Monday, August 19, 2019

Sony SRS-XB32 Bluetooth Speaker: The Perfect Party Speaker

Every time Sony launches a Bluetooth speaker, I’m just generally more excited than most people here. That’s partly because I absolutely love listening to music on speakers, and mostly because I’ve found Sony’s Bluetooth speakers to offer better sound quality when compared to what other brands have in the market. So naturally, when the nice people over at Sony sent us the SRS-XB32 for a review, I was hyped. After all, I’ve been a fan of the SRS-XB20 that I purchased around a year or so ago, and I loved the SRS-XB12 that I reviewed a while back, and I expected the XB32 to do just that — and it did. All of that, and way more. So if you’re wondering what the new Sony SRS-XB32 is like, and if it’s worth the asking price of Rs. 10,990, here’s my review:
Sony SRS-XB32: Specifications

Before we jump into the review, let’s take a look at the specifications of the Sony SRS-XB32.
Dimensions    238 x 84 x 83 mm
Weight    ~900g
Speaker Size    2x 48mm units
Connectivity    Bluetooth v4.2;
NFC
Supported Codecs    SBC, AAC, LDAC
Frequency Range    20Hz - 20kHz
Battery    ~24 hrs in standard mode with light off;
~14 hrs with lights and Extra Bass on
Ports    microUSB;
AUX-in;
USB-A
Price    Rs. 9,990
Design and Build

Sony’s Bluetooth speakers have always had amazing build quality, and the XB32 is no different. It comes in a rubberised finish that adds to the grip, it features a design that makes the speaker handy, even though it’s a pretty big Bluetooth speaker, and also, at around 900 grams, a heavy one.

Still, Sony has managed to design it almost to perfection. Like I said, it’s really easy to hold this speaker, and that really surprised me in all the best ways. Also, Sony seems to realise that a party speaker will most likely be used in pool parties, and that someone will inevitably drop it inside the pool (you know it’s true), which is probably why there’s an IP67 rating here, and Sony explicitly mentions that the speaker can be washed with water if you want to — you can bet I did just that, and I’m happy to report, it’s working fine and dandy.

It’s also shock proof, and apparently conforms to the MIL-STD 801 F Method 516.5-Shock tests, so you can probably drop it from 1.22 m height on plywood of 5cm thickness, but I did not. Jokes apart though, it’s nice that the speaker will be able to tolerate random bumps and the occasional drop.

Coming to the aesthetics and material choices made here, the speaker, like I mentioned above has a rubberised finish on most of its body, and the buttons feel like they are in fact, made out of rubber. The LED light strip that goes around the entire face of the speaker is covered in a clear plastic as well, and shines brightly through it, which is great for setting a party mood.

There’s a mesh design on the back for the passive bass radiator to thump the beats out of; after all, this is an XB branded speaker and that means Extra Bass. Plus, sitting right beside the bass radiator grill are the ports and buttons, covered with a rubber flap to prevent water and dust from getting inside the ports.

I’m pretty impressed by the design and build of these speakers, and I wish more brands would go this route with their designs. You know, give me IP rated, bass radiating speakers which are big but easy to hold and with rubberised finishes for better grip. I love this.
Audio Quality

Speaking of things I want more brands to do — the Sony SRS-XB32 have amazing sound quality. Just dead on-point, especially considering the price they’re coming in at. Now I know, at Rs. 10,990 these aren’t exactly ‘budget’ Bluetooth speakers, but they aren’t that expensive, either, and the sound quality that these will bring along can justify the price tag pretty well. That, and the features, but we’ll talk more about them in a different section.

Sound from the XB32 hits all the right spots. It’s loud, and can get extremely loud at max volume and still not distort audio. True to its name, the speaker brings loud, thumping bass, without being obnoxiously bass-heavy and drowning out the mids and highs. Basically, the XB32 is a well balanced speaker when it comes to audio. Plus, you can always turn off the Extra Bass setting if you want a more natural sound.

Speaking of turning off the Extra Bass setting by the way, there’s no Extra Bass button on this speaker. Instead, there’s a button called “LIVE” which switches the audio modes between Extra Bass and Live Audio, and then there’s a third audio mode called “Standard” audio mode, and to enable that you’ll have to rely on a combination of buttons, LED indicators, and patience.

If you’re confused right now about the sheer number of sound modes on this speaker, don’t worry, I was too. Sony is offering just way too much in this tiny package, not that I’m complaining. However, to make it easier for you to understand the different sound modes you get here, let me break it down:

    Live Audio: With this mode, the speaker tries to create a concert like feel with a wider soundstage so you get a more natural sound. When this mode is on, the Live button LED is also on.
    Extra Bass: This mode is meant to be used when you need the thumping bass for your EDM playlist. When this mode is on, the Live button LED is off, and the power button LED is white.
    Standard Mode: In standard mode, you basically get neither the extra bass, nor the wider soundstage, but you do get a huge bump in battery life, which is great. When this mode is on, the Live button LED is off, and the power button LED is green.

Alright, so that’s a lot of sound modes. However, from using this speaker for a while, I’ve come to realise that the Extra Bass setting is where this speaker is the most fun, so I’d recommend keeping it set to that, unless you’re camping out and need longer battery life, in which case, switch to the Standard mode instead.

Whatever mode you choose, though, this speaker sounds great, and I don’t have any complaints with the sound quality here. It’s amazing.
Features

I usually don’t have a dedicated section for ‘features’ in a Bluetooth speaker review, but the SRS-XB32 comes with an absolutely insane amount of features to be ignored. Honestly, it took me the better part of a day to use and figure out all the features Sony has baked in here. Let’s take a look at the features offered by the SRS-XB32, all of which are offered via the Sony Music Center app (Android, iOS) and the Fiestable app (Android, iOS):
Sony Music Center Features

1. ClearAudio+

Inside the Sony Music Center app, within the settings for the XB32, you’ll find a section for ‘Sound’ and inside that, is ClearAudio+, and the description for this simply states “Sony’s recommended sound settings for music listening with one simple operation.”

With this turned on, your speaker is set to the preset for ‘Extra Bass’, and the equaliser is set to completely balanced, as you can see from the screenshots below.

2. Sound Mode

Within the Sound Mode, you’ll find the settings for the Preset Mode on the speaker, and the equaliser. The Preset Mode can be switched between ‘Live Sound’, ‘Extra Bass’, and ‘Standard’, while the equaliser can be adjusted to adjust the bass, mids, and treble output from the speaker.

3. Power Option

There’s also the Power Option category wherein you can adjust things like the auto standby for the speaker, which, when enabled turns the speaker off if its not in use for approximately 15 minutes. There’s also an option for Bluetooth Standby, and turning the battery level voice on or off.

4. Illumination

Inside this category, there’s only one setting — Lighting Mode. However, once you tap on Lighting Mode, the app surfaces so many lighting modes that it’s sort of overwhelming. However, it’s a lot of fun playing around with these, and I’d definitely recommend you go ahead and take a look at this.

5. Party Booster

Party Booster is a fun little thing baked into the SRS-XB32. This can be enabled with a double tap on the back of the speaker, and then… well, then you can slap the speaker on any of its faces to play drums on it, among other things. The screenshot below can probably do a better job explaining this than I can.

To be honest, when I first read ‘Party Booster’ I don’t know what I expected, but I did not expect this. However, this is a lot of fun, and it’s even more fun to suddenly blast a bass drum near someone who’s not expecting it — like Rupesh.
Fiestable App

The Fiestable app is, well, sort of fun, depending on how much you like playing with the lights on the SRS-XB32.

Within the Fiestable app you’ll get settings for illumination control, which is not the same thing that it meant inside the Sony Music Center app. Confusing, I know, but bear with me.

With Illumination control in the Fiestable app you can play with the lighting effects on the speaker in real time. Drag your finger around the color-circle and the speaker’s LEDs reflect the change. This, Sony apparently thinks, is something you’d want to do in parties… I definitely didn’t, but hey, it’s nice to have the feature just in case, you know.

Other than that, the app brings motion control, where you can perform gestures with your phone to control things like skipping tracks, the brightness of the speaker’s LEDs, and more. That sounds cool in theory, but it’s difficult to use, and I don’t think you’ll use it after the one time when you’re just trying it out — I didn’t.

Buttons and Ports

Anyway, moving on from the features, let’s take a look at the various buttons and ports offered on the XB32. On the top panel, you’ll find 5 buttons, some of which perform dual functions, and some of which can be pressed in combination with others to perform a completely different function. I wouldn’t have found this out without reading the manual that Sony doesn’t give with the speaker, but mentions as a link that you can head over to (SRS XB-32 manual). To save you the trouble, I’ll be explaining all of that as well.
Buttons

1. Live

First up, there’s the Live button. You can press this to switch between the Live Mode, and the Extra Bass (or Standard) mode. When Live mode is turned on, the Live button LED is on, and the Power button LED is on, and white.

2. Play/Pause

This is pretty straightforward. It controls music playback, and can also be used to answer calls through the speaker, if that’s something you’re inclined to do. Personally, I prefer answering calls through my phone’s earpiece, but again, it’s nice to have the feature, just in case.

This button can also be pressed in combination with the volume down button for 3 seconds to switch between Standard Mode and Extra Bass Mode if the Live mode is not enabled.

3. Volume Down/Up

The Volume Down and Volume Up buttons are fairly straightforward too — they let you control the volume of the speaker. However, you can press the volume down button in combination with the Play/Pause button for 3 seconds to switch between Standard Mode and Extra Bass Mode, if the Live mode is not enabled.

4. Power Button

Then there’s the power button, which, with a single press can turn the speaker on or off. However, long pressing the power button turns on pairing mode on the speaker so you can connect it to devices.

5. Battery Button

On the back, inside the rubber flap, you’ll see a button labelled ‘Batt’. Pressing this makes the XB32 announce the battery left in the speaker, which is handy. Also, you can long press this button to turn the speaker’s light on/off.

6. WPC

The Wireless Party Chain button is how you’ll link up (up to 100) compatible Sony speakers with the XB32 in order to play music through all the speakers for an epic party experience. Compatible speakers include the SRS-XB22, SRS-XB32, SRS-XB21, SRS-XB31, SRS-XB41, SRS-XB20, SRS-XB30, SRS-XB40, GTK-XB60, and GTK-XB90. You can find detailed instructions on how to use Wireless Party Chain inside the user manual.

