FLAGSHIP CLASS

Samsung’s Galaxy S20+ is the middle child in the brand’s S20 flagship line-up. It’s probably the Android flagship to beat now, with its svelte form factor that finds the ergonomic balance between an immersive 6.7-inch Dynamic AMOLED screen (1440 x 3200 pixels / 525 PPI) and the perfect heft. The 120Hz refresh rate is fluidic — sheer joy whether you’re gaming or watching videos or just scrolling webpages. The rear cam is the other talking point and incorporates a 64MP telephoto lens that allows you to shoot up to 30X (hybrid) zoom. The S20+ is lighting quick — it’s propelled by an Exynos 990 processor that teams up with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal memory aside from support for external storage. Rs 73,999 onwards

DOUBLE VISION



Nikon’s new pro cam — Nikon D780 — represents a big leap in the Nikon FX-format DSLR. It boasts of two autofocus (AF) systems that ensure a more versatile and agile performance. The D780 features a 51-point AF system that takes on an algorithm equivalent to Nikon’s FX-format flagship — the Nikon D5. The 180K-pixel RGB sensor is the key to enhance the accuracy of the advanced scene recognition system. It impacts the overall performance of AF, AE (Automatic Exposure), and AWB (Automatic White Balance). It’s video ready too, from time-lapse videos to 4K UHD to slowmotion mode, with approximately 120-fps super-high-speed continuous shooting in full HD. Rs 1,98,995

PIMP MY RIDE



Looking to upgrade your car audio system? Check out the Pioneer DMHZ5290BT, Pioneer’s new car audio system for India. It features a 6.9-inch wide display with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity. Other connectivity options include smartphone videos via WebLink, Full HD video playback via USB and compatibility with Spotify. The DMH-Z5290BT is kitted with a 13-Band EQ for advanced audio settings, 3-way network mode, and an advanced sound retriever for superior sound output. Rs 24,490

BACK YOUR LIFE UP

The 2020 line-up of My Passport storage drives from Western Digital is lighter, smaller and comes in a choice of four colours: black, blue, red and midnight blue for Mac Drive. There are two versions formatted for macOS and Windows 10. The Windows 10 version features a USB 3.0 connector that is compatible with USB 2.0 while the My Passport for Mac drive is formatted for macOS and has a USB-C connector to deliver plug-andplay storage out of the box. The new My Passport is less than an inch thick (1.91 cm) and weighs 40 gm lesser than its predecessor. My Passport comes with WD Discovery software for WD Security (password protection and 256-bit AES Hardware Encryption. Rs 4,499 onwards

WEIGHTLESS WONDER

Mi’s new Dual-Driver In-Ear earphones are the perfect everyday accessory and are kitted with 10mm and 8mm dynamic drivers that deliver rich bass and crisp treble. The outer shell features premium carbon while the anodised aluminium cavity perfected with a zircon sandblasting procedure makes the earphones lightweight, scratch proof and fingerprint resistant. Thee 3-button operation also supports voice assistants. We dig the magnetic earbuds and the tangle-free braided cable that enhances tensile resistance and durability of the wire. Rs 799

STYLE AND SUBSTANCE

Garmin’s new line of hybrid smartwatches aren’t just high on style, they tout a hidden smart screen with health and fitness tracking data, and smart notifications for text messages, social media updates and calendar reminders. Garmin’s vivomove series includes vivomove 3/3S, and vivomove Luxe. They’re ready for the boardroom and resemble a traditional wrist watch with real ticking hands and an elegant dial. But it’s the fitness features that set them apart; there’s Innovative Body Battery, a unique feature to monitor body energy levels at any given moment and heaps of built-in indoor and outdoor sports apps. Rs 24,490 onwards

FITNESS FANATIC

Casio PRO TREK Smart WSD F20, the brand’s new hybrid smartwatch is aimed at outdoor enthusiasts. Both variants of this hybrid find the perfect blend between style and outdoor performance and are water resistant (up to 50m). The watch is enhanced with an advanced GPS function to display the current location on a colour map. Trekking off the grid at a remote location? No problem. Maps are available for offline use while miniature sensors that measure altitudes, atmospheric pressure and directions are combined with a variety of versatile apps to support a bunch of outdoor activities. Rs 30,000 onwards

RUN LIKE HELL

Thomson’s BNB-01 Neckband is the perfect running accessory. These in-ear wireless earphones are powered by Bluetooth 5.0 and have been designed to use less power and enhance battery life. There’s a 110mAh powerhouse battery that guarantees eight hours of playtime. The BNB-01 is equipped with 10mm drivers that deliver rich, pure HD Sound. These noise-isolating earbuds block up to 90 per cent of ambient noise, so you can tune into your playlist with minimal external interferences. They come with an IPX5 rating, you’re protected against water splashes and the occasional run through a drizzle. Rs 2,999