Samsung is all set to add a new member to its family of Galaxy A series and it would be known as Galaxy A9. This will be the flagship product of the mid-tier A series.
Till now the new phone has been seen in two benchmarks and there-by revealing its specs. Recently it was spotted in an Indian listing and now it has obtained the first certification.
Galaxy A9 now appeared on the Bluetooth SIG validating that it has been certified. After this certification we can expect the final approvals in the near future. It won't be actually surprising to see Galaxy A9 (Model number SM-A9000) become official by the end of this year.
According to the specs leaked previously, A9 will be featuring a 5.5"/6" 1080p touch screen, 32GB internal memory, 3GB RAM. Qualcomm Snapdragon 620 64-bit octa-core processor along with Adreno 510 GPU for graphics. Moreover Samsung's TouchWiz will also be available on top of Android 5.1.1 Lollipop. The SoC will have support for Cat.7 LTE, which can propel top speed download of 300Mbps and uploads of maximum 100Mbps.It is expected that the phone will be made up of metal and the rear-facing snapper will be of 13MP.
As the love for smart watches increasing day by day, manufacturers are making new gadgets to attract them.The ZGPAX S79 Bluetooth Smartwatch is one of them trying to attract buyers looking for only $25 dollars at Gearbest.
ZGPAX S79 Bluetooth Smartwatch features a 1.54-inch Capacitive display having a resolution of 240 x 240 -pixels.The product is very light as it only weight around 0.060 kg.It comes with a high-quality rubber band.The watch is actually bundled in a stainless-steel chassis, that makes it resistant to random drops while giving it an elegant edge.
This smart watch is very stylish and trendy in looking. The design is kept round in edges. The case of the smart watch is made up of stainless steel and the band is made up of high quality rubber band which is soft and comfortable in wearing. There are six color options you will get for this watch. The colors are black, pink, blue, chocolate, golden and titanium grey. That means in respective of colors both Boys and Girls can enjoy this watch.
ZGPAX S79 Bluetooth Smartwatch Phone Full Specification:
Type: Watch Phone
External memory: TF card up to 8GB (not included)
Wireless Connectivity: Bluetooth
Network type: GSM
Screen type: Capacitive
Screen size: 1.54 inch
Camera type: Single camera
Front camera: 0.3MP
Video recording: Yes
SIM Card Slot: Single SIM
TF Card Slot: Yes
Micro USB Slot: Yes
Picture format: PNG, JPEG, GIF, BMP
Music format: MP3
Video format: 3GP, MP4
Languages: German, English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, Russian, Italian，Turkish，Arabic, Traditional Chinese
Additional Features: FM, Alarm, Bluetooth, Calendar, Browser, People, MP3, Calculator..., MP4, Sound Recorder
Cell Phone: 1
Battery: 1 x 320mAh
USB Cable: 1
Product size: 4.1 x 4.8 x 1.3 cm / 1.61 x 1.89 x 0.51 inches
Package size: 8.3 x 12 x 6.4 cm / 3.26 x 4.72 x 2.52 inches
Product weight: 0.060 kg
Package weight: 0.230 kg
We already published the list of officially confirmed HTC devices that will get Android 6.0 Marshmallow update. Among those devices, the HTC One M8 which is the 2014 flagship, the device has already got Android 5.0.2 Lollipop update with Sense 6.0 UI.
HTC will bring the Sense 7.0 UI with the Marshmallow 6.0 update to the One M8. It looks like the One M8 could get the update a bit sooner given as the update for the handset has been certified by Bluetooth SIG. As you can see in the screenshot above, the certification was issued on October,28th.
Keep in mind that we're just speculating an early arrival of the update as the Bluetooth SIG filing doesn't contains any specific date related to the roll out.
The Galaxy A7-series is a popular mid-ranger from Samsung and its 2017 edition is on the verge of being launched. The latest news regarding the dual SIM handset is that it just got certified for Bluetooth v4.2 and while this isn't in itself a very revealing news, it does indicate that Samsung may launch it as early as December. In fact, rumor has it that Samsung could launch the A3 (2017) and the A5 (2017) in December as well.
