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Fitbit Versa 2 hands-on: Apple Watch monopoly might have a hole in it

Fitbit ’s smartwatch “Versa” has evolved steadily. Apparently, the latest Versa 2 may open up a bunch of exclusivity for Apple Watch. First Look by Alex Cranz from Gizmodo.

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The new Fitbit Versa 2 seems to be quite aware of previous Fitbit smartwatch issues. This latest work, which was announced the other day, solves many of the problems of the previous Versa series and also has the features that have been favored before.

Like the past, this is just like an Apple Watch, but a smartwatch sold is much cheaper. In addition, this time with Alexa, it has become a solid alternative to Apple and Google watches.

The first Versa was Fitbit's first cheap and good looking smartwatch. Much cheaper than Apple Watch, better battery life, and better fitness tracking. However, Apple Watch's ecosystem and some excellent features were lacking.

The Versa Lite Edition cuts down the price and features, but didn't go " smartphone for people who don't like Apple devices ." However, Versa 2 seems to be serious about such a problem.
The display has evolved significantly

Versa 2, which will be available from September 15 for $ 200 (approximately 21,000 yen), is surprisingly similar to the predecessor Versa (and Apple Watch). This time, it has been upgraded to an always-on display. In other words, no button is required to turn on the display, and it is displayed when the screen is faced. This means that the battery may not be as good as its predecessor, but Fitbit says it will last for a few days on a single charge. By the way, my Apple Watch Series 4 has only one day.

Until now, Fitbit had a poor display compared to its competitors. The big bezel has a small screen and battery performance has been prioritized over a beautiful screen. That's fine as a fitness tracker, but smartwatches are aimed at the more demanding class, so it looks cheaper than necessary. But it was always cheaper than a smartwatch because it was available for $ 200 or less.

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However, this display is a major advance. The new AMOLED display is bright and easy to read, with rich colors and sharp fonts. However, like Versa in the past, the big and unsightly bezel is still alive. At first glance, it may seem difficult to take the throne from an Apple Watch with just a very noticeable bezel even though it is an Apple device. But in fact, it is quite a tough challenger.
Full function without any hesitation

Versa 2 has strengths that Apple Watch does not have. The Fitbit app is great because it makes it easy to see all the information you ’ve tracked. Apple Watch may have gathered the same amount of information, but Apple's health app is notorious for displaying collected data usefully.

This year, Fitbit has improved sleep tracking and introduced a Sleep Score that evaluates sleep from 0 to 100. If it ’s 100, it ’s good quality sleep. There is also a smart wake-up function that will wake you up when you are asleep. It's a natural feature for apps that can be downloaded on Android and iOS, but many people want it from the beginning without having to download it. We are delighted to add more powerful features to the already powerful fitness app.

Fitbit plans to add a graph to show changes in oxygen after the release of Versa 2. This is a function that tracks the amount of oxygen in the bloodstream and detects changes that need to go to the hospital. If it works as designed, it may be a great feature for people who suffer from sleep apnea syndrome.

An additional feature that may be most controversial is Amazon's Alexa. Instead of calling Siri or Google Assistant, Versa can use Alexa. Hold the only button on Versa and the Alexa prompt will appear. You might think it's a little joke. “I don't rely on Apple or Google, but rely on Amazon .” But for smartwatches that don't have a keyboard for typing, voice assistants are useful. The lack of attention to Amazon's business and privacy is a concern, but the convenience of Alexa cannot be denied. Especially compared to the stupid Siri.

Versa 2 has also stopped functioning for the special edition. The $ 200 Versa 2 is available in three colors: carbon (black), copper rose (rose gold), and mist gray (gray). The special edition comes in two colors: Copper Rose and Mist Gray, and 90 days of Fitbit Premium (more on this later) will be added to the other wristband.

But that is the only difference. Important features such as NFC are included in all models (GPS is also available, but only when tethering with your phone).

