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The best new tech heading your way

OnePlus 6T
From `37,999, www.oneplus.in

It only seems like yesterday when we wrote about


the OnePlus 6 and here comes the 6T! Given how
fast technology moves, we don’t really blame
smartphone manufacturers for bringing out a new
model every few months. Some things do remain
and the 6T uses the same processor as the 6 before e
it i.e Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 but now the base
variant will start from 6GB RAM with 128GB storage e
with the other two being 6+256 and 8+256. It has a
dual-SIM VoLTE tray but there is no option of extra
expansion. Out of the box, it is preloaded with
Android Pie with a re-designed OxygenOS
interface. A 6.41” (1080x2340p) Optic AMOLED
display with 19:5:9 aspect ratio and thinner bezels
are present protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 6. A
waterdrop notch is used at the front which houses
the 16MP selfie camera. On the rear lies a vertically
aligned dual camera setup consisting of a 16MP
primary sensor and a 20MP secondary sensor with
flash. Both have an aperture of f/1.7. Face unlock,
Portrait mode, Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS),
Quick Capture, Panorama and Slow motion return
better than ever while 4K Video recording is
possible at 60FPS. There has been a special focus
on improving low light photography. You might
have noticed the lack of physical scanner anywhere
which is due to embracing the in-screen fingerprint
scanner, a first for the company. A larger 3700mAh
capacity battery should ensure longer lasting
standby but the trade-of was no more 3.5mm
headphone jack and instead a Type-C dongle has
been bundled for connecting them. This also has
the efect of increasing the width to 8.2mm and the
weight at 185g.

T3 Says: With each new iteration, the price TECH O METER


TECH-O-METER
increases with OnePlus now firmly resting in a place
between the afordable flagships and the super
expensive ones.

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OnePlus 6T

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PLANTRONICS BACKBEAT
FIT 3100
` 11,990, www.plantronics.com/in/en

It is becoming more common to see wireless


wearables nowadays but few distinguish
themselves. The Plantronics BackBeat FIT 3100
doesn’t want to get lost in the crowd like the others
(both literally and figuratively) staying firmly lodged
due to ear hooks. This makes them stay securely in
one place even during strenuous exercises or
activities. The rugged design is built to last as they
are rated IP57 against dust, sweat, and water. To
keep users mindful of their surroundings, the
Always Aware ear tips intelligently lets in sounds
that matter like horns, barking dogs or screeching
brakes over the audio. A playback time of five hours
is claimed on a single charge and an additional 10
hours when stored in the charge case. The
BackBeat app available on Android and iOS
provides access to My Tap that can help users set
up personal preferences.

T3 Says: Perfect for those who like to keep


themselves fit outdoors.

TECH-O-METER

HATHWAY PLAY BOX AND


ULTRA SMART HUB
`2,999, www.hathway.com

We have plenty of set-tops but how many are based on


Android TV? The Hathway Play box is allowing users to
stream Google Play content as well as enjoy Android
games on the big screen. It comes with a remote that
supports voice commands along with Google Assistant
having separate buttons for Google Play, Netflix and
YouTube. There is also the Hathway Ultra Smart Hub,
India’s first cable hybrid box that combines linear TV
with Google Play services in HDR. The simple
navigation enables linear TV owners to download apps
from the Play store but it only works where Hathway
cable is present. Chromecast is available to mirror stuf
from Android, iOS, Mac, Windows via a mobile app with
more OTT app integration on the cards. As the boxes
are Android certified, they could be supported with
updates for up to eight years which all depends on
Hathway.

T3 Says: Booking starts from this month reaching


customer’s hands in December.

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BOSE SMART SERIES


From `39,000, www.boseindia.com

Audio equipment manufacturer Bose hear commands better over make full use of ADAPTiQ to help them
has introduced the smart series louder listening volume. The acoustically adjust to surroundings.
consisting of Bose Home Speaker Soundbar 500 is touted to have
500, Soundbar 500 (pictured) and the widest soundbar of any smart T3 Says: As always with Bose, high price
Soundbar 700. Out of the box, they speaker today. The Soundbar 700 barrier stops a majority in their tracks.
come integrated with Amazon Alexa includes Bose PhaseGuides which
voice assistant with support for can send multiple channels of an
others like Google Assistant coming audio file throughout some space
down the line. AirPlay 2 streaming and spread discrete sound in areas
will be added sometime next year. where there are no speakers.
TECH-O-METER
The company has transplanted the There’s also Bose DSP, QuietPort
mic technology found in their and custom low profile
headphones to help these devices transducers residing within. Both

SKULLCANDY VENUE
` 17,999, www.skullcandy.in

The mature look of the wireless Skullcandy Venue


should be enough of an indicator that it means
business and isn’t all fun and games. Ofering
Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) to reduce ambient
sound, the company claims that up to 24 hours of
battery life is delivered on a single charge. In fact, a
10-minute power up doles out five hours of
playback, thanks to Rapid Charge technology. The
headphones have 40mm driver units, a frequency
range of 20Hz to 20,000Hz and 32ohm impedance
rating. A separate button is allocated for Activate
Assistant which enables the voice assistant
currently residing on the paired device. Tile, well
known for key finders is embedded into the Venue
to make it easier to track or find them through the
Tile App. A sturdy travel case, 1.2mm USB to Micro
USB charging cable and a removable 3.5mm AUX
wire have been bundled.

T3 Says: This is a welcome departure from the


products generally seen from Skullcandy.

TECH-O-METER

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TCL 65X4
` 1,49,990, www.tclindia.co.in

TCL’s 65X4 has beaten the competition by being the


first Google-certified Android QLED TV in India. It
sports a 4K UHD panel with Quantum Dot QLED
technology with 110 per cent NTSC gamut said to
mimic real world colour volumes. The 3840x2160p
resolution display uses micro dimming to output
enhanced colour contrast and better picture quality.
Fast moving content can be seen in more detail as
MEMC (Motion Estimation Motion Compensation) and
has been further boosted by TCL’s proprietary
algorithm up to 120Hz. Coming with AI and HDR
support, 40W Harman Kardon speakers are used to
deliver the audio along with DTS post processing for
surround sound. Chromecast is built-in while all the
popular streaming apps like Netflix, YouTube, Hotstar,
etc come pre-installed. Voice search allows for
navigation via spoken commands from the small
‘chocolate remote’ as dubbed by the company. A
separate one with conventional layout is also in the box.

T3 Says: For a limited period, it will sell at a special


festive price of ` 1,09,990.

TECH-O-METER

TECNO CAMON ICLICK2


` 13,499, www.tecno-mobile.com

Boasting of three smartphones already, Tecno’s


Camon AI series adds another member with the
iClick2. It sports a 6.2” HD+ Super FullView display
with a 19:9 aspect ratio and almost 88 per cent
screen-to-body ratio. Underneath is a MediaTek
Helio P22 SoC paired with 4GB RAM and 64GB
internal storage that can be expanded up to 128GB
via a dedicated microSD card slot. Next to the
fingerprint scanner on the back is the vertically
arranged dual camera setup housing a 13MP primary
lens and 5MP depth sensor that come with AI Bokeh
and Super Pixel mode. The notch in the front houses
a 24MP selfie camera with f/2.0 aperture and
1.8-micron pixel size. Packing in a 3750mAh battery,
the device weighs just 145 grams and has a thickness
of 7.8mm. While there is only one configuration,
there are three colours on ofer namely Aqua Blue,
Hawaii Blue, and Midnight Black.

T3 Says: The design and front camera will find fans


among the heavy social media users

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HONOR 8X
From ` 14,999, www.hihonor.com

Honor 8X feels like a welcome departure from the


previous models in the series. Take into account the
build consisting of a premium glass finish with double
textured design and 15 layers of aurora glass that leads
to a striking appearance. This is further accentuated by
the minimal top and bottom bezels resting on either
side of the 6.5” FHD+ screen with 397ppi pixel density.
It also has the honour (pun intended) of being the
world’s first TÜV Rheinland Low-Blue Light certified
display that reduces the blue light content and
efectively adjusts luminance to reduce eye damage. On
the rear lies the fingerprint sensor and dual camera
setup consisting of a 20MP primary and 2MP secondary
sensor having a f/1.8 aperture backed by AI. The 16MP
front camera has fixed focus and f/2.0 aperture. A
welcome surprise is the use of stereo speakers boosted
by Dolby Atmos surround sound.

T3 Says: We hope the rising entry cost of the X series


isn’t a sign of things to come.

TECH-O-METER

HP ENVY 13 X360 PREMIUM


From `60,990, www.hpshopping.in

HP Envy x360 Premium succeeds the older


adjectiveless variant sold previously. The FHD
micro-edge display is protected by a Gorilla Glass
NBT panel while Bang & Olufsen speakers have
been used for the audio setup further enhanced by
HP Audio Boost. Running on Windows 10 OS, there
are options of Ryzen 3 or 5 processor, Radeon
Vega 6 or 8 graphics, up to 8GB DDR4 RAM and
M.2 SSD or HDD. The company is boasting up to
12.5 hours of battery life on a single charge which
seems to include normal usage. Supporting HP
Fast Charge, it can go from 0 per cent to 50 per
cent in a span of just 45 minutes. The bundled HP
Active Pen is compatible with Windows Ink that
can be used for all manner of sketches or notes.
The new HP Command Center software available
inside enables users to optimise fan noise,
temperature, and system performance.

T3 Says: The 1.31kg weight and battery life are the


most appealing things about the convertible.

TECH-O-METER

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AMAZON KINDLE
PAPERWHITE (2018)
From ` 12,999, www.amazon.in

Amazon has finally delivered to a certain subset of


people clamouring for a somewhat afordable
waterproof Kindle as the Oasis was beyond the reach
for many. The 2018 Paperwhite does just that having
an IPX8 rating that renders it immersible in upto 2
metres of water for around 60 minutes. Physically it
is the same size as the previous generation but has
become thinner and lighter. The display has five
LEDs constituting the front light making it readable
in most environments. The interface has an updated
home screen that recommends books based on
reading history and can save a variety of settings like
font, size in separate profiles. This makes it easy for
multiple readers to use one Kindle. Separately sold
covers with diferent fabrics start from `1799 having
a magnetic snap-on function preventing unintended
opening. This can also lock and unlock the device
automatically.

T3 Says: The 4G model will give more mileage but


the additional 5,000 seems like a tad too much.