Just like most upcoming smartphones these days, there isn't much left to "unveil" officially as we already have a pretty good idea about the internals of the A7 (2017), thanks to the multiple leaks and rumors. Here's a list of what we have heard so far and the chances are that they are mostly accurate.
Display: 5.5-inch 1080p Super AMOLED panel
SoC: Exynos 7780
Camera: 16-mp front and rear camera
Internal storage: 32GB
External storage: Yes
Battery: 3,300mAh with Samsung Adaptive Fast Charging
OS version: Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, but will receive an upgrade to Nougat 7.0 later (Most probably)
IP68 rated water resistance
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
A New Patent war for Samsung again as the Korean Company is ordered to pay $15.7 million in the latest dispute. The company has been found guilty on infringing the patents of company Rembrandt Wireless Technologies LP by the Harrison County federal jury.
The two patents that Samsung has been found guilty on infringing relate to Bluetooth technology. More specifically the patent duo relates to a "system and method of communication using at least two modulation methods." The Korean company has been making, selling, using and offering for sale Bluetooth EDR (Enhanced Data Rate) devices and the aforementioned technology is in the core of them.
Details about a Samsung Galaxy Tab S 2 series has been confirmed today. According to a recently published report, the 4G LTE enabled version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 2 9.7 (SM-T815, SM-T817) has received both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth certification. While this particular model carries a 9.7-inch screen, a version of the slate with a smaller 8-inch glass was imported into India last month by Samsung for testing. The company plans on destroying the tablet once it is done with it.
The details that have leaked thus far reveal that both the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 2 8.0 and the Samsung Galaxy S 2 9.7 will be the slimmest tablets available with a thickness of just 5.4mm. Both tablets will feature a Super AMOLED screen with a resolution of 2048 x 1536 and an aspect ratio of 4:3. The home grown Exynos 5433 CPU is expected to be under the hood with 3GB of RAM inside. Back and front-facing cameras weigh in at 8MP and 2.1MP respectively and a 3850mAh battery will keep both models running. Android 5.0.2 is pre-installed.
The Bluetooth certification for the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 2 9.7 shows that it will support Bluetooth 4.1. This particular document also reveals other variants of the tablet. Besides the SM-T815, there will be the SM-T815C, the SM-T817A and SM-T817V. The other versions of the slate could be for different regions, and for a Wi-Fi only version of the tablet. The SM-T715, SM-T715C, SM-T717A and SM-717V are the model numbers that will be used for the smaller 8-inch version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 2. The tablets will replace the currently offered Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 and Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5.
Just yesterday, Synaptics had confirmed an optical fingerprint scanner which can be placed under a whole millimetre of glass and today we have news about Bluetooth v5.0 debuting soon. Interestingly enough, Samsung is associated closely with both the Bluetooth Special Interest Group, as well as Synaptics. What this means is that it is highly likely that the Galaxy S8 will be among the very first smartphones in the market to sport the latest version of Bluetooth and an optical fingerprint sensor. Some reports are even indicating that the S8 will be THE first device to sport Bluetooth 5.0 in 2017. While it is very much possible that Bluetooth 5.0 will debut on the Galaxy S8, there haven't been any reports that confirm it yet.
Bluetooth 5.0 is two times faster than its predecessor, has four times the active range and eight times the capacity for broadcast messages. According to the Bluetooth Special Interest Group, v5.0 will ready for a public release within a timeframe of 2 - 6 months and on release, it will work perfectly in new ways with other wireless tech.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
Bluetooth Special Interest Group announced the Bluetooth version 4.2 wireless protocol. Bluetooth 4.2 delivers a number of improvements over its predecessor headed by the ability to connect to the internet.
The new Bluetooth version will be up to 2.5x faster than past releases thanks to a tenfold packet capacity increase. The latest Bluetooth protocol will offer beefed up privacy too beacons attempting to track a device will be required a user permission.
