THE MIRRORLESS TRIBE EXPANDS
Canon’s lightest, full-frame, mirrorless and interchangeable lens camera, the EOS RP, joins the ever-expanding list of compact, mirrorless cameras. It weighs less than 500 gms and takes on the likes of the Sony A7 Mark III. It features a 26.2MP CMOS sensor and can shoot 4K UHD videos. The EOS RP’s compact and light magnesium alloy body is engineered to provide dust and moisture resistance.
Rs 1.1 lakh for the body only/Rs 2 lakh with the 24-105mm kit lens
THE SMARTPHONE CAMERA SUPERSTAR
The Huawei P30 Pro is yet another successful collaboration between Huawei and Leica. The quad rear camera combines four lenses, including a 40MP primary lens and an 8MP periscope lens that allows you to effectively shoot up to 10X with near lossless zoom. You might finally make up for all those super moons and exotic birds that have eluded you all these years. This camera is not afraid of the dark, with stellar results in low light – it bumps up the ISO levels automatically when you click on normal mode, or stitches together multiple images when you opt for night mode.
The Samsung Galaxy S10e, which makes up the trio of Galaxy S10 flagships, may just be the Korean giant’s secret weapon to take on lower-priced flagship killers, like the OnePlus 6T and the iPhone XR (which has just received a price cut in India). It features an immersive 5.8-inch Dynamic AMOLED display and a dual rear camera, with an ultrawide lens that shines in low light. Samsung has kitted the entire S10 trio with the same robust Exynos 9820 processor, and the S10e combines 6GB of RAM and 128GB of ROM.
THE ‘NO CONTEST’
The iPad Mini (2019) is Apple’s latest attempt to refresh its Mini lineup. Most of the changes are under the hood, including Apple’s zippy new A12 Bionic chip, which gives this device some pretty serious firepower. The 7.9-inch display, combined with a lightweight form factor (about 300 gms) and ultra-slim body, is perfect for videos, gaming or graphic novels on the go. The improved Retina display, with True Tone tech, augments the already impressive screen. It’s the Apple Pencil (first generation) support that truly rocks our boat. You can sketch, take notes or doodle at a meeting. If you’re looking for a compact 7 to 8-inch tab, this is one of your best options.
Rs 34,900 onwards
MORE OOMPH IN THE WIRELESS HEADSET SEGMENT
Who said sub-Rs 10,000 on-ear wireless headphones lack style? The Jabra Move Style Edition comes in three new colours – Titanium Black, Golden Beige and Navy. These headphones guarantee 14 hours of battery life, and there’s also a 3.5mm cable in the box, in case you want to plug into the in-flight entertainment on a long flight. The sound quality is surprisingly good for its price tag.
THE SPEAKER GETS SMARTER
The Bose Home Speaker 500 doesn’t just boast of Bose’s impeccable audio pedigree but also incorporates smart speaker capabilities. Two custom drivers point in opposite directions to bounce sound off the walls, resulting in a wider soundstage than any other smart speaker. Alexa is integrated, which gives you instant access to a wide variety of voice-activated features.
GRAB SOME BUDS
Blaupunkt becomes the latest brand to launch a featherlight pair of Bluetooth earbuds. The Blaupunkt BTW01 comes in a charging case that allows you to power the headphones, with 6 hours of music playback for each charge. These water-resistant buds (IPX-5 certified) are super comfortable to wear and don’t fall off even during intense workouts.
GIVE YOUR TV AUDIO SOME EXTRA BITE
The Xiaomi Mi Soundbar has our attention, with its sleek form factor, and delivers great value for its affordable price tag. It offers multiple connectivity options, from Bluetooth to optical ports that work with older televisions. This Soundbar features eight drivers (two 20mm dome speakers, two 2.5-inch woofers for extra bass and four passive radiators). You can also connect your smartphone via Bluetooth and stream your favourite music.