TECH-O-METER

AMAZON FIRE TV STICK 4K


`5,999 , www.amazon.in

After exactly 1.5 years, the Amazon Fire TV Stick has


gotten company thanks to the Fire TV Stick 4K.
Alongside native 4K content streaming, It supports
Dolby Vision making it the first such device to do so
and HDR10+. Alexa is integrated into the new voice
remote that comes in the package. The Alexa skills
can be harnessed for a number of scenarios like
listening to songs, cab booking, food ordering,
checking sports scores and more. It can be paired
with Echo devices to control the television and asking
Alexa to access new apps, handle playback or search.
The bundled remote can simultaneously control both
the TV (from the extensive list) and stick as it
combines Bluetooth and multi-directional infrared
technology with a proprietary cloud based service.
The buttons present on it include one for power,
volume toggles, mute and the signature voice button.

T3 Says: Anyone invested in the Amazon Ecosystem


is sure to find use for this especially if they have a 4K
television.

TECH-O-METER

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ASUS ROG GL12CX


`TBA, rog.asus.com

There’s no kill like overkill seems to be the motto of


the ROG GL12CX from Asus. The desktop PC
houses within killer hardware has been surprisingly
smushed into a cabinet. It can be configured with
the latest i9-9900K CPU on the Z390
motherboard, Nvidia RTX 2080Ti with 11GB VRAM,
32GB DDR4 2666 RAM, and 256GB SSD + 1TB
HDD running on Windows 10 OS. Coming to the
exterior are sleek cuts exuding RGB lighting, a
hot-swappable SSD bay along with front and back
I/O panels. Worth noting, the CPU is factory
overclocked and cooled by a custom CoolerMaster
MasterLiquid Pro 120 closed-loop liquid cooler. A
ROG Strix Flare Mechanical keyboard and ROG
Gladius II mouse have bundled alongside. The
target audience will be niche but there won’t be
any complaints about the lack of performance.

T3 Says: Future expansion might require some deft


maneuvering given how things are already
crowded inside.

TECH-O-METER

CITIZEN SATELLITE WAVE


GPS F990
`On Request, www.citizenwatches.co.in

It has been a glorious century since the Citizen Watch


company was founded by Japanese and Swiss investors.
To commemorate this occasion, a special collection has
been made available with the highlight being the
Eco-Drive Satellite Wave GPS F990 (shown here). It can
sync with satellites in space to ensure the exact time
anywhere in the world. With only 1,500 pieces present,
this limited edition chronograph comes with DLC
coating and a black dial with gold accents. Those finding
it familiar shouldn’t have a feeling of déjà vu as it inherits
the design concept and case of the original 2011 Satellite
Wave model. However now that lightweight super
titanium is used, it has the benefit of making the watch
thinner allowing for a more improved fit. Other notable
features include alarm, dual time, light level indicator,
perpetual calendar and power reserve indicator.

T3 Says: It bears repeating but if you want one you


better hurry otherwise no dice.

TECH-O-METER

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HUAWEI MATE 20 PRO


`TBA, huawei.com/in

Huawei is set to impress with the Mate 20 Pro. It is


powered by the in-house HiSilicon Kirin 980 SoC
which is the world’s first 7nm mobile AI chipset
available to consumers. The 6.39” QHD+ curved
OLED display with a 19:5:9 aspect ratio, 86.9per
cent screen-to-body ratio and DCI-P3 sports an
in-display fingerprint sensor. The rear camera
setup consists of a Leica lens much like the P20
Pro. There is a 40MP primary wide angle lens, a
20MP ultra wide angle sensor and finally an 8MP
3X telephoto lens with an aperture on the three
being f/1.8, f/2.2 and f/2.4 respectively. On the
front is a 24MP RGB selfie lens with 3D face
unlocking as well as 3D Live Emoji. A 4200mAh
battery powers the device that comes with 40W
fast charging and 15W wireless charging. It runs on
EMUI 9.0 based on Android 9.0 Pie out of the box.

T3 Says: If the pricing abroad is any indication,


Mate 20 Pro will face stif competition from the
usual suspects.

TECH-O-METER

ASUS ZENFONE LITE L1


AND MAX M1
From `6,999, asus.com/in

Taking cues from the success of the Max Pro M1, Asus
has expanded its portfolio with two more smartphones
namely the Max M1 and Lite L1. This price bracket is filled
with quad-core processor devices but the Asus duo is
an outlier of sorts given the octa-core Qualcomm
Snapdragon 430 chipset housed within. They are
running ZenUI 5.0 based on Android Oreo which has
been rid of all but 14 preloaded apps to keep bloatware
to a minimum. Both share the 5.45” HD+ IPS display
with 800:1 contrast ratio and 13MP rear camera. What
they difer on is the higher end Max M1 having 3GB RAM,
32GB storage, 4000mAh battery, 8MP front camera
while the Lite L1 makes do with 2GB RAM, 16GB storage,
3000mAh battery, and 5MP front camera. If extra
space is required, then the free 100GB Google Drive
storage will come as a boon.

T3 Says: Although the Snapdragon 430 is ageing, it


should ideally suice for basic tasks at the phones’
current resolution.

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Style

DRESS LIKE
JEFF GOLDBLUM
Turns out the king of cool’s playful black ensemble
is easy to pull off…

THE JACKET
Bomber jackets are a timeless
classic, integrating beautifully
with a wide range of looks. Jef’s
Saint Laurent Sequin Bomber
(farfetch.com) is so strong it
elevates his entire outfit in one
swift move.

THE TROUSERS
Jef often tones down his bold FOR ALL SEASONS
HOW TO CREATE A
shirts and jackets with simple
trousers. ASOS’ Design Slim Fit

TRANSITIONAL
Black Trousers (asos.com) give
you a similar look without the

WARDROBE
movie star price.

THE SHOES
A simple black boot is a great Stylist Ellis Ranson explains how to
way to lend an edge to your
outfit. The Oice Heron Chelsea
transition from summer to autumn
Boots (oice.co.uk) provide a Late summer through early autumn is an odd time for
similar vibe to Jef and can be clothes. We’re not quite ready to let go of the tees and
worn with black jeans and lightweight chinos of summer, but it’s still too warm to
trousers. embrace the heavier knits of autumn. So, how can we
shift into the new season both comfortably and stylishly?
Ellis Ranson, stylist to the likes of Rio Ferdinand and
Peter Andre, suggests running an inventory on your
MONEY existing wardrobe, then carefully adding in new pieces,
rather than splurging on a total fad closet overhaul…
NO OBJECT “Men can get away with spending more on fewer pieces,
avoiding too much throw-away fashion,” says Ellis. Take a
Louboutin Greggo Flat Calf look at your jeans and how these could be paired with a
new sweatshirt, or give your favourite summer tees a
new lease of life beneath a tailored blazer.
Adopting a tonal approach to colour is another key
starting point, says Ellis: “I love using diferent shades of
the same colour. Grey is a great example, as diferent
shades of grey creates a clean, efortless look.” For
choosing a look on cooler autumn days, Ellis suggests
layering up – but stylishly. “Layering is a key style hack
for all men. If you’re wearing a plain jumper, try a
longer-line t-shirt underneath, styled with a pair of skinny
There are Oxford shoes and then there’s the Louboutin Greggo jeans for a more casual look.”
Calf. A true sartorial icon, this dapper calfskin shoe is more When it comes to comfortable layering, Ellis advises her
versatile than it first appears, lending itself smartly to suits (pair clients to follow one golden rule: “Gym clothes belong in
the Tan with blue suits, the Black with grey) as well as darker rinse the gym. We all love a tracksuit, but if you’re looking for
jeans. A flash of red from the soles introduces a racy element to comfort try a twinset. These are hugely popular and ofer
an otherwise refined choice of footwear. a casual look while still helping you look as though you’ve
christianlouboutin.com made an efort.”

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of Noise Cancellation
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is no exception. It builds upon its predecessors to deliver a high quality audio experience.

Industry-leading Noise Cancellation Technology


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four times greater performance than the WH-1000XM2 allowing for much
better red
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surroundings.
Big Battery Life
A full charge takes 3 hours (down from 4) providing 30 hours worth
of wireless bliss even with Noise Cancellation on which is an unheard
of number in this headphone segment. You can forget the charging
cable at home without worries.
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Travel

BEST
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GOPRO
HERO6 BLACK
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stabilisation. It’s also waterproof
LICENCE TO THRILL
to 10 metres without additional
Spencer Hart is on a mission to infiltrate a James Bond exhibition
housing. built on top of an Austrian mountain
gopro.com If you know exactly how many henchmen At the top you’re greeted by the stunning
James Bond has killed and can recite The Ice Q restaurant and 007 Elements, a stark
Spy Who Loved Me á la Alan Partridge, you concrete structure embedded into the side
might want to consider Sölden, Austria, as of the mountain. The exhibition reveals itself
your next holiday destination. Why? 007 through a series of tunnel and rooms, each
Elements, an immersive exhibition that looks looking at a signature element of the James
back at the history of Bond and how the Bond movie franchise as well as ofering
O
OLYMPUS films are made. We recently visited, and it epic views of the Tyrolean valleys.
TOUGH TG-5 was a treat for the Bond fanatics among us. The rooms do a great job of immersing
The Tough TG-5 utilises an f/2.8 As you approach the structure, 3,050 you in the 007 universe, whether that’s
maximum aperture, letting in metres above sea level, you actually get the checking out gadgets in Q’s lab, or by
as much light as possible when feeling you’re in a Bond film. And, well, that’s inviting you to become a location scout in
underwater. Pro Capture Mode because you are – a large section of Spectre the ‘Briefing Room’. If you’re up for this
lets you zoom in on details, plus was filmed on the Gaislachkogl Mountain, mission, tickets cost 22 euros (around
there’s 4K video, Wi-Fi and GPS. where the exhibition space sits. ` 1,705) from 007elements.soelden.com.

olympus.in
SPEAK TO ME
LOST IN TRANSLATION
Language barriers put many people off travelling abroad, but this
slick new gadget could make translation issues a thing of the past
Many of us dream of visiting far-flung places, but the
PANASONIC thought of learning a new language can be pretty
LUMIX FT7 daunting. It seems that the team behind iLi, “the
31-metre waterproofing makes world’s most advanced oline translation device”,
the Lumix FT7 ideal for diving. have the same issue. The pocket-sized, rechargeable
There’s also a 20.4MP sensor, translator enables you to translate your voice into
paired with a 4.6x zoom lens, another language, and doesn’t need to be
for capturing detailed shots connected to Wi-Fi. At present, iLi (selfridges.com)
underwater. The electronic can translate English into Spanish, Japanese and
viewfinder’s mighty handy too. Mandarin Chinese in as little as 0.2 seconds, with
panasonic.com more languages to follow.

