core i7-8750H six-core processor paired with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 10 series graphics for the best power. It has support for up to 32GB of memory and up to 2TB of storage.

The graphics unit features NVIDIA’s Max-Q design to put in either a GTX 1060 or GTX 1070 into the slim aluminum body of the laptop. There are also high-performance low-noise fans and thermal interfaces to deal with the heat when the laptop is under heavy load.

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Moreover, its keyboard has Razer Chroma which offers 16.8 million colors for each key and is customizable through Razer Synapse 3 software. The dual front-firing speakers feature Dolby Atmos for immersive audio.

A gaming laptop is not complete without a plethora of ports: Mini DisplayPort, HDMI, Thunderbolt 3 (via USB-C), and three full-size USB ports featuring USB 3.1 Gen 1 speeds.

Razer also announced a new external graphics enclosure — the Razer Core X. It’s a plug-and-play eGPU that delivers desktop-grade graphics to compatible Windows or Mac notebooks with Thunderbolt 3 support.

Razer Core X

The new Razer Blade 15 starts at US$ 1,899 while the Razer Core X is priced at US$ 299. The new Razer products are now available through their website and select retailers.

SEE ALSO: Razer and Lazada partnered up to launch a digital game store

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HTC launches the notch-less, translucent U12+

Sports an 18:9 display

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Finally, HTC has lifted the veil off its much-anticipated flagship. After weeks of leaks and rumors, the HTC U12+ has arrived on the scene. In a global launch event, the Taiwanese company has completely unveiled both the specs and price of their new flagship.

Unlike most smartphones today, the U12+ will not carry the controversial camera notch. Instead, it sports a 6-inch Quad HD+ screen. The sizable display packs in an 18:9 resolution of 2880 x 1440.

The screen features HTC’s upgraded Edge Sense 2. Besides the usual complement of gesture controls, the feature can now detect which hand is being used. The extra detection allows for convenient one-hand phone handling with gestures.

Under the hood, the U12+ touts the top-of-the-line Snapdragon 845 processor, and comes with 6GB of memory and up to 128GB of internal storage (expandable up to 2TB with a microSD).

Camera-wise, the U12+ snaps photos with a dual 12-megapixel wide-angle (1.4µm, f/1.75) and 16-megapixel telephoto (1.0µm, f/2.6) rear shooter. Additionally, the dual-flash camera supports speedy phase detection and laser autofocus. It also supports up to 2x optical zoom and 10x digital zoom.

On the other hand, the dual 8-megapixel (1.12µm, f/2.0) front shooter touts wide-angle capabilities of up to a 84-degree field of view.

Further, the U12+ can churn out crystal-clear sound with support for active noise cancellation, hi-fi playback, and wireless audio.

For connectivity, the dual SIM phone supports up to dual 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, NFC, Bluetooth 5.0, USB 3.1 Type-C, and HTC Connect for wireless streaming.

Finally, the U12+ owns a 3500mAh battery. According to HTC, it can power through up to 23.8 hours of talk time on 4G. It also supports fast charging with an included Quick Charge 3.0 charger.

It comes in Ceramic Black, Flame Red, and Translucent Blue. Notably, the Translucent Blue variant’s unique design (called Liquid Surface) allows users to see the inner workings of the phone through the back panel.

Online pre-orders are now available. The HTC U12+’s 64GB variant retails for NT$ 23,900 (around US$ 800). Meanwhile, the 128GB variant sells for NT$ 24,900 (around US$ 830).

SEE ALSO: HTC will launch a blockchain-powered phone in October

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