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XIAOMI ANNOUNCES THE LATEST ITERATION TO ITS WEARABLE TECHNOLOGY SERIES – MI SMART BAND 5

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Global technology leader Xiaomi today introduced the latest and long-anticipated Mi Smart Band 5 to its stellar wearables product line. Offering a host of upgrades from its predecessor, Mi Smart Band 5 boasts a larger 1.1-inch AMOLED dynamic display, improved fitness tracking accuracy, women’s health tracking, stress assessment, remote shutter control, and more. With 8 colorful straps and hundreds of themes, everyone can express a unique personality with Mi Smart Band 5.

Powering these newly added features is the battery on Mi Smart Band 5 that supports up to 14 days of continuous usage. Mi Smart Band 5 is also perfectly compatible with both Android and iOS platforms, providing wearers with a seamless user experience.

Upgraded large dynamic display, multiple color straps and themes for customization

As Xiaomi’s first smart wearable products to support dynamic home screen feature, Mi Smart Band 5 comes with a stunning 1.1-inch large AMOLED display, marking a 20% increase in terms of screen size compared to its predecessor. Navigating life has never been made easier with extra space for news feeds, notifications, and more. Coming with a maximum brightness of 450 nit and five adjustable brightness levels, Mi Smart Band 5 ensures crystal clear viewing experience, even in back lit situations. It also comes with a 2.5D tempered glass panel that protects the screen from scratches and abrasions.

Adopting a TPU material which is certified by GB/T 26572-2011 certification and is also Europe RoHS compliant, the strap of Mi Smart Band 5 is soft, smooth, and safe to wear. Straps are available in 8 vibrant colors: Black, Blue, Pink, Orange, Purple, Yellow, and Green, making it a great, stylish addition to your daily accessory.

In addition to the exterior design, Mi Smart Band 5 caters all styles and needs with hundreds of customized themes to choose from, including fifty-four IP featured themes such as Spongebob Squarepants, Neon Genesis Evangelion, Hatsune Miku, and Detective Conan. Users can also customize the interface by adding function modules based on their preference, everyday mood, and personal style.

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More precise 24-hour health monitoring, includes tracking of menstrual cycles

Mi Smart Band 5 is equipped with a high performance PPG heart rate sensor. The heart rate monitoring algorithm has been further optimized to support the 24-hour heart rate monitoring function. Hence, data monitoring is more accurate than the previous Mi Smart Band generations. Sleep monitoring accuracy feature is improved by 40% and the heart rate monitoring of irregular movements boasts up to 50% improvement.

On top of many performance improvements, Mi Smart Band 5 also introduces more health-related features. In terms of sleep monitoring, irregular and sporadic sleep patterns, and rapid eye movement monitoring features have been added. So even your lunch break naps can now be recorded as actual sleep data. Mi Smart Band 5 calculates heart rate variability and respiratory information during sleep, providing analytics reports to give users more detailed information on their sleeping cycles.

In modern life, many people face sub-optimal health issues. The Mi Smart Band 5 has a built-in PAI Activity Index, which allows you to calculate the levels of your heart rate using a specific algorithm and can provide users with helpful information to aid in exercises and workouts.

Mi Smart Band 5 offers other unique health tracking functions. First, a menstrual cycle prediction function paired with a vibration alert for female users. Second, a stress monitoring function that can advise wearers when they should consider to adjust their breathing or try to rest and relax. Together, these make the Mi Smart Band 5 a thoughtful, personal health assistant on your wrist.

All-new magnetic charging solution, 14-day battery life

Mi Smart Band 5 adopts a brand new charging solution – simply snap the magnetic charging cable onto the back of the Mi Smart Band 5 when the battery runs low. To power the larger screen and these newly added features, the battery on Mi Smart Band 5 supports 14 days* of continuous usage, offering ease of mind especially when travelling. Also incorporated is a convenient remote photo control function to pair with your phone for taking selfies from a distance, making the Mi Smart Band 5 a perfect travel companion.

Mi Smart Band 5 NFC version allows users to activate XiaoAi AI assistant with a swipe to the right on its display. With a portable XiaoAI AI assistant on your wrist, users can control smart AIoT devices, set alarm clocks, measure heart rate, check the weather, and start exercise routines using voice controls. Last but not least, the Mi Smart Band 5 NFC will be supporting UnionPay mobile payments via an OTA update in late August.

Mi Smart Band 5 will be available at RMB 189, while the Mi Smart Band 5 NFC version retails for RMB 229. Sales starts 10am on June 18, 2020 across all Xiaomi official sales channels in Mainland China.

Stay tuned for our upcoming international Mi Smart Band 5 announcement.

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Samsung Introduces New Premium Soundbar Line-up

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Samsung Electronics has rounded out its full 2020 Q-series soundbar line-up with the release of two new premium models including HW-Q950T and HW-Q900T.