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Opinion

Duncan Bell is
wrapped in plastic
Opening a new bit of tech is like weird sex
involving lots of film. Is this sustainable?
pening a new gadget 3 Apple Watch,

O is a very 21st century


expression of sexual
desire. As millennials
which I bought as
a present, is perhapss
the most well wrapp ped
turn their backs on bonking, to device of all time.
spend more time with their First up, the watch comes in a
avocados, inducting a new bit of shrink-wrapped box x that even the
tech is filling the hole that leaves. shop assistant at thee Apple Store
You don’t agree? Consider this... described as “over-ssized”. Honestly,
When you buy a new bit of tech, it’s about the size of one of those
the box is swaddled in shrink wrap, massive packs of cig garettes you
stretched taut across its body. can buy in duty-free e shops, or
Everything is visible, yet luggage for a rabbit. Then the inner
prophylactically covered. With packaging is plastic on top of card some of the tropes of luxury watch
fumbling hands you must ease your on top of plastic. Even the straps, packaging, but applied them to a
way through, then tear it of. Inked which are entirely made of plastic, more explicitly ‘tech’ product, is also
text and logos hint at the come wrapped in individual bits of clever if you’re in the know.
excitement within, like the neon more diaphanous plastic. However, how long can this level of
signs on disreputable bars of yore. I’ve played up the sexy element packaging excess continue?
Prise of the lid and what you of unwrapping tech here because Given how upset people now get
desire is finally visible. The next layer that’s the way my mind works, but about plastic drinking straws and
of plastique is not transparent but it is, of course, much more complex single-use shopping bags, it seems
translucent – sometimes near than that. inevitable that there will be a
opaque. Rather than being sealed There are aspects of fetishism backlash against this school of
tightly like the outer layers, this is but there is also inhuman precision, packaging. It’s so beautiful, so OTT,
suggestively loose, held together by so perfectly plastic and... So
easily found tabs. This must be
carefully, lovingly peeled back. “There are aspects of absolutely destined to be
immediately sent to landfill.
Beneath, the soft plastic, the I’m not picking on Apple in
vulnerable glass and the hard,
unyielding metal of the gadget’s
fetishism, but there is also particular here. I’m aware that, in
recent years, the company has
construction seem to yearn for your
touch. Finally, on the most sensitive
inhuman precision and worked hard to reduce the amount
of plastic it uses in its packaging,
area, the screen, there is one final
sheet of plastic. You peel it back.
spiritual devotion” and that much of what it uses is
actually recycled (though this is
Now, at last, you can gaze upon its problematic in itself as recycled
true face, and let your fingers work spiritual devotion and, more plastic has usually reached the last
their magic, bringing it to life. prosaically, protection and of its nine lives) or is recyclable.
You get the subtle subtext of preservation of the new tech as it Probably other brands have too.
what I’m getting at here, right? moves up the supply chain from Even so, realistically, our precious
Come on, we all know why people factory to the clammy embrace of tech must surely all start coming to
love unboxing videos… your sweaty hands. us in corrugated cardboard and
With the Apple Watch, for ugly pseudo-plastics based on
I need a shower after that instance, the vacuum-formed inner starch. That’s probably great for the
Not surprisingly, it was an Apple tray is like a perfect tech bento box, planet, but I admit I will miss this era
product that recently made me fussed and thought over to the nth of perfect icons of glass and steel,
have all these rather feverish degree by Jony Ive and his monkish impeccably dressed in sexy, sexy
thoughts about plastic. The Series acolytes. The way Apple has taken plastic.

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Gadget Guru

GADGETGURU Our adviser makes the tech world


even clearer than a 5K display

MOHIT SINGH

Which monitor should I get?


The progressive ease at When things start getting that ABOVE (that’s really an each to their own
A which Korea, Japan, and complex, and you start dealing The bigger sort of thing) and HDR (you don’t
China can manufacture with that many pixels, you need your monitor, need it, but it’s nice to have, if
LCD panels means great things extra hardware to drive it; 1080p the bigger your what the manufacturer claims is
for the desktop market, and has you wrangling two million joy. Isn’t that HDR actually is). There’s the
good news for fans of odd aspect pixels, while a 4K screen pushes how the saying question of refresh rates (don’t
ratios and absurd pixel density. that over eight million. Not that goes? trust science –you’ll notice the
Though selecting the right one GaGu would recommend going diference between 60Hz and
boils down to a personal cost/ for anything less than QHD 144Hz) and sync (look for
benefit analysis. You could plump (2560x1440), because it really something in conjunction with
ILLUSTRATIONS: STEPHEN KELLY

for a 16:9 screen, which suits does make a diference. your graphics card for tear-free
most applications, most online There’s the question of curves images). GaGu cop-out answer
video formats, and most games, time, then: buy the best thing you
or you could go mad with a more When things start getting that can aford, and what works with
your desk. Don’t get something
exotic oblong: the Cinemascope-
shaped 21:9 is making big
complex and you start dealing gigantic if you’re going to be a
inroads, while Samsung and
others are pushing a rather silly
with that many pixels, you need foot away from it; don’t spend on
gaming features if you’re never
32:9 ultrawide ratio. extra hardware to drive it going to use them.

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Gadget Guru

NEW MEDIA ARMAAN MALIK


NOW PLAYING Can tech help
The greatest media
you need on your me gain muscle?
various screens
Look away from the
A infomercials, Mr Flex,
because there’s nothing
for you there. GaGu can’t legally
say that (unnamed) vibrating
stando-plates or torturous
ab-zappers don’t work, but use a
little common sense – you know
you can’t cheat your way to a six
pack. The trick is to dodge the
other kind of six pack, get your
BETTER CALL SAUL diet right, and work the right
One of the greatest TV tricksters things at the right time. Tech, or at
returns to Netflix in the new least apps, can help with that;
season of Better Call Saul. We Fitness Point (iOS/Android, free)
can’t wait to see what Jimmy gets ofers a basic selection of mass-
up to as it creeps toward the start building routines, with animations
of Breaking Bad. to help you find the right form,
while Jefit (iOS/Android, free)
does the same with photos, and ABOVE
lets you track your lifts as well. We want to look
SHIVAM PATIL
great on the
outside, but we
also really want
How do I make
SYED ALI
to just lie in bed
watching Netflix
good mobile
Are dash cams recordings?
GIDEON FALLS
Echoes of Twin Peaks haunt worth it? A You would be surprised at
what that tiny mic on your
this new comic from the phone is capable of. Guru
creative team behind Old Man listens to podcasts recorded using
Logan, which sees a young A What price do you put
on security, safety, or the nothing but a Android handset, and
man and Catholic priest drawn possibility of capturing while the content’s excruciating, the
to the dark town of Gideon footage of a crazy meteor strike audio quality generally isn’t.
Falls. while you’re trundling along the To do it better, Zoom’s compact
highway? Of course it’s worth it. H1n (a replacement for the H1, a
Decent dash cams are leaving long-standing favourite) produces
China by the containerload, so remarkable audio at a decent price,
while we think you should plump using a crossed-pair microphone
for Garmin’s Dash Cam 55, you array to deliver a good stereo
could get good results with the Yi image. Consider also the Tascam
Smart Dash Camera. Your DR-05, which is similarly specced.
insurance will get cheaper and, as
long as you install the cam
DONUT COUNTY properly, you’ll not even notice it’s WITH A DASH CAM IN YOUR CAR
In this quirky, colourful game there. One caveat, though: GaGu’s
for PC/Mac/PS4/iOS, you play a experiences attempting to run the
YOU HAVE THE POSSIBILITY OF
hole that must get bigger and eat cabling for a rear-facing camera CAPTURING FOOTAGE OF A
everything in its path. It sounds were so negative he was inclined
daft, but suspend all scepticism to dash the thing onto the
CRAZY METEOR STRIKE AS YOU
and jump in. pavement. TRUNDLE ALONG THE HIGHWAY

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THE
SETUP
Each issue, we show you how to set
up a key piece of connected-home
tech. This month…
Amazon Echo Spot

WHO YOU
GONNA CALL?
Nestled discretely above the Spot’s
screen is a tiny camera. If your pals
have the Alexa app on their device or
an Echo Spot or Echo Show at home,
you can make video calls hands-free
(or voice calls to any Echo device).
The Drop In feature is ideal for quick
communication with other Echo
devices in your home, like if you want
to ask what’s for dinner or check the
baby is still snoozing in the nursery.

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Pro-Ject RPM 9 Carbon Bang & Olufsen BeoSound 2


Rectangular turntables? Forget it. Continuing our ‘audio as art’ theme
Half the fun of getting back to vinyl is B&O’s 360-degree wireless
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Parrot Bebop 2 FPV
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experience you’re likely to get
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Best Tech for Everything

THE BEST TECH FOR…


getting things done
1 Samsung Galaxy Note9
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Best Tech for Everything

Moleskine Pen+ Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch


Ellipse
p and Moleskine Packing more power than ever, the
Paper Tablet new 13-inch Pro from Apple is ideal for
The Pen+ Ellipse may look getting things done. It has a great-looking
like a stylish, regular pen 13.3-inch LED-backlit Retina display
but it’s super smart and and latest-generation Intel quad-core
can transfer everything processors, while still weighing just
\RX GR RIćLQH RQWR \RXU 1.3kg. With 10 hours of battery life,
digital devices. You’ll need it’s good for working while on the
one of the Moleskine move, with even pro apps handled
Paper Tablet notebooks comfortably by the power of that
for it to work, which processor. The integrated Touch Bar
contain special paper and Touch ID security also make for
that tracks everything TXLFNHU PRUH HIĆFLHQWZRUNLQJ
you do with the pen and apple.com
makes it available digitally
in real time. That means
whether you’re taking
notes, doodling, creating
graphs or even using the
diary planner, you can
easily turn your analogue
scribbles into shareable
digital ones.
moleskine.com

ESSENTIALS FOR WORKING ON THE GO

Thule Vea BackPack 25L Satechi Type-C Pro Hub Adapter Western Digital My Passport
Thule creates tough bags and cases that If you get the MacBook Pro recommended A good-looking and reliable portable
keep your gear and your tech safe. This above, you’ll notice it only has USB-C storage system that you can take with you
backpack is designed to keep a 15-inch connections. This small adapter gives wherever you go. It’s ideal for those who
MacBook/15.6-inch PC protected with you every port you could need: Ethernet, rely on smaller laptops that lack space and
padded pockets, padded straps and +'0, [ 86% PLFUR6' FDUG DQG need a simple, secure way to back up their
compartments for everything else. power. work.
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Best Tech for Everything

