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Google Home Speaker Codenamed ‘Prince’ in the Works: Report

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Google is reportedly working to launch a new smart speaker pretty soon. The upcoming smart speaker key detail has been revealed with a new leak.

As per a report by 9to5Google, the upcoming Google Home speaker will be codenamed as ‘Prince’ may release towards the end of 2020. As per the report, the upcoming smart speaker will join other Nest-branded smart speakers by Google will sit between the Google Home and Google Home Max and come with a fabric-based design. , which is similarly found in other Google smart speakers.

It is further speculated that the next-generation Google Home speaker will feature a larger audio driver – and of course, support for Google Assistant. The company is yet to announce its development.

Google is expected to release a host of new products such as Pixel 4a, Pixel 5, a new Chromecast codenamed Sabrina and Google Pixel Buds this year. The company launched Google Home Mini and Home Max in 2017, expanding its Google Home portfolio. Over the years, the company has also introduced a smart speaker with a touchscreen, namely, Google Nest Hub.

The report highlights that the company will add a large audio driver, meaning that the sound capabilities will be better than Google Home. The report did not mention any unique features for the upcoming smart speaker, but it will be built on the existing functionality. The smart speaker might come with stereo speaker pairing, a feature which is present in Google Home Max. The report highlights that the new product will be launched until the fall. As for the pricing, the upcoming smart speaker will be priced higher than the Google Home, but it will be lower than the Home Max.

As mentioned, Google is yet to announce the development of its new Nest-branded products and more information from the company is expected in the coming weeks.

Previously, the company introduced Nest Mini speaker in India for Rs 4,499. The company claims that Nest Mini comes with better sound output as compared to its predecessor, the Google Home Mini. It also comes with faster performance, all thanks to a dedicated machine learning chip in the device. The Nest Mini supports a host of streaming services including YouTube Music, Spotify, Gaana, JioSaavn and Wynk Music.

Currently, the Google Home price in India is set at Rs. 7,999 while the Google Home Max in the US costs $249 (roughly Rs. 18,900).

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Promo Video for Sony WH-1000XM4 ANC headphones Leaked Ahead of the Announcement

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Just a few days ago, it was strongly hinted that Sony was getting ready to launch its latest wireless headphone. That piece of news should be accurate, as a promo video of the Sony WH-1000XM4 was leaked online. The teaser showed some of the phone tech specs and features, some that were not found in the previous model.

Sony is holding an audio-related event on August 6 and it is widely believed that this is when the much-heralded Sony WH-1000XM4 ANC headphones will be officially launched.  Various leaks concerning the headphones have already revealed some details, including an expectedly hefty price tag. But with the WH-1000XM4 headphones you do seem to be getting what you pay for. Thanks to a leaked video, we now get a glimpse of what’s new on the upcoming model compared to the -already excellent XM3s.

For instance, the Sony WH-1000XM4 headphones have a wearing detection sensor, which means they will stop playing audio if you remove them from your head. There is also a useful Speak-to-Chat mode where audio is paused if you start talking to someone while wearing the headphones. The audio is paused for a default period of 30 seconds, although this can be altered in the accompanying app. The WH-1000XM4 headphones are fitted with a QN1 processor, Bluetooth audio SoC, 40 mm HD hybrid drivers and they feature touch controls.

The list of features doesn’t stop there though. The Sony WH-1000XM4 headphones have adaptive sound control depending on your activity and location (walking, sitting on a train, etc.) and you can program the device to play your favorite sounds in certain registered places. Hands-free calling is onboard, as is the use of Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa where available. Users can expect to enjoy 360-degree reality audio that is enhanced by the DSEE Extreme engine, which offers real time audio up-scaling based on the music genre or instrument type.

The Sony WH-1000XM4 personal audio device, which is shown both in black and silver-gray, has dual noise sensor technology to help provide the best sound possible for buyers of the premium ANC headphones, and up to 30 hours of playback can also be expected. With fast-charge technology, the Sony headphones can get a quick 10-minute power boost and last five hours just from that. It’s a lot of technology built into a pair of headphones, but you would expect that from a device that is rumored to be priced in the region of US$349/€379.90.

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Samsung Sound Tower, Soundbar Speakers Launched in India: Price and Features

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Samsung has today launched its line-up of 2020 Sound Tower the Q Series Soundbar, and the T Series Soundbar in India, with the all-new party speaker. The 2020 Sound Device line-up would be available on Samsung’s official online store, Samsung Shop and select Samsung Smart Plazas from July 16, 2020.

Intended to be a gathering speaker, the Sound Tower offers a yield of up to 1,500W alongside fun highlights, for example, Karaoke, LED Party Lights, and DJ impact. The Q Series Soundbar takes its name after Samsung’s own Q-Symphony innovation which makes an extraordinary encompass sound from the TV and the Soundbar at the same time. Then again, the T Series Soundbar offers a fresh 3D encompass sound and can be effectively associated with a TV through Bluetooth or Wi-Fi.

Samsung Sound Tower, Q Series Soundbar, and T Series Soundbar price in India, Availability

Sound Tower will be available in two variants. The MX-T70 is priced at Rs 42,990 while the MX-T50 is available for Rs 29,990.

Q Series Soundbars come in four models – HW-Q950T priced at Rs 1,39,990, HW-Q900T priced at Rs 1,03,990, HW-Q800T priced at Rs 53,990 and HW-Q60T priced at Rs 35,990.

