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The Huawei GT 2e comes hot on the heels of the GT 2 that was released at the beginning of the year. We dig the design aesthetics of the new GT; the flatter buttons that have replaced the crown-like design of the navigation buttons of the GT 2 look mighty sleek. The 1.39-inch (454 x 454 pixels) circular display is quite vibrant, and packs 326 pixels per inch. The GT 2e is loaded with fitness features. It’s 5ATM water-resistant, and allows you to track your swim. Just like most of its rivals, you can track multiple types of workouts, from indoor rowing to outdoor runs. Huawei has added a new feature — an SpO2 sensor — that measures level of blood oxygen saturation. But it’s the two-week battery life that is the device’s trump card. Rs 11,990

LIGHT AS A FEATHER



The second generation Samsung Galaxy Buds+ deserve the plus tag. The brand’s second generation Galaxy earbuds deserve the ‘plus’ tag. Battery life is the biggest step-up, these buds can tackle a whole day of Zoom calls or a trans-Atlantic flight (when you’re back in the air), with its incredible 11-hour battery life. Add another 11 hours for the case, and you’re almost covered for a day. Sound quality is another significant improvement over its predecessor. The AKG-tuned earbuds deliver satisfying bass, while an enhanced 3-mic system aces calls. Samsung offers a choice of ear-tips for maximum insulation, while an ambient mode allows you to plug into external sounds. And then, there’s wireless charging that sweetens the deal. Rs 11,990

FROM FLAGSHIP KILLER TO FLAGSHIP CONTENDER



The OnePlus 8 Pro is clear evidence that the company has made the transition to the flagship league. It adds key features that OnePlus had omitted from previous devices, like wireless charging, and an IP68 certified rating for water and dust protection. But there’s more to it. The headline feature is probably its stellar display — a 6.78-inch Fluid AMOLED display (1440 x 3168 pixels) with a 120Hz refresh rate that packs 513 Pixels per inch and stretches the screen-tobody ration beyond 90 per cent. The other talking point is the rear cam that combines a 48MP primary lens (f/1.8) with a 48MP ultra-wide lens, an 8MP telephoto lens, and a depth sensor. This is one of the most capable ultra-wide cams out there. Speed is a given with OnePlus. The 8Pro gets its fire power from the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor, and comes in a choice of 8GB/128GB and 12GB/256GB variants. Rs 54,999 onwards

THE PLAYGO

BH-70 is among the world’s first AI-driven noise cancelling wireless headsets. It’s just what you need for those online office meetings and intense gaming sessions. The 1,000 mAh battery delivers 24-hour battery life even if you have the ANC (active noise cancellation) mode activated. The BH-70 is powered by a Qualcomm processor, and features Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity. The device’s 40mm device drivers churn out a great blend of bass and treble. The long list of handy features include AI-driven self-calibrating left and right earphones, Transparency mode (that allows you to plug in to external sounds), hybrid active noise cancellation, smart touch and talk, as also auto pause and play features. Rs 14,999

SLIDE IT OVER

Wings Glide is your perfect everyday stylish tech accessory. It comes in four colours, including olive green and burgundy, and works with both iOS and Android devices. These earphones provide a rich acoustic experience, and the sound quality gets a leg up with HD Bass that adds thump to your playlist. A quick 1.5- hour charge gives you six hours of battery life, whether you’re listening to music, or catching up on calls on the go. Rs 1,199

POWER PACKED

Xiaomi’s Mi smartphones have usually played in the budget and sub Rs 20,000 categories. It’s why the new Xiaomi Mi 10 is an interesting play, a move that will see Xiaomi slug it out in the premium (Rs 50,000 and above) flagship battle. The Mi 10 certainly has the pedigree — it boasts of a premium build, an elegant 3D curved glass design with a gorgeous curved AMOLED edge-to-edge display. The 6.67-inch (1080 x 2340 pixels) AMOLED DotDisplay with TrueColor stretches the screen: body ratio over 90 per cent. The display offers a 90Hz refresh rate and a peak brightness of 1120 nits. The Mi10 is powered by the best of breed Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor. Xiaomi has packed this device with a robust 4780 mAh battery. The quad rear cam set-up including an impressive 108MP primary lens. Rs 49,999 onwards