THE BEST TECH FOR…


relaxing and recharging
1 2

3
4

1 Kindle Oasis 2 Moodo 3 Spire Health Tag 4 Oura Ring 5 Hyperice


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the bunch. For starters, RU PHPRULHV VR WDNH ĆQH throughout the day and how you move and sleep. for easing out knots and
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makes it ideal for holidays smells with this smart scent to your clothes and you your activity, like exercise own after you’ve been
or indulging in some diffuser. You can load four won’t have to worry about and steps, and helps you working out. Luckily, like
restorative reading in the capsules of various aromas it again. All of the data goes get a better night’s rest. It everything else, the boring
bath. It has a seven-inch into it, then use the app to to the Spire app where you helps you to visualise and old foam roller has had a
high-resolution display at program what balance of can take a look at how your understand your sleep high-tech makeover and
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printed paper without glare a personalised air for every sleep, breathing patterns sleep stages, resting heart vibrates. This means you’re
from any lights like other mood. You can control and stress levels affect rate, heart rate variability, getting a deeper, and more
ereaders. It also has built- it using Alexa or Google how you feel and perform body temperature and effective massage. Use the
in Audible support with Home too. Push something throughout the day. You more. It’s also durable, smart roller regularly for
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switch to listening to it. anything in between. washer and dryer safe. and recovering from injury.
amazon.in moodo.co spire.io ouraring. com hyperice.eu

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Best Tech for Everything

Foreo UFO Smart Face


Mask Treatment
This combines dermal technology
with effective Korean face
mask formulas. The result is an
indulgent treatment for your face
that only lasts a few seconds, but
improves the look of your skin
the way a long mask treatment
would. The UFO uses a mixture of
warm and cold therapies, LED light
therapy and a pulsating message
to give you a safe, painless, UV-
free facial that can help you look
miles better after a night out, even
when you have no time to spare.
foreo.com

CALMING APPS
Oak Hexologic Swayy-
Whether you’re after Some people like to Mindfulness
a quick and simple switch off to calm down, in Motion
breathing exercise or others like to distract Practicing mindfulness
a guided meditation, themselves. If you’re doesn’t have to mean
Oak has all your in the second group, sitting in silence with
relaxation needs Hexologic is for you. nothing but your
covered. It also plays It’s a refreshing spin own thoughts. Sway
soothing sounds and on Sudoku that also is designed to keep
white noise for those serenades you with you in the moment by
who have trouble relaxing music while playing with colour,
going to sleep. If you you play. It’s chilled out, sound and movement
can’t get out of your without time pressure, on your phone.
own head enough to so is ideal for winding The idea is that it
relax, this might be down gently. KHOSV \RX ĆQG IRFXV
just what you need. Available on iOS & in everyday life.
Available on iOS Android Available on iOS

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Promotion

Enhance your smartphone’s efficiency


SanDisk is offering ultra-fast and high-capacity accessories for
your mobile devices. Here are our favourite picks

400GB microSD card


If you worry about running out of space while
shooting those crisp videos from your phone,
SanDisk’s 400GB UHS-I card is the one to get. The
card is capable of storing up to 40 hours of Full HD
videos and transfers at a speed of up to 100MB/s or
about 1,200 photos a minute.
iXpand Flash Drive
Gone through multiple iterations, the
current avatar of iXpand is this sleek
k
looking drive that helps to back up
content from your iPhone and can be
plugged into a computer via its USB B
3.0 interface. There’s encryption
support as well to safeguard your files.

Ultra microSD with Ultra Dual Drive m3.0


YouTube Go
OTGG drives are the quickest way to
The fast Ultra microSD card is mov ve files to and from an Android
pre-loaded with YouTube Go app phone and Ultra Dual Drive m3.0
that allows users to watch up to four serv
ves the purpose well. Fitted with
hours of pre-loaded YouTube a microUSB connector on one end
content while at the same time allow
w for smartphones
s and USB 3.0 on
users to use it as an extended the other, moving content has never
storage. The A1-rated card improvess been this easy. The drive also comes
app loading times, is very durable preloaded with SanDisk’s Memory
and perfect for Full HD videos. Zone app that allows automatic
mera roll backup and easy file
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Opinion

Khalid Wani
Channel Sales Director, Western Digital India

How has the acquisition helped SanDisk products?


Western Digital acquired SanDisk two years ago to expand
the product and technology portfolio backed with deep
expertise from both the brands. The addition of SanDisk
made Western Digital a comprehensive storage solutions
provider with global reach. The combination of storage
technology and products enabled SanDisk to address a
wide range of applications in almost all the world’s
computing and mobile devices.
India has always been a priority market for us and with the
combined strengths of the all the product brands, Western
Digital Corporation has the capacity to cater to the information from across the world on their fingertips. This is
exponentially growing demands for data storage. The the reason why brands need to religiously contribute
country has been witnessing rapid adoption of consumer towards educating their customers in the most appropriate
electronics such as mobile phones, digital cameras, personal manner. Customer education has been a key area for us.
computers and digital music players. There is an explosion in We at Western Digital consciously reach out to our
digital content imposing the need for higher memory/ consumers through various media to create awareness
storage and we are uniquely positioned now to capitalize on including channels like our website and social media
the growing demand for storage needs of these large, platforms which are regularly updated with latest
fast-paced markets. development. However, we do understand that a large
segment of our audience does not use internet as source of
It’s affordable to stream content because of cheap information. To reach out to such strata, we engage with
data these days. Has that resulted in a decline in the influencers communities to give an extra layer of credibility
use of memory cards? to our products. We keep on organizing various on ground
There has been a stupendous growth on live streaming of activations to keep our partners and end consumers abreast
content. Instead of storing content on their phones today, of our latest products and their attributes. We also spread
people prefer live content streaming on their phones. But, awareness and educate our consumers about the product
this change in consumption patterns as primarily seen in Tier portfolio through content on social media platforms such as
1 cities- where internet and smart phone penetration is high. Facebook.
In tier 2 and tier 3 cities, where network is an issue and
people own more feature phones, live streaming has still a Manufacturing might be prohibitive, but will we see
long way to go. Consumers in the rural areas, still prefer to memory cards or hard disks being produced in India
download content and watch it. any time soon considering government’s big push for
It is for these scenarios we have customized our products Make in India?
to be best suited to the local market needs. For example, our We cannot comment on any plans. Having said that I would
SanDisk microSD and SanDisk Ultra microSD UHS1 cards are like to reiterate that India is a very important market for us.
available preloaded with two or four hours of popular We have state-of-art research and development center in
entertainment content that can be viewed on YouTube, so Bangalore, which was opened in 2014.
that the consumers can carry their entertainment with them. We have created one of the world’s most impactful patent
SanDisk’s travel tech – on-the-go essentials are great for portfolios with over 14,000 active patents worldwide to our
keeping consumers enjoying freedom from storage stress name. For instance, in line with growing market demands, we
on the move. leveraged flash technology to create the world’s 1st 3D
According to latest industry reports, SanDisk, Western NAND technology with 96 layers. The SanDisk 400GB
Digital’s brand continue to have an impact on the storage microSD card is another innovation, announced in February
market across categories, which includes memory cards as 2018 as the fastest UHS-I flash memory card in the world
well, in H1 FY2018. equipped with Peripheral Component Interconnect Express
(PCIe)-enabled cards driven from India.
There’s still some confusion among customers with We have almost doubled our workforce in our facility over
regards to memory cards’ class and speed. What is last 2 years. Currently, we approximately 2300 people
Western Digital doing to educate its customers? working with us at Bangalore facility. This facility is playing a
The 21st century customer is better informed than ever when significant role in creating a lot of innovative technologies
it comes to making purchases today. They have access to which are being used in almost all our products.

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Road blocks

Road
blocks
Want to build your own supercar? Here’s how Lego built a drivable,
life-size Bugatti Chiron replica from a million pieces of plastic
Words: Matt Bolton

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Road blocks

hen Lego announced that kind of scale to be built without using

W
its next deluxe Technic glue to hold the pieces together, and
model would be a Bugatti, that also means it’s the first time Lego
the company invited us to had to build load-bearing sections
visit the car maker’s test purely from Technic. Even more
track in Germany. Not to see the impressive is that the car was so
small model, but something more complex, the computer modelling
mind-blowing: Lego has built, from systems the team normally uses
over a million pieces of Technic, a couldn’t handle all of the design, so
life-size Lego Bugatti Chiron… That most of it was planned by hand.
actually drives. “The first beams were built on
Weighing around 1,500kg, the car a table, and we were testing the
is built pretty much solely from properties of them and what they
Technic pieces, with the exception of could withstand,” explained Pavel
a steel frame (necessary for Volný, an engineer on the project.
supporting all that weight), wheels We were curious about how the
(necessary for being round in a way team kept track of how it was going to
that Lego is not), hydraulic brakes, look and fit together at the final stages
power steering, a roll cage (just in with no fully planned model to refer to.
case), and a few other mechanical “We almost lived together for like a
pieces that really can’t be made of quarter of a year,” said Pavel. “We
plastic. were discussing things ad hoc, on the
It’s the first Lego creation of this spot. We had to be sure that each and

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Road blocks

LEFT
Early sketches of
the concept for
the skin, which
looks a little like
designs for the
Spider-Mobile

RIGHT
During
construction,
and with the car
all in one piece,
the team starts
adding details
and layering on
the Lego skin

every member of the team had the definitely need to change the engine comprising 96 individual motors. On
right information at the right time.” and make it easy to change.” top of that, 96,768 Lego gears
The need for the car to support its The engine is a feat of engineering transfer the power to a 3D-printed
own weight on Lego connections in itself. The car is equipped with a carbon fibre gear wheel, connected
alone led to some complications in huge power pack built from Lego to the drive shaft.
the way it was built, from the centre Technic Power Functions motors. The end result is a whopping 5.3
out. For a start, the body isn’t Normally, these do things such as horsepower, aimed to push the car
connected to the steel frame in any making conveyer belts move on up to around 30kph. This, admittedly,
fixed way. Instead it just sits on it, models only a couple of feet long. doesn’t quite match up to the 1,479
held in place by gravity and a brick Here they make a full-size car drive. horsepower and 400kph (248mph
structure that wraps around the The trick is sheer numbers: over – that’s electronically limited) of
frame. 2,300 Technic motors are connected the real Bugatti Chiron.
into one huge engine block. This is In fact, the engine was the most
STUCK IN THE MIDDLE divided into 24 motor packs, each challenging part of all from a
This approach meant that once the
team started building on top of that
core structure, they were kind of
stuck with it. “In the beginning we
96,768 LEGO GEARS
had to make a lot of decisions with
the design crew, because we knew
TRANSFER THE POWER OF
that it wouldn’t be easy – or even
possible – to change things,” 2,304 ELECTRIC MOTORS
explained Pavel. “If you want to
change some special part which is TO A 3D-PRINTED CARBON
inside, I’m not sure you’d be able to
reach it. But we decided that we FIBRE GEAR WHEEL
mechanical perspective, and not just
because it includes well over 100,000
parts connected intricately. The first
version was running way too hot:
70°C, to be exact. The motors
couldn’t be changed for something
else, and it couldn’t be made much
larger, so the team experimented
with reducing friction. They ended up
using Teflon washers and silicon
grease around the rotating parts,
which reduced the temperature to a
LEFT
safer 32°C.
The inside is fully
detailed and
Having conquered the trials of the
faithful to the structure and the engine, one huge
original, though challenge remained: how to best
perhaps a tad mimic the curved look of the Chiron
pointier when it using the square angles of Lego.
comes to curves The colour was relatively easy…

