Nubia Red Magic 3, the flexible Nubia Alpha smartwatch, and the Nubia Pods are all set to launch in India in May this year. The company has announced that it will launch the three products in the country, to expand its portfolio. The Nubia Red Magic 3 gaming smartphone hasn’t been announced yet, while the Nubia Alpha smartwatch and the Nubia Pods wireless earbuds both, were launched at MWC 2019. The Nubia smartwatch grabbed many eyeballs at the fair thanks to its flexible display screen.
Nubia has now confirmed that three products – the Nubia Red Magic 3, Nubia Alpha smartwatch, and the Nubia Pods wireless Bluetooth earbuds – are coming to India in May. The company hasn’t yet revealed a proper launch date for the product launches, but has confirmed that it will launch next month. Pricing and availability of these will also be announced then.
As mentioned, the Nubia Red Magic 3 hasn’t been announced yet, but key specifications have recently been confirmed by general manager Ni Fei. The phone is set to include a liquid and air cooling system to handle the heat that would be generated during intense gaming sessions, the Snapdragon 855 SoC with 12GB of RAM, and a display with a ‘higher refresh rate than most gaming PCs’. The phone will also have a 3,800mAh battery and a new 4D vibration system that will enable better haptic feedback while gaming. The phone is hinted to be launched in China sometime this month.
Coming to the smartwatch, the big highlight of the Nubia Alpha is that it sports a 4-inch (960×192 pixels) flexible OLED display. The company claims that this watch has 230 percent more screen real estate than the standard smartwatches out there. It straps on like a bracelet, and lets users make and receive calls, take photos, and use apps.
It is powered by the Snapdragon Wear 2100 SoC paired with 1GB of RAM. Internal storage is offered at 8GB, and it packs a 500mAh battery that claims to last a day or two (48 hours of standby time). The Nubia Alpha also supports a T9 keyboard for typing text, and has a built-in speaker as well. The camera houses a 5-megapixel 82 degree wide angle sensor with f/2.2 aperture. Nubia claims that the watch is water-resistant.
The Nubia Alpha runs on a custom OS that helps in motion gestures. The device supports 4G connectivity via eSIM, and integrates the usual gamut of smartwatch sensors including the heart rate sensor. At MWC, it was launched in two options – one will be the Bluetooth version which will pair with a phone, and another will be the eSIM version which will allow it to be a standalone option.
The price in Europe for the Bluetooth variant stands at EUR 449 (roughly Rs. 36,200). The eSIM variant’s price is at EUR 549 (roughly Rs. 44,300) for the Black colour options, and the 18K Gold variant is priced around EUR 649 (roughly Rs. 52,400).
At MWC, Nubia also launched Nubia Pods wireless earbuds alongside the Nubia Alpha smartwatch. The Nubia Pods are the company’s first wireless ear buds, and they weigh only 6.2 grams. The earbuds support Bluetooth 5.0, Qualcomm aptX audio and AAC HD audio. It is priced in China at CNY 799 (roughly Rs. 8,200).
Researchers develop camera to capture polarised light, study atmospheric chemistry
US scientists have developed a highly compact and portable camera that can capture polarised light, help in study atmospheric chemistry and used to detect camouflaged objects.
Polarisation, the direction in which light vibrates, is invisible to the human eye (but visible to some species of shrimp and insects). But it provides a great deal of information about the objects with which it interacts. Cameras that see polarised light are currently used to detect material stress, enhance contrast for object detection, and analyse surface quality for dents or scratches. The miniature camera — about the size of a thumb — could find a place in the vision systems of autonomous vehicles, onboard planes or satellites to study atmospheric chemistry, or be used to detect camouflaged objects.
“Polarisation is a feature of light that is changed upon reflection off a surface,” said Paul Chevalier from Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) in the US. “Based on that change, polarisation can help us in the 3D reconstruction of an object, to estimate its depth, texture and shape, and to distinguish man-made objects from natural ones, even if they’re the same shape and colour,” he said. To unlock that powerful world of polarisation, the researchers harnessed the potential of metasurfaces, nanoscale structures that interact with light at wavelength size-scales.
