Yesterday we exclusively reported that Realme will launch the TechLife Air Purifier in India next week, and today the company confirmed it will introduce the appliance in its biggest market on September 30.
In addition to the Air Purifier, Realme will also launch the Handheld Vacuum Cleaner and the Robot Vacuum Cleaner in India next Thursday.
Realme hasn’t revealed the Indian pricing of these products yet, but yesterday we exclusively reported that the Air Purifier’s HEPA filter will have an MRP of INR1,499 ($20/€17), with the actual selling price expected to be lower.
The Realme TechLife Air Purifier features a three-stage filtration system, and Realme claims it removes 99.95% of 0.3-micron particles and PM2.5 pollution from the air.
The appliance is advertised to take 14.4 minutes to purify the air in a 30m3 room and comes with a real-time air quality indicator. You also get a timer that allows you to automatically turn off the purifier after two, four, or eight hours of usage.
The Handheld Vacuum Cleaner packs a 140W motor with 10,500 RPM, providing a maximum suction power of 9.5KPa. It comes with a washable HEPA filter and an auto-rotating floor brush with an RPM of 2,200. Realme says the Handheld Vacuum Cleaner has a 40-minute runtime in Soft Mode and 20 minutes in Strong Mode.
The Robot Vacuum Cleaner, on the other hand, comes with a 2-in-1 Vacuum + Mopping function and features a LiDAR system for smart mapping and navigation. The appliance has an auto-recharge feature and packs a 5,200 mAh battery. It also has a 600mL Dust Box onboard, and you can purchase the 300mL Electronic Water Tank separately if you want to use the mopping function. Moreover, the Robot Vacuum Cleaner has Google Assistant and Alexa support, allowing you to operate it with voice control.
Motorola seems to be gearing-up for at least a couple of new device releases, likely to drop next month. The Moto G Pure and Moto E40 have already popped-up in extensive leaks and now we get another round of mostly images.
Let’s start with the Moto G Pure – the higher-end of the two. We already have a pretty good idea of its specs sheet, as well as a full set of detailed renders. Evan Blass simply offers another look at the phone in what seems to be an official poster. It reaffirms what we already know about the phone’s overall design, almost down to a tee. Well, perhaps with the exception of some writing on the side of the camera island, which we were previously unaware of.
Motorola Moto G Pure poster
The Moto G Pure is expected to use the Helio G25 chipset, or perhaps the P22, with 4GB of RAM and 32GB of storage in the base configuration. For cameras, the G Pure will likely rock a 48MP main snapper and a 2MP depth sensor on the back, with a 5MP selfie on the front. The latter appears to be housed within a teardrop notch, cutting into what rumors say will be a 6.5-inch AMOLED display.
The Motorola Moto G Pure will be available in Electric Graphite (pictured) and Lagoon Green
A 4,000 mAh battery, with 10W charging is rumored as well, fitted inside what is a fairly-thick 10.1mm body, allegedly consisting of a premium aluminum frame, though most-likely with a plastic back. Other specs include USB Type-C and a 3.5mm jack The Moto G Pure is expected to be unveiled in the second week of October, with a price tag in the $300-$350 range. Perhaps a bit too ambitious.
The Moto E40 is an even more-budget offer. One that has also been well-covered by rumors already, particularly in terms of specs, where the E40 is said to be a slightly upgraded version of the recently-announced Moto E20. Thanks to a new leak, we now get to enjoy an extensive set of renders of the E40, as well – a welcome sight, since we preciously knew little about its design.
Motorola Mote E40 renders
Not that there really seems to be anything particularly noteworthy about the way the E40 looks. Still, it is meant to be a budget offer that uses a Unisoc T700 chipset, with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, plus the lightweight Android 11 Go edition on top. For cameras, it also has a 48MP main snapper, plus a 2MP depth sensor, but throws in a third 2MP macro camera. The display is rumored to be a 6.5-inch IPS panel, with 90Hz refresh rate.
The Moto E40 is said to have a plastic body, measuring 165.08 x 75.64 x 9.14mm and tipping the scale at 198 grams. That includes a 4,000 mAh battery, with 10W charging. Also part of the specs sheet – IP52 rating, a 3.5mm audio jack and a dedicated Google Assistant button. MSRP is expected to come in below €200.
Yesterday we saw renders of the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra leaked by OnLeaks, revealing the design of the Korean conglomerate’s 2022 flagship. Today, the same source is back with the images of the Galaxy S22 and Galaxy S22+.
Unlike the S22 Ultra, the S22 and S22+ look similar to their predecessors. They are built around screens with centered punch holes, sport vertically aligned triple-camera systems on the rear, and seemingly have metal builds.