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Life-size Lego Buggati

It has the menacing


look of the actual
car, despite having
the power of an
elderly donkey

Technic pieces were specially created specific purpose out of – yep, you
in the correct hues to copy the look guessed it – Lego.
of the real Chiron. However, the Recreating the look has been
pieces were still the same hard shape. managed even better in other areas.
The solution to this problem is the To echo the carbon fibre weave areas
most visually spectacular aspect of on the original car, a special weave of
the entire car, and mind-blowing in its Lego was created for those parts. To
ingenuity: they created a Lego fabric. create the dramatic rear lights, the
The mottled efect you see in these first ever transparent Lego Technic
pictures is a result of the Lego bricks had to be produced.
Chiron’s outer ‘skin’ being made of That wasn’t the only extra mile the Agonisingly, our visit to the Buggati test track
triangles built from Technic pieces, in Lego team went to for the lights. was on the only rainy day they experienced
two diferent sizes, all tessellated They run on an electrical system there all summer, so we couldn’t actually test
together. Hold a sheet build from this (controlled through an app, which the drivability (and comfort of that all-Lego
design out flat and it flexes, like a talks to an adapted smart home interior). Well, we guess that’s the peril of a
woven material. controller buried deep in the body) gappy, plastic electric car.
The car itself has an underframe of that makes them light up in a pattern
Lego, with a series of pillars sticking that copies exactly the way the
out from it, at diferent heights. The original Chiron lights up when turned
‘skin’ is mounted onto these pillars,
and so the way it sits over them
on, playfully flashing along the strip
of its headlights. BUILD IT
creates those all-important curves.
Each of the pillars is actually a
linear actuator, which means they can
WINGING IT
The final crucial detail to get right
YOURSELF
You can’t have the life-size
all have their heights individually was the rear wing. The Lego car’s five version, but this 3,599-piece
adjusted by reaching through the horsepower may mean it doesn’t Chiron should keep you busy…
gaps in the skin and screwing. It have the need for a dramatic air Fun fact: The Bugatti Chiron Technic set you
means the skin’s shape can be brake, but it’s not a Chiron without can buy and build at home took longer to
fine-tuned, even when it’s on the car, one. The Lego car’s wing is create (about 18 months) than the full-size one
to make sure the organic look is pneumatically powered, with the air (around 12 months). Getting the look right at
perfect. This was originally done by stored in eight Lego Technic 1:8 scale (it’s about 24 inches long when
hand, but it was wrecking the team’s pneumatic tanks. They take a few finished), and packing in an eight-speed
wrists. A drill was too powerful to do seconds of priming, but then it’s just gearbox with paddle control, wasn’t easy. The
it precisely, so they built a custom a matter of a tap in the app to raise result is an incredibly cool and memorable
low-power electric drill for this the wing to its brake position. build for Lego or car fans to put together.

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THE GREAT
BEER GUIDE Words: Paul Dimery

Of all the inventions we’ve featured in T3, beer is one


of the best! But it’s a damn sight better when done
properly. Join us as we discover the top tech and
accessories for the perfect boozing session

The beer sphere is experiencing a


revolution. With trendy microbreweries
cropping up everywhere, and tasty craft
beers becoming regular features in our local
supermarkets, the masses have adopted a
healthy(ish) new fascination with the
brown/amber/red stuff. No longer will it
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with making their own boozy concoctions at
home. With this in mind – and purely for the
sake of journalism, you understand – T3 has
spent the past few weeks examining
the latest home-brewing gadgets and
accessories, and tasting some of the most
delectable beers on the market,
to help you spend your money wisely.
But, as we explain later, the beer itself
isn’t the be-all-and-end-all. No sir, how you
serve your beer is just as important,
especially if you want to score brownie
points with your guests. That’s why we’ve
also selected some kit to give your hosting a
headstart, and gleaned some tips from a
Master Brewer to ensure that your beer,
whether bought or home-brewed, makes
the right impression.

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In the mood for some DIY?
A surge in clever brewing tech
means it’s never been easier, or
more fun, to make your own
PICOBREW PICO craft beers at home
No longer does home brewing have to involve spending hours in a shed,
presiding over a small city of fermenting vats. As sleek and stylish as a
luxury coffee machine, the PicoBrew Pico is an automated microbrewery
that sits neatly on your kitchen worktop. Simply insert a PicoPak (there
are dozens of these grain-and-hops formulas available, from award-
winning breweries around the world, or you can rustle up your own
recipes), select your preferred alcohol content, hit Brew and within two
hours the accompanying barrel will be full of sterile but unfermented ale.
Then all you do is add yeast, then wait a few days (monitoring your beer’s
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litres of beery goodness with which to wow your beer-swilling buddies.
picobrew.com

PILSNER U UELL
IR UAL BREWERY TOUR
As with anything, the best way to master the art of
beer-making is to watch the experts going about
their business. And, thanks to the wonder of VR, you
can do so without having to leave your living room.
The Pilsner Urquell Virtual Brewery Tour, for the
Oculus Rift, transports you to the company’s premises
in Plzen, Czech Republic, for a unique guided tour
that’s as educational as it is immersive. Explore their
underground maturation cellars, take a front-row seat
for their Saaz hop harvest, scoop Moravian barley in the
malthouse, and meet the brewery’s resident Beermaster.
Obviously you can’t sample the beer – VR’s not that
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you’ll soon be making your own beverages.
oculus.com

THE
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the iddea of having an automated
machine do all of the brewing for
THE OAK BOTTLE you, aand prefer to stick with the
It’s not very often that we feature good old-fashioned DIY method,
gadgets made out of wood, but The Oak theree’s nothing wrong with that…
Bottle was just too ingenious to leave out. But you could let tech take a bit
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world, it’s a vessel made from American The Tilt
T is an intelligent, compact
white oak that promises to infuse any device that does just that. How?
beer, cocktail, wine or whiskey poured It acccurately reads your beer’s
inside it with that delicious oak-aged gravitty and temperature levels
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months getting parched either, as the sending them to your smartphone
device accelerates the ageing process to or tabblet via Bluetooth. By doing
a much more bearable 48 hours. In taste this T
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Brew your own beer

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Another machine that can produce pub-
to hit the market, the crowdfunded
Grainfather – launched by New
Zealand company Bevie in 2014 –
:+$70$.(6
quality craft beer with minimal effort on your
part, the MiniBrew gives you the freedom
rocks an aesthetic that will appeal
more to the traditional home 7+(3(5)(&7
%((5"
(via an app) to create your own bespoke beer brewer. But while it’s not as bijou
recipes. If you’re feeling unadventurous, as its rivals in this feature, it holds
you can also select from a wide variety of its own both in terms of the beer
concoctions tried and trusted by Master it produces and the time it takes
Brewers. Once you’ve decided upon your to deliver. In fact, it’ll brew from
ingredients – go easy on the chilli sauce, grain in as little as four hours,
okay? – they’ll be delivered direct to your with an included wort chiller How much you enjoy your
door. Then all you have to do is chuck your cooling your batch in a physics-
various bits and bobs into the MiniBrew, hit defying 20 minutes. And it gets
pint boils down to a handful
the Start button on the app, and away you extra gold stars for ease of use, of simple but crucial variables
go – literally, as the software does the rest thanks to a Connect controller
of the work for you. The MiniBrew doesn’t that enables you to type in your As with art, cars and flatscreen TVs, beer
come cheap, but being able to kick back while commands, and monitor the is a subjective area. Whereas one person
a robot bartender pours a beer created by *UDLQIDWKHUèV SURJUHVV YLDbDQbDSS might go weak at the knees (literally) over
you is priceless. RQ \RXU VPDUW GHYLFH a pint or two of chocolatey stout, another
minibrew.io grainfather.com might get a buzz off a refreshing, citrussy
sour. But for Neil Bain, master brewer at
Woodforde’s Brewery in Norfolk, there are
one or two essentials that every good pint
should boast: “Whatever the beer, a good
mouthfeel and a beautiful balance are a
sure sign that it’s been brewed with skill,”
he explains.
How the beer is served and what food
you pair it with are other important
considerations. Sometimes, though, how
much you enjoy a pint can simply boil
down to its suitability for the season. Neil
says, “The perfect beer probably varies
with the occasion on which it’s being
drunk, so a cold, aromatic ale goes down
well on a hot summer’s day, while a full-
bodied old ale can be a treat in front of a
roaring fire in the middle of winter.”
As for what kinds of beers are in
FIZZICS WAYTAP vogue at the moment, Neil insists that
Whether your drink of choice is Hofmeister or Hoegaarden, you’ll surely agree that it’s a good time to be a drinker. “The
it tastes much better coming straight from a tap than it does from a dusty bottle new breed of craft brewers are pushing
or can. That’s why there should be a place in your kitchen for the cleverly named the boundaries, which makes for a very
Fizzics Waytap. Yes, it looks a bit like a Mr Whippy dispenser, but this affordable exciting beer market,” he says. “India Pale
gadget rocks some pretty rad tech. Once you’ve inserted your bottle or can into the Ales are popular, but beers with ‘murk’ are
slender pipe, a tug of the lever kickstarts a sonication process, whereby sound waves becoming popular too, as are fruit beers
help to turn the beer’s natural carbonation into what the company has trademarked and sours. I suspect that we’ll end up going
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SCREEN 6.5-inch 2688x1242 OLED


P
PROCESSOR A12 Bionic STORAGE
64BG/256GB/512GB CAMERAS
12MP telephoto and wide-angle
rear, 7MP True Depth front
BATTERY CAPACITY 3,179mAh
DIMENSIONS 157.5x77.4x7.7mm
WEIGHT 208g CONNECTIVITY
Apple Lightning port, 802.11ac
Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0

pple was one of the few

A remaining major
smartphone
manufacturers to go big
with their phone displays four years
w
back. However, not to be outdone by
b
the
t competition (and also realising
that
t consumers prefer a large
screen), Apple, this year, has
iintroduced their biggest iPhone yet.
Dubbed iPhone XS Max, the phone

MAXED OUT is actually not that big if you


compare it with the iPhone 8 Plus
variant but in fact, come with the
largest display you’ll find on an
iPhone.

