Sharp Aquos Zero uses an in-house developed curved OLED with a huge notch

Sharp’s latest smartphone was unveiled in Japan today. It’s the Aquos Zero, which features the company’s first OLED panel designed and manufactured in-house.

It’s a curved 6.2-inch 1440×2992 screen with support for the DCI-P3 color space and Dolby Vision, and as you can see it comes with a huge notch. Not just that, but the parts of the top bezel that are to the left and right of it are pretty substantial too, at least by the usual notched smartphone standards.

Oh, and there’s also a chin. Anyway, enough about that. Thanks to its magnesium frame and aramid fiber back it weighs just 146g, and Sharp is clearly proud of this achievement, boasting about how this is one of the lightest flagships around. By the way, for reference, note that Kevlar is a type of aramid fiber although Sharp doesn’t mention that brand anywhere in its marketing materials so we’re assuming it didn’t pay DuPont the associated licensing fees.

The Aquos Zero is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset (what else?), paired with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of UFS storage. Its battery has 3,130 mAh capacity and the phone runs Android 9 Pie. Its dimensions are 154 x 73 x 8.8 mm.

The single rear camera has 22.6 MP resolution and f/1.9 aperture, while the selfie cam is an 8 MP unit. The Aquos Zero is IP68 certified for water and dust resistance. A fingerprint scanner is on the back of the handset, and it also has a face unlock system. Stereo speakers are in too, with Dolby Atmos technology.

The Sharp Aquos Zero will be available in Japan by the end of the year. There’s no telling if it will be offered elsewhere at any point – but since the company now has a presence in Europe, maybe we’ll see it there in the future.

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Witness the genius of LG’s ultra-slim OLED TV wall mount

LG OLED Wall Mount 1

We’ve already enjoyed the splendour of LG’s new 2.5mm thick Signature OLED W7 at CES 2017, but it’s not just the TV that’s ultra slim. Its clever wall-mount system is equally stunning and ensures the TV sits completely flush against the wall.

It all starts with the mounting sheet, which sticks to the wall using adhesive. It has nine magnets to help secure the TV correctly in place, though there are also two hooks so it’s not just the power of magnetism securing your hugely expensive TV to the wall.

LG OLED Wall Mount 7What I saw at LG’s recent European convention looked very simple for two people to assemble, though LG plans to offer a ‘white glove’ service for owners, so they won’t have to do it themselves.

In case you were wondering, the wall mount comes with the TV as there is no traditional stand for this set – it’s wall-mount or nothing here.

LG OLED Wall Mount 1While the W7 isn’t especially heavy, it is very flexible. All this bending has no negative impact on the TV. We’ve come a long way from the humble CRT TV, that’s for sure.

LG OLED Wall MountThis is one of the two hooks that help hold the TV to the wall. They combine with the magnets to keep the TV securely fastened to the wall – you don’t even need to drill a single hole.

LG OLED Wall Mount 3There’s a single cable which runs to the provided Dolby Atmos soundbar. LG provides an extension cable should you require it, though it’s worth noting the soundbar can’t be wall mounted. You’ll need a shelf for it to sit on.

LG OLED Wall Mount 6And here’s a clearer view of how thin the mounting sheet is. That little metal circle is one of the hooks the TV sits on.

LG OLED Wall Mount 4The final result is a TV that mounts perfectly to the wall and sticks out only 2.5mm. Hell, if you were really clever you could make a little 2.5mm deep alcove so the TV wouldn’t stick out at all.

If you can afford it, that is – this TV is likely to cost around £10,000, which is hardly pocket change.

If you’re paying that much, you may as well make a little extra effort.