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Let's go back to FitBit Premium. This is a new fitness service announced by Fitbit the other day. The pilot program will be launched later this year, and registrants will get detailed data on workouts and sleep and will receive guidance. With Fitbit Premium, $ 10 a month (about 1,060 yen) and $ 80 a year (about 8,500 yen), you can get detailed advice on sleep and workouts. For example, if your workout is too hard, you may be encouraged to adjust the number of exercises, or you may be reminded that you are getting a better sleep when jogging at certain times of the day. Fitbit also promises features such as challenges, health coaching, and health reports that you can print and show to your doctor as part of your guidance.

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The pilot program will start in English only in October this year in the United States, with the gradual addition of languages ​​and regions and full-service launch is scheduled for 2020.

In addition to new watches and services, Fitbit also announced a new smart scale. Fitbit Aria Air is $ 50 (about 5,300 yen), the cheapest of the company's smart scales. This is less than half of Fitbit Aria 2's $ 130 (about 13,800 yen). Of course, cheap information means less information. You can measure your body weight and BMI and synchronize your data with Bluetooth, but without WiFi, you can't measure your body fat percentage or LBM (lean body weight).

Aria Air will be released later in September, and Versa 2 will be September 15. Fitbit Premium is October as I wrote earlier, so we will give you more detailed information as each is available.

Redmi Note 8 Pro: Officially with 6.53 '' FHD + display and 64MP camera

Redmi Note 8 Pro

As expected, Redmi has today unveiled the Redmi Note 8 and Redmi Note 8 Pro, following this new trend of installing a 64MP camera sensor in the second model, after Realme.
Redmi Note 8

Starting with the Redmi Note 8, the simple model comes with a 6.3 '' LCD FHD + notch drop screen, octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 processor, 4GB / 6GB RAM, 64GB / 128GB storage (microSD expansion), quad-core camera with 48MP Samsung ISOCELL GM2 + 8MP ultrawide + 2MP macro + 2MP depth sensor, 13MP front camera, rear fingerprint sensor, dualSIM, Android 9 Pie MIUI 10 operating system, 4000mAh battery with 18W charger, USB Type-C socket and 3.5mm headphone jack.

How Much Does the Redmi Note 8 Cost?

It will be available in China in Black, White and Dream Blue colors at 999 yuan (about € 125) for 4GB + 64GB, 1199 yuan (about € 150) for 6GB + 64GB and 1399 yuan (about € 175). ) for the 6GB + 128GB version.
Redmi Note 8 Pro

As for the Redmi Note 8 Pro, it features a 6.53 '' LCD FHD + LCD screen with notch drop, octa-core MediaTek Helio G90T processor, 6GB / 8GB RAM, 64GB / 128GB storage (microSD expansion), quad camera with 64MP main sensor Samsung ISOCELL GW1 + 8MP ultrawide + 2MP macro + 2MP depth, 20MP front camera, in-display fingerprint sensor, dualSIM, Android 9 Pie operating system with MIUI 10, 4500mAh battery with 18W charger, USB Type-C connector and 3.5mm headphone jack. Note also that it is the first Redmi smartphone with a separate water-cooled system to reduce temperature.

How much does the Redmi Note 8 Pro cost?

It will be released in September in Black, Green and White colors, priced from 1399 yuan (about € 175) for the 6GB + 64GB version to 1799 yuan (about € 225) for the 8GB + 128GB version.

New APSC mirroless from Sony: the a6100 and the top a6600

Sony has just announced two new cameras in the Alpha series, namely the a6100 and a6600. Both of these machines come mounted below (the 6100) and above (the 6600) from the a6400 we introduced a while ago.
Sony: the a6100 and the top a6600

 Essentially, they complement the company's mirrorless ASPC range, where the old and muscular a6000 and a5100 remain, with the a6300 and a6500 abolished. The a6600 is Sony's new high-end offer in the category. It is expected to release in October at € 1600, body only. It has quite a few new and interesting features, most notably the battery pack from Sony's full-frame cameras.

Sony: the a6100 and the top a6600

It offers twice as much autonomy, and due to the larger volume of the battery, the grip has become larger and easier to hold. It has all the features of the a6400, such as the new fast focusing system, unlimited video recording capability, continuous eye autofocus which also works in video, microphone input, maintains the a6500's 5axis IBIS and also incorporates headphone output. The electronic viewfinder and screen are the same as the a6400, so we have a touch selfie screen. Compared to the a6400 however, it has no built-in flash.