Privacy features of Bluetooth 4.2 may be available to older devices via a firmware update. The increased speed of the newcomer will require upgraded hardware though.
Next time you are using Wi-Fi on your cellphone, or connected to a 4G LTE signal, keep in mind that the person you need to thank for these innovations is an actress who received a patent in 1942 for "spread spectrum technology" that is currently used in Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and 4G LTE technology. The actress was born in Austria as Hedwig Kiesler and you might know her as Hedy Lamarr.
Besides her talents as an actress, Lamarr happened to be born with an incredible mind. After marrying one of the richest men in Austria, Friedrich Mandl, she would end up at her husband's side as he would have dinner with men like Hitler and Mussolini. Mandl was the largest arms manufacturer in Austria and the topic at the dinner table would sometimes revolve around radio-controlled missiles and torpedoes.
While pretending to be bored at these dinners, Lamarr actually soaked up the information. After running off to America, she became one of the country's biggest movie stars toiling for MGM during the 1940's. But at the same time, she developed a wireless communication system that couldn't be jammed. Her goal was to help the Allies defeat the Nazis. Back then, most wireless systems used one frequency which made it easy to block. The actress came up with a way for the message to be sent over another frequency if the original one was jammed. "Frequency hopping" was the term that was used to describe the technology.
Modular is a company created by audiophiles and music lovers who decided to come together in their inaugural entrepreneurial venture and launch a new and revolutionary range of headphones that are not only surprisingly affordable, but also boast of high audio quality. The Mod-1 Bluetooth headset is the flagship product of the company and it's meant for long daily use both indoors and outdoors. So the question is, does it live up to the expectations set so far by Modular or does it fail to impress? Let's find out in our review of the Modular Mod-1 wireless Bluetooth headset.
In the Box
Modular sends in a neatly packed box that contains an auxiliary cable, a USB cable for charging the headphone, a quick start manual and of course, the headphones themselves. Depending on the color that you chose, the headphones will either come in rose gold, gunmetal or black. It doesn't contain a whole lot but the included auxiliary cable is a nice little touch that users will appreciate.
When it comes to features, Modular has packed the Mod-1 to the gills with them. To know what we are talking about here, take a look at the following list of the headphone's feature set.
• Compatibility with all devices running on iOS or Android
• Compatible with ANY Bluetooth enabled device out there
• Adjustable headband with modular earpads that can be easily changed or replaced
• 3.5mm audio jack is retained for wired connections to your computer or smartphone
• Usability even while being charged
• On-headphone buttons for controlling the volume, playing, pausing, skipping and making calls
• In-built FM radio transmitter
• Included mic for taking and making calls
• Noise reduction
• Can read and play music from microSD cards
• 400mAh battery makes sure that it runs all day on a single charge
While the features of the Mod-1 do sound quite impressive, let's now take a look under the hood to see what kind of hardware it's packing and if it's really as impressive as the features say it is.
• Input: 5V DC 500mA and Output: 3W×2 RMS
• Speaker: 4Ω, 3W, ⌀40mm
• Frequency Response: 27Hz-20kHz
• Signal to Noise Ratio: ≤70dB
• Total Harmonic Distortion: ≤0.3%
• Battery: 400mAh
• Charging Time: ≤2 Hours for full charge
• Maximum Power Consumption: 500mA
As it turns out, the Mod-1 does pack the hardware to deliver the quality features that it promises, so that's a big bonus!
After using it for some time, we have come to the conclusion that the Mod-1 wireless Bluetooth headset by Modular is an excellent pair of headphones in almost every possible way. Aside from packing in more features that nearly every other headset in the price range, it also produces surprisingly crisp sound for the price you pay for these. Add all that to the fact that you can basically wear these around for hours due to the lightweight and the dependable battery life, and it becomes very hard not to recommend the Modular Mod-1 to anybody who is looking to buy a pair of quality Bluetooth headsets without breaking the bank.