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Xiaomi Mi Band 2 With Oled Display, Heart Rate Sensor Launched at Rs. 1,999

Xiaomi Mi Band 2 With Oled Display, Heart Rate Sensor Launched at Rs. 1,999

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Mi Band 2 features Oled display
  • It will be available via Mi.com and Amazon India
  • It is compatible with both Android and iOS devices

Xiaomi has unveiled its second-generation fitness tracker in India, the Mi Band 2. Priced at Rs. 1,999, the Mi Band 2 (Review) will be going on sale via Mi.com from September 27 and will later be available via Amazon India from September 30. The company also launched the Mi Air Purifier 2 in India on Wednesday.

(Also see: Mi Band 2 Review)

The new Xiaomi Mi Band 2 packs a host of improvements over its predecessor including an all-new Oled screen and the much-requested heart rate sensor. To recall, the original Mi Band was launched back in April 2015 and was priced at Rs. 999 in India. The Mi Band 2 was initially launched in June in China.

 

The new Mi Band 2, similar to other existing wearable devices in the market, focuses on the user’s health by helping track fitness and sleep patterns. One of the biggest additions to the new Mi Band 2 is the 0.42-inch Oled display which shows time, steps taken, and heart rate count among others. Another notable addition is the PPG (photo plethysmography) sensor as a heart rate monitor. The new Mi Band 2 packs a 70mAh battery which the company claims up to 20 days of standby time. The first generation Mi Band which featured no display had a battery life of up to 30 days.

Much like the original Mi Band, the new band vibrates to alert users about incoming calls, alarms, and notifications. The Xiaomi Mi Band 2 will be compatible with devices running Android 4.4 and above as well as iOS 7.0 and above.

The new Mi Band 2 wearable supports Bluetooth 4.0 LE for pairing with the smartphone. It comes with 40.3mm length, a width of 15.7mm, and a side width of 10.5mm. The company listing says that the Mi Band 2 weighs just 7 grams. For user comfort, the Mi Band 2 is built of skin-friendly thermoplastic elastomers material and flaunts aluminium as well. Much like the original Mi Band, the new band will be available in Black, Blue, Green, and Orange colours. The device is water resistant with IP67 certification.

Tags: Wearables, Xiaomi, Xiaomi Mi Band 2, Xiaomi Mi Band 2 Price, Xiaomi Mi Band Specifications, Mi Band 2 Price,Mi Band 2 Price in India

 

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Philips Launches Its First Oled TV, a 4K Offering With Ambilight Tech

Apple Lets Slip New Beats by Dre Products Will Launch at iPhone 7 Launch Event

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The new Beats accessories to launch on September 7
  • Apple is also expected to unveil the Apple Watch 2
  • Rollout details for iOS 10 are also expected

After much torment, Apple sent out invites for its launch event on September 7. As the tradition goes, the company kept the invite simple and minimal, keeping the mystery alive for as long as they can. However, a fresh mail sent by Apple-owned Beats to a French website has let it slip that Beats is also unveiling a selection of new Beats by Dre products at the launch event.

The invite was received by iGen.fr, and it reads (translated), “The Apple Keynote, awaited by all lovers of technology! Do not miss this event, a selection of new Beats by Dre products will be revealed September 7th, 2016.”

This invite was sent only to the said publication, and it was reportedly sent by mistake. It has since been removed after the Beats press service requested the publication to withdraw the screenshot. If true, it means Apple will have its hands full for the September 7 launch event. Apart from the Beats products, Apple is expected to unveil the iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, Apple Watch 2, new wireless EarPods, and the rollout details for iOS 10. While Apple was first expected to unveil the refreshed Mac lineup at the event as well, the launch date for those products is now speculated to be October.

The most awaited launch is however the iPhone 7. It is expected to ditch the 3.5mm audio jack and the16GB base storage variant. Apple is looking to introduce a new 32GB base variant, and bundle Lightning-powered EarPods with the iPhone 7. There is going to be camera upgrades, and the larger variant is expected to sport a dual camera setup and a Smart Connector at the back.

Tags: Apple, Accessories, Beats By Dre, iPhone 7 launch Event, iPhone 7

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