7. Add

The Add button lets you connect two speakers to each other to either play sound from both of them, or use them as a stereo pair for a more immersive experience. This can only be done between two XB32 speakers, though.
Ports

Those were the buttons, now let’s take a look at the ports on the SRS-XB32. There are a total of 3 ports on the speaker:

1. microUSB port

This is the place you’ll charge your speaker from. Sony includes a microUSB charging cable with the speaker, so even if you’ve made the switch to USB-C everything, you won’t have to go to the trouble of finding a microUSB cable lying around to charge the speaker.

2. AUX-in

This is great for when you want to quickly play music through your iPod, or your smartphone (provided it still has a 3.5mm jack). You can just connect your phone/music player to the speaker via an AUX cable and start playing music.

3. USB-A Port

The USB-A port is another great addition here. Since this speaker has a pretty good battery, it only makes sense that in emergencies, you can charge your iPod or your phone with the speaker using this USB-A port, and keep the party going without having to worry about running out of battery.
Connectivity

In terms of connectivity, the Sony SRS-XB32 comes with Bluetooth 4.2, and I still don’t understand why we’re not getting Bluetooth 5.0 on these things yet, but that’s fine. There’s NFC here, which is great for quickly connecting your phone with the speaker, and the speaker supports a bunch of codecs. There’s no aptX support here, but the speaker does come with LDAC support which is great, and can optimise connection priority to provide the best audio experience with your phone, provided your smartphone also supports LDAC.

In real world usage, I observed that the speaker maintained a strong connection with my phone well over 8-10 metres, and only started distorting and breaking up a bit once I crossed that threshold, but that’s true for almost every Bluetooth speaker out there. Other than that, the connectivity and connection quality here are pretty amazing and I have no complaints in this regard whatsoever.
Battery

Moving on, Sony’s speakers have always had pretty impressive battery life. In fact, even the tiny SRS-XB12, I got a battery life of around 14-15 hours regularly, and the SRS-XB32 are no different. Sony has rated these for 24 hours of playback time, and that holds true. I took these speakers on a recent trip to Neemrana and they held up extremely well. I have easily gotten around 20 to 22 hours of battery life from these speakers with a variety of settings (Extra Bass, full volume, and other things).

Clearly, the battery life here will not disappoint you, and the only thing that I have to complain about, is the fact that they charge with microUSB. I mean, seriously, Sony, these are Bluetooth speakers priced at over Rs. 10,000, put a damn USB-C port. It’s high time.
Pros and Cons

Pros:

    Excellent sound quality
    Amazing battery life
    IP67 rating
    Shock proof
    USB-A port for charging your phone
    Absolutely loaded with fun features

Cons:

    No USB-C port
    Using the button-combinations can be confusing
    No Bluetooth 5.0
    No aptX support

Sony SRS-XB32 Bluetooth Speaker: Worth The Price?

At the end of the day, the question we need to answer is this — is the Sony SRS-XB32 worth its asking price of Rs. 10,990? The answer to that, in my opinion is a loud and resounding “Yes, it is.” The SRS-XB32 offers everything you’d want from a speaker, and some things you probably didn’t know you wanted. It has excellent sound quality, amazing build that’s shock proof and IP rated, it offers a really good battery life along with support for charging your phone if you need it, it offers lighting effects that are controllable with the smartphone app, and it offers a bunch of quirky features like Party Booster. Really, the only complaints I have are the lack of a USB-C port, and Bluetooth 5.0. Every time Sony launches a Bluetooth speaker, I’m just generally more excited than most people here. That’s partly because I absolutely love listening to music on speakers, and mostly because I’ve found Sony’s Bluetooth speakers to offer better sound quality when compared to what other brands have in the market. So naturally, when the nice people over at Sony sent us the SRS-XB32 for a review, I was hyped. After all, I’ve been a fan of the SRS-XB20 that I purchased around a year or so ago, and I loved the SRS-XB12 that I reviewed a while back, and I expected the XB32 to do just that — and it did. All of that, and way more. So if you’re wondering what the new Sony SRS-XB32 is like, and if it’s worth the asking price of Rs. 10,990, here’s my review:
Sony SRS-XB32: Specifications

Before we jump into the review, let’s take a look at the specifications of the Sony SRS-XB32.
Dimensions    238 x 84 x 83 mm
Weight    ~900g
Speaker Size    2x 48mm units
Connectivity    Bluetooth v4.2;
NFC
Supported Codecs    SBC, AAC, LDAC
Frequency Range    20Hz - 20kHz
Battery    ~24 hrs in standard mode with light off;
~14 hrs with lights and Extra Bass on
Ports    microUSB;
AUX-in;
USB-A
Price    Rs. 9,990
Design and Build

Sony’s Bluetooth speakers have always had amazing build quality, and the XB32 is no different. It comes in a rubberised finish that adds to the grip, it features a design that makes the speaker handy, even though it’s a pretty big Bluetooth speaker, and also, at around 900 grams, a heavy one.

Still, Sony has managed to design it almost to perfection. Like I said, it’s really easy to hold this speaker, and that really surprised me in all the best ways. Also, Sony seems to realise that a party speaker will most likely be used in pool parties, and that someone will inevitably drop it inside the pool (you know it’s true), which is probably why there’s an IP67 rating here, and Sony explicitly mentions that the speaker can be washed with water if you want to — you can bet I did just that, and I’m happy to report, it’s working fine and dandy.

It’s also shock proof, and apparently conforms to the MIL-STD 801 F Method 516.5-Shock tests, so you can probably drop it from 1.22 m height on plywood of 5cm thickness, but I did not. Jokes apart though, it’s nice that the speaker will be able to tolerate random bumps and the occasional drop.

Coming to the aesthetics and material choices made here, the speaker, like I mentioned above has a rubberised finish on most of its body, and the buttons feel like they are in fact, made out of rubber. The LED light strip that goes around the entire face of the speaker is covered in a clear plastic as well, and shines brightly through it, which is great for setting a party mood.

There’s a mesh design on the back for the passive bass radiator to thump the beats out of; after all, this is an XB branded speaker and that means Extra Bass. Plus, sitting right beside the bass radiator grill are the ports and buttons, covered with a rubber flap to prevent water and dust from getting inside the ports.

I’m pretty impressed by the design and build of these speakers, and I wish more brands would go this route with their designs. You know, give me IP rated, bass radiating speakers which are big but easy to hold and with rubberised finishes for better grip. I love this.
Audio Quality

Speaking of things I want more brands to do — the Sony SRS-XB32 have amazing sound quality. Just dead on-point, especially considering the price they’re coming in at. Now I know, at Rs. 10,990 these aren’t exactly ‘budget’ Bluetooth speakers, but they aren’t that expensive, either, and the sound quality that these will bring along can justify the price tag pretty well. That, and the features, but we’ll talk more about them in a different section.

Sound from the XB32 hits all the right spots. It’s loud, and can get extremely loud at max volume and still not distort audio. True to its name, the speaker brings loud, thumping bass, without being obnoxiously bass-heavy and drowning out the mids and highs. Basically, the XB32 is a well balanced speaker when it comes to audio. Plus, you can always turn off the Extra Bass setting if you want a more natural sound.

Speaking of turning off the Extra Bass setting by the way, there’s no Extra Bass button on this speaker. Instead, there’s a button called “LIVE” which switches the audio modes between Extra Bass and Live Audio, and then there’s a third audio mode called “Standard” audio mode, and to enable that you’ll have to rely on a combination of buttons, LED indicators, and patience.

If you’re confused right now about the sheer number of sound modes on this speaker, don’t worry, I was too. Sony is offering just way too much in this tiny package, not that I’m complaining. However, to make it easier for you to understand the different sound modes you get here, let me break it down:

    Live Audio: With this mode, the speaker tries to create a concert like feel with a wider soundstage so you get a more natural sound. When this mode is on, the Live button LED is also on.
    Extra Bass: This mode is meant to be used when you need the thumping bass for your EDM playlist. When this mode is on, the Live button LED is off, and the power button LED is white.
    Standard Mode: In standard mode, you basically get neither the extra bass, nor the wider soundstage, but you do get a huge bump in battery life, which is great. When this mode is on, the Live button LED is off, and the power button LED is green.

Alright, so that’s a lot of sound modes. However, from using this speaker for a while, I’ve come to realise that the Extra Bass setting is where this speaker is the most fun, so I’d recommend keeping it set to that, unless you’re camping out and need longer battery life, in which case, switch to the Standard mode instead.

Whatever mode you choose, though, this speaker sounds great, and I don’t have any complaints with the sound quality here. It’s amazing.
Features

I usually don’t have a dedicated section for ‘features’ in a Bluetooth speaker review, but the SRS-XB32 comes with an absolutely insane amount of features to be ignored. Honestly, it took me the better part of a day to use and figure out all the features Sony has baked in here. Let’s take a look at the features offered by the SRS-XB32, all of which are offered via the Sony Music Center app (Android, iOS) and the Fiestable app (Android, iOS):
Sony Music Center Features

1. ClearAudio+

Inside the Sony Music Center app, within the settings for the XB32, you’ll find a section for ‘Sound’ and inside that, is ClearAudio+, and the description for this simply states “Sony’s recommended sound settings for music listening with one simple operation.”

With this turned on, your speaker is set to the preset for ‘Extra Bass’, and the equaliser is set to completely balanced, as you can see from the screenshots below.

2. Sound Mode

Within the Sound Mode, you’ll find the settings for the Preset Mode on the speaker, and the equaliser. The Preset Mode can be switched between ‘Live Sound’, ‘Extra Bass’, and ‘Standard’, while the equaliser can be adjusted to adjust the bass, mids, and treble output from the speaker.

3. Power Option

There’s also the Power Option category wherein you can adjust things like the auto standby for the speaker, which, when enabled turns the speaker off if its not in use for approximately 15 minutes. There’s also an option for Bluetooth Standby, and turning the battery level voice on or off.

4. Illumination

Inside this category, there’s only one setting — Lighting Mode. However, once you tap on Lighting Mode, the app surfaces so many lighting modes that it’s sort of overwhelming. However, it’s a lot of fun playing around with these, and I’d definitely recommend you go ahead and take a look at this.

5. Party Booster

Party Booster is a fun little thing baked into the SRS-XB32. This can be enabled with a double tap on the back of the speaker, and then… well, then you can slap the speaker on any of its faces to play drums on it, among other things. The screenshot below can probably do a better job explaining this than I can.

To be honest, when I first read ‘Party Booster’ I don’t know what I expected, but I did not expect this. However, this is a lot of fun, and it’s even more fun to suddenly blast a bass drum near someone who’s not expecting it — like Rupesh.
Fiestable App

The Fiestable app is, well, sort of fun, depending on how much you like playing with the lights on the SRS-XB32.

