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OnePlus Nord and Buds: Here’s Everything Announced at OnePlus’ AR event

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After months of speculations and variation of internet renders, OnePlus’ big augmented reality (AR) launch event is over. The event finally saw the introduction of not only a new mid-range phone but also a pair of its first truly wireless buds for its fans.

We’ll get to that in a second!

Both products are quite interesting and offering something entirely new in their own right. This is especially true for the OnePlus Nord, which in many ways is the company’s move back to the mid-range segment that the company had recently vacated because of the rise in prices of its premium flagships.

However, asides the big announcement that is the Nord smartphone, OnePlus also revealed other amazing devices.

Here’s everything OnePlus announced at its recently concluded AR event.

OnePlus Nord

Arguably the biggest announcement from the event was the OnePlus Nord which in all fairness deserves every bit of accolade it gets but then

We ain’t giving away much spoilers just

OnePlus Nord launched in India

OnePlus has announced the Nord smartphone as a budget offering but it really brings much more to the table. For the display, the OnePlus Nord brings a rather manageable 6.44-inch AMOLED panel running at a refresh rate of 90Hz.

The phone is powered by a mid-range chipset in the Snapdragon 756G which has been paired with up to 8GB of RAM and 256GB of fast UFS 2.1 storage. The hardware tasked with running a clean copy of OxygenOS 10 operating system based on Android 10.

For camera optics, the OnePlus Nord is getting a quad-camera set-up that houses a 48-megapixel Sony IMX 586 sensor with an f/1.75 lens and Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS) + Electronic Image Stabilisation (EIS) support. This sits next to an 8-megapixel ultra-wide lens with 119 field-of-view (FOV), a 5-megapixel macro lens with an f/2.4 aperture, and 2-megapixel depth sensor unit.

The front camera is a 32-megapixel Sony IMX616 sensor. The battery onboard is a 4115 mAh rechargeable pack that can be charged at a fast 30-watt using the Warp Charger on USB Type-C port.

In all fairness, OnePlus has giving invariably all that could be expected on a budget smartphone but their could be a limitation though.

With Xiaomi known for its flagship-breaker smartphone and arguably the kind of budget device, OnePlus will have a fair fight on their hands pricing the Nord at an affordable rate.

The phone has been announced in three variants in India and begins at a starting price of Rs 24,999 — going all the way up to Rs 29,999 for the top-end 12GB RAM and 256GB storage variant.

Moving on…

OnePlus Buds

Wireless earbuds don’t necessarily generate much fuss with several launch happening each day but then, it looks like OnePlus have got a very exciting deal with its first truly wireless earphones for the public

OnePlus TWS Buds specs and features

The OnePlus Buds have an AirPod-like rigid design that’s all hard plastic — marking a shift away from the Bullets, Bullets Wireless 2, and other
OnePlus earbuds that used silicone tips for a sealed-off, in-ear fit.

The new accessory comes with three active microphones built into each bud to reduce ambient noise, the OnePlus Buds designed to “pick up vocal frequencies easily and produce clear and crisp voice recordings and calls.”

In addition to enhanced 13.4mm dynamic drivers, the OnePlus Buds also come with Bass Boost and Dolby Atmos support. Low latency pairing technology allows the buds to quickly and easily pair with smartphones, especially OnePlus devices, and seamlessly switch between speakers and earphones.

The OnePlus Buds also come with an IPX4 water resistance rating to handle splashes of water from any direction though promise of a “high-quality audio playback and wireless freedom for a more immersive on-the-go sound experience” already sounds like the new normal we have come to expect from premium earbuds.

Moreover, the OnePlus Buds also support Warp Charge technology which is really a major plus and huge selling point, with additional promises of 10 hours of playback only with a brief 10-minute charge. A full charge along with filling up the charging case offers up to 30 hours of high-quality music playback.