The second machine announced by Sony, the a6100, is reaching even more people and is expected to have the success of the a6000, which our company representatives have said has sold over 500,000 within 4 years.

Sony: the a6100 and the top a6600

The small α6100 is also based on the a6400 and virtually all it loses is magnesium body (it's plastic), capable of HLG video and has lower EVF resolution. But it retains the microphone input, the tilting touch screen, 4K video, 11fps continuous autofocus, real-time eye autofocus on human and animal photos and generally the same, fast focusing system. Also expected this October at the price of € 900 per body. At the same time, two lenses belonging to the G series were announced. The 16-55 with f2.8 is a much-sought-after lens, while the 70-350 with a variable f4.5-6.3 is a telephoto.

Sony: the a6100 and the top a6600

They are high-quality lenses with fast focusing mechanisms to work seamlessly with all cameras. Both lenses are APSC and come in October at € 1300 and € 900 respectively. 

Officially, Fitbit Versa 2 Holds Alexa

Fitbit Versa 2 Holds Alexa

Successfully releasing the Versa smartwatch device last year, Fitbit finally announced its successor, named Versa 2. The latest device brings several improvements including OLED display, Amazon Alexa and Spotify integration as well as faster processors and long-lasting batteries.

In addition to Versa 2, Fitbit announced a new training service called Fitbit Premium. At a cost of $ 10 per month or $ 80 per year, the service will give you specific plans for exercise, calorie intake and weight control.

Fitbit Versa 2 Holds Alexa

All Versa 2 variants have an aluminum case and come with NFC which, along with Fitbit Pay, allows you to use your watch for contactless payment. There's also 24/7 heart rate tracking and 50M water resistance which means you can use Versa 2 to track your swimming exercises.

In addition, it displays all the standard fitness tracking modes for running, biking, yoga, as well as new sleep tracking modes. The new Sleep Score function adds value to the details of the sleep pattern based on your heart rate.

This device is also equipped with an Always-On Display that allows you to see an instant time, training progress and battery life. Regarding battery life, Fitbit promises 5 days with a single charge, which means an additional full day compared to its predecessor.

Versa 2 only has one button on the left side that can be programmed. Because there is no built-in GPS, you must first pair your cell phone to track your running.

Fitbit Versa 2 is ready for pre-order starting today and will be available in stores starting September 15. The retail price for the regular version is $ 199 (equivalent to Rp. 2.8 million) while the special edition featuring additional woven straps will sell for $ 229 (~ Rp. 3.2 million).

Apple will release new AirPods and HomePod in 2020

Apple will release new AirPods and HomePod in 2020

Apple may release a new cheaper version of the HomePod speaker and a more expensive version of the AirPods headphone next year.

The current $ 300 HomePod smart column has not become a successful product, and Apple is still lagging behind Google and Amazon in the smart speaker race. Among other things, high cost has become one of the main reasons for the failure of the HomePod. Google and Amazon have smart speakers starting at $ 50, and during discounts, they can be bought half as much.

By the new cheap version of HomePod, there will be only two twitter speakers, which will reduce its cost. The current column has seven such speakers. Yes, the sound quality of HomePod is better than that of its counterparts, but this can not be said about smart functions.

We do not know anything about the cost of the new column, but earlier there were rumors that Apple will release the Beats column with Siri support for 199 dollars.

As for the new AirPods, they will cost more than the current ones. But the headphones will have active noise reduction and water protection, which everyone has been waiting for so long. Most likely, the current model will also be left on sale, because not everyone can afford the new one.

Android P smartphones will support Android Auto Wireless

Android P smartphones will support Android Auto Wireless

Smart panel maker JVC Kenwood has announced that more smartphones will be compatible with Android Auto Wireless with the arrival of Android P in the market.

Currently, only Pixel smartphones and Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P phones can use the feature, but all manufacturers will have support for the technology with the arrival of the new Android, according to Kenwood.