Within the Fiestable app you’ll get settings for illumination control, which is not the same thing that it meant inside the Sony Music Center app. Confusing, I know, but bear with me.

With Illumination control in the Fiestable app you can play with the lighting effects on the speaker in real time. Drag your finger around the color-circle and the speaker’s LEDs reflect the change. This, Sony apparently thinks, is something you’d want to do in parties… I definitely didn’t, but hey, it’s nice to have the feature just in case, you know.

Other than that, the app brings motion control, where you can perform gestures with your phone to control things like skipping tracks, the brightness of the speaker’s LEDs, and more. That sounds cool in theory, but it’s difficult to use, and I don’t think you’ll use it after the one time when you’re just trying it out — I didn’t.

Buttons and Ports

Anyway, moving on from the features, let’s take a look at the various buttons and ports offered on the XB32. On the top panel, you’ll find 5 buttons, some of which perform dual functions, and some of which can be pressed in combination with others to perform a completely different function. I wouldn’t have found this out without reading the manual that Sony doesn’t give with the speaker, but mentions as a link that you can head over to (SRS XB-32 manual). To save you the trouble, I’ll be explaining all of that as well.
Buttons

1. Live

First up, there’s the Live button. You can press this to switch between the Live Mode, and the Extra Bass (or Standard) mode. When Live mode is turned on, the Live button LED is on, and the Power button LED is on, and white.

2. Play/Pause

This is pretty straightforward. It controls music playback, and can also be used to answer calls through the speaker, if that’s something you’re inclined to do. Personally, I prefer answering calls through my phone’s earpiece, but again, it’s nice to have the feature, just in case.

This button can also be pressed in combination with the volume down button for 3 seconds to switch between Standard Mode and Extra Bass Mode if the Live mode is not enabled.

3. Volume Down/Up

The Volume Down and Volume Up buttons are fairly straightforward too — they let you control the volume of the speaker. However, you can press the volume down button in combination with the Play/Pause button for 3 seconds to switch between Standard Mode and Extra Bass Mode, if the Live mode is not enabled.

4. Power Button

Then there’s the power button, which, with a single press can turn the speaker on or off. However, long pressing the power button turns on pairing mode on the speaker so you can connect it to devices.

5. Battery Button

On the back, inside the rubber flap, you’ll see a button labelled ‘Batt’. Pressing this makes the XB32 announce the battery left in the speaker, which is handy. Also, you can long press this button to turn the speaker’s light on/off.

6. WPC

The Wireless Party Chain button is how you’ll link up (up to 100) compatible Sony speakers with the XB32 in order to play music through all the speakers for an epic party experience. Compatible speakers include the SRS-XB22, SRS-XB32, SRS-XB21, SRS-XB31, SRS-XB41, SRS-XB20, SRS-XB30, SRS-XB40, GTK-XB60, and GTK-XB90. You can find detailed instructions on how to use Wireless Party Chain inside the user manual.

7. Add

The Add button lets you connect two speakers to each other to either play sound from both of them, or use them as a stereo pair for a more immersive experience. This can only be done between two XB32 speakers, though.
Ports

Those were the buttons, now let’s take a look at the ports on the SRS-XB32. There are a total of 3 ports on the speaker:

1. microUSB port

This is the place you’ll charge your speaker from. Sony includes a microUSB charging cable with the speaker, so even if you’ve made the switch to USB-C everything, you won’t have to go to the trouble of finding a microUSB cable lying around to charge the speaker.

2. AUX-in

This is great for when you want to quickly play music through your iPod, or your smartphone (provided it still has a 3.5mm jack). You can just connect your phone/music player to the speaker via an AUX cable and start playing music.

3. USB-A Port

The USB-A port is another great addition here. Since this speaker has a pretty good battery, it only makes sense that in emergencies, you can charge your iPod or your phone with the speaker using this USB-A port, and keep the party going without having to worry about running out of battery.
Connectivity

In terms of connectivity, the Sony SRS-XB32 comes with Bluetooth 4.2, and I still don’t understand why we’re not getting Bluetooth 5.0 on these things yet, but that’s fine. There’s NFC here, which is great for quickly connecting your phone with the speaker, and the speaker supports a bunch of codecs. There’s no aptX support here, but the speaker does come with LDAC support which is great, and can optimise connection priority to provide the best audio experience with your phone, provided your smartphone also supports LDAC.

In real world usage, I observed that the speaker maintained a strong connection with my phone well over 8-10 metres, and only started distorting and breaking up a bit once I crossed that threshold, but that’s true for almost every Bluetooth speaker out there. Other than that, the connectivity and connection quality here are pretty amazing and I have no complaints in this regard whatsoever.
Battery

Moving on, Sony’s speakers have always had pretty impressive battery life. In fact, even the tiny SRS-XB12, I got a battery life of around 14-15 hours regularly, and the SRS-XB32 are no different. Sony has rated these for 24 hours of playback time, and that holds true. I took these speakers on a recent trip to Neemrana and they held up extremely well. I have easily gotten around 20 to 22 hours of battery life from these speakers with a variety of settings (Extra Bass, full volume, and other things).

Clearly, the battery life here will not disappoint you, and the only thing that I have to complain about, is the fact that they charge with microUSB. I mean, seriously, Sony, these are Bluetooth speakers priced at over Rs. 10,000, put a damn USB-C port. It’s high time.
Pros and Cons

Pros:

    Excellent sound quality
    Amazing battery life
    IP67 rating
    Shock proof
    USB-A port for charging your phone
    Absolutely loaded with fun features

Cons:

    No USB-C port
    Using the button-combinations can be confusing
    No Bluetooth 5.0
    No aptX support

Sony SRS-XB32 Bluetooth Speaker: Worth The Price?

At the end of the day, the question we need to answer is this — is the Sony SRS-XB32 worth its asking price of Rs. 10,990? The answer to that, in my opinion is a loud and resounding “Yes, it is.” The SRS-XB32 offers everything you’d want from a speaker, and some things you probably didn’t know you wanted. It has excellent sound quality, amazing build that’s shock proof and IP rated, it offers a really good battery life along with support for charging your phone if you need it, it offers lighting effects that are controllable with the smartphone app, and it offers a bunch of quirky features like Party Booster. Really, the only complaints I have are the lack of a USB-C port, and Bluetooth 5.0.
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HP Spectre x360 (2019) : Really Elegant, But Also Really Pricey

HP has set the golden standard for ultrabooks with its elegant and powerful Spectre lineup, going up against the likes of Lenovo Yoga and LG Gram who have also carved out quite the substantial market share for themselves. We had got the chance to review the 13-inch HP Spectre x360 last year and as my colleague rightly puts it, this HP ultrabook offered users the ultimate premium experience.

So, when HP reached out asking me whether we’d be interested in reviewing the Spectre x360 upgrade, well, I couldn’t just pass on such an opportunity. HP was kind enough to lend us the newest 13-inch Spectre x360 (2019) with an 8th-gen Intel Core i7 processor, 8GB of RAM, and 256GB of SSD. My ex-colleague Nikhil reviewed the predecessor to the “gem-cut” Spectre x360 last year and lauded the premium design, snappy performance, and the boatload of features that came in tow.

After having used the HP Spectre x360 (2019) for a couple of weeks, we explore how the new variant stacks up against its predecessor and whether it justifies the exorbitant price tag:
HP Spectre x360: Specifications

Before we delve into my experience with the HP Spectre x360, let’s take a quick look at some key specifications of this ultrabook:
Dimensions    30.6 cm x 21.8 cm;
1.36 cm height
Weight    1.26 Kg
Processor    8th Gen Quad Core Intel Core i5-8250U/ i7-8550U processor
Memory    Up to 16GB LPDDR3 2133MHz
Storage    512GB SSD
Display    13.3'' Sure View integrated privacy display; FHD IPS micro-edge WLED-backlit touch screen with Corning Gorilla Glass NBT (1920 x 1080 pixels)
Graphics    Intel UHD Graphics 620
Wireless    Intel 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (2x2) Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.2 Combo
Ports    2 Thunderbolt 3 (up to 40 Gb/s, Power Delivery, DP1.2, HP Sleep and Charge); 1 USB 3.1 Gen 1 (HP Sleep and Charge); 1 headphone/microphone combo; microSD card slot
Operating System    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
Battery    60 WHr
HP Spectre x360: What’s in the Box

Just like its previous iteration, the new gem-cut HP Spectre x360 also comes packed in an exciting retail packaging with a leather cover for the laptop with a velcro flap (which is the best touch here and I love it), a power adapter, along with an attachment for international markets, and most importantly, the HP Pen. You also get a couple of extra tips for the HP Pen, which is great.

hp spectre what's in the box
HP Spectre x360: Design & Build

Let me start off by saying that if you thought the design of the previous-gen Spectre was something, well, you’ll absolutely love the design of the new Spectre x360 that we’ve got with us here. It was my first instinct when I got the Poseidon Blue variant of the Spectre x360 in for review. It is a mesmerizing color, striking at first glance, and everyone on the Beebom team appreciated the same.

HP has always managed to intrigue and draw in users with its different design and colors, such that other common ultrabook options in the market seem bland and underwhelming. HP Spectre x360 invokes the same feeling for me, not just with its distinct color, which is then paired with gold accents all around, but also the all-aluminum gem-cut design which the company has adopted this time around. The gold trims reflect light from all sides and it’s certainly going to turn some heads. I know you think that the edges may scratch you or would chip off while carrying around, but I didn’t come across any issue of this sort.

Further, you will notice one thing about the HP Spectre x360 – it boasts quite a solid build but is still quite lightweight, weighing at under 1.3 kgs. While the previous-generation HP Spectre x360 kept the design fairly traditional, the x360 (2019) variant sees the company experimenting with sharp cuts and edges to further the appeal of the machine. I know it can be a bit overwhelming but I love the gold HP logo, as well as the gold hinges with the Spectre branding, that goes well with the blue demeanor of this ultrabook.

Apart from the blue-gold combo, I especially came to like the matte finish on the lid and the palm rests on the HP Spectre x360. If you think it gets smudged easily and will start looking shabby after prolonged use, well, I simply wiped it off with a microfiber cloth and was good to go. The hinges are really solidly built and the screen (which we talk about in-depth below) doesn’t really wobble, which is a great sign for an ultrabook.

