Your Tech Guide To All The Coolest New Gadgets Of The Month
Samsung’s QLED 8K TV finally kept its date with India. It’s the world’s first QLED 8K TV and packs a whopping 33 million pixels, 16 times the resolution of your everyday Full HD TV. Besides the stunning images, this one is designed to look good in your living room with its bezel-less frame. It can suddenly morph into a photo frame (you can add some cool effects using Samsung’s box of imaging tools) or even display the day’s weather. Our favourite trick is its AI upscaling technology that can convert all videos and sound to 8K irrespective of the original source or format.
Rs 10,99,900 onwards
BANG FOR YOUR BUCK
The Infinix S4 adds some serious refinement to the sub-Rs 10,000 segment. It’s part of a bigger trend — budget doesn’t mean cheap anymore. The S4 is one of the only phones at this price point with a 32MP selfie shooter and also features a triple-rear camera with a wide-angle lens. Other highlights include a 6.21-inch HD+ display with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio and an impressive 89% screen: body ratio, a robust 4000 mAh battery, a Helio P22 processor and 3GB of RAM, 32GB of internal memory and support for micro SD cards up to 256GB.
COOL SELFIE CAM TRICK
The OPPO Reno 10X Zoom opts for a swivel front cam (16MP) — OPPO calls it the shark fin rising selfie cam, that takes the screen: body ratio of its immersive 6.6-inch display to 93%. It’s a good-looking device with an iridescent glow that adapts to different lighting conditions. The 4065 mAh battery adds to the device’s heft but keeps it chugging along. True to its name, this device offers 10x zoom capabilities – the rear cam blends three lenses including a 48MP primary lens, a wide-angle lens, and a telephoto lens.
Rs 39,990 onwards
WORK MEETS PLAY
Apple’s iPad portfolio has received a complete overhaul over the past nine months or so. The upcoming iPad OS is proof that Apple is working overtime to make the iPad a more formidable accessory to get stuff done. The new third-generation iPad Air is probably the best value for money iPad. It isn’t just light but now a serious productivity device powered by Apple’s latest A12 bionic processor. Apple has also added the Smart Connector and Apple Pencil support to the Air 3. You can add Apple’s featherlight smart keyboard to work on word docs on the go or use the Apple Pencil (first generation) to take notes or doodle at a meeting.
Rs 44,900 onwards
STASH YOUR DIGITAL STUFF
It’s ultra-slim and features an elegantly textured finish. The 2TB Seagate Backup Plus Slim is elegantly designed, geared for both legacy old-school computers and new-age laptops with USB-C ports. It works seamlessly with both Windows and Mac out of the box. If data security is a big deal for you, you’ll be pleased to know that this Seagate device offers password protection through hardware encryption. It also provides the convenience of back-up on demand with one click. The device comes with a two-month complimentary membership to Adobe Creative Cloud Photography Plan.
SHUT OFF THE WORLD
JBL’s new over-the-ear, wireless headphones score on two key fronts. The JBL Live 650BTNC comes with active noise cancellation and can deliver up to 30 hours of battery life. These headphones get a boost with JBL Signature Sound with Enhanced Bass. It’s mighty intuitive too — all it takes is a tap on the earcup to activate a voice assistant like Siri or Alexa. The earcup also has buttons to manage calls while the My JBL Headphone App allows you to personalise your sound preferences.
The Blaupunkt BT-100 is a great addition to the German audio major’s India portfolio and comes at a seriously competitive price. The 12W BT-100 features dual speaker drivers and a passive radiator; it’s extremely functional too. It incorporates an FM radio, offers support for Micro SD cards up to 32GB (that’s about 6,000 songs). Aside from Bluetooth support for Android and iOS devices, you can hook it up with an aux cable input. The sturdy mesh on the exterior adds to this speaker’s tough and durable form factor. The 2000 mAh battery delivers about ten hours of playback.
READY FOR THE RUN
Garmin Forerunner 245 and Forerunner 245 Music are the newest wearables from Garmin that are geared for an active lifestyle. One of the key new features is built-in incident detection that allows you to share your location with pre-chosen contacts, in case you need assistance. You can also share location if a potential incident, such as a fall is detected. There’s also a smart Body Battery feature that helps optimise your body’s energy by collecting data to gauge your energy reserves at any moment. The 245 Music variant can store up to 500 songs on the watch or sync up with streaming services like Spotify
Rs 29,990 onwards