"For other device manufacturers, Android Auto Wireless will be implemented with the adoption of Android OS 9.0 or higher," says the company. So far, Google has not officially commented on the matter.

 Android Auto Wireless allows the user to connect their smartphone to their vehicle wirelessly. The feature began to hit the market last month on JVC Kenwood dashboard vehicles.

SanDisk starts selling 1TB microSD card for a fortune

The device hits the market for $ 450

SanDisk starts selling 1TB microSD

Announced during MWC 2019, SanDisk's 1 TB microSD card finally hit the market. The component goes on sale this week in the United States for the "modest" price of $ 450, which is more expensive than some premium intermediate phones, such as the Google Pixel 3a.

SanDisk promises read speeds of 160 MB / s and 90 MB / s for write to the Extreme line, and the new device follows these features, making it ideal for those who really need space, such as photographers and videographers deal with very high definition images.

File transfers and load times should be a little faster as well. Other features include water, impact and X-ray resistance, and are capable of surviving high temperatures. It is worth noting, however, that not all devices with microSD slots support 1TB cards, so it is important to check before you buy it.

All other SanDisk Extreme microSD cards are still on sale, so you can get the 128 GB and 256 GB versions cheaper. For those who don't need 1TB, and few people really need it all, it might be a good time to get a slightly more modest card.

The memory card market is undergoing a transformation right now. The SD Association announced at MWC a new microSD standard that will increase speeds up to 985MB / s, but we will have to wait a while for these storage solutions to hit stores.

Six products including GIGABYTE, high-spec 17.3 notebook with 9th generation Core i7

Taiwan GIGABYTE Technology announced on August 26, 3 products of 17.3 type notebook PC "AERO 17" series and 1 product of AERO 15S series using 15.6 type AMOLED 4K panel, and will start selling from today. Prices start at 209,800 yen for the AERO 17 series and 226,800 yen for the AERO 15S series (both tax excluded).

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AERO 17 series

The AERO 17 series is a 17.3-inch notebook PC that uses Core i7-9750H as the CPU. The AERO 17 XA-7JP1130SO, AERO 17 SA-7JP1130SO, and 17.3-inch 4K LCDs are equipped with 144-Hz drive-compatible 17.3-inch full HD. Line-up of 3 configurations of model "AERO 17 HDR SA-7JP4020SO". As for the graphic score, two models of XA-7JP1130SO / SA-7JP1130SO are equipped with GeForce RTX 2070 (MAX-Q), and SA-7JP4020SO is equipped with GeForce GTX 1660 Ti. Both have achieved high color reproducibility with X-Rite PANTONE certification.

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AERO 15S series

The AERO 15S series is a 15.6-inch notebook "AERO 15" silver-colored housing model that uses an OLED panel. All models use a 15.6-inch AMOLED (active matrix organic EL) 4K panel made by Samsung. Product lineup includes "AERO 15S OLED YA-9JP5750SP" with Core i9-9900HK and GeForce RTX 2080 (MAX-Q), "AERO 15S OLED XA-7JP5130SP with Core i7-9750H and GeForce RTX 2070 (MAX-Q)" "" AERO 15S OLED SA-7JP5130SP "equipped with Core i7-9750H and GeForce GTX 1660 Ti.

AMD Radeon 5700 & 5700XT Review: Buy here. The cheapest and fastest graphics card in the medium price range

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A new GPU from AMD! Radeon 5700 and 5700XT announced at E3 in June . Nvidia's RTX 2060 ($ 350 / approx. 38,000 yen), faster than 2070 ($ 400 / approx. Was a selling phrase at the time of announcement . ... but.

Nvidia, a rival declaration from AMD, is a new product release. Just the other day, RTX 2060 Super ($ 400) RTX 2070 Super ($ 500), a very fast and relatively cheap GPU, and AMD's ugly complaints have been drowned out. However, AMD has not lost. Following the release of Nvidia , the price change was announced immediately before . Radeon 5700 was released from $ 380 to $ 350, and 5700XT was priced down from $ 450 to $ 400 . It ’s a great fight between rivals.

