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RedMagic 5G Review : More gamer now than phone

RedMagic 5G Review : More gamer now than phone

The gaming phone RedMagic 5G is effectively a collection of the most interesting gaming technology yet offered on a phone, jammed in the body of a very optimistic handset. This device feels like it was made by a company that had the opportunity to take chances. Unlike other devices I'd classify as niche, the Red Magic 5G includes features that I would not expect on a device that's priced this (relatively) low.

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Apple Powerbeats Pro released in 4 new colors: Hands-on with Lava Red

Apple Powerbeats Pro released in 4 new colors: Hands-on with Lava Red

Spring Yellow, Glacier Blue, Cloud Pink, and Lava Red are new colors revealed by Beats by Dr. Dre (Beats) today for Powerbeats Pro. These new colors will be released on June 9th, 2020, from Apple's online ship and through authorized resellers. The internal specifications have not changed from the original version of the Powerbeats Pro previously released in black, Navy, Ivory, and Moss.

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Razer Opus wireless headphones hands-on: One button to switch

Razer Opus wireless headphones hands-on: One button to switch

Today we've got a pair of Razer Opus wireless headphones in the house, rolling with THX certification, hybrid ANC, and a button that allows switching between modes. That's an oversimplifcation of what's going on here - it's radical. When you're wearing these headphones, you've got the option to switch between active noise cancellation and external sound enhancement, using four dedicated ANC microphones to make it happen.

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OnePlus 8 Pro camera seems to “see through” x-ray style: Nintendo Switch, iPhone, Nest

OnePlus 8 Pro camera seems to “see through” x-ray style: Nintendo Switch, iPhone, Nest

If you happen to be holding a OnePlus 8 Pro right now you might have access to a camera mode that allows you to see through objects. This is the effect generated by the device's dedicated Photochrome camera. Per OnePlus, "apply the Photochrome filter on the Color Filter Camera to turn ordinary scenes into surreal landscapes." It's not quite so simple as all that, dear OnePlus.

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Surface Go 2 first look: The do-over we wanted

Surface Go 2 first look: The do-over we wanted

Microsoft's Surface Go 2 is an opportunity for a do-over, taking what people loved about the original compact Windows 10 tablet and polishing off some of the rougher edges. Announced today alongside the Surface Book 3, it keeps its $399.99 starting price and the design, but Microsoft has been picking off the top items on its to-do list.

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The new iPhone SE feels like an old friend

The new iPhone SE feels like an old friend

Announced with little more fanfare than a press release, the new iPhone SE's launch felt like a whisper compared to the years of requests for a smaller, cheaper model in Apple's range. The original iPhone SE hit a double-whammy at the time. On the one hand it captured those who felt like the bleeding-edge of smartphones were simply too large; on the other, those who begrudged paying $600+ for a modern handset.

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OnePlus 8 VS OnePlus 8 Pro hands-on – Cheaper or better?

OnePlus 8 VS OnePlus 8 Pro hands-on – Cheaper or better?

The OnePlus 8 Pro provides the best possible vision for a 2020 smartphone of its size, at its price. The OnePlus 8 represents a similar vision, for less money, with a few key differences that make it an experience more akin to "everything you need plus a bit more." The differences begin at the size of the display - which, when turned OFF, seem quite similar.

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Beats Powerbeats official: $149 for Pro drivers and a neck cable

Beats Powerbeats official: $149 for Pro drivers and a neck cable

Apple has officially revealed the Beats Powerbeats, packaging the audio quality of last year's Powerbeats Pro into a more affordable, longer-lasting set of earbuds. Despite slicing $100 off the sticker, the promise is up to 15 hours of playback compared to the nine hours your Powerbeats Pro should last, plus arguably easier charging.

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OPPO Find X2 Pro Hands-on: Power and comfort in a single package

OPPO Find X2 Pro Hands-on: Power and comfort in a single package

For the past years, OPPO's name has regularly popped up when talking about innovations in the mobile space, from popup cameras to periscope-style lenses to insanely fast charging. There was a time when OPPO would announce such new technologies that would curiously be absent from its premium phones. That has changed recently and OPPO's flagships have become showcases of its best ideas and implementations and the OPPO Find X2 is that latest smorgasbord of mobile innovation.

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TCL showed me its foldable phone prototypes – now I’m excited

TCL showed me its foldable phone prototypes – now I’m excited

A double-folding 10-inch tablet, a rollable smartphone that slides out to roughly double in screen size, and a wallet-like clamshell that closes with no gap: TCL is bringing its foldable concepts out to play, and it's clear the company has been busy. First teased at CES 2020 in January, the foldables are the handiwork of TCL's phone and display divisions, channeling some of the vertical-integration strategy that has proved so successful for Samsung.

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LG V60 ThinQ 5G hands-on: 5G in two screens

LG V60 ThinQ 5G hands-on: 5G in two screens

With MWC 2020's cancellation, LG fans might worry that the company lost its chance to put the rumored LG G9 ThinQ under the spotlight. It turns out, the company might not have planned that at all in the first place. Out of the woodwork comes not the next G series flagship but the LG V60 ThinQ 5G. And just like what its name suggests, it places a heavy emphasis on the new network technology while also remembering the hard-earned lessons of the past.

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Boundary Supply Arris backpack hands-on: The one-bag traveler’s dream

Boundary Supply Arris backpack hands-on: The one-bag traveler’s dream

There are a lot of factors to consider when your ultimate packing goal is to only travel with one bag. Do you opt for one with wheels, go fashionably hand-carried, or pick a backpack? Over the years I've developed a preference for the latter, and lucky for me there has been a big surge of backpacks over the past couple of years. The options range from startups through to the likes of Tumi, Nomatic, Wandrd, and Boundary Supply, and you'd be forgiven for finding it all overwhelming.

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