Design
The new iPhone is bigger and better Apple moved to a new design with
the iPhone X last year and the new
iPhone XS Max follows the same
design language. At first glance, the
WORDS KUNAL GANGAR size may overwhelm many due to
the large display but Apple has made
it a hair smaller than its Plus series.

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If you compare the size with the resistant (1.5m for up to 30 mins). display was gorgeous, the display on
competition, the iPhone XS Max is As far as placement goes, there’s the iPhone XS Max is gorgeous-er.
slightly wider but a tad smaller than the lightning port and speaker at It’s a visual treat to watch anything
Google’s latest Pixel XL phone. There the bottom, volume buttons and on the huge 6.5-inch Super Retina
are subtle changes, of course, as the mute switch on the left-hand side OLED display that has a resolution
improved glass on the front and and the power key along with the support of up to 2688x1242 pixels.
back for better durability, a SIM slot on the right. Overall, we Interestingly, Apple has maintained
“surgical-grade” stainless steel like the iPhone XS Max’s clean and the same pixel density for both the
frame that makes it better against classy design. iPhone XS phones at 458ppi.
scratches and improved cellular The display supports both HDR10
reception. Moreover, the frame uses Performance and Dolby Vision and comes with a
a PVD process that gives it a glossy The iPhone XS Max brings some wider colour gamut, 1,000,000:1
finish to complement the glass. The noteworthy things but the thing contrast ratio and true tone six-
iPhone XS Max is also IP68 that needs a special mention is the channel light sensor that adjusts the
compliant, making it dust and water screen. If you thought iPhone X screen white balance to match the

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colour temperature. The iPhone XS Max loads apps adds the option to add a second face.
Complementing the HDR display is faster, and overall, offers smoother Unlike Android manufacturers,
the wide stereo sound that is loud, performance than last year’s Apple does not mention the battery
crisp and well-balanced that makes counterpart. The games also get capacity. Instead, they claim the
a difference when you’re watching a some boost with the upgrade in iPhone XS Max to last up to 1.5 hours
video or streaming anything on RAM and GPU. The octa-core Neural longer than the iPhone X and during
Netflix, Prime Video or iTunes engine has also got a meaty upgrade our use that included a couple of
movies. Underneath the display is that can perform up to 5 trillion hours of videos, few mins of calling,
Apple’s in-house designed A12 operations per second, making music and some camera time, the
Bionic processor. The chip is a kind features like AR, Face ID and even iPhone XS Max easily bested its
of big deal because it is industry’s enhanced ISP for pictures better and claim. Similar use on the iPhone X
first SoC based on a 7nm process faster. would have sent us looking for a
that not only improves performance The infamous notch is still charger but we easily got a day’s
but also helps achieve better power present on the iPhone XS Max that worth of use. The disappointing
efficiency. If we talk about numbers, hosts the TrueDepth camera thing though, is that Apple still
the six-core CPU is fitted with two technology for Face ID. Face ID bundles a 5W charger despite the
performance cores and four features adaptive recognition that phone supporting fast charging.
efficiency cores, which is up to 15 recognises changes in the user’s face For dual-SIM users, the new iPhone
per cent faster and consumes up to and unlocks the device, irrespective supports dual-SIM connectivity.
50 per cent lower power when if you sport a new hairdo, beard or However, unlike the Chinese SKU
compared to last year’s A11 Bionic. even wear sunglasses. While the that allows inserting two physical
The quad-core GPU is also faster by underlying technology remains the SIM cards, the one sold in India
up to 50 per cent and the difference same, this generation is supports a regular SIM and eSIM,
is obvious when you compare it with considerably faster that evidently which will be enabled in a future
the iPhone X. shaves off a few milliseconds and update.

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iPhone is the most popular real-time depth control in the you’re coming from an Android or
camera in the world and the future iOS update. iPhone 8 or below, the iPhone XS
upgrade to iPhone XS Max’s dual On the video front, the phone Max will not only wow you with a
12MP rear cameras will help them supports up to 4K video recording at full-day battery life, camera and an
further the lead. The phone comes 60 fps and the capture quality is immersive display but also an
with fast and improved sensors that great, helped by OIS for better improved overall performance.
ensure near-instant focus and zero stabilisation. The device also
shutter lag and works with the new supports stereo sound recording and
Smart HDR feature. The pictures are slow-motion in Full HD resolution
certainly better than the iPhone X to up to 240 fps.
that captures fine detail, colours The front-facing 7MP camera
and has an excellent dynamic range. takes decent selfies, but the camera VERDICT
Low-light performance is decent but seems to smoothen skin details and
Google’s latest Pixel takes the cake there’s no way to adjust or turn it off WE’RE IMPRESSED Display,
in preserving the details and completely. The front camera can camera, battery life
colours. That said, iPhone XS Max’s also be used to create Memojis. WE’D IMPROVE Still bundles a
camera is perfect for everyday use slow charger
that is able to take some pretty Conclusion THE LAST WORD The iPhone
shots. Is the iPhone XS Max expensive? XS Max is big in size, battery life
The portrait mode has also been Yes. Is it worth the upgrade? Well, and price but it offers the ultimate
improved and is near perfect with that depends on the device you’re iPhone experience you’re
its edge detection and for the first currently using. If you’re an iPhone looking for
time, the ability to adjust the X user, the jump isn’t big enough
background blur after the picture is unless you are looking for a bigger
taken. Apple will also bring battery and display size. However, if

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PRICE `83,000 (64GB), Rs. 92,000 (128GB) URL store.google.


com DIMENSIONS 76.7x158x7.9 mm WEIGHT 184g DISPLAY
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WIRELESS CHARGING Yes OS Android Pie

PIXEL PERFECT

Google Pixel 3 XL
Pixel phone is back with a powerful camera

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oogle has been successfully options to choose from - Just

G bucking the trend with its


Pixel range of not going with
more than a single camera at
Black, Clearly White and
Not Pink.
In terms of port and key
the back and this year’s Pixel 3 phones are placement, the USB-C port is at
no different. But with phones upping the the bottom accompanied by a
rear camera game with its dual, triple and single nanoSIM slot while the
even quad sensors, are the new Pixel volume and power buttons are
phones good enough to take on the on the right. The sides are
competition? We find out. squeezable that triggers Google
Assistant and just like the Pixel 2
Design XL, the phone does not have a
The Pixel 3 XL design is very similar to its 3.5mm headphone jack. Google
predecessor but there are subtle changes bundles Pixel USB-C earbuds or
that make the phone stand out. The back you prefer to use your own
still maintains Google’s dual-tone design earphones, the retail box also
that features a glossy finish over the top but packs in a USB-C adapter. The dual Moreover, an independent test by
the lower two-thirds of the phone comes front-facing speakers are better than ever DisplayMate lauds the screen’s colour
with a soft-touch frosted glass finish and are tuned by a Grammy-winning accuracy. The display supports QHD+
(Gorilla Glass 5). We like the new design production company for improved resolution (2960x1440) with a pixel density
that gives the phone a premium feel and an loudspeaker performance. of 523ppi and comes with handy features
improved grip. The glass back has also like always on display, night light, adaptive
enabled Google to add another most sought Performance brightness and different colour modes like
feature - wireless charging, which works Google got some flack for Pixel 2 XL’s natural (sRGB), boosted (sRGB+10%) and
fine even if you decide to slap a case to display showing blue tint but we’re happy adaptive for better colours.
protect the soft-touch glass from scratches. to report, Pixel 3 XL has one of the best Just like many phones we’ve seen this
Another important design change is the displays you’ll find on a smartphone. The year, the Pixel 3 XL also comes with a
ability to withstand water and dust abuse 6.3-inch screen is a premium OLED panel notch. The notch, however, in comparison,
as the phone is now certified with an IP68 that offers impressive true-to-life colours is taller and houses the earpiece and two
rating, making it at par with the and HDR support, earning Premium HDR front-facing cameras. We don’t mind the
competition. Colour-wise, there are three device badge by the UHD Alliance. notch personally as it gives more screen

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Google’s software that did the heavy


lifting. The portrait mode does a good job
but bokeh on the latest iPhones look more
natural that has now got the ability to
control the depth of field, which is absent
in the Pixel 3 XL. However, if you’re
looking for more control, the app now
allows capturing the images in RAW, in
addition to JPEG.
The phone’s camera is now packed with
various new features like Top Shot,
Photobooth mode, Super Res Zoom and
Playground. To explain in detail, Top Shot
ensures you don’t miss the best shot and
captures a few images before and after the
actual photo is taken and recommends the
best one from the lot. Super Res Zoom helps
to preserve details when you digitally zoom
and the difference is obvious when we tried
clicking the same picture with a Pixel 3 XL
and Pixel 2. Photobooth mode will take a
picture when you smile or make funny
faces whereas the Playground is an
improved version of AR Stickers that
Google introduced with the Pixel 2 duo.
There’s another mode called Night Sight
that vastly improves low-light photos and
will be released soon.
Pixel 3 XL features two front cameras
- an 8MP f/1.8 for regular selfies and an
8MP f/2.2 wide-angle lens for group selfies.
On the video front, the phone can record
videos in up to 4K resolution but is limited
to 30fps whereas slow-motion tops out at
720p@240fps.