We don’t have the detailed specs sheets of either of these phones, but the source claims that the S22 is 7.6mm thick and is built around a 6″ screen with the “improved camera bump” on the rear expected to consist of 50MP primary, 12MP ultrawide, and a telephoto unit.
The S22+ is also 7.6mm thick (9.1mm including the camera bump), sports a 6.5″ display, and like the vanilla model, has a USB-C port at the bottom. Although neither phones have a 3.5mm headphone jack, which is hardly a surprise since their predecessors didn’t have one either.
Needless to say, you should take these designs with a pinch of salt since they don’t come directly from Samsung. Besides, it’s worth noting that the renders of the S22+ were received by the source as the Galaxy S22 Pro, meaning the final version of the Plus model could have a different design.
Realme announced the GT Neo2 a few days ago in China and said it would launch the smartphone globally without providing a timeframe. Later, on Twitter, Mr. Madhav Sheth – VP of Realme and CEO of Realme India, Europe, and Latin America – confirmed that the GT Neo2 will come to India, and now Mr. Sheth tells us that the GT Neo2 will launch in the company’s biggest market in October.
The Realme GT Neo2 is a successor to the GT Neo, introduced in India in May as the X7 Max 5G. But it won’t arrive in India as an X series smartphone since the X lineup is replaced by the GT series. “GT is the new X,” Mr. Sheth said last month.
The GT Neo2 is built around a 6.62″ FullHD+ 120Hz AMOLED screen and has a Snapdragon 870 SoC at the helm. The smartphone boots Android 11-based Realme UI 2.0 and has three memory options – 8GB/128GB, 8GB/256GB, and 12GB/256GB. Although it’s unclear if the GT Neo2 will be available in all of these configurations in India or Realme will skip any tiers.
Realme GT Neo2
The Snapdragon 870-powered smartphone has a 16MP selfie camera inside the punch hole, with the camera system on the rear consisting of a 64MP primary, 8MP ultrawide, and 2MP macro units.
The GT Neo2 also features an in-display fingerprint reader, stereo speakers, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. It also supports 5G networks and has an NFC chip on board.
Fueling the entire package is a 5,000 mAh battery, charged through a USB-C port at up to 65W.
The plot surrounding Samsung’s upcoming device announcements continues to thicken. Honestly, the rumors and leaks situation has gotten so confusing and intriguing that if all of it turns out to be even remotely, intentionally orchestrated by Samsung themselves, some reward is in order. Enough beating about the bush, here is what we are currently dealing with.
As far as we know, August 11 is the big date for the next Galaxy Unpacked event, where we have come to expect the Galaxy S22 lineup, as well as, probably the Tab S8 one. Everyone in the industry has sort of, collectively, been operating under the assumption that just like last year, we can expect to see a vanilla Galaxy S22, an S22+ and an S22 Ultra. Most of the leaks have even come out with matching trios of specs, like for the display sizes and battery capacities, color options and even fairly-precise, alleged size comparisons to the iPhone 13. All of these, once again, assuming the existence of a vanilla, plus and an ultra.
Enter the latest batch of rumors, which claim that the S22 Ultra will come with an S Pen and even have an internal slot for it, just like a Galaxy Note. Rumors even backed-up by supposed renders. That’s a bit odd. Then in comes reputable leakster OnLeaks, who notes that the Galaxy S22+ renders he had received and shared with the world, were actually labeled as “S22 Pro”. Also odd.
Oops, OnLeaks confirmed the S22 Pro name so I guess I will do the rest: – S22+ = S22 Pro – S22 Ultra = Note22 Ultra Yep, you heard it right. S22 Ultra might actually be called as the Note22 Ultra! (A bit warning below) pic.twitter.com/ivqDDFat2Q
Well, another Twitter industry insider claims to have the whole story and it allegedly centers around ongoing internal naming discussions at Samsung. Apparently, a re-name is being considered. One that would transform the model we were expecting to be the Galaxy S22+ into the S22 Pro and simultaneously make what we have referred to as the S22 Ultra into the Note22 Ultra. The source also goes on to explain that, apparently, this is a fairly new development and one still being considered, which does, unfortunately probably mean that Samsung did not entirely and deliberately orchestrate the confusion.
The whole situation, if we chose to believe in it, of course, does also raise some other valid questions, like what is to become of the Note line and its future? Samsung might be merging it with the Galaxy S line, but then why keep the Note name? Will it just come down to a question of release timing? Device tooling, mould and feature similarities? Then again, why give up the Note name and its legacy and established marketing? Alternatively, could the latest batch of renders and leaks, we assumed to be the S22 Ultra have actually been a Note device all along? Your guess is as good as ours, but we are sure enjoying the ride!