Moving on from the design, the thing that pulls me towards the HP Spectre x360 has to be its 360-degree form factor. It’s flipping display can go from a traditional laptop form factor to being flat just like that. So, let’s take a look at the same:
HP Spectre x360: Display

HP Spectre x360 (2019) is a likable ultrabook in all aspects, but there’s a minor issue that restricted me from really fancying the display onboard. Talking about the specs first, well, the Spectre x360 features a stunning and vivid 13.3-inch IPS LCD screen, with Full-HD resolution. The Full-HD display is great and I don’t have any major complaints with it except for the brightness, which I seldom felt wasn’t high enough for my liking and I also would have loved to see an anti-glare coating to save me from white lights shining on the screen in some situations.

Also, the inclusion of a Full-HD screen with modest bezels on a premium ultrabook which costs over Rs 1,50,000 in India seems a little lackluster. HP offers a 4K nanobezel display outside of India and I would’ve loved editing my header images and stories on that crisp screen. It would’ve been a much better experience, while also justifying the exorbitant price tag.

Keeping all that aside, HP has put in a lot of effort to make this hybrid ultrabook attractive for users by offering a 360-degree hinge mechanism. You can twist and turn the display on this thing at any crazy angle you like and prop it up like a tent, read a book or draw using the HP Pen (which I found to be quite responsive) by completely folding it at 360-degrees, or watch Netflix by propping it on your bed – thanks to the sturdy hinge.
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One of my favorite features of this ultrabook will also have to be the Sure View integrated privacy screen, which you can activate with just the push of a button on the keyboard and it shrouds your screen with a mysterious white layer. This is the perfect addition for users who don’t really like sharing what they’re working on with all those sitting around or nosy neighbors, who we’ve all met in our lifetime. It does turn down the brightness, but those seeing the screen at an angle won’t see anything, which is certainly a perk.

HP Spectre x360: Keyboard and Touchpad

Well, this is the most important section of a laptop review for me. The keyboard is integral for a good typing experience and can make or break a purchase decision. Well, I know the flat square keys on the HP Spectre x360 (2019) don’t look like much for the price and give off the vibe of being like any other laptop out there, but I found this keyboard to be pretty good. I mean, I won’t go to the length to say that it offered me the best typing experience to date but it was quite satisfactory.

The keyboard layout, as well as the keys, haven’t really changed as compared to the last generation variant and that means there are no surprises in the layout. HP has kept your keyboard layout pretty neat, not cramping unnecessary functions or keys on the deck. I’d say that it’s pretty comfortable to type on this keyboard. You might feel that key travel is really low at the start, but it’s enough for an ultrabook. I, however, didn’t like the soft-ish feedback.

I would also like to point out that the keyboard deck here is backlit, with three levels of intensity and is a welcome upgrade over its predecessor. There’s no flex to the keyboard deck and speaking from experience, I don’t expect the same from a Spectre.

Below the keyboard deck is the massive touchpad. Yeah, I say massive because we don’t usually see big touchpads on ultrabooks, which are all about saving space and cutting on features. However, the HP Spectre x360 isn’t messing around and you can check out this monstrosity down above. I prefer a soft-touch trackpad, having the same feeling as your laptop’s top lid, but the lack of Windows Precision drivers was a bit of a turn-off.
HP Spectre x360: Performance

The HP Spectre x360 is a powerful and versatile machine, which is powered by the latest Intel 8th-generation Whiskey Lake processor (up to i7-8565U, which is also the processor we’ve been using for this review) coupled with 16GB RAM at 2133MHz and a 512GB PCIe SSD for the lightning-fast boot times and the app loading times.

Intel Core i7-8565U is a quad-core processor with eight threads and a base frequency of 1.8GHz that was launched last year. It comes with the Intel UHD Graphics 620 integrated graphics onboard and no dedicated graphics card, which one might expect at such heftier price points. However, this is an ultrabook that’s made for productivity on the go and not gaming – for which you should check out the Asus TUF lineup we’ve recently reviewed.

In day-to-day usage, the HP Spectre x360 (2019) proved to be the perfect companion for someone like me who uses his PC for about 12-odd hours a day. The laptop runs Windows 10 out-of-the-box and even though users have their issues with the OS, this ultrabook did handle all the workloads quite well – all thanks to the higher frequency RAM and PCIe SSD.

Everything from browsing the Internet, watching movies hours on-end, editing stories and images on the HP Spectre x360 proved to be no biggie. The machine breezed through the daily tasks with ease, offering users a worthy contender for a plethora of ultrabooks in the market. I used Adobe Photoshop CC on this laptop every day for work purposes and it not only boots up really quick but also didn’t give me a hard time while editing.

    HP Spectre x360 (2019) handles daily tasks like a champ, not kneeling down under the pressure and make using Windows 10 seem like a breeze.

As for benchmark scores, we didn’t spend a ton of time on them as we were already sure about the Spectre x360 (2019) being a performance powerhouse. Still, it does manage to score an impressive over 5,300 in single-core and 14,000 in multi-core on Geekbench. We also ran PCMark on this laptop and it managed to score around 3,000 points, which surely ranks it above average as compared to other ultrabooks available in the market.
HP Spectre x360: Camera & Biometrics

The HP Spectre x360 comes baked with Windows Hello face authentication feature, thanks to the integration of an IR camera above the display. Your ultrabook will always be looking for you if the screen is on and even when you’re not around. It certainly works as advertised, the unlocking process is pretty fast and works in dimly-lit conditions as well.

The Spectre also houses a functional webcam at the top, whose quality is decent enough for Skype calls and video conference. However, I’m someone who tapes the camera over privacy concerns and HP has taken care of the same with the inclusion of a privacy toggle on the side. And I adore this nifty addition.

If you’re a privacy enthusiast but still want to use the IR camera, then remember to flip your camera toggle on the right edge before logging in. I was frustrated one day since I had forgotten that I flipped the camera privacy toggle and couldn’t log in using Windows Hello.

Apart from facial recognition, you can also rely on the fingerprint sensor that’s available onboard below the arrow keys. I like the placement of the sensor here as it hasn’t been crammed into the trackpad, like my Mi Notebook Air, or the power button. The unlocking speed is also pretty good, so I have no complaints.

HP Spectre x360: Audio Output

Well, from the moment I saw the Bang & Olufsen branding on the speakers just above the keyboard, I knew I was in for a treat and the HP Spectre x360 didn’t disappoint. You have four speakers on this ultrabook – two downward-firing ones at the bottom and two above the keyboard under the speaker grills to create a more immersive audio experience.

hp spectre speaker

It’s due to the aforementioned setup that I found myself glued to this laptop while binge-watching my favorite Netflix Korean dramas. These speakers output pretty crisp bass and treble, with the mids and highs being the most pronounced as compared to the lows. The tuning is pretty good and is better than your average laptop speakers.
HP Spectre x360: Connectivity & Ports

Turning our attention to the ports on the Spectre x360 (2019), well, HP has kept it quite minimal and carries forward its commitment towards USB Type-C ports. The gem-cut on the right houses one USB Type-C port and a lot of people are surprised by its placement, but I love the use of space and symmetry with the power button on the left. There’s also the 3.5mm headphone jack, another USB Type-C port, and a microSD card slot here.

While there’s room for a couple of extra ports, especially on the left side as it only houses the USB-A port, HP has decided not to clutter its premium ultrabook. Otherwise, we could easily have a mini HDMI or another USB-A port being included on this side. I didn’t come across any connectivity issues, Bluetooth or Wi-Fi, as well so that’s another good thing.

HP Spectre x360: Battery Life

Prior to using the HP Spectre x360, I had heard immense praise about the battery life on these machines. Even the company touts that you will be able to extract up to 8 hours of continuous usage and well, it does keep you going for a pretty long time without fail. HP has incorporated inside the Spectre x360(2019) a 60Wh battery pack and I was able to extract over 6-odd hours from the machine on any typical office day at 100% brightness, which is great for productivity buffs.

The display and speakers on the laptop also make it a desirable media machine, so you’ll find yourself watching Netflix or YouTube hours-on-end with the HP Spectre x360. I mean, if that’s not enough, you can turn down the brightness to extract even more juice from it, which is even better.

So, as you can see, the battery life on the HP Spectre x360 is pretty solid and you won’t have to run and fetch your charger quite often. The one thing that people find pretty fun and intriguing about charging this laptop is that the USB-C port sits at one of the edges, which makes it look pretty cool. It still takes
HP Spectre x360: Is it Worth The Money?

The Spectre x360 is possibly one of the most premium and attractive ultrabooks, with all the high-end features that we’ve come to expect from laptops in its price range. There’s not only powerful hardware backing the machine, giving it the power to roar through all tasks thrown at it but the Spectre x360 also has the design to match the same.

The gem-cut ultrabook exudes style and confidence, a quality of HP Spectre lineups that has always been the golden standard for a premium experience and is now being carried forward with the Spectre x360 (2019) variant. If you’re looking for the best-in-class and premium experience of all and have the money to spare, well, don’t even hesitate a split second to bring this ultrabook (starting at Rs 1,40,875) into your life.

However, if you’re the opinion that the HP Spectre x360 is too pricey for you, then don’t worry as a number of affordable, as well as equally premium ultrabook options, are also available in the market. My favorite pick of the lot would be Microsoft Surface Laptop 2 (starting at Rs 78,000) that would offer a similar but slightly underpowered experience. And if you’re looking to game a little on the go to cool down from your daily office work, well, the MSI PS42 (starting at Rs 76,000) is the laptop you should be considering over HP’s Spectre lineup.

