Gadgets weekly: New MacBook Pro, Redmi Note 7S and more

Apple, Xiaomi, Honor, HMD Global Oy, and other Consumers electronics firms, earlier this week, unveiled a new line of phones, MacBook Pro and more.

DH lists the prominent gadgets that launched this week:

New MacBook Pro:
Apple has brought in new generation MacBook Pro with improved Intel processors and brighter & better display too. It is available in 13-inch and 15-inch screen sizes with and without Touch bar options for prices starting at Rs 1,59,900 and Rs 1,99,900, respectively.

The 15-inch MacBook Pro comes with faster 6-core and 8-core Intel Core processor configurations, delivering Turbo Boost speeds up to 5.0 GHz. On the other hand, the 13-inch model with Touch Bar features faster quad-core processors with Turbo Boost speeds up to 4.7 GHz.

Besides the powerful processor, new MacBook Pro series boasts a stunning Retina display with 500 nits of brightness, support for the P3 wide colour gamut and True Tone technology, for a natural, true-to-life viewing experience. It is touted to be the best MacBook Pro screen to date. As far as the security is considered, new MacBook Pro comes with Apple T2 security chip and super-fast SSDs.

It also features immersive stereo speakers with wide-stereo sound, the security, and convenience of Touch ID, dynamic and contextual controls with Touch Bar, a large Force Touch trackpad, powerful and versatile Thunderbolt 3 ports for super-fast data transfer, charging and connecting up to two 5K displays or four external GPUs.

Honor 20 series:
Huawei’s subsidiary Honor pulled the wraps off the new Honor 20 flagship phone series in London. It comes in three models– Honor 20 Pro, Honor 20 and Honor 20 Lite.

First up, the top-end Honor Pro 20 boasts punch-hole display design, wherein front-camera sits in the dedicated top left corner and the rest of the space is occupied by the fully functional screen, thus offering a true all-display experience for device owners to watch multimedia content. It features full HD+ resolution 3D curved display with 91.7-percent screen-to-body ratio.

Honor 20 series; picture credit: Honor India

Besides the design language, Honor 20 Pro’s praiseworthy aspect is the photography hardware. It houses a quad-camera module consisting one primary 48MP (with Sony IMX586 sensor), a 16MP ultra-wide angle lens, an 8MP telephoto sensor and a 2MP for macro shots. On the front, it comes packed with a 32MP snapper with 3D portrait lighting support.
It comes with Huawei’s proprietary HiSilicon Kirin 980 processor, 8GB RAM, 256GB storage, Android Pie-based Magic UI 2.0 and a 4,000mAh battery with SuperCharge capability. It costs €599 (approx. $669/Rs 46,586).

Honor 20 is a generic model. It shares most of the attributes of the Honor 20 Pro but differs in a couple of aspects. The key difference is that it features a 2MP depth sensor instead of an 8MP telephoto lens and a smaller 3,700mAh cell. It costs €499 (around $557/Rs 38,808).

The Honor 20 Lite, as the name suggests is the watered down version of the flagship model. It comes with a 6.21 full HD+ screen, Kirin 710 octa-core chipset, 4GB RAM, 128GB storage, triple-camera (24MP+8MP+2MP), 32MP front shooter and a 3,400mAh battery. It costs €299 (approx. $334/Rs 23,254).
In India, Honor 20 series is slated to debut in India on June 11 and may be available exclusively on Flipkart.

Also Read: Should you buy Honor 20 series?

Xiaomi Redmi Note 7S:
Leading smartphone-maker Xiaomi introduced Redmi Note 7S in India. It comes with the same features as the generic Redmi Note 7, but the key upgrade is the primary camera.

The new Redmi Note 7S boasts dual 48MP (with Sony IMX586 sensor)+5MP depth sensor on the back with LED flash same as the Note 7 Pro version. Rumours are rife that the company will retire the Note 7 to avoid confusion among buyers.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 7S; picture credit: Xiaomi India

The Redmi Note 7S comes in two configurations- 3GB RAM + 32GB storage and 4GB RAM + 64GB storage–for Rs 10,999 and Rs 12,999. Consumers will get three colour options- Sapphire Blue, Ruby Red and Onyx Black.

Key features of Redmi Note 7S:

Display: 6.3-inch full HD+ (2340 × 1080p) Dot-notch screen design with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 (front and back)

Main camera: 48MP + 5MP dual rear camera with Phase Detection Auto Focus (PDAF), Electronic Image Stabilisation (EIS), dual-tone LED flash and AI Portrait Mode

Front: 13MP snapper with AI Portrait mode

Processor: 2.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 octa-core

RAM+ storage: 3GB+32GB and 4GB+64GB variants

Add-ons: Hybrid dual SIM- (SIM 1 + SIM 2 or microSD slot), Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPS/GLONASS, FM Radio, IR blaster (universal remote), P2i coating

Battery: 4000mAh battery with USB Type-C and Quick Charge 4 support

Security: Fingerprint sensor and AI Face unlock

Dimensions: 159.2mm × 75.2mm × 8.1 mm

Toreto Flexo earphones:
As the name suggests, Toreto Flexo earphone boasts ergonomic design with foldable capability. consumers can bend it and place in belt loop without any fear of getting snapped. It also comes with sweat-resistant coating, which will definitely find takers among fitness enthusiasts.

Toreto Flexo; picture credit: Toreto

It is compatible with all Android and iOS mobiles, tablets, music players and laptops. It comes with Bluetooth v5.0 connectivity.

As far as battery life is concerned, it offers 10.5 listening hours for 3.5 hours charging. It features multi-functional buttons which can be used for play/pause music and receive/disconnect call. By double pressing the MFB, one can redial the last number (one has dialed). Toreto Flexo costs Rs 2,999.

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