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From Apple Watch 6 To Amazfit Neo, Here’s Your Monthly Gadget List

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Your monthly ‘how to spend’ guide for all the cool new gadgets.

STYLE MEETS SUBSTANCE

The Apple Watch 6 widens the gap from the competition with new feel-good features and a new range of colors and finishes, including two new cases in vibrant colors – a cool blue and a Product Red edition. A new S6 chip is at the heart of this smartwatch and offers a super-fast experience, as well as better battery life. The new Always-on display (500 nits) is now 2.5 times brighter than its predecessor. The main function of the sixth generation watch is blood oxygen monitoring, or SpO2 tracking, which measures the oxygen saturation in your bloodstream. Apple has added a new set of sensors to the back of the watch – four groups of LEDs and four photodiodes, to measure light reflected from blood. As from Rs 40,900

ANDROID PUREPLAY

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Google might have finally succeeded in its Pixel strategy in India with the Google Pixel 4a. It ticks all the key boxes at an attractive price. At 143g, this device feels great in your hand and is designed for one-handed navigation. The 5.81-inch OLED boasts crisp colors, while the 3,140mAh won’t let you down. But the real hit is the Pixel Camera – a 12.2 MP (f / 1.7 aperture) rear lens that relies on Google’s brilliant software optimization to deliver great results. This is one of the best cameras for low light photography. And then there’s Google’s pureplay experience, minus all the bloatware. 29 999 Rs

RETROACTIVE

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The Amazfit Neo will take you back to the ’90s. The design language is straight out of a Casio-like digital watch reading book – a 1.2-inch black and white rectangular, STN (Super-twisted nematic) display. and a plastic frame (it is available in black, green and red) with a polyurethane strap. It’s easy to forget that this is a smartwatch with a lot of features. The Neo offers plenty of fitness features at an affordable price, backed by an incredible 28 days of battery life. It tracks steps, heart rate, counts calories burned, and also tracks sleep. There is also a cool call alert that sounds like an alarm – again, a throwback to the 90s. 2,499 Rs

CHALLENGER LIGHTHOUSE

The Samsung Galaxy S20 FE is the latest device to roll off the brand’s busy assembly line. FE stands for Fan Edition – this device offers all the key features of fan wishlists. It may be a more affordable version of the brand’s flagship devices, but doesn’t skimp on the features that really matter. Samsung has a funky color gamut, and then there’s the brilliant 120Hz refresh rate on the 6.5in Infinity-O display. The S20 FE is equipped with a triple rear cam which captures crisp images in low light and offers super resolution zoom up to 30X. The device is powered by an Exynos 990 processor which combines with 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage. 49 999 Rs

THE PHYSICAL FORM FIRST

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Mobvoi’s TicWatch GTX is a compelling smartwatch option (with a bright 1.28-inch TFT screen) for new users, or if you’re switching from a basic fitness tracker. It offers 14 workout tracking modes (including football and basketball), and also comes with sleep tracking. The sporty creds are underlined by a comfortable TPU watch strap and IP68 certification – this watch is pool resistant. The watch offers multiple dials, you can also make your own dials. 6 999 Rs

AUDIOPHILES UNIT

If you think that only bulky over-ear headphones can deliver great sound, think again. Sennheiser’s CX 400BT headphones come with the same dynamic 7mm drivers as the brand’s top-of-the-line Momentum True Wireless 2 (one of the best in terms of sound quality). The companion app (available on Android and iOS) offers plenty of customizations and controls, including a smart equalizer feature. These headphones fit comfortably in your ears, thanks to the ergonomic silicone tips, and offer excellent noise isolation, letting you immerse yourself in your favorite playlist. Rs 16,990

A PAD FOR CHARGING

The ongoing pandemic and hence the routine of the WFH made some things pretty clear. Some gadgets are more useful than others. Wireless headphones, for example, and chargers, because we’re constantly on our phones. If you think the same, let us direct you to the Belkin Kakao Friends 10W Wireless Charger. Whether you care about it or know who Kakao’s Friends are – emoticons found on KakaoTalk, a popular Korean messaging app – you’ll find Notepad come in handy. This Belkin can charge a range of Qi-certified devices, and that includes flagship phones from the big two – Apple and Samsung – as well as AirPods, Samsung Buds +, and more. A white LED indicator indicates a stable state of charge and the FOD (foreign object detection) function lights an orange indicator. The charger comes with a USB-A cable (no adapter) and gets the job done intelligently and reasonably quickly. 3,499 Rs

PERFECT FUTURE

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The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 follows on from Samsung’s first two foldable devices – the Fold and the Z Flip. The device has two bezel-less Infinity-O displays. The cover screen measures 6.2 inches, while the huge main screen expands to 7.6 inches once you unfold the device. This is a welcome change from the small external display in the first edition of the Fold, and makes the external display more usable without having to open the device each time. The device is now thinner (only 6mm thick) and also has a thinner space between the screens, which makes it easier to slip into your pocket. There is also a redesigned hinge; It’s not only more durable, but also includes what Samsung calls a “sweeper” that uses elastic fibers to remove dust or debris from the hinge. The device is powered by the best Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ processor. Rs 1,49,999

HIS NO BAR

Clean lines mark the design language of Zoook Studio Solo. This sound bar is very light and portable – only 1.1 kg – and is approximately two feet long. It won’t take up too much space in your living room and looks sleek enough to sit alongside your flat screen TV. You can pair the Solo via Bluetooth or rely on the 3.5mm jack to use a wired connection. The Solo peaks at 50W with built-in subwoofers and a three-hour battery backup. 3,499 Rs

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