The A-List: October 2022 Edition

The A-List: October 2022 Edition

Deep purple: Apple iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max

Credits: Apple

The new Apple iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max debut in a brilliant new shade of deep purple in addition to three other finishes. But it’s more than a color update. We’re delighted to see the Notch make way for ‘Dynamic Island’, a new pill-shaped cutout that houses the Face ID and front-facing camera components. Adds a completely new and intuitive navigation experience that allows you to stay on your home screen while controlling multiple apps from the cutout. The Pro Twins are powered by the new A16 bionic chip with two high-performance cores and four high-efficiency cores. The new camera system includes the first 48MP main camera in an iPhone with a four-pixel sensor and Photonic Engine, an improved image pipeline that dramatically improves low-light photos. Rs. 1,29,900 and up.

Shut the world down: Google Pixel Buds Pro

Credits: Google

Your monthly “how to spend it” guide to all the cool new gadgets. Google’s Pixel Buds Pro become the first Google headphones to boast ANC (active noise cancellation). The unique pairing process includes a 20-second ear seal test that Google calls ‘Silent Seal’. The buds conform to the unique shape of your ear and maximize noise blocking while delivering sound directly into your ear without leaking. There’s a single 11mm dynamic driver inside each button, but it’s the digital signal processing and noise cancellation that elevate the listening experience. Google opts for an elegant two-tone color finish on the inside that contrasts with the white casing. Google Smarts like Live Translate and seamless Google Assistant integration make it a compelling proposition for Android users. Rs. 19,990.

The multitasking champion: Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4

Credits: Samsung

Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold 4 is clear evidence that foldable smartphones have gone from concept devices to ‘do-it-all’ multitasking champions. It’s a hair thinner and about 8g lighter than its 2021 predecessor. At its heart is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 processor. The big change is the rear camera. The 2022 Fold comes with a 50MP main lens and 3X optical zoom on its telephoto lens. It’s also one of the first devices to ship with Google’s Android 12L, designed specifically for larger screens. It adds to the multitasking capabilities of the Fold 4. But it’s the main screen that stretches to 7.6-inches (with a 120Hz refresh rate) that is its calling card. Rs. 1,54,999.

Bring the theater home: Blaupunkt SBW600

Credits: Blaupunkt

The Blaupunkt SBW600 makes a strong case for a soundbar with a satellite solution. This home entertainment solution packs 360 watts of power. Blaupunkt has positioned it as a Dolby Audio 5.1 home theater surround soundbar that includes two satellites plus an 8-inch subwoofer for an immersive experience. With multiple connectivity options including Bluetooth, HDMI ARC, coaxial, USB, and auxiliary input, it’s easy to pair multiple devices. Rs. 19,990.

WFH Champion: Lenovo Yoga AIO 7

Credits: Lenovo

Whether you need to work on split screens or need additional screen space for a virtual meeting screen, remote work and hybrid workflows have seen the rise of AIO; all-in-one desktop computers with giant screens. Lenovo’s Yoga AIO 7 is a good example. The display lives up to the ‘Yoga’ suffix; rotate so you can toggle between portrait and landscape mode. The 27-inch UHD (3840 x 2160 pixels) touchscreen is the star of the show; it maxes out at 360 nits and delivers vibrant colors. We recommend the variant with the AMD Ryzen 7 5800H processor with AMD Radeon RX 6600M 8GB GDDR6 graphics card. It is complemented by 32 GB of RAM and 1 TB of SSD storage. Rs. 1,71,990.

Cockpit test: Sennheiser Momentum 4

Credits: Sennheiser

The Sennheiser Momentum 4 is just what you need on a transatlantic flight or a long day at the WFH with multiple virtual meetings. It’s designed for all-day wear without fatigue with a lightweight shape, richly padded headband, and deep padded ear cushions. Audiophiles will appreciate the acoustic system powered by a 42mm driver that provides brilliant dynamics, clarity and musicality. Its next-generation Adaptive Noise Cancellation ensures users stay immersed, hearing every exciting detail, even in noisy environments. You can choose between Adaptive Noise Cancellation, which lets you immerse yourself in your playlist, and Transparency mode at the touch of a button. Sennheiser’s Smart Control app lets you customize your experience with built-in equalizer, sound modes, and the new sound customization feature. Rs. 34,990.

Main image: Samsung

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