The new iPhone 13 family has officially been up for sale in over 30 countries for over a day now. We already have the first wave of early impressions and with every passing hour people are digging deeper and deeper into the new hot-ticket Apple items, doing things like teardowns. We have also started working on our iPhone 13 in-depth reviews, so stay tuned for those.
iPhone 13 charging tests
In the meantime, we came across some interesting early charging tests on the iPhone 13 family. Naturally, we’ll have to do some testing of our own, just to be sure of the methodology. But, if everything checks out, it seems that the iPhone 13 Pro Max can reach up to 27W of PD charging, with a sustained charging session of about 27 minutes at a cool 26W of power, which then gets lowered a bit and is capped-off by about 25 minutes of trickle charge at 0.8W.
A full charge on the iPhone 13 Pro max reportedly takes around 86 minutes, from 0% to 100%, as per its own battery reading. As a reminder, it has a 4,373 mAh battery to top-off.
iPhone 13 Pro Max charging test
The vanilla iPhone 13 was tested with both a 20W and a 30W PD charger and managed to peak at around 21W of power draw during its charging cycle on the latter and 19W on the former. The total charging time with both chargers, however was right around 89 minutes, with the iPhone 13 trickle charging at around 0.7W. The 89 minutes, once again, were measured using the iPhone’s own battery percentage. According to the tester, if left charging beyond that, the iPhone 13 actually continues to trickle charge for a total charging time of 107 minutes. As a reminder, the iPhone 13 has a 3,240 mAh battery.
iPhone 13 charging tests
Finally, the source tested the iPhone 13 mini as well. Its charging peaked at around 15W of PD and a full charge, again as reported by the phone itself took about 87 minutes. The iPhone 13 mini has a 2,438 mAh battery.
iPhone 13 charging tests
So, to sum up, if these numbers check out, it seems that Apple hasn’t really upgraded the actual zero to full charging speeds on the new iPhone 13 family, instead opting for impressive consistency device to device and even across generations. There is plenty of trickle charge allotted on each model, which is good for long-term battery health.
Another potential takeaway from these numbers concerns the sort of PD charger you might want to pick up for your new iPhone 13, now that one isn’t included in the box. A 30W or larger capacity one will be ideal for the iPhone 13 Pro Max, whereas you can safely opt for a 20W one for the vanilla iPhone 13 without sacrificing charging time. And the iPhone 13 mini should be good with an even smaller 18W PD charger. No word on the iPhone 13 Pro yet.
The Realme 8s 5G is the latest phone to come to us, just days after we got its sibling Realme 8i. It comes in Universe Blue color and is the first commercially available phone with Mediatek’s Dimensity 810 chipset.
As we begin work on its review we decided to share some early impressions with you.
The Realme 8s 5G comes with a 6.5” LCD of 1080p resolution and 90Hz refresh rate.
It might look like the phone has a quad-cam setup on the back, but in reality, there are only three shooters – the fourth circle is there for aesthetics and comes with a sticker saying AI. It’s not even the flash, which is pill-shaped and placed underneath.
Our unit comes with 8GB RAM and 128 gigs of storage, and Realme has enabled the trendy dynamic RAM extension to virtually expand its capacity to 13GB.
It is a light handset with a neat matte finish on the back – nothing like its glossy fingerprint magnet sibling, the Realme 8i. The flat sides provide enough grip, and the fingerprint scanner in the pronounced power key is a nice touch (pun intended).
The Realme 8s 5G has a 5,000 mAh battery with 33W fast charging, and it has the required charger and a cable in the box.
With prices for the Realme 8s starting at $250 the phone is looking like a great deal, but we’ll only know for sure once our review is complete. Stay tuned!
Xiaomi is now mere hours away from the official September 27 announcement event for a new Civi series of smartphones. We have already seen a few renders and teasers for at least one device from the new family and quite a few specs have been rumored.
Xiaomi Civi banner
Now Xiaomi has taken to Weibo once more with additional teasers, providing some extra info and reaffirming some of the things we already knew. Let’s start with hardware first – the Snapdragon 778G chipset is now officially confirmed and so is the 4,500 mAh battery capacity, which the posters seem to claim will offer “the longest battery life on a Xiaomi phone this year”. Then again, our translation might not be perfect.
Xiaomi Civi banner
Same goes for the other official banner, which appears to suggest three major software updates and three years of support for the Xiaomi Civi. Rounding-off the officially-confirmed info, we already knew some basic dimensions for the first Civi – it is going to be 71.5mm wide, 6.98mm thin and weigh 166 grams. Now we know that, apparently, the middle, presumably metal frame is going to be extremely thin, just 1.5mm and the chin under the display will measure just 2.25mm. Again, we hope our rough translations are accurate here.
