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Things might have slowed down quite a bit over the last few months but that doesn’t mean everyone has closed up shop. Phone maker UMIDIGI, for its part, has been rather busy and is back with another new handset.The UMIDIGI A7 Pro, set to arrive on May 26, is a successor to its entry-level A5 Pro and figures to offer a great price to performance ratio. As such, it’s expected to cost less than $150 when it goes on sale.Normally you’d expect some pretty lean specifications for a phone priced this low, and you’d probably be right. But, UMIDIGI being who it is, has some pretty respectable hardware under the hood.The UMIDIGI A7 Pro features four cameras on the rear with AI smarts to capture the best shots in all environments. The 16-megapixel main lens is supported by a 16-megapixel ultra-wide (120 degree), 5-megapixel macro, and 5-megapixel depth sensor. Around front is a 16-megapixel selfie camera.The UMIDIGI A7 Pro packs a generously sized 6.3-inch waterdrop full screen with FHD (2340 x 1080 pixel) resolution. With an aspect ratio of 19.5:9, it should make for a thin design that’s easy to control in one hand.As far as power goes, the UMIDIGI A7 Pro comes with 4GB LPDDR4X RAM and is will be offered in two storage capacities: 64GB and 128GB. Paired with the enhanced Octa-Core processor, it’s considerably more powerful (AnTuTu 22,547) than its predecessor (92,514).The phone houses a 4,150mAh battery with a 10W charger included in the box and comes in Ocean Blue and Cosmic Black colors. Also in the way of design, the 2.5D glass back and metal frame and optical plating technology gives the phone a premium flagship appearance.Wrapping up noteworthy specification, there’s a fingerprint scanner on the back, USB Type-C, and a 3-Card Slot (Dual SIM + MicroSD) with up to 256GB expandable memory. Running stock Android 10, the UMIGIDI A7 Pro includes support for global LTE bands and dual 4G VoLTE.Price and AvailabilityThe UMIDIGI A7 Pro will kick off its global sale on May 26 with the new flagship S5 Pro, where it will be offered as part of an UMIDIGI Fan Festival on AliExpress. Although prices are not official just yet, we are told to expect that both the 64GB and 128GB versions will be under $150.The UMIDIGI A7 Pro is already listed at its AliExpress store where you can add it to your cart. With plenty of models in stock and free shipping available, it’s just a matter of days before yours arrives.GiveawayAs we’ve seen time and again, UMIDIGI is giving away 10 units of its A7 Pro in the run-up to the launch. You can join the giveaway and learn more about the phone on UMIDIGI’s official website.UMIDIGI A7 Pro Full SpecsScreen: 6.3” FHD+ Full Screen, 19.5:9CPU: MediaTek, Helio P23, 4xCortex-A53, 2.0GHz & 4xCortex-A53, 1.5GHzGPU: ARM Mali G71 MP2 700MHzRAM: 4GB, LPDDR4x dual-channelStorage: 64GB / 128GBRear camera: 16MP primary camera, F/1.8, 6-element lens, 16MP ultra wide angle camera, FOV 120°, 5MP depth camera, 5MP macro camera, 2cm macro distanceFront camera: 16MP, F/2.0 aperture, 5-element lensConnectivity: Dual 4G/Dual VoLTEBands:4G: FDD-LTE: B1 /2 /3 /4 /5 /7 /8 /12 /13 /17 /18 /19 /20 /26 /28A /28B /B66TDD-LTE: B34 /38 /39 /40 /413G: WCDMA: B1 /2 /4 /5 /6 /8 /19TD-SCDMA: B34 /39CDMA EVDO: BC0 /BC12G: GSM: B2 /B3 /B5 /B8CDMA1X: BC0 /BC1GPS, Glonass, Galileo, BeiDouUSB Type-C, Bluetooth 4.0, OTGBattery: 4150mAh, 10W Fast ChargeDimensions: 158.7 x 74.9 x 8.5 mmWeight: 212gSensors: Rear-Mounted Fingerprint Sensor, Proximity Sensor, Ambient Light Sensor, Accelerometer , Gyroscope, Electronic CompassColors: Ocean Blue, Cosmic BlackEDITOR NOTE: This is a promoted post and should not be viewed as an editorial endorsement.
French drone manufacturer Parrot is getting on the First-Person-View bandwagon with the launch of the ANAFI FPV, a package that includes the ANAFI drone and a pair of FPV goggles.
The move comes a matter of weeks after DJI launched a bundle of drone racing gear. The Chinese manufacturer is expected to unveil a drone to go alongside the tech in the not too distant future.
So what’s new with the ANAFI FPV?
The first thing to say is that the ANAFI FPV is the latest in what will probably be a string of ANAFI iterations. The platform has previously been adapted for thermal imaging. We’re expecting further tweaks to be made for different commercial applications, too.
So essentially, the ANAFI FPV is just the original drone with a pair of FPV goggles.
Having said that, the ANAFI does have a few tricks up its sleeve that make it an interesting platform for first-person flight.