The HW-Q950T delivers the audio quality of 9.1.4-channel, the maximum number of channels for currently available home-theater systems in a single soundbar. The model packs in extra-powerful sound with two wireless rear up-firing speakers and also adds left and right wide channel speakers to the previous 7.1.4-channel system, allowing the audio output to express the motion on the screen in a more realistic way with greater immersion.

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Both the HW-Q950T and HW-Q900T support Dolby Atmos® – which transports listeners with immersive, moving audio that flows all around you, along with DTS:X from DTS for multi-dimensional audio technology. They also include eARC support to produce full, rich and high-quality surround sound like Dolby TrueHD.

Consumers can further enhance the immersive experience by connecting the soundbars to Samsung’s 2020 QLED TVs. Q-symphony activates and plays surround sound from both the TV and soundbar, creating incredible audio synergy with compatible TVs.

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Improvements have also been made to the product design, on the top of the advancements in overall functionality. Compared to 2019 soundbar models, Samsung reduced the height of both of models to 69.5mm from 83mm to fit perfectly with the TV. The soundbars are also wrapped in Kvadrat textile, adding premium elegance while maximizing sound penetration.

“In collaboration with Audio Lab in the US, we have been able to develop multi-dimensional surround sound that can be more accessible at home, which was previously only possible with a separate home-theater system,” said Seong Cho, Senior Vice President and Head of Global Product Marketing of the Visual Display Business at Samsung Electronics. “In addition to improving sound quality, we also focused on fine-tuning the soundbar’s design aesthetic by using eco-friendly textiles, made by Danish premium brand Kvadrat.”

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The two new models also feature SmartThings App and Alexa voice service, allowing users to command their favorite music streaming services, like Amazon Music, Spotify, TuneIn, and iHeart Radio.

Music lovers can also now enjoy their favorite music with a simple tap. The Tap Sound feature allows the music from your smartphone to be sent directly to the soundbar.

All Samsung soundbars are tuned at the Samsung Audio Lab in Valencia, California.

For more information, please visit www.samsung.com.

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HONOR Launches HONOR CHOICE with the HONOR CHOICE True Wireless Earbuds

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Global smartphone brand HONOR today announced the availability of HONOR CHOICE True Wireless Earbuds, the first HONOR CHOICE product to launch in its overseas markets. HONOR CHOICE is a portfolio of HONOR smart life products, co-developed by HONOR and a select group of industry-leading manufacturers.

Equipped with a binaural synchronous transmission technology and a 7mm composite diaphragm speakers, the HONOR CHOICE True Wireless Earbuds deliver a superb and lag-free audio experience. Its 24-hour battery life also makes it a perfect accessory for all-day usage. The wallet-friendly earbuds will be available in UK from today.

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HONOR CHOICE: High-tech and Aesthetically Pleasing IoT Products for a Smarter Life

HONOR CHOICE is a sub-brand under HONOR that comprises a portfolio of IoT products made by a select group of industry-leading manufacturers. Representing the “N” in the “1+8+N” IoT strategy, HONOR CHOICE consists of a wide range of devices in categories such as Sports, Entertainment, Technology and Travel which provides users with a seamless and intelligent experience in their everyday lives.

The HONOR CHOICE series is manufactured by industry-leading partners to bring users a personalized and enriched experience. With stringent tests and strict criteria, HONOR CHOICE ensures all products are of impeccable quality, and users can enjoy them safely. As a tech-chic brand beloved by global youth, HONOR insists its human-centric and trendy design philosophy in the HONOR CHOICE products. HONOR CHOICE products are also empowered by cutting edge technology such as HUAWEI HiLink and HiSilicon chipsets to enable all-scenario intelligence experiences.

HONOR CHOICE True Wireless Earbuds: All-day entertainment accessory

The HONOR CHOICE True Wireless Earbuds allow users to stream music continuously for up to six hours and enjoy up to four hours of uninterrupted call time on a single charge. The lightweight charging case holds three full charges which give users an additional 18 hours of entertainment. With a combined audio playback of 24 hours, the HONOR CHOICE True Wireless Earbuds are the perfect accessory for audiophiles and general everyday use.

Premium performance for users on-the-go

The HONOR CHOICE True Wireless Earbuds are powered by a 7mm composite diaphragm speakers that deliver an immersive listening experience with impactful bass and crisp sounds. Equipped with Bluetooth 5.0, the earbuds pair seamlessly with other Bluetooth-enabled devices which is perfect for consumers who own multiple smart devices and desire a high level of automation. The Bluetooth 5.0 can reduce latency to as low as 130 milliseconds which is a plus for any serious gaming enthusiasts. With dual-microphone noise cancellation technology, the HONOR CHOICE True Wireless Earbuds can capture voice effectively and ensure crisp call quality even in noisy environments.