Xiaomi Civi banner
Last, but not least, Xiaomi also officially shared a rather lengthy and extensive infographic explaining how its facial “beautification” filtering is going to work on the Civi. That term doesn’t really do it justice, since as far as we managed to understand, Xiaomi used machine learning to train a sophisticated neural network to “re-depict” or re-construct facial features on a per-pixel level. The goal is to preserve the actual skin texture, instead of just destroying it.
Xiaomi Civi banner
Apparently, the whole system actually has more than one moving part. The main model was trained using the professional retouching work, done by photographers on photos of tens of thousands of women from different angles. The goal being for the neural network to try to mimic the actual retouching process, instead of a more-conventional approach of “plastering” over imperfections in isolation. During training, the first neural network was also kept in check by a second network, specifically trained to distinguish between the original images and the computer-generated images, during training.
Xiaomi Civi banner
It sounds like the feature will clearly be specifically geared towards more feminine facial features, which also makes us wonder just how specifically-targeted the neural network is in its current state. We’ll just have to eventually test for ourselves how well it handles Caucasian features or darker complexions. Still, pretty interesting stuff.
By the way, we do also already know that the Xiaomi Civi will have a 32MP selfie camera, with autofocus. The attention to selfies and beautification comes as no surprise.
Xiaomi Civi banner
To round things off, some other not-officially-confirmed, but expected specs on the Civi include a 6.55″ FullHD+ 120Hz display, 55W charging, 256GB of storage and MIUI 12.5.1. Also, Dolby Atmos enhancement, probably on top of a stereo speaker setup.
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Amazon’s hardware division is definitely keeping busy, most recently, with the announcement of an updated Kinde Paperwhite and Paperwhite Signature Edition. There is another hardware announcement event on the horizon, officially set for September 28. A Bloomberg report claims to offer a potential insider scoop on the hardware Amazon is likely to unveil.
A large, 15-inch Amazon Echo display device is likely to be headlining the event. Codenamed Hoya, it is meant to either go on your wall or a flat surface, with an optional stand. Its primary use case is apparently to control smart home devices, like lights and appliances, with the size suggesting it is envisioned as sort of a central smart home hub, of sorts. Like its Echo Show siblings, however, it will also, more-than-likely find other utility in places like the kitchen or for tasks like video calls. Apparently, its UI has supports for widgets, like weather, timers and calendars. It can also be a digital photo frame. Even third-party video streaming apps, like Netflix and probably YouTube (since the two companies successfully resolved their differences on that front a while back) will be supported on the Hoya as well.
Another alleged entirely new product Amazon might launch is a TV soundbar. One, unsurprisingly, with Alexa support baked-in. There are plenty of third-party products already delivering those features, some even selling on Amazon and chances are they are selling well-enough if Amazon has decided to muscle-in on the action. Unfortunately, this is sort of a well-established, even if less-then-honorable practice for the e-commerce giant. Having access to everyone’s sales numbers and controlling the sales channels themselves often allows Amazon to zone-in on interesting products, create variants of their own, frequently cheaper, with more subsidies and better economy of scale and logistical costs and start pushing those to willing customers. But, we digress.
Last, but not least, we can probably expect to see an updated version, second-generation Echo Auto device at the event. Codenamed Marion, it is said to feature wireless charging for your phone.
One thing that is reportedly still in the development pipelines, but is experiencing some turmoil and will probably not be announced any time soon is the Alexa-enabled home robot, codenamed Vesta. We are also not likely to see new versions of the Echo Show devices, since Amazon already launched a new Echo, Echo Dot, and Echo Show 10 last year and then updated the Echo Show 5 and 8. Same goes for Fire sticks, with a new Fire TV Stick and Fire TV Stick Lite, as well as a Fire TV Stick 4K Max already a thing.
Motorola is expected to unveil its Moto Tab 8 tablet in India on October 1 and according to some inside info, the company is planning to unveil a TV alongside it.
The Moto Tab 8 is just a re-branded Lenovo Tab M8 (FHD) that was released globally two years ago and will go for INR 13,999 on Flipkart. The more intriguing part is the TV, which for now remains a mystery. We don’t have any info regarding the feature set or even the screen diagonal.
But if Motorola’s TV lineup from 2019 is any indication, we can expect 32″, 45″, 50″, 55″ and 65″ options running Android TV OS. Back then they were pretty aggressively priced so we are looking forward to the new sets matching that.