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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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The Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G’s 100x zoom is frustrating excess

The Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G’s 100x zoom is frustrating excess

Nobody can accuse the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G of not taking photography seriously. Flagship of the new S20 family, its four main cameras includes a whopping 100x "Space Zoom" courtesy of a clever folded telephoto lens. It's one of the first things I played with when SlashGear's Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G review unit landed, but as I quickly discovered, just because you can zoom, doesn't mean you should.

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Samsung Galaxy Z Flip hands-on: Second time’s the charm

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip hands-on: Second time’s the charm

If the Galaxy Fold felt like an experiment, Samsung's second foldable Android phone, the Galaxy Z Flip seems like a real play for a larger market. That's "larger" with some not-insignificant quotes, mind: a $1,380 sticker price still puts this well out of the reach of most smartphone buyers. At least, my early impressions suggest, the foldable they're getting for their money feels a lot more grown-up.

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Samsung Galaxy S20 5G hands-on: Serious flagships are seriously expensive

Samsung Galaxy S20 5G hands-on: Serious flagships are seriously expensive

Few details about the Samsung Galaxy S20 failed to leak, but that doesn't make this flagship trifecta - the Galaxy S20 5G, the S20+ 5G, and the S20 Ultra 5G - any less important. Jumping forward over the S10 to match the new decade, Samsung's Android flagships deliver the same mixture of big screens, multiple cameras, and plentiful power that we've come to expect from Unpacked each February.

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Samsung Galaxy Buds+ first look: Upgraded audio and incredible battery

Samsung Galaxy Buds+ first look: Upgraded audio and incredible battery

It's not just the Galaxy S20 that Samsung has to show today: there's also a new set of wireless earbuds, the Galaxy Buds+. As the name suggests they're the successors to last year's Galaxy Buds, with the promise of better audio quality and longer battery life, as well as a number of new convenience features.

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NuraLoop ears-on: Personalized audio gets even more personal

NuraLoop ears-on: Personalized audio gets even more personal

Once in a while, one company stumbles onto a new technology that pulls the rug out from under their industry - and sparks plenty of competitors trying to do the same. For Nura, that innovation centered on how it could create truly personalized hearing profiles simply by having people sit through a series of beeps and boops while wearing their headphones. Headphones offering personalized audio has since then popped up left and right, pushing the company to step up its game. That next level comes in the form of the NuraLoop, a pair of around the neck earbuds that brings Nura's technology to a more discreet and more personal wearable device.

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Enclave CineHome PRO hands-on: accessible wireless 5.1 surround

Enclave CineHome PRO hands-on: accessible wireless 5.1 surround

After a long period of obsessing primarily about display quality and visuals, consumers are now wising up to the fact that audio is just as critical in creating an immersive experience, especially when it comes to entertainment. But as they start to look for audio systems that mix performance and design as well as their TVs, they may be shocked to discover that those tend to sometimes cost more than their TVs. Enter Enclave's two new CineHome home theater systems that bundle five speakers and a subwoofer at the cost of a single high-end soundbar.

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Wacom One hands-on at CES 2020: the Cintiq for the masses

Wacom One hands-on at CES 2020: the Cintiq for the masses

Even with the flood of drawing tablets from the likes of Huion, XP-Pen, and other brands, Wacom remains the gold standard when it comes to such creative input devices. Its Cintiq, the name it gives pen display line, is often the dream of many budding artists that are turned away by its prohibitive price. The Wacom One is clearly the company's response to these two situations aiming to reclaim a segment of the market it lost to more affordable alternatives. And, for the first time, it specifically targeting an underserved Android market as well.

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