OnePlus Nord and OnePlus Buds Prices & Availability in Nigeria

The OnePlus Buds are available at $79 in three colors — Gray, White, and Nord Blue while it’s launch counterpart, the OnePlus Nord begins at a starting price of Rs 24,999 — going all the way up to Rs 29,999 for the top-end 12GB RAM and 256GB storage variants.

The White and Nord Blue variants will be available in an early access sale on 31 July 2020 on Oneplus.in and will be available for open sale starting Aug 4, 2020, on Oneplus.in, Amazon.in, Flipkart.com, all OnePlus exclusive offline stores and Croma and Reliance Digital outlets. However, there is no news yet on the OnePlus Nord having a global variation or even making it to the United States.

OnePlus Nord Key Specs

  • Display: 6.44 inch, 1080 x 2400
  • Build: Glass
  • Weight: 184g
  • Platform: Android 10
  • Processor: Snapdragon 765G
  • Storage: 6/8/12GB RAM + 64/128/256GB
  • Colors: Gray, White and Nord Blue
  • Selfie Camera: Dual [32MP + 8MP]
  • Rear Camera: Quad [48MP + 8MP + 5MP + 2MP]
  • Battery: 4115mAh

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Google Pixel with Snapdragon 730G Launced – Full Specifications, Features and Price

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After months of wait, possessive leaks and counter-marketing teasers, the self-aclaimed mid-range warrior, the Pixel 4a, has finally become real. The Google Pixel 4a is the tech giant’s latest mid-range smartphone.

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Also, the phone has been launched at an aggressive mid-range price that’s even more affordable than the Pixel 3a’s which was launched last year.

In the lead up to the launch, the Pixel 4a had been leaked a number of times, with not only its entire spec sheet but also design and features leaked online ahead of the official unveiling.

So, if you saved yourself from the emotion rollercoaster and frolicking that ensured prior to its release, here’s a full lay down on the specifications and features of the Google Pixel 4a.

Google Pixel 4a Specifications and Features

Despite being renowned for its awesome optical capabilities, Google pixel devices also pack impressive hardware tech to go too. In terms of the hardware, the Pixel 4a managed to keep things simple.

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For the display, the phone uses a 5.81-inch Full-HD+ punch-hole OLED display with an aspect ratio of 19.5:9. The display is HDR+ compliant and should be great for watching movies and TV shows on the go. Being an OLED screen, the panel will support Always On Display and Now Playing features, and also bring support for Titan M Security Module.

While, the display ticks the boxes, the hardware chipset used brings us all down to reality that it’s still a mid-range device. At the core of the phone is a strictly mid-range Snapdragon 730G chipset that is paired with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage.

Just like its predecessors, the previous Pixel phones that have been launched before it, the Pixel 4a will also focus heavily on the cameras. However, it will do so by keeping the hardware to the minimum.

The phone gets a square camera module on the back, but only with a single lens fitted inside it, The module features a 12.2-megapixel dual pixel phase detection rear camera with f/1.7 aperture, OIS, and a 77-degree field of view. This has been sat next to an LED flash.

On the front, the display’s punch-hole houses an 8-megapixel front camera with f/2.0 aperture and an 84-degree field of view.

Camera features are tipped to include 4K 30fps video recording and 1080p 120fps recording. For battery, the phone has been announced to get a 3,140mAh battery pack for keeping the lights on. All this hardware is wrapped inside a body measures 144×69.4×8.2mm and weighs about 143 grams only.

Also, it’s worth mentioning that inasmuch as you are assured of ‘that’ stock Android experience on Google Pixel phones, there’s the major bonus of having the Android 11 beta in full swing too.

*Tasty*

So far so good, now how do we get this beauty down to your location?

Google Pixel 4a Price and Availability in Nigeria

One thing to note is the new Google Pixel 4a is quite awesome and wallet-friendly thanks in part to the chaos caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Pixel 4a has been launched at a much more affordable price point than the Pixel 3a. The device has been priced at $349 and is slated to go on sale later in October.