PROS

    Elegant & sturdy build
    360-degree form factor
    Solid performance
    Windows Hello biometrics
    HP pen stylus support
    Sound quality is great
    Amazing battery life

CONS

    Screen brightness issues
    Keyboard can feel mushy
    Touchpad lacks precision drivers

SEE ALSO: MSI PS42 Review: A Fantastic Thin and Light Notebook for Professionals
HP Spectre x360 (2019): Shine Bright Like a Diamond

If you’re looking for a classy and elegant ultrabook that will make you stand out from the crowd while also attracting a ton of eyeballs, well, the HP Spectre x360 (2019) should, no doubt, be your pick. It’s a functional powerhouse that exudes elegance and premiumness. However, if you are not looking to splurge a ton of money and would like to get yourself a decent ultrabook, still there are a ton of good options available in the market but with the lack of some additional features like the privacy safeguards, touchscreen, and more. Gaming laptops have a reputation for being large, unwieldy machines that simply can’t be lugged to and from work or school everyday; or at least they shouldn’t. However, I really admire Asus for their ROG Zephyrus series of gaming laptops that bring high end gaming in machines that don’t look out of place in a non-gaming setting. So when Asus sent over the Zephyrus M GU502GU (Rs. 1,49,990) to us, I was excited to see what Asus had accomplished with this Zephyrus laptop. I’ve been using this laptop for well over a week now, and this is my in-depth review of the Zephyrus M GU502GU gaming laptop.
Asus ROG Zephyrus M GU502GU Specifications

First off, let’s get the on-paper specs out of the way. Here’s what you’ll find under the hood of the Zephyrus M GU502GU:
Processor    Intel Core i7-9750H
GPU    Nvidia GTX 1660Ti with 6GB GDDR6 VRAM
RAM    16GB 2666MHz
Storage    Up to 1TB SSD
Display    15.6-inch Full HD IPS level panel;
144Hz Refresh Rate;
3ms Response Time;
100% sRGB Pantone Validated
Keyboard    Backlit chiclet keyboard;
N-key rollover;
RGB lighting;
Aura Sync;
Hotkeys (Volume down, volume up, mute, Armoury Crate)
Audio    2 speakers with Smart AMP technology
Array Microphone
I/O Ports    1 x USB 3.2 Gen2 Type C DisplayPort™ 1.4 and Power Delivery
1 x USB 3.2 Gen2 Type A
2 x USB 3.2 Gen1 Type A
1 x HDMI 2.0b
1 x 3.5mm Audio Jack
1 x Audio Jack Mic-in
1 x RJ45
1 x Kensington Lock
Connectivity    Intel® 802.11ac (2x2) Gigabit Wi-Fi
Bluetooth 5.0
Weight    1.9kg

Now that the specs are out of the way, let’s take a deeper look at the Zephyrus M GU502GU.
Design and Build

Like I mentioned earlier, I really admire the Zephyrus line up of laptops from Asus for bringing great gaming power in a sleek design, and the Zephyrus M GU502 is no different. It comes in a stunning looking chassis with a metal cover on the lid, a soft-touch material surrounding the keyboard and covering the palm-rest, and a great selection of ports rounding off the look of the laptop.

There’s the ROG logo on the lid which lights up in red and looks kinda nice on the brushed metal finish. Inside, the display is surrounded by thin bezels, giving the laptop a modern look, with the exception of the giant bottom bezel which holds the subtly done “ROG Zephyrus” branding, and a large sticker showing off the credentials and specifications of the display, which I hate. I dislike stickers on laptops as a general rule, and this one looks ugly too; but I guess you could remove it if you wanted to.

One issue here is that the Zephyrus M GU502 doesn’t come with a webcam, and while that’s not a deal breaker to me, since I never use the webcam, it might be a deal breaker to some of you out there.

Then there’s the keyboard and the finishing around it. This area gives a very nice rubberized feeling that’s just the perfect amount of grippy and satisfactorily soft to the touch to ensure I was comfortable using this laptop for hours and hours on end. Plus, I suppose this would also make it easier to keep my palms on the laptop during winters when my MacBook Pro gets so cold to the touch it’s uncomfortable to type on.

Overall though, the ROG Zephyrus M GU502GU is a well designed and well built laptop, and I have no real complaints with it so far. In fact, I really like the design and build of this laptop.
Display

The ROG Zephyrus M GU502 comes with a 15.6-inch FullHD IPS level panel with a 144Hz refresh rate and 3ms response time – both important numbers for gamers. Thanks to the high refresh rate, things look really smooth on the Zephyrus M. Even outside of games, the general animations, scrolling, everything just looks really smooth on this display and I’ve grown really fond of that. The 3ms response time might not matter to regular users as much, but for gamers this is a decently good response time to get.

Other than those two things, the display is wonderful in almost every other aspect too. It’s big and has a lot of screen real-estate to multi-task with ease. It’s Pantone validated, which results in great color reproduction all across the board, so watching movies and TV shows, and playing games on this display is a wonderful experience.

The one place where I do have a complaint with the display is brightness. The brightness levels for this display are very low, and to top it off it comes with a matte finish which, even though it helps avoid glare, makes the display look even less bright than it probably would with a glossy display. It’s decent for indoor use, but outdoor use, especially in bright sunlight is definitely a problem.

Other than that one (and kind of major) issue with the display, the laptop does everything else wonderfully, including, performance.
Performance

The Zephyrus M GU502GU comes with impressive specs – there’s a 9th-gen Core i7 processor, 16GB RAM, a 512GB SSD, and Nvidia GTX1660 Ti GPU. All of that results in amazing performance.

Regular tasks are obviously nothing to this laptop. You can multi-task all you want, open a load of tabs on Chrome (I had almost 20-30 open all the time), and even run an instance of Photoshop at the same time, and this laptop won’t break a sweat. It’s really great.

However, that’s expected from a laptop that costs as much as this one does, but this is a gaming laptop, so the more important metric for judging its performance is how well it handles gaming.

Well, I played a bunch of games on the Zephyrus M GU502GU including Unreal Tournament, Far Cry 5, and obviously, PUBG, and the laptop handles all of these games really well.

In PUBG, at High settings, the Zephyrus M got a frame rate of 85 to 100FPS easily, that would go higher if you played around with the graphics settings a bit, but a frame rate of 85FPS+ is good enough for me, and I didn’t feel the need to push it further, especially at the cost of graphical quality.

Even Far Cry 5 performed very well on this laptop. In Ultra graphics settings, the laptop pushed an average frame rate of 66FPS, going as high as 79 and as low as 53FPS.

Switching graphics to High resulted in a very slight improvement in performance, with the average frame rate settling at 69FPS, and getting a maximum of 80FPS.

I even tried switching the graphics to Normal just for the heck of it, and that got an average frame rate of 73FPS, going as high as 85FPS and as low as 57FPS.

Clearly, the laptop can handle Far Cry 5 on Ultra settings with ease. I even played Far Cry 5 for a bit on Ultra settings and it ran wonderfully, which is great.

Unreal Tournament, well, I installed the alpha version of Unreal Tournament from the Epic Store because I wanted to try it out, and the Zephyrus M was pushing around 75 to 80FPS on the game at all times which is great. Also, the game itself is great too.

If the gaming performance of this laptop wasn’t enough for you, or if you’re just looking for results from a standardized test, well, you’ll be glad to know I ran benchmarks too.

In 3DMark TimeSpy, the laptop scored 5,426 points which is pretty impressive, and in PCMark 10, the Zephyrus M GU502GU got a score of 4,772 points.
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3DMark Time Spy
PCMark 10

Overall, Zephyrus M’s performance is top notch and it won’t let you down whether you’re gaming, or taking it to work and doing regular office work. It’s just an all around wonderful performer and I’m very impressed by it.
Keyboard and Trackpad

Speaking of things I’m impressed by, let’s talk about the keyboard and trackpad here. The Zephyrus M comes with a keyboard that I can only describe as “very Asus” and I mean that in a good way. Most Asus laptops have good keyboards, and this one is no different. It’s not a mechanical keyboard, but it has ample travel without being too bouncy, the keycaps are flat instead of curved, but they’re still easy to hit accurately and they’re made of high quality plastic instead of the cheap feeling ones that a lot of other brands use.

The layout is also really good, and I especially love the full arrow-key layout instead of the compact layout that makes it very difficult to use the arrow keys without actually looking at them in the middle of a game. Plus, there are also four dedicated keys above the keyboard for increasing and decreasing the volume, turning the mic off, and for launching Asus ROG Armoury Crate software at the press of a button.

One additional thing I really liked about the keyboard is you can lock the Windows key to not open the start menu. This is really handy because I hit the Windows key a lot by accident while gaming and on most laptops it opens up the Start menu and I end up dying in my game, and that’s very annoying. On this (and probably other Asus laptops) I can simply press Fn + Windows to disable that functionality and I’m really happy that this feature exists.

Anyway, moving on, there’s the trackpad, and this is amazing as well. The Zephyrus M comes with a decently sized trackpad which is not too big, but it’s not small either. Plus, it supports Microsoft Precision drivers which just makes using it a lot better and brings support for intuitive gestures which is also pretty cool.

I/O and Ports

The ROG Zephyrus M also comes with a decent selection of ports and I/O that should suffice for all your needs. The laptop comes with 1 x USB 3.2 Gen2 Type C DisplayPort™ 1.4 and Power Delivery, 1 x USB 3.2 Gen2 Type A, 2 x USB 3.2 Gen1 Type A, 1 x HDMI 2.0b, 1 x 3.5mm Audio Jack, 1 x Audio Jack Mic-in, and an RJ-45 ethernet port.
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In my usage of this laptop I didn’t feel short on ports or connectivity options and I don’t think you will either. Plus, the USB-C port is definitely awesome to have, and with Power Delivery, it can fast charge USB-PD compatible devices, which is also cool.
Audio

If there’s one thing about this laptop that I found underwhelming, it’s the audio. The laptop comes with bottom firing speakers, which is probably why the sound is underwhelming, muffled, and honestly, not loud enough at all. I tried watching movies on this laptop, and it just doesn’t cut it.

As a gamer, I’m sure you’ll most probably be using headphones while you game, so you probably won’t have to deal with this too often, but if you think you can watch movies on this laptop without a Bluetooth speaker, or a wired external speaker, you’re in for a shock.

At the very least, I would’ve expected Asus to put the speakers slightly towards the sides, like they did with the TUF Gaming FX505DT, but alas, the Zephyrus M GU502GU is absolutely let down by its speakers.
Battery

Lastly, there’s the battery. The Zephyrus M GU502GU comes with a 76Wh battery that Asus claims lasts up to 6 hours on a charge, but the only time I noticed that happening was when I put a bunch of games on download and left the laptop to do its work while I played games on my PS4. Other than that, the laptop doesn’t last anywhere close to 6 hours on a charge. I was consistently getting around 3 hours of battery life from this laptop.

However, if you’re a gamer, you’ll most likely keep the laptop plugged in while gaming so the battery life shouldn’t be an issue. However, if you’re like me and you’re planning on using the laptop at work or in college, you’ll need to keep the charger handy.
Pros and Cons

So the Zephyrus M GU502GU is a pretty decent laptop, but it doesn’t get it all right. Let’s take a quick look at the good and the bad about this laptop.

Pros:

    Excellent design
    Amazing performance
    Good keyboard and trackpad

Cons:

    Battery life is sub-par at best
    Speaker quality is not good

Asus ROG Zephyrus M GU502GU: Should You Buy It?