real estate but would have preferred the humanoid-like voice and you get the text Conclusion
Pixel 3 XL to have a shorter notch. transcribed on the screen in realtime. This Most Android manufacturers go all in with
There are no real surprises on the feature, however, is unavailable in India for the best possible hardware with little care
performance front as the Pixel 3 XL is now. about the software. That’s not the case with
powered by a Snapdragon 845 chipset and Pixel 3 XL comes with a 3430mAh the Pixel 3 XL. Instead, Google has shown
4GB RAM. While the phone does not feel battery and with adaptive battery on, we when that hardware is teamed with an
blazingly fast like a Samsung or a OnePlus found the battery life good enough to last a optimised software, the result is a premium
flagship phone, Pixel 3 XL delivers a day with medium to heavy use. The phone Android experience with an unmatched
smooth, lag-free experience you generally supports fast charging and bundles and camera performance.
expect from a flagship device. 18W charger or you can use a Qi-standard
The phone runs the latest version of wireless charger to charge the phone.
Android 9 and brings in a host of new
features that help to get more out of the Camera
device. For instance, there are app actions Camera has been the highlight on the Pixel VERDICT
that predict your usage and suggest the phones and although we’ve seen some
next action, gesture-based navigation and phones with great cameras this year, Pixel 3 WE’RE IMPRESSED Camera, Display
digital wellbeing. Currently, in beta, digital XL keeps its reputation intact. Hardware- WE’D IMPROVE /LPLWHGVWRUDJH
wellbeing is akin to screen time found on wise, the phone has a 12.2MP dual-pixel Notch
the iPhone that tracks phone habits, app sensor with f/1.8 aperture but coupled with THE LAST WORD 7KH 3L[HO  ;/ RIIHUV
notifications and app usage and helps to Google’s AI, the Pixel 3 XL takes all the goodness of Android with an
take meaningful action like restricting an photography to a new level. The camera app excellent camera and display
app to a few minutes a day and more. has been revamped to make switching
There’s another feature known as Call camera modes easier and were impressed
Screening that allows the caller to talk to a with the excellent image quality, helped by

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THREE’S COMPANY TOO

The A series becomes relevant again

WORDS ANKUSH MAHAJAN

ne could argue now that a

O smartphone is less about talking


and more titled towards doing
other things like snapping
pictures. The 2018 edition of
Galaxy A7 from Samsung encapsulates this PRICE `24,990 (64GB), `28,990
philosophy and in the process becomes the first (128GB) URL samsung.com/in/
smartphone from the company to house a triple DIMENSIONS 159.8x76.8 x7.5mm
camera setup at the rear. This consists of a 24MP WEIGHT 168 g DISPLAY 6.0” FHD+
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the front lies a 24MP single lens with f/2.0 GPU ARM Mali-G71 GPU STORAGE
aperture. The camera app is beginner-friendly 64GB/128GB (Expandable upto 512GB)
and just swiping left or right helps toggle the SPEAKER Mono BIOMETRIC LOCK
numerous modes like beauty, slow motion, Fingerprint Scanner, Facial Recognition
hyperlapse etc, while the same motion up or OS Android 8.0 Oreo CAMERA A 24MP,
down changes between the cameras. The 8MP, 5MP rear, 24MP front Wi-Fi
primary lens gives admirable performance 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4/5GHz)
particularly in outdoor environments with BLUETOOTH v5.0 USB PORT
good exposure. The colours are natural for the MicroUSB 2.0 BATTERY 3300mAh
most part and we recommend keeping HDR 3.5MM JACK Yes
enabled as without it on rare occasions certain
hues were oversaturated. There is also the
option of changing the aspect ratio to
experiment with framing shots differently. The
wide-angle lens was a great help with various AMOLED display gave us no reason to complain doesn’t work as an all rounder but
views such as landscapes but there was a loss in as the brightness and sunlight legibility kept us will be in our top suggestions for a
finer details captured when compared to the happy. The colours can be easily tweaked from camera-centric offering.
normal clicks. During low lighting, it struggled the screen mode according to preference. A
to keep up but the primary lenses on both sides change was the power button on the side
performed well thanks to pixel binning pulling double duties as a fingerprint scanner
although selfies were a mixed bag. Beauty mode that seems awkward at first but becomes
remains on by default and it smoothens the face second nature soon after. The mono VERDICT
more than we liked. The noise reduction was a loudspeaker was adequate for calls and
WE’RE IMPRESSED Versatile
tad too aggressive and we hope the algorithms watching videos but not really suited for audio.
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noise reduction
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wouldn’t remain in the ears and were subpar, a the box. Coming to the battery we were still left
phones in the market
micro USB cable and travel adapter that doesn’t with around 30 per cent at the end of the day
support fast charging. The Super Infinity with usage favouring the cameras. The A7

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HDR Yes REFRESH RATE 60Hz CPU Amlogics
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iaomi’s entry in the television looking for the wireless ones, the TV is performance is underwhelming. The

X market earlier this year showed


how a well-designed television
with decent software and
equipped with Bluetooth 4.2 and 802.11n Wi-Fi.
Interestingly, there’s no dual-band Wi-Fi like
its 55-inch sibling and supports only 2.4GHz
two 10W speakers support DTS-HD
and are good enough to fill the room.
The Mi LED TV 4A Pro 49 is priced
affordable pricing is good enough frequency. at Rs. 29,999 and while there are
for consumers to look away from pricier PatchWall is a fresh take by Xiaomi to put many models available in that price
options. Building on the same formula is the content on the front and now with Google’s range, none of them come close to
new ‘Pro’ series televisions that improve the Android TV in tow, the integration is smarter the Xiaomi’s PatchWall, now
Smart TV experience but instead of going solo than ever. While the TV still boots up with the supercharged with Android TV’s
like the previous set of TVs, Xiaomi has teamed PatchWall interface, giving access to over smart features.
with the Android maker to launch Mi LED TVs 700,000 hours of content from its partners,
with Google’s official Android TV OS. users now have the option to use the vanilla
The Mi LED TV Pro series comes in three Android TV interface and download new apps
sizes and while the 32-inch and the 55-inch through the Play Store. However, two major VERDICT
models are essentially the same as previous content players are missing - Amazon Prime
ones, we’re taking a thorough look at the Video and Netflix. While there’s no idea if and WE’RE IMPRESSED Software
49-inch variant - Mi LED TV 4A Pro. when Netflix content will be compatible with WE’D IMPROVE Wireless
The Mi LED TV 4A Pro 49 doesn’t look as the TV, Xiaomi has confirmed Amazon’s video connectivity
fancy as its 55-inch counterpart but we’d say service is coming pretty soon. Considering it THE LAST WORD The Mi LED
this middle sibling has been designed with now runs on the official OS, the TV supports TV 4A Pro 49 is a good value
practicality in mind. The plastic exterior with voice assistance, official YouTube app and proposition that comes with decent
slim bezels around the display and a clean build Google Cast that enables casting of content hardware and a nicely integrated
makes the TV one of the best looking in its price from a smartphone or a tablet. Android TV-based PatchWall
range. When it comes to connectivity, the TV The 49-inch panel is a Full HD panel that
comes with three HDMI ports, two USB ports, also supports HDR. The screen is decent for
one S/PDIF and one Ethernet and if you’re viewing non-HDR content but HDR

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SIX APPEAL

Apple
MacBook Pro
15-inch
With six cores of processing power in a
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pple’s high-end laptop finally gets ambient light in the room, making it more 2-in-1 shenanigans.

A a big leap forward in power this


year, putting six-core processors
in as standard (the 13-inch model
comfortable to use. This is one of our favourite
features on iPad and iPhone, and once you try
it, every computer without it will feel horrible
That troublesome keyboard is also
divisive: it’s very low-travel, and
feels ‘clicky’. We really like it, but
gets a tidy quad-core processor). to use. some detest it. You’ve been warned.
The basic `1,99,900 model (2.2GHz Core i7 The good news, then, is that the beastly
processor, 16GB of RAM, 256GB of ultra-fast processor proves to be as much of a bonus as
flash storage) is pretty handy itself, and expected – compared to last year’s model
compares well to the favourite 15-inch Surface (which had a similar processor to the Surface
Book 2: for the same price, you get the same Book 2), hardcore video encoding was nearly
storage (but faster), the same RAM, two extra 30 per cent faster in our tests. For pro stuff VERDICT
processor cores, but a weaker GPU. We got the that taxes the processor, this is the
XXXTREME version to test the MacBook Pro, a performance machine, even at the more basic WE’RE IMPRESSED So much
machine kitted out with a 2.9GHz Core i9 chip, end. However, gaming performance doesn’t processing power; True Tone is
32GB of RAM, AMD Radeon Pro 560X 4GB compare to the likes of Nvidia 1060 in the brilliant; highly portable.
graphics card and 2TB storage. Surface Book 2 (especially since macOS isn’t WE’D IMPROVE 6RPH ZRQèW OLNH
good at it). WKH ODFN RI WRXFKVFUHHQ JUDSKLFV
Small change The MacBook Pro still has other advantages, aren’t great; limited port options.
Outside of a big boost in processor power, the including being thinner and lighter than THE LAST WORD You can’t argue
only other changes of note in the new anything else in its power range. The screen is with the sheer processor grunt
MacBook Pros from last year’s model are a new also sharp and really vibrant, with wide- KHUH å DQG LQ WKDW WKLQ OLJKW SDFNDJH
keyboard that Apple promises is quieter (but colour support. Keep in mind that there are å EXW LWèV QRW DV ćH[LEOH DV VRPH
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several people had issues with the previous jack, and nothing else. No regular USB, no SD
generation) and a True Tone screen, which card reader, no HDMI – it lacks flexibility. It’s
changes its colour temperature to match the also strictly a laptop, so no touchscreen or

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PRICE `29,,990 URL sony.co.in


WEIGHT 2 255g TYPE Closed,
Dynamic DRIVVER 40mm Neodymium
FREQUENC CY RESPONSE 4Hz-
40,000Hz WEARING STYLE
Circumaural VOLUME CONTROL
Touch Sensor NFC Yes DSEE HX Yes
BATTERY IFE Max. 30 hours
(NC On), Ma ax. 38 hours (NC Off)
BLUETOOTH v4.2 SUPPORTED
AUDIO FOORMATS SBC, AAC,
aptX, aptX
a HD, LDAC

CUT THE NOISE


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ll ti game
Sony ups its noise-cancellation

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ony has been challenging Bose’ QN1 HD Noise Cancelling processor that claims 30 hours with noise-cancellation