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Moreover, the Pixel 4a has been announced in a single model, with no XL model this year. This model comes with a 5.81-inch display and has been priced at $349. Interestingly, there is only a single variant here with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage that’s currently been announced for retail.

Also, there will be another 5G variant of the Pixel 4a that the company has revealed will start selling later in the year — but reports point to this being only available in the US alone.

Google Pixel 4a Key Specs

  • Display: 5.81-inch
  • Front Camera: 8-megapixel
  • Rear Camera: 12.2-megapixel
  • RAM: 6GB
  • Storage: 64GB
  • Battery Capacity: 3080mAh
  • OS: Android 10
  • Resolution: 1080×2340 pixels

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“The Ultimate Budget Champion” – Redmi 9 Series Launched in Nigeria: Full Specifications, Features and Price

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Xiaomi officially announced its next lineup of Redmi devices to the Nigerian market yesterday which it dubbed “entry-level smartphones but

I tell you what, these devices are nowhere near ordinary!

The Redmi 9, Redmi 9A and Redmi 9C smartphones which is a bit toned down version of the Redmi Note 9 devices and successor to the Redmi 8 announced last year all packs impressive specs whilst doing it job pretty fine.

Also, it is worth recalling this is a company that only made the leap into the Nigerian smartphone market space, but so far has incredibly worn the heart of Nigerians if not really taking occupancy with its premium-budget yet affordable devices.

The Redmi 9, Redmi 9A, and Redmi 9C are sold at different prices, but all of them are between N41, 900 – N66, 900 and offer good value for money.

Marketing Director, Mr. SomoyeHabeeb speaking during the launch event dully acknowledges that the “Xiaomi Redmi 9 comes in as a smartphone intended to pacify enthusiasts who cannot afford the Redmi Note 9 series. It offers a cheaper price tag, which can be seen as a strategy to reach customers with a lower budget.”

So, too much of the post-launch rituals over; here comes the new arrivals then

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Given that they carry different prices(which we’ll talk about later) and they are all devices released by Xiaomi, you probably understood that don’t REALLY offer same specifications.

But you don’t really have to worry about which one to buy or worth spending more money.

Just hang on with me here

Redmi 9 Specifications and Features

The Redmi 9 features a 6.53” FHD+ Display (2340 x 1080 pixels) with a waterdrop notch cutout for the selfie camera. The display is topped with a layer of Gorilla Glass 3 protection with the phone measuring 9.1mm thick and weighs at 198 grams.

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The Redmi 9 has the impressive MediaTekHelio G80 chipset running under the hood with an octa-core CPU and Mali-G52 GPU and runs on MIUI 12 which is based on Android 10. This is paired with up to 4GB RAM starting option and up to 64GB storage options to choose from. There’s also an option to increase the phone’s storage further by using microSD cards of up to 512GB.

Moving on, the camera department is where the real teaser is. There is a rear quad-camera setup that consists of a primary 13MP camera with an f/2.2 aperture, an 8MP ultra-wide-angle camera with 118-degree field-of-view, a 5MP macro camera and a 2MP depth sensor. For selfies, useres will have to make do with an 8MP selfie camera housed within the waterdrop notch cutout.

Furthermore, the Redmi 9 offers a fingerprint sensor on the back for security measures and the likes and also comes with a 5,020mAh battery with support for 18W fast charging out-of-the-box.

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Xiaomi has priced the Redmi 9 starting at N66, 900 for the 4GB RAM +64GB RAM variant. The phone comes in three colours– Grey, Green and Purple.

Redmi 9C Specifications and Features

While this would be pretty evenly hard to say, there had to be a difference by the way. Though the Redmi 9C features same 6.53” display, it is only a HD+ Display (2340 x 720 pixels) with a waterdrop notch cutout for the selfie camera.