The ROG Zephyrus M GU502GU is a a pretty good laptop. It brings great performance packed inside a stylish chassis, a good keyboard and trackpad, along with a decently wide selection of ports and I/O options. However, at Rs. 1,49,990, the Zephyrus M is competing against the MSI GL63 9SEK gaming laptop (Rs. 1,47,500) which brings the same 9th-gen Core i7 processor, 16GB RAM, a 1TB HDD + 256GB SSD, and 6GB RTX2060 graphics. The only place where the MSI GL63 9SEK lags behind is the weight – it’s 300 grams heavier.

The thing is, if you’re looking for a gaming laptop for playing high-end games on, the MSI GL63 9SEK is a much better deal. However, if you’re looking for a laptop that can handle gaming and fit in at your office, maybe go with the Zephyrus M GU502GU.
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Sunday, August 18, 2019

How to make admob account easily

It is high time we youths/teens wakes up from our sleep and start thinking, we actually can make money online without any stress if you don't know is better you know now. you can just be at home with your Smart phone or PC "Laptop/Desktop" and you earn money your Legit money without fraud or doing any illegal things. All we just need is an information about how this works , Am very sure if you can take your time to read all this information and make it useful am sure you will be a Boss of yourself in this 2019/2020.

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OR
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See measures to create a website for Blogger

3. Start blogging and post your guests with nice subjects.
Always attempt to give your visitors value and interest and constantly provide fresh subjects to your site. You can also use one of the others to assist in writing your site material.

4. Register for the revenue sharing ad network of your choice.
You will position advertisements on your site by connecting to it, and you will get a profit whenever a visitor clicks or even sees your advertisements.
I will suggest you join Google adsense because they have the best revenue

3. Free job platforms
This is one of the best and simplest ways to take advantage of the Internet. They are involved in a business that operates as an intermediary between service suppliers and who wants to get it.
Of course, to take advantage of these businesses, you will be a service provider if you do any of the following duties: writing, designing, programming, translation, drawing, preparing introductions, reviewing, editing videos, photography, creation of phone applications or other skills and needing others, you can take advantage of these businesses.
Follow these measures to work and benefit from freelance platforms:

1. Learn or create any skill you have
Free job Platforms covers nearly all the regions you think so anyone with little abilities in nearly anything can benefit from these platforms.
2. Participate in one of the job platforms
There are many such platforms around the globe, and you will also find some specialized in a specific region, while others are general and cover many regions. (We will soon add a list of these platforms)

3. Provide your services and begin earning
 Always attempt to provide something of high value and always attempt to refine your abilities and grow in the sector you plan to work on.

4. Browse the services supplied by others
 You can browse the services supplied by others after signing up or even before signing up, learn the secret of the achievement of best-selling services, and then improve yourself to enhance your competitiveness. Apart from my monthly payment from Google i also engage myself in FREE JOB PLATFORM  because i wont like to depend on my monthly paid networks so i will love to do work for people and get paid instanly as soon as am done with their works.

4. Working on YouTube as a content manufacturer
YouTube is the third biggest site in terms of popularity and visitors and the second biggest search engine in the Internet globe. Around the globe, there are thousands of individuals, but hundreds of thousands who gain on a regular basis from YouTube.

To join this list and begin earning from YouTube, all you have to do is create a video worth seeing.
Create a YouTube Channel.
And you upload it to YouTube and take part in the revenue-sharing program of Google, which is also monetized.

5. Join mobile Ad Network

This is still one of the easiest and straight forward way to earn money, all you just need is your smart phone either android, iphone or window. All you just need to register in either of this ads network below
Admob
Read more about Admob by clicking on HERE
StartApp
Read more about StartApp by clicking on HERE
Media.net
Inmobi.... etc
when you have successfully signup, you just need to create an app yourself if youre an app developer or you meet any of those app developer around you and you create an app which you will use to earn. All you will just need to do is to send them your ad unit if you are for admob or you send them your app id if your are for start app.
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Admob Review 2019

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Admob Review 2019
Introduction to AdMob
AdMob is a Google-owned ad network that allows developers and publishers to monetize their mobile apps with relevant ads from a huge inventory of advertisers (over one million). ... Revenue is generally gained on a CPC basis, although some CPM advertisements are also accessible. Admob account was founded lately 2006
Admob
AdMob is one of mobile app monetization's biggest and most common website. AdMob was purchased by Google in 2010, and has since been reconstructed to integrate many of Google's key marketing network functionalities. The outcome is an exceptionally profound pool of advertisers, resulting in very excellent fill prices and competitive eCPMs in general. It also implies that there is a comprehensive support guide and countless forums to resolve any technical problems that occur. In other words, for mobile traffic, AdMob is basically AdSense. All main platforms, including Android, iOS, and Windows 8, function through the network.
Both fundamental and advanced app publishers can use AdMob. The easiest way to use AdMob is to generate standard advertisements that will appear in your app and be filled out using the mobile ad network of Google. You will divided any network income (about 40 percent goes to Google) and deposit your income into your account every month (assuming you fulfill the $100 payment limit or the appropriate foreign currency quantity)
The method to create and activate a fresh AdMob ad unit is relatively simple and operates in much the same manner that AdSense does. You will be able to customize your text ad units with particular colors and fonts to maximize visibility and rates of clicking (and testing and optimizing down the path). AdMob also allows you to specify a refresh period for the advertisements of your app, resulting in a greater amount of advertisements displayed and greater click rates. The refresh duration can be as brief as 30 seconds to refresh the ad and appear a fresh ad.
AdMob also involves a tool called "AdMob Mediation" which promotes continuing optimization for more sophisticated appmakers looking to maximize their mobile income. This function enables users to show multi-source advertisements, including the network of AdMob and other portable ad networks. By having these line items compete against one another, you'll be able to identify the highest payers and gradually shift your impressions toward the ads with the highest payout. This method needs continuing maintenance and tracking, but can reward large traffic quantities.
You can also allow AdMob to do the optimization for you by allowing its "Add network optimization" function to pull eCPMs from distinct networks based on historical performance automatically.

It is essential to note that this characteristic of AdMob Mediation does not support all networks of mobile ads. Rather, within this optimization structure, there is a restricted amount of ad networks that can operate. AdMob also has capacities for targeting and filtering comparable to what appears in Google AdSense. This implies that consumers can regulate what kinds of advertisements appear in their applications, preventing advertisers who do not want to associate with their brand and tilting their exposure to (or away from) certain verticals.

The reporting interface is comparable to AdSense as well. AdMob has a comprehensive and customizable dashboard for reporting that enables both fundamental and advanced analytics.AdMob places certain rigid boundaries on advertisements; if the website scrolls, you are not permitted to have more than one ad per static page or more than one ad visible at a moment. This may be a drawback for some applications that limits the general earning ability. They also have ad unit positioning criteria so that invalid clicks are not requested.
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What is Computer virus of and how does it effect work?

Millions of people around the globe who work for internet employment at Google blindly trust the business. As a matter of reality, Google pays publishers and content creators from around the globe Billions of dollars every year.

If you're seriously interested in getting a job in Google, I'll assist you out rapidly.

I'll let you know 3 excellent ways to make cash online with Google in this post. Nevertheless, the third option won't give you a periodic earn " it can not get you rich", you can definitely earn some money working part time from home.

3 How to make cash using Google Online Job

Here are three of Google's most efficient home-based employment that can provide you with periodic revenue. There is no limit to receiving internet employment from these Google. You just set your objective, work appropriately, and you can definitely accomplish your objective.

1. Google AdSense
Google AdSense may also be the biggest and oldest online advertising networks still in existence. As such, advertisers and editors alike are very popular with them. Generally speaking, publishers will find AdSense ads ' performance and eCPMs difficult to beat, and while Google's one-on - one support is almost impossible to get, original configuration is generally quite easy.On the internet, there is totally nothing better that can match Google AdSense income.
Millions of website/ blogs publishers worldwide earn from this internet work "AdSense".
With this internet work from Google, you can even earn $200 to $20,000 + monthly.
Here are the particular steps to use Google AdSense to create Legit cash

    Create a blog page/post (Creating a web blog is very easy and it takes barely thirty minutes to set up a excellent blog.)

     Publish frequent articles on your own web blog ( such as entertainment, cooking, politics, hobbies, meetings, technical things, etc.).

    Sign up and Make a Google AdSense request here.

    Place AdSense advertisements on your blog once your AdSense accounts have been approved.

    Every moment your visitor clicks on AdSense advertisements or view it you start earning.

If you have any issue about creating a website or you want to start one from the scratch you can comment below i will be linking you up on how to start this.

Read also: How to earn money with StartApp
2. YouTube
YouTube is a website based in San Bruno, California, for American video sharing. The service was created in February 2005 by three former PayPal employees — Chad Hurley, Steve Chen, and Jawed Karim. Google purchased the site for US$ 1.65 billion in November 2006; YouTube now runs as a subsidiary of Google.

YouTube Online Job Not only does this online job from Google offer you revenue, it could also make you an instant internet celebrity.

Thousands of people are opening a YouTube channel and displaying their abilities through daily videos on YouTube.

Once their channel becomes popular, they begin to get hundreds or thousands of people through their video advertisements.

It's really as simple to start a channel since you created a contact account.

Here are the particular steps for earning cash online from this Youtube.

    Create a YouTube channel


    Create a video through your Smartphone or digital camera 


    Upload your videos on your YouTube channel


    Wait until you get a substantial number of subscribers


    Make an application for a YouTube partner program


    After receiving your approval then you Starting getting your legit cash from Google .


3. Google Opinion Reward
Google Opinion Rewards Google Opinion Rewards is the third choice. This isn't, however, a standard way to earn like the last two. If you want to create cash on / off using Google in your free moment, then Google Opinion benefits are most useful to you.

You can go to the Android Play Store and install the app on your own IOS.

You can complete survey forms and gain credits from Google Play. These web surveys could be very easy for anyone to complete. Google Opinion Rewards will allow you to receive Play Credits from Google, and later you will be able to use them to get any kind of paid applications.

So these are the three Google's finest ways to make money online. Apart from these steps I mentioned above, there is still a distinct methods to generate money online from google It is also an ad network it is called ADMOB you can read more about that below. If you want to begin dealing / earning with Google, focus only online on these 3 internet employment. A computer virus is a program form published using the language of programming. Once a virus has been performed, it is repeated by changing other computer programs. The virus is a word that scares every person running mobile and computer, and everyone knows about it. Anyone with a computer smartphone wants to prevent the virus. Why, though? Did you ever wonder what a virus is? How do viruses spread on the Internet so quickly? If you want to learn all Virus-related data, you'll discover it all in this article.
The world has individuals of all types, bad guys are with good people as well. Some individuals who have strong internet understanding write some programs to hurt others who are specialized in the destruction of computers and associated databases of the system. Sometimes for fun and cash, individuals do this kind of job. What's this computer virus after all? If you are unfamiliar with computer viruses, let's understand in detail.