The xFyro xS2 is a pair of Bluetooth 5.0 earbuds that promises to deliver a lot of premium features like 300-hours battery life (standby), waterproofing, comfy but tight fit and of course, high quality HD sound. If you are interested in the xFyro xS2, going through the various features of the earbuds in details should provide a better idea regarding what to expect and that's why we have taken a look and prepared this overview for you.
Those that know precisely what they are looking for will appreciate the following spec highlights.
· Dimensions: 6.25"L x 1"W x .75"H
· 0% to 100% charging time: 2 hours
· Use/standby time: 5 Hours/ 300 Hours
· 850mAh Power Bank and dual-port charging tube With USB and micro USB
· Built-in microphone
· 10m Bluetooth range
· IP67 Certified dust and water resistance
Now that the important specs have been listed, it's time to take a closer look at them and see how well each of these have actually been implemented in the xFyro xS2 Wireless earbuds.
While the term "waterproof" isn't exactly accurate, the xFyro xS2 does have a proper IP67 certification, which means the pair can stay submerged in water as deep as 3.3 feet, for up to 30 minutes at a stretch, as well as being dustproof. The IP67 certification makes the xFyro xS2 a perfect pair of outdoor headphones that you can use in the pool, or while trekking through rainy weather and dusty roads.
The 10 meter or 33 feet range claimed by the company is dependable, but you have to keep in mind that in order to fully utilize this distance, the sources (yes, it supports multiple connections at once) and the headsets need to remain uncovered and unobstructed. While that is somewhat difficult as there are always walls and other obstructions, even the compromised range still remains good enough for regular needs.
Battery Life and Included Powerbank
A 5-hour usable battery life is roughly what has come to be expected from most modern wireless headsets and thankfully, the xFyro xS2 delivers on that front. The standby time is particularly impressive at 300 hours though! Just in case you do run out of charge, plug it into the case, which is also a 850mAh powerbank and it will charge the headset from 0 - 100% in hardly two hours.
The main reason why anyone buys headsets is of course, the sound quality and we are happy to say that you won't be disappointed here. This is not one of those bass-heavy headsets that sacrifice clarity and quality in favor of thumping booms. Instead, the xFyro xS2 wireless earbuds takes care to deliver the highs, mids and lows with equal clarity. Make no mistake though, it can still get very loud when you need it to be, which is amplified by the excellent CVC 6.0 Noise cancellation, making the wireless earbuds useful even in loud, noisy areas, especially while taking calls with the built-in microphone.
All of this, combined with the premium aluminum build, makes the xFyro xS2 wireless earbuds an excellent proposition. It could easily replace your Apple AirPods or just about any other Bluetooth headset in the price range. If you are looking to get one, there's actually no reason to not buy it at just $125!
If you're still thinking about whether to take the wireless earbuds to a gym or not, let it be your insight into the subject today. Yes, take them for sure. And here's why. Listening to music adds to mood elevation and boosted performance, according to the National Center for Biotechnology Information. However, it's not always easy to find the best wireless earbuds for workout in the pool of hundreds represented on the market.
- When surveying the models, you need to take into consideration the fit options, water-resistance, battery life, and, of course, sound quality. Based on these criteria, we've picked 5 pairs of best truly wireless earbuds for working out that work with any budget.
Jabra Elite Active 65t Earbuds
We would agree with multiple reviews stating that this pair is the best Bluetooth earbuds for workouts. By workouts, we mean you can use them when doing exercises, lifting weights, boxing or running on a treadmill. They deliver an excellent audio quality that might be personalized via the Jabra Sound+ app. The build is durable and protected with the IP56 dust and water-resistance rating. The Active 65t are super tiny and come only with the ear-tips, which is enough for a snug fit. The pair is easy-to-use, with onboard basic controls. You can summon the digital assistants with them as well. As for the battery life, it's about 5 hours on a single charge and an extra 10 hours from the portable case. The quick charging is just another strong point of this pair. Thus, a 15-minute charge provides an additional hour and a half of juice.
