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Honor 8X: The performance beast is shining out on its way to becoming India’s best mid-range device

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Honor 8X has recently made its debut in India and in a matter of few months, it managed to trounce its competitors by a huge margin. Everything about the Honor 8X is exceptional; the design, stellar performance, excellent cameras, and a sleek design language. All this makes the Honor 8X a step up from the crowd.

Perhaps the biggest highlight of the Honor 8X is its design. Over the years, Honor has perfected the art of providing a stunning design language at a price much lower than the competition. The same goes with the Honor 8X. The phone has an aesthetic design in the form of a 16.51cm FullView Display, 91 per cent screen-to-body ratio, and 19.5:9 aspect ratio. There is a small notch at the top, which can be disabled as per the user’s preference. The smartphone uses a metal middle frame and adopts a 2.5D aurora glass double texture body with a grating effect, providing an elegant and smooth look and feel.

Let’s talk about the design language. The first thing that attracts you to a smartphone is its design. Over the years, Honor has perfected the art of providing a stunning design language at a price much lower than the competition. The Honor 8X has an aesthetic design in the form of a 16.51cm FullView Display, 91% screen-to-body ratio, and 19.5:9 aspect ratio. There is a small notch at the top, which can be disabled as per the user’s preference. The smartphone uses a metal middle frame and adopts a 2.5D aurora glass double texture body with a grating effect, providing an elegant and smooth look and feel.

 

Moving to the internals, the Honor 8X is the first Honor smartphone to offer powerful octa-core Kirin 710 chipset. The CPU’s single-core performance has increased by 75% compared to the previous generations. The new custom chipset is manufactured by advanced 12nm process technology with 4 x 2.2 GHz Cortex-A73 and 4 x 1.7 GHz Cortex-A53 cores. And let’s not forget the mobile processor also has the revolutionary GPU turbo – a ground-breaking hardware-software integration and graphics processing acceleration technology that optimizes your mobile gaming experience.

When it comes to performance, the Honor 8X easily pulled ahead of its competitors. All thanks to the Kirin 710 processor. Put simply, you can throw any task at the 8X and it will complete it without breaking a sweat! Be it daily tasks like web-browsing and listening to music, watching full-HD videos, or playing graphics-intensive games like PUBG, the smartphone performs smoothly. With up to 6GB RAM, opening multiple apps is super convenient.

The 8X comes in 3 variants – 6GB + 128GB, 6GB + 64GB and 4GB + 64GB with an option of expanding the internal storage up to 400GB using a dedicated MicroSD card slot.

Yes, there is a dedicated slot. This means that storage on this phone is something not to worry about, at all. Since most sims in India run on the 4G network, the 8X is equipped with Dual VoLTE. It has a high capacity 3750mAh large battery that also charges quickly. To make the performance even faster, Honor has made good use of AI, which is also a big factor in making this smartphone’s camera the best in its class.

The Honor 8X’s revolutionary camera performance makes you capture ‘Beyond Limit’. It comes with a high-definition dual 20 megapixel and 2-megapixel rear and 16-megapixel front-facing cameras. Its AI camera recognizes over 500 scenarios in 22 categories. With this information, it intelligently optimizes settings and enhances photo quality based on what the user is shooting. The result? Breathtaking photos with excellent detail and natural colour reproduction. The smartphone uses AI to produce beautiful night/low-light shots by using multi-frame stabilization technology based on machine learning.

If you are a selfie lover, the Honor 8X has got you covered. The 16MP front-facing shooter incorporates a 4-Cell fusion technology that allows 2 times more light to go through, resulting in clearer pictures. The phone’s super-slow-motion feature can record videos at 16x slow motion (480fps) and with augmented reality (AR) effect, the camera can produce interesting group photos by creating AR masks and changing the background.

Other nifty features include a party mode, that enables you to play a song on one phone and connect it to maximum 6 devices to play in-sync music; a ride mode for bikers, and a night mode that helps reduce eye strain.

The 4GB+64GB variant of the phone can be purchased at Rs 14999, the 6GB+64GB variant at Rs 16999, and the 6GB+128GB variant at Rs 18999, from Amazon.in. The phone can also be availed at Honor’s official website, here. (www.hihonor.com/in)

There is no other smartphone in the market which is as good as the Honor 8X that packs so many notable features and such a breathtaking design. With a starting price of Rs 14,999, the Honor 8X is a performance beast and the best mid-end device out there.


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Bose Frames AR Audio Sunglasses Launched in India, Priced at Rs. 21,900

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Over a year after originally showcasing its audio AR sunglasses, Bose is bringing them to the Indian market. The company on Thursday announced that the sunglasses, which are simply known as Bose Frames, will go on sale beginning next week in the country alongside Bose Frames Lens Collection. The Bose Frames combine three functionalities into one device – premium sunglasses, wireless headphones, and audio AR features. The Bose Frames are the company’s first product to be based on the company’s AR platform.