What is a virus of the computer?

 A computer virus is a kind of malicious program published using the language of programming. When performed, a Virus code replicates itself by changing other computer programs, reaching and corrupting each file in the storage, deleting it and damaging it.

Viruses aren't produced on their own, but they're created to hurt others by a qualified programmer. It's spreading very quickly. It connects to the boot system when the virus is running in the system and the more often it binds the system, the more it spreads.

What is the full meaning of VIRUS ?

Virus means "Vital Information Resource Under Seize" , there is no infection within the software. But once it has been performed, the entire system will start distributing the donor. Even the computer's velocity slows down to a very low level so that no job is worth the computer.

How is the virus working? 
Before you know how this works, let me inform you that programming language understanding is very essential to construct a virus. That implies you've got to have a very good understand of making a virus.

Virus formation is the majority of individuals who understand the language of programming. Because without programming linguistic understanding, no virus can be developed. To make it, it doesn't need any unique software, but a very easy application that we all have on our PC and understand as a notepad. Virus can easily be created with Notepad if you have a very good knowledge and understanding of programming.
Use the executable extension to write some codes and save the file. After this the target scheme has to achieve after this somehow. The virus then begins its job.
So how is a virus working? As you understand, the virus is a program or code that binds to a software file. Viruses are connected to infected documents or software.

The virus begins to reproduce as quickly as it is run by the infected file or software. This is how the virus starts spreading. And all programs, records, games and attachments to emails are beginning to get infected. After this, they also spread through other media through electronic media when we move these documents to CDs, DVDs, USB drives.
The virus will not operate until the attached file, program or email attachment is attached, i.e. until there is no ambiguity.

How do you identify a virus?


Computer viruses can be of any form and size, but in everything the same thing is prevalent. Computer systems themselves indicate that the virus was assaulted due to diseases.

Still, it happens that you probably don't understand even though you have an infection. It is not very hard to diagnose the identification of infection. When the severe type of malware infection has not reached, its sign already appears on the desktop.

But what is the identity we can readily discover that your system has detected malware infection"Virus"?

1. Computer Seems To Hang Frequently:
If you haven't installed any software or hardware recently, the system seems to hang up frequently and doesn't operate at all. This implies that your system has infected the virus.


2. Automatic change in Browser Settings:
modifications happen in browser environments The homepage settings of the browser automatically alter when the computer is infected with virus malware attack or spyware attack. The browser homepage shifts automatically with diseases.
The automatic internet page opens as a homepage whenever you open the Internet. Most individuals set up their own homepage, and when the webpage starts to open automatically after the homepage changes itself, it's either malware or spyware infection.

3. Pop-up windows opens when clicked
When clicked, the popup window opens As quickly as the internet automatically begins popping buttons, your system may have a spyware attack. Or your system got any malware infected. If you have malware infections, whether you click to open a specific website, any unknown website will be opened.

4. Starting the computer requires more time
 When computer malware gets infected, booting your system requires more time. Which usually requires a small amount of moment. If you are unable to login properly with your right username and password, your login access codes may have been altered by any malware.
In this manner, the virus attack on your computer can be readily identified. If such problems have suddenly began and become regular, it implies that your system is infected with virus.

5. Folder virus option (virus in one click in complete scheme)
folder transition options is very hazardous. I myself witnessed it. The folder of the same name is designated as.exe in each directory. These infections come from a USB drive, CD, DVD. Only when you click on the infected file will these viruses infect your system. But because there is a delay in doing just one click on it, it is hazardous and the entire system will be infected.
Even when new unknown icons and shortcuts are created in the desktop, any malware or spyware infection may have occurred in your system, and when you open these shortcuts, it is also possible you Open a website instead of an application when you open these shortcuts.

What you are likely to notice with folder Malfare infection


    The system will restart automatically once you open the command panel and the DOS.



    Folder option folder disappears in the Control Panel.



    Each folder is developed automatically as a.exe folder with the same name.



    Just copy and paste these folders into any other digital media such as a USB drive, hard drive, memory card, and the folder option will be a memory-wide malware infection.



    It's just a full disk format solution.


Type of virus
There are many kinds of computer viruses, which by injecting viruses is helping hackers hack into any scheme. Some of these are so damaging that even data is destroyed and information is also stealed.

Hacking any network for these hackers is not difficult. As needed, they use distinct kinds of computer virus. The fresh computer programs will be developed and used for hacking on the day.

There are individuals everywhere in the globe who write such computer programs that infect the computer and steal data and corrupt data by using them. I'm going to inform you about various kinds of computer viruses, which data is very crucial about.

Here I give you a full list of the distinct top 10 kinds of viruses in and around the globe you can keep your device pc/smart phone safe by avoiding all this i listed below.

    ILOVEYOU


    YANKEE DOODLE


    NIMDA


    MORRIS WORM


    CONFICKERS


    BEAST TORJAN HORSE


    MY DOOM


    CODE RED


    SASSER


    MELISSA

Conclusion
By the way, internet connections are now being protected by securing the Internet virus. To target the system, many programmers use the web. But there is a lot of safety in the antivirus software.
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Best 5G Hotspot Released in 2019 and Up coming smart phones with 5G

Samsung released three versions of the Galaxy S10 earlier this year, but the "best" model wasn't available until now. The Galaxy S10 5 G has officially launched in the US as a (temporary) Verizon exclusive. Samsung pitches the S10 5 G as the S10 family's most desirable member irrespective of your 5 G access, but it comes with an inflated $1,300 cost. To strengthen this, Verizon is willing to sell to anyone the new S10 variant, even if you don't live close to a 5 G market.
It offers a ton of characteristics, all of which are GS10 phones. The most important difference is the addition of 5 G, which is as much a hindrance as it is a advantage right now.

If you've been using a Galaxy S10 +, the S10 5 G will not seem like a device that's completely alien. It's a steroid S10 +: the screen is 6.7-inch bigger, and the battery has risen to 4,500mAh by a comparable margin. Even with these slim bezels, the larger footprint makes the S10 5 G one of the biggest devices on the market. It's a real handful— literally — but in the several hours I could carry the phone around Minneapolis (one of the 5 G markets in Verizon) I didn't drop it. I feel, though, that it's at the very brink of what I can use as a mobile fairly.


Apart from the inflated size, adding a new camera on both the front and back is the most obvious change to the S105G. The regular, telephoto, and wide-angle cameras are still available on the back, but now there is a time-of-flight (TOF) sensor. On the front, another TOF camera substituted the 8MP deep-sensing camera, making the hole-punch a lot bigger. The phone can precisely map distances with the TOF sensors, enabling Samsung to introduce more precise portrait mode and other impacts. And as a contrast to the Galaxy S10+, I say "more correctly." The S10 5 G is better, but the edge mapping is still simple to fool.

For a lot of stuff, the TOF cameras could be helpful, including real 3D face unlock. The phone, of course, does not understand how to do anything helpful right now with the TOF cameras. It looks like Samsung just needed some way to distinguish this phone from the Galaxy S10 +, so it crammed into a couple of fresh sensors. Otherwise, the experience is what you would expect from the S10e, S10, and S10 + Galaxy. It's a quick phone, but not as smooth as either the Pixel or the OnePlus 7 Pro. However, RAM's 8 GB is more than sufficient to maintain applications in memory. The fingerprint sensor in the ultrasonic display functions, but it is slower than other techniques of unlocking.


Display

Color accuracy was also not quite equal to what we observed from the S10 Plus, as the S10 5 G provided a 0.9 Delta-E score compared to the 0.29 outcome of the slightly lower model. (Numbers nearer to 0 are better.) However, neither screen feature turns out to be a particularly important setback. It looks plainly brilliant when you hold the S10 5 G in front of you. I was captivated by a fighting scene inside a moodily-lit bar while watching the trailer for John Wick 3 on the phone. The Dynamic AMOLED panel painted everything deftly— from the room's deepest shadows to the neon fixtures ' intensity.

I would have liked a 90Hz display in the S10 5 G if I were nitpicking, similar to the OnePlus 7 Pro display. There's nothing like the smoothness you get from a quick refresh rate, and I really hope these panels will be the next excellent innovative trend in premium smartphone design, personally. But such an addition may have hampered the battery life of the S10 5 G, which is already under pressure from those power-hungry 5 G radios— so I can live without it.

Camera

On the back of the S10 5 G you will discover a large total of four cameras. Three of them— the main 12-megapixel shooter, 16-MP wide-angle and 12-MP telephoto — are transported from the S10 Plus. The 5 G variant, however, throws a fourth lens into the mix: a depth sensor for time-of-flight (ToF).  The S10 5 G has two ToF sensors— one on the back and one on the front — enabling more accurate bokeh-effect portraits to separate the foreground from the background. In the above comparison between portraits captured with the S10 5 G and the single-lens Pixel 3, you can start to see the advantage ToF offers.
On the back of the S10 5 G you will discover a large total of four cameras. Three of them— the main 12-megapixel shooter, 16-MP wide-angle and 12-MP telephoto — are transported from the S10 Plus. The 5 G variant, however, throws a fourth lens into the mix: a depth sensor for time-of-flight (ToF). Time-of-flight technology records how long it takes to bounce off an item by a laser pulse. This enables the phone to calculate depth more correctly than systems that integrate a more standard dual-lens system that depends on different views to determine the scene's three-dimensional knowledge.


Battery
The Samsung Galaxy S10 5 G comes with an enormous 4,500mAh battery that is not surprising when you think about it.

There's that massive QHD+ display to run along with a heap of power under the hood and 5 G connectivity–all things that will take on the battery their toll.

Samsung claims that the Galaxy S10 5 G can last for a single charge for 24 hours, but you're going to have to wait for our complete analysis to see if that's the case.

Advertising The S10 5 G can be charged wirelessly, supporting Samsung Fast Wireless Charging 2.0 technology allowing you to efficiently top it up.Like the other S10 handsets, the S10 5 G also comes with Wireless PowerShare, allowing you to charge other Qi-compatible phones (including iPhones!) wirelessly by putting them on Samsung's back.

This means you can plug the S10 5 G into the mains via a cable and use it as a wireless charging pad for other devices, such as the Galaxy Watch, Galaxy Buds, and other phones that you or your friends / family may have.