First is the immersive video from its 180-degree tilting camera. When viewed through the included Cockpit glasses, the ability to shift perspective to that degree is going to be interesting and has plenty of creative potential – particularly with the camera’s 4K HDR video, 21-megapixel images, 3-axis stabilisation and 3X zoom.
The ANAFI FPV comes with a pair of Cockpit glasses, which pair with your phone and the Free Flight 6.6 app to give you a front-row seat at speeds of up to 31 mph (50 km/h).
Parrot says the ANAFI FPV’s new user experience “relies on a combination of cutting-edge hardware and intuitive software.”
The new FPV interface in FreeFlight 6.6 is a simple, streamlined heads-up display (HUD) with an immersive, unobstructed view of your aerial acrobatics. Any safety alerts or geofencing limits are automatically highlighted in your field of view.”
The main FPV HUD has been designed to be immersive, adaptable and informative. The standard HUD shows flight metrics, including speed, direction, altitude and location. But a click of a button on the Cockpit glasses switches to a minimal interface – removing the data and leaving you to the FPV experience.
You can even find your ANAFI in mid-air without removing the Cockpit glasses: Switch to See-Through View, and you’ll see live video from your smartphone camera. An overlay shows the exact position of your drone. If your ANAFI is off-screen, an icon points to its location.
As much as Parrot want to focus on the FPV element of this launch, the ANAFI was and remains a drone primarily designed for photography. But in theory, there are plenty of creative benefits that come with flying a photography drone in first-person.
For starters, total immersion in the on-screen image gives you a great platform to manipulate shot composition. Using the new FreeFlight app, Parrot ANAFI FPV lets you toggle through image controls to fine-tune photos and videos as you watch a scene unfold.
FPV pilots can fly with manual settings such as shutter speed, ISO, white balance, and exposure compensation, a histogram and more overlayed, opening the settings using a button on the Cockpit glasses.
Fast access to manual settings can also be set with the Sky controller 3, which supports custom mapping of the right trigger to adjust exposure.
Rather than just adding a pair of FPV goggles to the ANAFI package and tweaking the app, it’s clear that Parrot has gone deeper with the new launch in terms of software.
Two new flight presets have been added which are designed to expand the pilots’ creative options. These are:
Cinematic preset: Capture smooth and dramatic footage inspired by flying in a glider. The horizontal axis of the 4K HDR camera is locked to the tilt of the drone. Footage is characterised by gentle banks and turns.
Racing preset: The horizontal axis is also locked to the tilt of your drone, but this preset is built for speed instead of smoothness. Videos will have a more aggressive feel as the ANAFI bobs and weaves through the air at high speed.
There’s also a new flight mode, Arcade Mode.
With Arcade Mode switched on, the Sky controller 3’s left joystick controls the camera, which allows you to view in any direction. The right joystick controls the movement of the drone. By holding forward on the right joystick, the drone will travel in the direction the camera is pointed.
Parrot is also launching the ANAFI Backpack as part of the FPV package. It doubles as a stable platform to prepare and launch flights from. So no more worries about mud, water or whatever else clogging up your rotors.
The ANAFI FPV All-In-One Pack includes the drone, one battery, the Sky controller 3, one pair of Cockpit glasses, a 16gb SD memory card, a USB-C cable, one extra set of propellers and the ANAFI FPV backpack.
It’s available to order today for $799 / £729.99.
Sony has released two new sets of Bluetooth headsets: the WF-XB700 Wireless Headphones and the WH-CH710N Wireless Headphones. Both audio devices belong to Sony’s Extra Bass range of speakers and are also the first wireless headphones to have them.
The WF-XB700 comes with a triple grip ergonomic design that makes them compact and provides a secure and comfortable fit. It will be interesting to see if the WF-XB700 wireless earbuds can meet the Sony Extra Bass criteria.
The headphones have a 6-hour battery life, which can be extended up to 18 hours with the charging case. Thanks to fast charging, users will be able to squeeze 60 minutes of music playback with just 10 minutes of charging.
With an IPX4 rating, the WF-XB700 headphones are sweat and water resistant. However, there are no fins, and this could be a problem when using them during intense workouts.
The audio device uses physical buttons for controls and to connect to smartphones for Voice Assistant. Unlike Sony’s previous flagship WF-1000XM3 headphones, the WF-XB700 lacks active noise cancellation. Oh, wow.
The price of the truly wireless headphones Sony WF-XB700 is 150 euros. The headphones will come in two color variants: blue and black. The availability of the WF-XB700 headphones on the market is still uncertain.
Sony’s second release is the WH-CH710N Wireless Noise Canceling Headphones, an upgraded version of WH-CH700N.
Dual microphones have been installed in WH-CH710N to improve noise cancellation, with the help of Artificial Intelligence Automatic Noise Canceling (AINC) function.
The WH-CH710N offers 35 hours of backup battery power on a single charge. It also has fast charge where you can get 60 minutes of play for 10 minutes of charge. To make it easier to use, the company has provided an adjustable metal slider. WH-CH710N can connect to your phone’s voice assistant.
These Bluetooth headsets also support NFC pairing.
The price of WH-CH710N is 150 euros. The headphones will come in three color options: blue, black, and white.