CHIP OFF THE OLD BLOCK

The iPhone SE (2020) SE sticks to the formula that worked for its 2016 predecessor. It features the key internals of Apple’s formidable iPhone 11 series, packed into the body of an iPhone 8. The SE features the same 4.7-inch form factor and compact size that many Apple diehards dig; it’s the internals that are the big story. The device is driven by the A13 bionic processor — Apple’s fastest ever, that first debuted in the iPhone 11 trio. The SE features a single rear cam with a 12MP lens (f/1.8 aperture) — the same as the primary lens on the 11 series. It features Portrait Mode (all six Portrait Lighting effects on the iPhone) and offers Smart HDR that improves lowlight images. The second generation iPhone SE comes with IP67 rating (for dust and water resistance up to 1 metre for 30 minutes) and wireless charging. Rs 42,500 onwards

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Product laydown photography for Fitbit Charge 4.

The Fitbit Charge 4 marks the company’s first major launch since Fitbit was acquired by Google, in November last year. It adds a key missing feature — in-built GPS — making it only the second Fitbit product after the Fitbit Ionic, to sport this feature. In terms of design, the Charge 4 is almost identical to its predecessor. As the first Fitbit tracker with built-in GPS, you can leave your phone at home and get optimal performance for activities like running, walking and other outdoor activities. The Charge 4 features a relative SpO2 sensor and a new ‘Active Zone minutes’ feature, that measures the time you spend in target heart rate zones. Aside from these add-ons, the Charge 4 features other Fitbit regulars like sleep tracking, text and call alerts. Rs 14,999 onwards

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Style meets rugged functionality with the new SanDisk Extreme Pro SSD, a storage device that’s likely to appeal to content creators and Pro photographers, who’re always on the go. The device features an exceptional durable rubberised coating that can handle any impact, along with an IP55 rating, which makes it water and dust resistant as well. SanDisk Extreme Pro portable SSD can move files at up to 1050MB/s, allowing you move files faster, and edit right from the drive. The SSD comes with a premium built forged aluminium body that not only protects the SSD core, but also dissipates the heat so you can keep working at full throttle. SanDisk Extreme Pro SSD comes in three storage variants — 500GB, 1TB and 2TB. Rs 11,999 onwards

CUT THE CORDS

The Huawei FreeBuds 3, bring two key features to the sub Rs.15,000 price segment — active noise cancellation (ANC) and wireless charging. The FreeBuds 3 are elegantly designed. The stems are marginally longer than the AirPods, the buds are feather light and sit easy on your ears. The other standout design element is the pebble-shaped case. The buds pair effortlessly with your smartphones and other Bluetooth-enabled devices. Noise cancellation is a key win for this device. Sound quality is a key consideration for buyers, and an area where the FreeBuds 3 scores. The other strength is call quality. Huawei claims four hours for the buds, and about 20 hours with the case. Wireless charging sweetens the deal. Rs 12,990

TAKE YOUR PLAYLIST WITH YOU

OPPO Enco W31, OPPO’s new wireless headphones, allows you to ditch those wires without breaking the bank. The binaural low-latency Bluetooth transmission enables the compatibility of these headphones with most smartphones. Designed to ensure consumer comfort, OPPO Enco W31 comes with an extra-secure in-ear design, and is water and dust resistant. The Enco W31 is equipped with two audio modes — a balanced mode that evens out audio across the frequency range for pop and classical music, and a bass mode that enhances low frequencies for rock and EDM music. Calls get a boost with two internal high-sensitivity microphones on each side, along with the noise cancellation algorithm, helping in blocking out the background noise during calls. Rs 3,999

POP UP WONDER

The Huawei Y9s lands in the competitive sub Rs 20,000 price segment. It’s the 6.59-inch Ultra FullView display (2340 x 1080 pixels / 391 PPI) that is the device’s biggest draw. Huawei stretches the screen to body ratio beyond 90 per cent by ditching the notch and opting instead for a 16MP pop-up selfie cam. Lowlight photography is the other highlight; the device’s rear cam set up combines three lenses, including a 48MP primary lens and a ultra-wide cam with a 120-degree field of view. Other hardware specs include a HiSilicon Kirin 710F chipset, 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. Rs 19,990