Minimalist design made with sophisticated audience in mind

The HONOR CHOICE True Wireless Earbuds check all the boxes for a good pair of earphones, not only for its performance but also its sleek and form-fitting design. Its ergonomic structure provides a comfortable and secure fit that is suitable for extended usage and everyday activities. The HONOR CHOICE True Wireless Earbuds are IP54 certified water and dust resistant so users need not worry about splashes from rain or dust ingress. Finally, the earbuds are also packed with intuitive touch controls and voice assistant support that can support consumers who are always on-the-go.

The HONOR CHOICE True Wireless Earbuds will be available starting from £34.9 . For more details, visit here.

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NEWEST LG TRUE WIRELESS EARBUDS SELF-CLEAN, SOUND GREAT WITH MERIDIAN AUDIO

TONE Free Model HBS-FN6 with UVnano Case Removes Germs While Charging

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LG Electronics (LG) revealed two new LG TONE Free true wireless earbuds (models HBS-FN6 and HBS-FN4), both delivering exceptional listening experience with lifelike audio thanks to Meridian Audio technology. LG HBS-FN6 features LG’s industry-first UVnano case which eliminates bacteria and germs on the earbuds as they charge. The new canal-type design delivers a more comfortable fit and comes in two colors: matte Stylish Black and glossy Modern White.

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The earbuds deliver an extra dimension courtesy of HSP (Headphone Spatial Processing) technology from Meridian – LG’s long-standing audio partner in delivering superior sound – powered by Digital Signal Processing, a technology that Meridian has been perfecting for over 25 years. DSP not only recreates a realistic soundstage that simulates the experience of listening to real loudspeakers, it also delivers vocals with pristine clarity, completely immersing the listener.

Both TONE Free models feature customized EQ sound settings developed by Meridian with each mode offering four unique presets to deliver a perfectly tailored listening experience: Natural for authentic and balanced sound, Immersive for an expanded sense of space, Bass Boost for that extra punch and Treble Boost for greater clarity to vocal performances. Noise isolation provided by the snug-fitting eartips provide a tight seal that blocks out most distracting exterior noise while Ambient Sound Mode lets wearers hear what’s going on around them with the press of a button.

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The higher end HBS-FN6 includes LG’s innovative UVnano charging case for protected storage, hassle-free charging and enhanced hygiene. Several studies have shown that earbuds can harbor more bacteria than a kitchen cutting board, leading to potential ear infections.1 Utilizing built-in ultraviolet light, LG’s slim charging case keeps listeners’ ears cleaner by eliminating 99.9 percent of E. coli and S. aureus 2 from the non-toxic, hypoallergenic silicone ear gel 3 and inner mesh. The compact charging case provides up to an hour of listening time after a five minute charge. Fully charged, both models provide six hours of usage with the UVnano case delivering three full charges for a total of 18 hours of listening enjoyment.

“LG has always striven to deliver better sound to more consumers and with our new TONE Free earbuds we are expanding on our successful partnership with Meridian Audio,” said Park Hyung-woo, head of LG Home Entertainment Company’s audio and video division. “On top of great sound, TONE Free brings something new to the table that is also very practical.”

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The new LG TONE Free boasts enhanced usability and durability with both models rated IPX4 for protection against splashing water, rain and perspiration while working out. Both HBS-FN6 and HBS-FN4 also feature Voice Command for convenient voice access to Google Assistant or Siri on a connected smartphone. Intuitive touch commands built into each earbud allows the listener to play, pause, skip and control the volume level without reaching for the phone.

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“We poured all of our accumulated expertise into creating the sound identity for this new range of LG TONE Free products,” commented John Buchanan, CEO at Meridian Audio. “Whether you’re at home, in the car, commuting or at the gym, the new LG TONE models are a clear step forward in audio innovation and performance for consumers worldwide, meeting the demand for convenient high quality listening experiences, anywhere.”

Both LG TONE Free models will begin rolling out in key European and American markets starting next month, with availability in other regions to follow.

Key Specifications:

Earbud Size: 16.1 x 32.77 x 25.0mm

Charging Case Size: 54.6 x 54.6 x 27.5mm

Battery Capacity

  • Earbuds: 55mAh x 2
  • Case: 390mAh

Fast Charging Time: 5 minutes for 1 hour of play

Battery Life:

  • Talk: 5 hours
  • Play: 6 hours
  • Earbuds + Case: 18 hours

Connectivity: Bluetooth 5.0 (Single Device Connection)

Speaker: 2 Layered Dynamic

Microphones: 2 Outer

Compatibility: Android / iOS

Bluetooth Audio Codec: SBC / AAC

Colors: Stylish Black / Modern White

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