“If we want to measure the light’s full polarization state, we need to take several pictures along different polarization directions,” said Noah Rubin, first author of the study. “Previous devices either used moving parts or sent light along multiple paths to acquire the multiple images, resulting in bulky optics. But this approach does not measure the full polarisation state and requires a non-standard imaging sensor.
In this work, we were able to take all of the optics needed and integrate them in a single, simple device with a metasurface,” he added. According to the study, published in the journal Science, the device is about two centimeters in length and no more complicated than a camera on a smartphone. With an attached lens and protective case, the device is about the size of a small lunch box. The researchers tested the camera to show defects in injection-molded plastic objects, took it outside to film the polarisation off car windshields and even took selfies to demonstrate how a polarisation camera can visualise the 3D contours of a face.
Fiio M11 High Resolution Lossless Audio Player With Dual-DAC Setup Launched in India
Chinese audio brand Fiio is known for making some of the best specialised high-resolution audio players in the world, and its products are generally well received by users and experts alike. The latest product to launch in India from the company is the Fiio M11, which is the company’s most advanced high-resolution audio player yet. The Fiio M11 is priced at Rs. 39,990, and features various wired and wireless connectivity options, along with support for most popular high-resolution audio formats.
The Fiio M11 has a dual-DAC setup, with two AKM AK4493 digital-analogue converters powering audio output. The DAC supports 32-bit/ 384kHz high-resolution audio, with various popular file formats supported, including DSD256, DXD, Apple Lossless, AIFF, FLAC, WAV, and WMA lossless. Compressed audio formats such as MP3, OGG, WMA, and AAC are also supported.
Powered by the Samsung Exynos 7872 SoC, the Fiio M11 has a 5.15-inch 18:9 HD-resolution (720×1440-pixel) touch screen for navigation and visual cues. The device also has 3GB of RAM and 32GB of in-built storage, along with support for expandable storage with two microSD card slots, each supporting up to a theoretical 2TB of storage. Fast charging, Wi-Fi audio, and AirPlay are also supported, and the device runs on an Android-based operating system.
For wired connectivity, the Fiio M11 allows for headphones and speakers to be connected using the popular 3.5mm plug, but also supports 2.5mm and 4.4mm balanced audio outputs.For wireless connectivity, the device supports popular Bluetooth codecs, including SBC, aptX, aptX HD, and LDAC. Charging and external connectivity is through a USB Type-C port, and the Fiio M11 can be used as a standalone DAC when connected to a compatible device such as a laptop.
The Fiio M11 is available now on Fiio’s official website, and can also be purchased on Amazon. While it does come across as expensive, the device is among the most feature-filled and well-equipped high-resolution audio players you can buy today. For users looking for a more affordable option, the company also has the excellent Fiio M6 available, which is priced at Rs. 14,990.
Kangana to play a spy
Actress Kangana Ranaut is set play a spy in the upcoming heroine-centric action thriller,Dhaakad.
“‘Dhaakad’ is an action film and it is (a) big film. For us, it’s like venturing into a genre that is absolutely missing in Hindi films. It is something of a thriller — intriguing and more of like a spy thriller. In the film, my name is Agni. I play a spy,” Kangana said.
The project is helmed by Razneesh “Razy” Ghai.
The makers are looking to rope in a leading action director from Hollywood to choreograph the elaborate sequences.
Filming will take place across India, South East Asia, the Middle East and Europe.
“After the success of ‘Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi’, it has been proven that audiences across the globe are loving larger than life films with a female hero. ‘Dhaakad’ is not only a benchmark film for my career but will be a turning point for Indian cinema as well,” Kangana said in a statement earlier.
“The film is mounted on a large scale, is one of a kind female-led action film, and is apt for a Diwali release. If it is received well, there will be no looking back for women in Indian cinema.”
Right now, Kangana is gearing up for the release of JudgeMentall Hai Kya, which opens on Friday. JudgeMentall Hai Kya is with Rajkummar Rao, who has earlier worked with Kangana in Queen. Written by Kanika Dhillon and produced by Ekta Kapoor under her banner Balaji Motion Pictures, Judgemantall Hai Kya is directed by Prakash Kovelamudi.