It is not an excessively quick way to charge other equipment, but it does imply that you need only one power outlet and one charging cable.

Specifications

    Price - $1,299 to $1,399
    OS -Android 9 Pie with OneUI
    Screen Size- (Resolution) 6.7-inch Dynamic AMOLED (3040 x 1440)
    CPU- Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 (U.S.) / Samsung Exynos 9820 (WW)
    Network-  5G
    RAM -8 GB
    Storage- 256 GB, 512 GB
    Expandable Storage- No
    Rear Camera Four: 12-MP wide angle (/1.5-2.4) ; 16-MP ultra wide angle (hereafter/2.2) ; 12-MP telephoto (hereafter/2.4) ; time-of-flight depth
    Battery Size - 4,500 mAh Battery Life (Hrs: Mins) 10:56
    Size- 6.40 x 3.04 x 0.31 inches
    Weight- 6.98 pounces
    Water Resistance- Yes.


Performance

Inside the Samsung Galaxy S10 5 G there's plenty of power crammed with a high-end octa-core processor joined by 8 GB of RAM to maintain Android 9 Pie ticking beautifully over.

We were unable to unlock the Galaxy S10 5 G with which we had hands-on, as we have stated, so we are unable to evaluate how this specific phone works.

It's the same power setup as in the Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus, two handsets that we were able to use more extensively, so the differences between them should be minimal, and Samsung's Android overlay should provide a smooth, slick experience, with fast load times and no sign of lag.

You're also getting a generous 256 GB of storage inside the Galaxy S10 5 G, and if that's still not enough space for all your 5 G download habits, there's a microSD slot that supports up to 512 GB of cards.

The Samsung Galaxy S10 5 G probably won't take the world by storm, but it lays significant foundations for the portable future.

Its huge screen and abundant power and storage will probably appeal to power users interested in getting on board the 5 G hype train as soon as possible, but for most customers the S10 and S10 Plus standard constitute better purchases, and we discovered the S10e to be a ideal pick-up value for individuals on a budget.
Even when 5 G does come to your region, the likelihood is that coverage will be limited to major cities, while as we mentioned this handset (and others like it) is expensive, as will the 5 G plan you'll need to commit to in order to make the most of its 5 G capacities.

Before 5 G becomes widespread and consistent enough to matter to anyone but early adopters, it will be at least a year. And that's the purpose of this phone. Someone who demands the best is not willing to take the Fold's chance, and is not willing to wait for the 5 G Samsung Galaxy Note 10. Samsung claims that the Galaxy S10 5 G can last for a single charge for 24 hours, but you're going to have to wait for our complete analysis to see if that's the case. The S10 5G can be wirelessly charged, with support for Samsung Fast Wireless Charging 2.0 technology allowing you to efficiently top it up. i can not just wait till yhey get this phone generally released.
5G is generally considered to be the fifth generation of broadband cellular network technology, or let me say that it is the next-fifth generation of mobile Internet connectivity that promises much faster data download and upload speeds, wider coverage and more stable connections. The goal is to make better use of the radio spectrum while allowing far more devices to access the mobile Internet at the same time. The 3GPP industry organization describes any system that uses "5 G NR" software as "5 G," a definition that was generally used by the end of 2018. 5 G technology is a state-of - the-art technology to which everyone on this planet is looking. The new cellular techno is the wireless fifth generation (5 G).
HTC 5G HUB
In its early days, 5G connectivity makes a lot of sense with a hub that allows you to place in a nice location and use various equipment because of its quick speeds and low latency. Sprint offers its customers the possibility to use a 5 G phone or hotspot. AT&T provides company clients only a hub. The HTC 5 G Hub on Sprint is the best overall 5 G hotspot because it makes it easy to use a touchscreen and Android operating system to bring the newest 5 G tech to home and company customers alike.


You likely image a little box with a clunky user interface and a small screen when you think of a hotspot. HTC defies that with Sprint's new 5G hub. This hub evolves from a backup connection to a full internet solution with a 5-inch 720p touchscreen and Android 9 assistance.

The Qualcomm X50 modem in the HTC 5 G Hub should provide high speeds even when moving outside 5 G coverage, supporting Sprint's new 5 G network and 4 G LTE network. It supports 5 speeds of Wi-Fi and has an Ethernet gigabit port. If there is no energy available, it can travel with a 7,660 mAh battery. HTC shows that this hotspot supports up to 20 linked devices that close this device to a full home network solution or even a tiny office.

Sitting high like a intelligent alarm clock at almost four inches tall, this hub commands more of your desk than individuals are more acquainted with some of the bigger hotspots and Still with Android 9, a Snapdragon 855 mobile CPU and RAM 4 GB, this hub can function as a Google Assistant, a music player, or anything else that an Android tablet can do.


Specification

    Andriod 9
    Large and strong battery
    5 inch touch screen
    Snap dragon 855 Mobile CPU
    4GB RAM
    Ethernet direct cable connection

Disadvantage

    Device too big
    Extremely low display resolution "720P"
    No wi-fi 6

The HTC 5 G Hub is a quick and easy-to-control Wi-Fi Hub with a large front screen and Android 9 installed. Presently i think it cost almost 600$. This is a powerful hotspot that every one will like to use to ease and fastens ones work.



For Business: Netgear Nightthawk  5G Mobile Hotspot "AT&T." 

The Netgear Nighthawk 5 G Mobile Hotspot is currently the only option for you if you have a business plan or are willing to wait for AT&T to launch its 5G+ network for all clients. Fortunately, this is a nice one with compatibility for the 5G+ network of AT&T called mmWave and LTE Advanced.  Although a store page is not yet available from AT&T, the Nighthawk 5 G Mobile Hotspot's official product name is the Netgear MR5000 and specifications can be found on the Netgears support site. It lacks an Ethernet port, but with support for Wi-Fi 5 and dual band connectivity, for most computing speeds should keep up well.

With this more traditional configuration and characteristics less built-in than HTC's Android powered hub, the 5040 mAh battery from the Nighthawk should be able to maintain traveling when there is no energy source available. In this hotspot, the Qualcomm X50 modem was able to produce 2Gbps under optimal circumstances. When AT&T rolls out its 5G+ to everyone, this is one to keep an eye out for. If I had an AT&T business account and lived in a 5 G region, that would be in my bag, you can bet.

Specification

    Colourful Touchscreen
    Large and strong battery
    Speed over 2GBps

Disadvantage

    Only Available for business.
    Small display
    No Ethernet
    No wi-fi 6


The Netgear Nighthawk 5 G Mobile Hotspot can deliver unparalleled speeds if you have a business account in an AT&T complete 5G+ coverage area and strong long lasting battery.





These are the list of the upcoming 5G for Smartphones in 2019 
Samsung  Galaxy S10 5G. 

The first 5 G flagship mobile phone from Samsung, the Galaxy S10 5 G, is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon X50 5 G NR modem and has a QHD+ Curved Dynamic AMOLED display of 6.7 inches.

It is equipped with a wireless charging battery of 4500mAh, 8 GB of RAM, and internal storage of 512 GB.

The S10 5 G phone has an Augmented Reality and Live Video Focus 3D Depth camera. Four rear cameras (two 12MP, 16MP and TOF) and two front-faced cameras (10MP and TOF) are available.

LG V50 ThinQ 5G.

The 8.33 mm thick LG V50 ThinQ 5 G smartphone has an OLED display of 6.4 inches with five cameras— three font-facing and two back-facing screens. The phone operates off the 855 processor of the Qualcomm Snapdragon and has a battery of 4000mAh, including an integrated cooling system.

It comes with a Boombox stereo speaker, Hi-Fi Quad DAC, and DTS: X 3D Surround for audio.

The V50 ThinQ 5 G also has an AI engine to do stuff like suggest contacts, alter brightness and color levels automatically to safeguard against eye exhaustion, and provide improved search skills.


Motorola Moto z3 .

Motorola's moto z3 phone is a little different from other 5 G phones because you can purchase it right now, but with one catch: it's a 5G-capable modular phone.

You have to snap on the 5 G moto mod with Motorola's 5 G phone to work on a 5 G network. Even the 5 G mod comes with a 2000mAh battery to complement the moto z3 battery.

The motorcycle z3 is 6.75 mm thick with a6-inch edge-to-edge Full HD OLED display, double 12MP deep-sensing rear cameras, 8MP wide-angle front-facing lens, water-repellent coating, 3000mAh battery, facial recognition, 4 GB memory, and 64 GB storage (expandable to 2 TB microSD).


Samsung Fold the Galaxy.

Also, Samsung will release two Galaxy Fold phones: one for 4 G LTE networks and one for 5G.

As the name suggests, there are two displays on this phone. A 4.6-inch HD+ Super AMOLED display is the front screen, while a 7.3-inch QXGA+ Dynamic AMOLED display is the unfolded, bigger screen.

The camera on the device's cover is 10MP. Dual front-facing cameras (10MP and 8MP) and a triple-camera configuration are also available on the back when the phone is opened (12MP telephoto, 12MP wide-angle, and 16MP ultra-wide).

Here are some more details on this Samsung 5 G phone: 4380mAh battery, wireless charging, 12 GB of RAM, and 512 GB of microSD-free storage.


Huawei X Mate 

Huawei's foldable Mate X 5 G smartphone has a 6.6-inch front panel display, a 6.38-inch back panel display, and an edge-to-edge OLED display with 2480x2200 resolution combined when unfolded. When folded, the phone is 11 mm thick and when unfolded it is 5.4 mm thick.

The 5 G Huawei smartphone utilizes the Kirin 980 processor and Balong 5000 5 G modem chip, has 8 GB of RAM with a storage capability of 512 GB, uses two batteries to achieve 4500mAh capability, and can be charged with SuperCharge up to 85 percent in 30 minutes.

This 5 G phone has three cameras: 40MP wide-angle, 16MP wide-angle, and 8MP photos. Huawei Mate X also has an embedded fingerprint reader in the power button, allows split-screen mode and supports dual-SIM (the primary SIM is 5 G and the secondary can be 4G/3G/2 G).
IPhone xs 5G

It's so sad that, until 2021, the arrival of 5 G will not support apple device. So every user of IPhone / apple is stuck in 4G. According to Kuo, the assistance will come as part of a significant redesign of the iPhone line-up flagship. The upcoming successors of iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max will sport an OLED display of 5.4-inch and 6.7-inch respectively. ... By 2021, Kuo says, all three iPhone models will receive 5 G assistance.
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