These are the best workout earbuds under $100. For truly wireless earbuds, they even have a pretty decent sound reproduction with boosted bass. They operate via the latest Bluetooth 5.0, which means stable connectivity and an instant pairing. Speaking of comfort, they are IPX6 waterproof, feature easy-to-use button controls and come with custom ear-tips. The icing on a cake is the battery life. Its single charge is 5 hours. But the case is so compact and, thus, super portable so that together the pair can last for up to 30 hours. You can also summon digital assistants as well. Actually, the brand has the whole lineup of workout earbuds wireless for working out. Check other earbuds for workout, if necessary.
JLab JBuds Air Icon
The reason why these might be called the best workout Bluetooth earbuds is pretty simple - they are super durable and meantime affordable. So, the pair is IP55 certified, which means it withstands well dust and sweat. It features a dual connection system for seamless connectivity within the 10-meter range and the AAC codec for the great audio reproduction (that can be customized via EQ3, by the way), especially from iPhones (Apple uses AAC for its devices). The package comprises signature Crush Fin ear-tips that prevent the buds from falling out. The battery lasts for up to 6 hours. Herewith, the charging case provides an extra 18 hours of playtime.
If you're after that type of wireless earbuds for workouts with an over-clip design, then this pair is for you. Besides, they come with 3 sets of ear gels that together definitely provide a tight hold. Also, they are super compact and meantime rugged and durable. The headset features the IPX7 water-resistance rating that allows a full immersion. The battery life is about 6 hours and 10 more from the case. The Vista work via the latest Bluetooth 5.0 and the controls are very intuitive to use. Users can also customize the audio reproduction via EQ control provided by the Jaybird iOS or Android app.
Bose SoundSport Free
These might be placed amongst the best sounding workout earbuds, according to many athletes. They stand out in the crowd for powerful bass. In general, they do a great job when reproducing a well-balanced sound, good enough at highs and mids. As for the fit, Bose worked out the StayHear+ ear tips precisely for intense workouts. The battery lasts for about 5 hours and you can also squeeze out an additional 10 hours from the case. Athletes love the pair for being super handy to use thanks to a multi-function button. They are IPX4 rated, which means they can tolerate light jets of water but not immersion.
Why aren't AirPods included?
We excluded the traditional AirPods because athletes can find absolutely decent wireless earbuds like AirPods with a lower price-tag. Besides, some don't like the stems that protrude from the ears, while others reject them due to a mediocre sound. In a nutshell, it is always possible to find the best pair without breaking the bank account and compromising on the quality.
The Galaxy S8 has been an iconic smartphone for Samsung due to multiple reasons and those reasons are not only limited to the design language. The S8 marked Samsung's first foray into flagship territory after the infamous Note 7 disaster and a lot rested on its success. It did turn out to be a success as reports are coming in now to indicate that the S8 might be selling five times faster than the S7! Then there's of course the design language with its huge yet surprisingly manageable 18.5:9 bezel-less display and removal of the Home button to make it possible. However, it has not been all good either.
The Galaxy S8 has been plagued with criticisms for its smallish battery size and weirdly placed fingerprint scanner to begin with and then it was followed up by a series of problems like the red tint issue, the restarting problems and a whole bunch of other small yet disruptive bugs in the software. Even the famed iris scanner turned out to be quite easy to fool and Bixby was half-baked (to say the least) at release.
The good news is that Samsung has eventually taken care of most of those problems and will continue to take care of them with software updates as and if more pop up. The latest of those updates solved an issue with the S8/S8 Plus where the smartphones restarted themselves while playing audio via Bluetooth. While it can be argued that the S8 seems rushed and you would not be wrong to think so given the circumstances, it is also true that any more delay would have surely hurt the sales and it would have been very hard for Samsung to stay on schedule for the upcoming Galaxy Note 8.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
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