The Bose Frames carry a price tag of Rs. 21,900 and will be offered in two universal styles – the larger Alto and the smaller Rondo. The Bose Frames Lens Collection of non-polarised and polarised lenses will retail at Rs. 1,990 and Rs. 2,990, respectively. The sales open June 20 via select resellers and Bose stores in the country.

The Bose Frames are essentially a pair of sunglasses that pack a tiny Bose audio system in the temples. This audio system effectively turns them into a wireless pair of headphones. The Bose Frames also include a microphone and multi-function button on the right temple for power and pairing, Siri and Google Assistant, calls and commands, or to pause and skip songs.

 

“With a proprietary open-ear design, they [Bose Frames] take micro-acoustics, voice control, and personal audio to an entirely new level, so users can stream music and information, take and make calls, and access virtual assistants from — while keeping playlists, entertainment, and conversations private,” Bose said in a statement.

Like many wearable devices, the Bose Frames act as a companion device to your smartphone and need the same for processing the information and connecting to the Web.

As we mentioned earlier, the Bose Frames will be released in two designs – Alto and Rondo. Alto is square and angled, whereas Rondo is round and smaller. Both can block up to 99 percent of UVA/UVB rays and weigh just 45 grams. The lenses can be easily popped out and replaced.

Apart from the audio capabilities, the Frames are also compatible with Bose’s AR platform. The Bose Frames don’t include any visual AR capabilities, but they can provide audio AR input to enhance your experience.

“[Bose Frames] knows where you are and what you’re facing using a 9-axis head motion sensor and the GPS from your iOS or Android device — and automatically adds a layer of audio through Bose AR apps, connecting that place and time to endless possibilities for travel, learning, entertainment, gaming, and more,” Bose explained.

Bose AR apps can be downloaded using Bose Connect app and are only available for iOS right now. Android apps are being developed, according to the company’s website.

The company claims that onboard battery can last up to 3.5 hours for playback and up to 12 hours on standby. It can be fully recharged in less than two hours.

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Novel device can quickly detect strokes

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Scientists have developed a device that can monitor blood flow and help quickly diagnose and treat strokes.

A stroke, one of the leading causes of death worldwide, occurs due to poor blood flow to the brain — a condition known as cerebral ischemia.

Its diagnosis must be done within the first few hours for treatment to be effective, researchers said.

 

The hybrid device, developed by researchers at the China Academy of Engineering Physics and Army Medical University in China, relies on a combination of to light measuring techniques which could diagnose cerebral ischemia non-invasively and faster than the techniques used currently.

“We can measure blood volume, blood oxygenation and blood flow using suitable near-infrared techniques,” said Liguo Zhu, from China Academy of Engineering Physics.

Zhu said that “near-infrared light penetrates one to three centimetres and allows researchers to probe under the skin.”

The working of the instrument relies on the combination of the near-infrared diffuse optical spectroscopy, which analyses the light scattered from the tissues to calculate the amount of oxygen and blood within an area, and the diffuse correlation spectroscopy, which analyses fluctuation in the tissue-scattered lights to measure blood flow.

“Both techniques share the same detectors, which decreases the number of detectors compared to other instruments,” said Zhu.

“The team’s device can record a comprehensive profile of a body part’s hemodynamics, or blood circulation. Devices should measure as many ‘hemodynamic parameters’ as necessary to obtain an accurate diagnosis, as ‘the hemodynamics of stroke is complex’,” said Hua Feng, from Army Medical University.

Another advantage of the device is that it is cheap and compact, which would make more accessible to the people, and hence, help treatment, diagnosis and chances of stroke, researchers said.

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Parineeti ‘still learning’ to play badminton

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Actress Parineeti Chopra has not started shooting for ‘Saina’ yet and says she is still learning how to play badminton.

Parineeti on Thursday said that the shooting for the biopic will commence in October.

“Hi everyone, we have not started the shoot of ‘Saina’ yet. I am still learning how to play Badminton! We will start in October once I get better at it! Four months to go,” she tweeted.

 

Parineeti had replaced actress Shraddha Kapoor in the Saina Nehwal biopic, which is being directed by Amole Gupte.

She will next be seen in ‘Jabariya Jodi’ along with actor Sidharth Malhotra. The film is scheduled for release on August 2. Directed by Prashant Singh, ‘Jabariya Jodi’ is based on ‘Pakadwa Vivah’ (forced marriage), which was once rampant in Bihar.

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