Tech Updates of the Week


Refurbished Samsung Galaxy Note 7

Seems like the world hasn’t had enough of the Galaxy Note 7, they just might sell out refurbished units of the Note 7 with smaller batteries minus the chance of explosions happening anymore. To avoid garbage and environmental damage, Samsung Galaxy has decided to revamp their design and use the older scraps and units of the smartphones and make sales post minor yet necessary changes.

Moto G5 and G5 Plus

The awaited Moto G5 models coming out with a few similar specifications, Android 7.0 Nougat, full-HD screen resolution, Corning Gorilla Glass 3 cover, 128GB expandable storage, fingerprint scanner, 5MP front camera, 2GB RAM, 4G LTE support, waterproof coating. Whereas, the differences include 5 inch display, 32GB inbuilt storage, 13 MP rear camera, 2800 mAh battery, 1.4GHz octa-core Snapdragon 430 SoC, , all these for Moto G5. The Moto G5 Plus will sport a 5.2 inch full HD display, 3000 mAh battery, 12 MP rear camera with dual autofocus feature, 64 GB storage, 2 GHz ocat-cora Snapdragon.

Polaroid Pop 

The future of selfies – 20 megapixel digital camera and a classic 3×4 inch instant printer, all in one. Polaroid has been a pioneer in instant photos since the ages and has refreshed their image with ZINK – Zero Ink Printing technology. With a 3.97 LCD touchscreen, dual LED flash modules, 1080p full HD video recording capability, all with storage capacity of microSD – 128 GB. It is to feature Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity via Polaroid apps, to enable instant editing, sharing and pairing.

Along with the vintage comeback, Polaroid also spoke of its plans with home security cameras with Polaroid Hoop, with human identification with 1080p video recording and a 140 degree lens for wide -angle view and WiFi connectivity. The Polaroid Hoop technology enables the camera to make distinction between humans and animals and reports anything out of the ordinary which the viewer can view on the app, and storage issues are solved with either saving on the user’s smartphone or in the cloud storage. Way to come back Polaroid!

Leica M10

Leica, has been a cult favorite and a classic in the world of photography. The German company has launched a new variant to its M series; Leica M10. With looks and specs to match, Leica M10 is a relatively slimmer version of its predecessors and fits a 24-megapixel full-frame sensor in a small package with the power of a sturdy digital camera. It offers better quality pictures, increased sharpness, and the latest Maestro II image processor, 2GB buffer memory, GPS module, burst mode to shoot photos at five frames per second, and a loupe function that allows free positioning for improved sharpness results used along with the turning ability of the Visoflex EVF.

Controls on the Leica M10 are limited to Live View, Play and Menu, ISO dial is placed at the top for manual settings and Wi-Fi connectivity option that works well with Leica M10 app and can enable sharing, editing and even clicking the pictures without having to hold the camera, you can just use your smartphone to do that.

Huawei Honor V9

5.7 inch LCD QHD screen, 12MP + 12MP rear and front cameras, 6GB RAM, 64 or 128GB expandable memory,  4000 mAh battery,  4K video record feature, autofocus, powered by Huawei subsidiary HiSilicon’s latest Kirin 960 running on 7.0 Nougat under Huawei’s EMUI 5.0. available in blue and gold variants, the Huawei Honor V9 is quite a steal with its added feature of either using a MicroSD memory card in one slot or you could use it for another SIM card and work it like a Dual SIM smartphone.

HP Omen Gaming Laptops

The Omen series are here in the form of notebooks, monitor, desktop model, and they all focus on gaming. Starting with the notebooks, 15.6 inch and another 17.3 inch sizes, the latter equipped with Intel i7 processors, 16GB RAM, 1TB 7200 RPM, HDD with 128 SSD storage, Nvidia GeForce GTX Graphics, Bang & Olufsen Speakers, the notebook supports Virtual Reality gaming, 7th Generation quad-core Intel Core i7-7700HQ. Whereas, the HP Omen 15 differs with 8GB of DDR4 RAM,  a 7th Gen Intel Intel i5-7300HQ, Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 graphics, 2.5 GHz, Turbo 3.5 GHz.

The HP Omen Desktop beholds 3GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 graphics, 16 GB RAM, 7th Gen Intel i7-7700HQ overlocking processor, 128 GB SSD, 2 TB 7200 RPM HHD.

Looks like the HP Omen series will be a favorite!

Canon EOS, DSLR and Mirrorless Cameras

Canon has released 3 new models – the EOS 800D, 77D DSLR and M6 Mirrorless camera this year.  EOS 800D and EOS 77D are similar in some features such as Canon’s Dual-Pixel AF feature for live view mode, DIGIC 7 image processor, 3 inch touchscreen display that can be tilted, 45-point cross-type autofocus system, HDR movie and Time Lapse movie features,  24.2 MP APS-C CMOS sensor, WiFi, NFC and Bluetooth connectivity. Although the EOS 800D features anti-flicker shooting similar to the EOS 77D’s 7650 pixel RBG plus IR meter sensor feature.

Coming to the M6 Mirrorless camera, this offers interchangeable lens, 24.2MP 5 –axis image stabilization, Dual Pixel CMOS AF system, burst shooting upto 7fps and full HD recording st 60fps.

Xiami RedMi Note 4

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 has a solid metal body with the latest Matte Black edition, offers a 5.5 inch HD display, powered by Snapdragon 625 SoC, 4100 mAh battery, 5MP front camera with sensor and rear 13 MP camera plus dual LED flash, supports VoLTE and is available in 3 variants – 32GB + 2GB RAM , 32GB + 3GB RAM, 63GB +4GB RAM and they all run on MIUI 8 based Android Marshmallow 6.0.

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