T Series Soundbars come in seven models – HW-T650 priced at Rs 35,990, HW-T550 priced at Rs 25,990, HW-T450 priced at Rs 19,990, HW-T420 priced at Rs 16,990 and HW-T400 priced at Rs 10,990. HW-T45E priced at Rs 19,990 will be available only on Amazon while HW-T42E priced at Rs 16,990 will be available only on Flipkart.

Consumers can also avail cashback of upto 10% on the new sound devices through their ICICI Bank and Federal Bank Debit and Credit Cards. Additionally, all Soundbars & Sound Towers will come with 12 months of warranty.

Samsung Sound Tower features

Designed for in-home entertainment and social gatherings, Sound Tower comes with a Bi-directional Sound feature which helps the audio disperse evenly over a wider range. Boasting an audio output ranging from 500W to 1,500W, the Sound Tower offers features such as Dynamic Bass, DJ effect, Karaoke, LED Party Lights among others.

The MX-T70 variant also comes with an inbuilt 10-inch woofer which promises an enhanced bass performance. The speakers are also designed to be splash-proof. The models feature multiple USB ports, multi-connection options through Bluetooth and Group Play, which allows up to 10 Sound Tower speakers with one audio source. Additionally, the speakers are splash proof.

Samsung Q Series Soundbar features

Q Series Soundbars come the Dolby Atmos® technology and provide multi-dimensional cinematic audio that rivals any theater experience delivering sound as premium as the picture with Samsung TVs. The series includes Samsung’s signature Q-Symphony technology – which enables both TV speakers and the Q Soundbar to work simultaneously creating the ultimate sound synergy.

Featuring up and side-firing speakers that support both Dolby Atmos® and DTS:X technology, the three-dimensional audio flows all around the listener. Q Series Soundbars also include Samsung’s proprietary Acoustic Beam technology, which makes the listener feel like they’re right in the middle of the action. It creates 3D overhead sound effects, as if the speakers are on the ceiling, through multiple up-firing holes connected to tweeters.

All the devices will also support Amazon Alexa to help facilitate hands-free control. They also come with a Game Mode Pro setting which automatically detects when the TV is connected to a gaming console.

Adaptive Sound technology analyzes the frequency and sound signals to automatically deliver optimized sound scene-by-scene. Even when reducing the volume, background sound is reduced and voices are kept clear. The Tap Sound feature allows the music from your smartphone to be sent directly to the soundbar, just with a tap.

Samsung T Series Soundbar features

The T Series Soundbar features Dolby Audio and DTS Virtual:X technology to help create a theatre-like atmosphere in the living room itself, without the need of additional speakers. If the TV is compatible, the T Series can be connected to it using a HDMI cable or via Bluetooth. Also, two different mobile devices can be connected to the T Series Soundbar at the same time using Bluetooth.

“Samsung’s signature Q-Symphony technology in our 2020 Sound Devices line-up is going to offer unmatched sound quality. With performance and innovative features that are truly game changers, the new line-up is designed for those looking for the sound of perfection. The 2020 range of Sound Tower has been built to light up your party, while the Q & T Series Soundbars will certainly excite the audiophiles and cinephiles. We are certain that in the new normal where customers are spending more family time viewing content, our new range will enhance the cinematic experience,” said Raju Pullan, Senior Vice President, Consumer Electronics Business, Samsung India.

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Redmi Earbuds S True Wireless Earphones Launched in India, Priced at Rs. 1,799

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Xiaomi has finally unveiled the Redmi Earbuds S first true wireless earphones in India.  Xiaomi launched Mi True Wireless Earphones 2 in India early this month. Now, the sub-brand is entering the fastest-growing audio segment with the launch of Redmi Earbud S. According to Counterpoint Research, the true wireless earbuds segment posted 700 per cent year-over-year growth in India last year. The top three brands contributed almost half of the total shipments in 2019; giving ample opportunity for Xiaomi and Redmi to disrupt the market.

Redmi Earbud S: Price in India

Essentially the Indian version of the Redmi AirDots S that was launched in China in April, the Redmi Earbuds S is priced at slightly higher than the global version which costs CNY 100 (approximately Rs. 1,100). With the rebranded name, Redmi will ensure there is no confusion with boAt Airdopes true wireless earbuds in the market. The Redmi Earbuds S is priced at Rs 1,799 in India and will be available via Amazon, Mi.com, Mi Home and Mi Studio. The first sale is set for May 27, 2020, at 12:00PM IST.

Redmi Earbuds S features, specifications

The Redmi Earbuds S use 7.2mm drivers, and are IPX4-rated for water resistance. The earphones themselves weigh just 4.1g each, making these among the lightest true wireless earphones available today. In terms of codec support, the Redmi Earbuds S use the SBC codec, and also support a low-latency mode which is useful when gaming on a smartphone. The earphones have a claimed battery life of four hours per charge; when combined with the additional charges provided by the charging case, up to 12 hours of use can be expected.

Gaming users will also benefit from a low-latency mode on the Redmi Airdots S, which will allow for the smoother transmission of sound from the smartphone to the earphones with reduced delay. Additionally, there is support for voice assistants, environmental noise reduction through the Realtek RTL8763BFR Bluetooth chip, and the ability to use either earphone individually without separately pairing each earphone of the Redmi Earbuds S.

The Redmi Earbuds S is among the most affordable true wireless earphones from a major brand in India and will take on competition from brands such as Noise, Boat, and others. Xiaomi will face competition from Realme in the segment as well, which recently launched the Realme Buds Air Neo true wireless earphones for Rs. 2,999. Although positioned against the more expensive Mi True Wireless Earphones 2, the pricing of the Realme Buds Air Neo means that the Redmi Earbuds S will also face competition.

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