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The Redmi 9C is powered by MediaTekHelio G35 chipset with an octa-core CPU and PowerVR GE8320 graphics. This is paired with up to 3GB RAM and 64GB storage with an option to increase the storage by up to 512GB with microSD card. It also runs on the latest MIUI 12 which is based on Android 10.

While the Redmi 9 comes with camera setup akin to the Redmi Note 9, Xiaomi has chosen to go with an iPhone-like boxy arrangement for the Redmi 9C. The phone comes with a triple camera array that consists of a primary 13MP camera with f/1.8 aperture, a 5MP macro camera and a 2MP depth sensor. There’s a 5MP selfie camera on the front housed within the waterdrop notch cutout.

Overall, this could have been on point but a 5Megpixel camera for selfies? Your thoughts right now are as good as mine.

For sensors, the Redmi 9C also features a rear fingerprint sensor and is fitted with a 5,000mAh battery which doesn’t support fast charging.

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The Redmi 9C is priced starting at N46, 900 for the base variant with 2GB RAM and 32GB storage and N53,900 for the 3GB RAM variant with 64GB storage.

Redmi 9A Specifications and Features

Arguably the last baby of the lineup but the Redmi 9A smartphone still delivers on ‘promise and agreements’.

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The Redmi 9A features the same set of display, battery and selfie camera as the Redmi 9C. It is powered by the MediaTekHelio G25 chipset under the hood with octa-core CPU and PowerVR graphics for fair gaming tasks.

The phone also runs on MIUI 12 and features a single 13MP primary camera. However, the catch is that this toddler here can record in 1080p at up to 60FPS which is a major win too.

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This device is paired with 2GB of RAM and 32GB internal storage with an option to expand the storage further by up to 512GB via microSD cards. The smartphone retails at N41,900 for the base variant however, the Redmi 9A doesn’t come with a fingerprint sensor.

Final Verdict and which Redmi 9 Series to Buy

Xiaomi has always pride itself in it’s consistency in offering mid-range and flagship-killer devices and the Redmi Series is no exemption.

However, if you were observant enough(which you really should be when it comes to spending money), you will notice the Redmi 9 lineup specifications and features takes a particular trajectory.

This implies that the base Redmi 9 device is the most valuable of the triumvirate while the Redmi 9C is the least.

In other words, if you are in for something closer to the Redmi Note 9, you might want to go for the base Redmi 9 smartphone. Also, if you find the retail price a little bit over the top and ready to make some camera sacrifices, there is the Redmi 9C which also offers value for money.

However, in all fairness, the Redmi 9A is the real entry-level smartphone here with both its specs and lack of features.

The call is yours to make!

Redmi 9 Key Specifications

Display: 6.53″ LCD IPS

Resolution: FHD+

Processor: MediaTek Helio G80

RAM: 4GB & 6GB options

Storage: Starts at 64GB

Camera Rear: Quad rear camera (13MP+ 8MP + 5MP + 2MP)

Front Camera: 8MP

Battery: 5020mAh

Connectivity: Type-C, Infrared, 3.5mm Audio Jack

Card Slots: Dual nano-SIM + dedicated MicroSD card slot (up to 512GB)

Redmi 9C Key Specifications

Display: 6.53″ LCD IPS

Resolution: HD+

Processor: MediaTek Helio G35

RAM: Starts at 2GB/3GB

Storage: Starts at 64GB

Camera Rear: Triple rear camera (13MP + 5MP + 2MP)

Battery: 5000mAh

Connectivity: Type-C, Infrared, 3.5mm Audio Jack

Card Slots: Dual nano-SIM + dedicated MicroSD card slot (up to 512GB)

Redmi 9, Redmi 9C and Redmi 9A Price and Availability in Nigeria

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The three budget Champion devices are sold at different prices, but all of them are between N41, 900 – N66, 900 and they all offer very good value for money.

The Redmi 9 triumvirate are all available from purchase from all Xiaomi retail outlets all over the nation as well as online shopping malls including Jumia, Pointek and SLOT.

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