AMD Radeon 5700 & 5700XT

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What is this? : AMD's first RDNA GPU
Price : $ 350 for 5700 (domestic price 45,900 yen), $ 400 for 5700XT (domestic price: 51,300 yen)
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Where you don't like the fastest in this price range : Ray Racing There are no interesting features such as

What is RDNA microarchitecture?

In addition to the drama with Nvidia, what I want to pay attention to with Radeon 5700 / 5700XT is AMD's first adoption of RDNA Mykki architecture , which is expected to become a game changer . This is known by the Navi name. Navi is used not only by many AMD GPUs but also as the heart of Sony and Microsoft's next-generation game consoles, and by the end of next year, many people will play games on Navi-based terminals. and that will. Nonetheless, the 5700 / 5700XT is different from what is installed in the game terminal, and this is the core that wants to improve the performance of the game even if you put only one part = GPU only at the same price as the game machine fee It is made for serious PC gamers.

The mid-priced 5700 and 5700XT are very compatible with AMD Radeon Software, a graphics-gaming optimization software, so that you can finally compete with rival Nvidia's GeForce Experience. In other words, GPU settings (including color profiles) can be made easily, and the best performance of various games can be brought out. Both 5700 and 5700XT can be said to be the best performance in terms of good performance and price in almost all games.

AMD's Radeon 5700 and 5700XT were benchmarked against the biggest competitors Nvidia's RTX 2060, RTX 2060 Supe and RTX 2070 Super. We also included AMD's previous model Vega 56 GPU ($ 400) to see how much RDNA was upgraded. The test environment is Intel i9-9900K (RAM: 16GB, SSD: 256GB) and AMD / Nvidia is the latest driver for Windows 10.

First of all, the 5700 is a great victory over the 2060, as it was first announced as the Nvidia 2060 killer . So, if you have a budget of 350 dollars, there is no doubt that the Radeon 5700. The 5700XT was originally 450 dollars, so if you interact with the 2060 Super, you lose. However, it was revised to 400 dollars just before and it is the same price as 2060 Super, so it can be said that it is a good rival. If you are a 3D craftsman using professional software such as Blender, the 5700XT has the fastest image rendering speed and you want to pay attention to. We also benchmarked using Luxmark to test ray tracing, but this is not worth mentioning. Nvidia's products have enhanced ray tracing in the hardware, but Luxmark tests only with the power of the GPU itself, so it's not fair.

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Usually, the relationship between AMD and Nvidia is hard to perform in terms of performance, and the impression is that Nvidia leads a little in terms of games and has a great deal of price. This time, AMD Radeon 5700 / 5700XT announced as Nvidia 2060 opposition horse changed to a stronger item through price revision just before the release. This time, no doubt, if you have a $ 350 budget, it's probably AMD's 5700 choice.


  • Radeon 5700 is a good GPU. The $ 30 savings and $ 350 just before the release made it much better than the $ 250 Nvidia RTX 2060.
  • The $ 400 5700XT performs better than the $ 400 2060 Super. Also, if you don't need Nvidia GPU raytracing, don't hesitate to AMD.

Belkin, smartphone USB-C to “USB-C + headphone jack” adapter

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On August 9, Belkin announced the USB Type-C compatible bifurcated adapter "RockStar USB-C to 3.5mm Adapter". Released on August 23rd. The estimated store price is around 3,580 yen (excluding tax). On August 23rd, will distribute 30% OFF coupons for the first 30 people, and 10% OFF coupons from August 24th to August 29th.

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A headphone adapter that connects to USB Type-C. With a USB Type-C port for charging and a 3.5mm audio jack, you can use headphones while charging your smartphone or tablet. A built-in DAC removes noise from the generated analog signal and outputs a higher quality sound.

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When using a USB PD (Power Delivery) or Quick Charge 2.0 compatible device, high-speed charging of up to 18W is possible. The body size is W8 x D28 x H40mm, and the weight is 14.3g.

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Audio output and charging, audio output and data communication can be used.

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