S supremacy in the noise-cancelling


headphone market with the 1000X
series and here we are three years
to improve performance by up to four times.
Keeping the number aside, we were quite
happy with the noise-cancellation
and in case of a battery recharge,
USB-C ensures a 10-minute charge
for a playback of about 5 hours.
after with the all-new WH-1000XM3 that takes performance. The headphone is capable of WH-1000XM3 is priced at Rs.
noise-cancellation feud to another level. cutting out the noise even in the noisiest 29,990 and for that price, you get the
The WH-1000XM3’s design looks very environment. But in case, you want to be best noise-cancellation experience
similar to the 1000XM2 but its the iterative aware of your surroundings, there’s an along with good audio quality and
design that makes the newer model better than ambient mode that lets some of the noise in. A battery life.
the last year. Aesthetically, the WH-1000XM3 couple of other handy features are the Quick
looks good because of its compact design, Attention mode that lets you cup the side of the
smooth matte finish and golden highlights. The headphone to communicate without having to
XM3 is also lighter than XM2 by 20g at 255g take off the headphone and customise
and comes with a deeper padding around the automatic power off where you can keep the VERDICT
ear cups and thick headband cushioning. The noise cancellation on without listening to
end result is a headphone that looks great, is music. This can be adjusted via the companion WE’RE IMPRESSED Performance
ergonomically designed and fit for prolonged app. The app also enhances headphone’s WE’D IMPROVE Touch-sensitive
use. functionality by giving access to the equaliser, playback buttons
Sony has retained the touch-sensitive media sound position control and few other features. THE LAST WORD WH-1000XM3
playback controls and is nice to use but more The audio quality on the WH-1000XM3 is is the one to get if you’re looking
often than not we accidentally touched the great that delivers an all-around performance for the best noise-cancelling
control area and it skipped to the next track or with punchy bass, thanks to its 40mm drivers headphones
paused the music. A physical button to enable and QN1’s capability of DAC with amplifier
or disable touch control would have been nice. functionality.
WH-1000XM3 highlight is the integration of The WH-1000XM3 has a battery life of up to

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`1,999, mi.com/in

iaomi took some time to and sleep data. While the tracking data

X launch but the Mi Band 3 is


finally here in India to take
over from its best-selling
varied when we compared it with the
pricier devices, the variation ranged in
between 5-9 per cent, which we feel is
fifitness band. The new Mi Band 3 still pretty good for a device at this price
mmaintains a design similar to its point.
ppredecessor but comes with subtle You’ll get about 20 days of battery life
iimprovements. without automatic heart rate tracking but
The ‘capsule’ is a bit thicker that turning it on reduces the battery life,
ssnugly fits in the wristband and now depending on the time gap you set for the
ccomes with a larger 0.78-inch OLED band to track.
ddisplay. The 24-character touchscreen Xiaomi is known for its value-for-
ddisplay now shows more information on money devices and at Rs. 1,999, the Mi
tthe screen and instead of icons, the device Band 3 is exactly that. It does everything
ccan display WhatsApp messages, SMS, what Mi Band 2 used to do but does it
wweather info and more. The Mi Band 3 is better.
wwater resistant that has a water resistance
o up to 50 meters.
of THE LAST WORD A good upgrade for
Just like the previous version, the band current Mi Band 2 users and for someone
ttracks fitness activity like steps walked, ZKRèVGDEEOLQJZLWKĆWQHVVWUDFNHUV
ccalories burned, etc. along with heart rate

`2,699, mi.com/in

e’ll admit, the name’s a mouthful but in Full HD, night vision recording, two-way audio

W the product functionality couldn’t be


any clearer than this. It’s Xiaomi’s
first home security camera in India
and panning and tilting to up to 360° and 96°
respectively. The movement can be controlled by
the D-pad in the mobile app but the camera does
that makes home surveillance easy and affordable. not support continuous automatic panning.
Clad in white plastic chassis, the Mi Home However, there’s motion detection that can be set
Security Camera 360° looks good. The circular base up to trigger automatic recording and store it on
ensures you can place it on a flat surface like a table the microSD card (and NAS) and instantly send a
or mount it on the ceiling. There’s even a discreet notification to the user.
microSD card slot that can store recorded videos. All said and done, there are many cameras in
Setting up the camera is a fairly simple process the market but none of them come close to the
as it involves following the on-screen instructions price-performance ratio that Xiaomi Mi Home
on the Mi Home app and scan the Wi-Fi QR code Security Camera 360° offers.
for the camera to automatically connect to your
home Wi-Fi. THE LAST WORD A smart security camera that
Few things that set Xiaomi’s camera stand out does what it is intended to.
in this price segment is the ability to record videos

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ALL MESHED
M UP

PRICE `19,000 URL asus.com/in DIMENSIONS


Asus’ mesh router promises speed, 135.1x123.2x77.9mm (WxDxH) ANTENNAS 3 Internal
OPERATING FREQUENCY Y 2.4GHz/5GHz ENCRYPTION
range and security protection WPA2-PSK SPEED 450Mbps (2.4GHz), 1300Mbps (5GHz)
Gigabit LAN Yes OTHER FEATURES Smart Connect,
Traditional QoS, AiProtection Classic, Parental Control,
Guest Network, VPN, Bandwidth Limiter
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esh router was an unheard concept configuring most of the settings for the Lyra But all said and done, Lyra Trio

M in India a couple of years back and


now we’ve got a mesh router from
every major networking player.
Trio, the app does not allow to delve into
advanced settings. For instance, the router
comes with AiProtection security solution that
does what it is intended to do. It
expands wireless coverage without
having the user to compromise on
Lyra Trio is the latest entrant in the automatically thwarts malicious attempts to the speed and offer a host of other
market that claims to offer the speed and range keep the network safe and while the app tells noteworthy features like real-time
you expect from a such a router but also adds a you the number of attempts it blocked; you network security solution, guest
host of other features to the mix. need to login to the web interface to actually mode, Amazon Alexa support,
Lyra Trio, as the name suggests, comes in a see what was blocked and on what device. and VPN.
three-pack with one acting as the main router Traditional QoS also requires the user to login
and rest as nodes. Asus is going with a clean to the web interface to tweak the settings.
and simple design for the Lyra Trio that When it comes to wireless coverage, the
resembles like a three-dimensional hollow Lyra Trio delivers effortlessly. Even a single
pyramid that looks nice in plain sight or tucked Lyra unit offered better reach in areas and
away in one corner of your home. The three improved throughput speed in our test VERDICT
antennas are concealed in the pyramid legs compared to another competitive router. With
with the back sporting a power port, and three units, Lyra Trio theoretically can cover an WE’RE IMPRESSED Wireless
Gigabit LAN and WAN ports. However, there area of up to 5400 sq. ft. but that depends on a coverage, Design, AiProtection
are no USB ports to connect a printer or USB lot of variable factors like the thickness of the WE’D IMPROVE App needs access
storage. walls, interference, etc. to advanced features
Setting up Lyra Trio is easy as it does not rely The router supports 3X3 MIMO and boasts a THE LAST WORD Asus Lyra Trio
on a PC for the initial configuration. Instead, single SSID for both 2.4GHz and 5GHz is small but big enough to expand
users can easily set up the router by following frequencies. Depending on the distance from wireless coverage with lots of
the on-screen instructions via the free Lyra app the router, Lyra will connect the device to the features, including lifetime real-time
available on Android and iOS. Adding more best available frequency for a stable connection. network protection
Lyra nodes is also a smooth process where app While a good implementation, we would have
handles everything. liked if Asus gave users the choice to select
While the app is easy enough and allows bands for specific connected devices.

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ALEXA, WHAT’S NEW? PRICE `14,999 URL amazon.in/echo


DIMENSIONS 148x99x99mm WEIGHT
780g MICROPHONE 7 mics with
beamforming technology, and noise
cancellation WI-FI Dual-band 802.11ac
BLUETOOTH Yes AUDIO 3-inch neodymium
woofer and 0.8-inch tweeter
ZIGBEE SUPPORT Yes

The top-of-the-line Echo Plus has got an upgrade

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mazon’s Echo range still remains comes with a built-in smart home hub. Th This

A the best experience to interact


with Alexa. Amazon recently
refreshed its Echo lineup and this
means you can add and control smart ho
devices without having to connect the Io
ome
oT
me
gadget to a dedicated hub. It uses the sam
month we try out the second ZigBee protocol and makes it easy to con ntrol
generation Echo Plus. the connected devices with just the voice.
The original Echo Plus had a tall design Interestingly, the new device also features a
with a plastic chassis, visible speaker grille at temperature sensor that lets you know the
the bottom and a volume ring at the top. temperature of the room it’s kept in and
Instead, this year’s Echo Plus’ design is closer even set temperature-based routines.
towards Amazon Echo with its shorter height The Echo Plus is a good refresh of the
and the exterior covered with a non- most expensive Echo speaker, however, we
removable fabric. Amazon has also removed wouldn’t recommend it if you’re still using
the volume ring and opted for physical last year’s model and it’s serving your
volume buttons alongside the action and mic purpose. But, on the other hand, if you oown
on/off buttons that reside on the top of the an Echo Dot or a regular Echo and are
device. Overall, we like the new design and looking to stay with the Echo range, take a
feels much sturdier than its predecessor. serious look at this Echo device because it
The new Echo Plus has also got an upgrade brings that looks good with its new
in the audio department, which now comes premium design, built-in smart home hu ub
with a 3-inch neodymium woofer and a and improved audio quality.
0.8-inch tweeter. Compared to last year’s
Echo Plus, the audio is louder with a clear
improvement in the quality. The audio sounds
fuller and has a hint of bass that can be
adjusted depending on the user’s preference. VERDICT
That said, it’s not the best sounding speaker if
you’re looking for the ultimate sound quality WE’RE IMPRESSED Design,
but luckily, the Echo Plus allows connecting temperature sensor
to an external speaker through the 3.5mm WE’D IMPROVE N/A
port at the back or via Bluetooth. When it THE LAST WORD The new Echo
comes to the user’s command, the seven Plus brings all the Alexa smarts in a
far-field microphones does an excellent job to compact, better-looking device
pick up even the faintest of voice, spoken
across the room.
Despite its smaller size, the new Echo Plus

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Game

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey


The new Assassin’s Creed takes you on a journey like never before

Prices vary; PS4, Xbox One, PC

he hiatus before the this is the first time the game wants thievery, murder or assault a fort

T release of Assassin’s
Creed Origins worked
wonders for Ubisoft
you to choose a single protagonist
- Alexios or Kassandra. The
character selection at the start is
and mercenaries aka bounty hunters
come out looking for you. The easiest
way to get them off your back is to
when they launched the game last important as you cannot change pay the bounty sponsor or lie low for
year. Origins was a strong game them throughout the playthrough. a while but since this is Assassin’s
with improved mechanics, new But irrespective of the character Creed you can also kill the sponsor.
combat system and a huge world you choose, the main storyline Combat is more refined, making
that you can easily sink in 100-odd remains the same. We briefly it more than a button bashing affair
hours. This year’s Assassin’s Creed played with both the characters but and features special abilities that
Odyssey ups the ante by taking the ultimately went with Kassandra for can be used during a fight. These
best parts from the Origins, add new our full playthrough. abilities can be unlocked via the
elements to make the game bigger Another interesting element that skill tree that gives the ability to
and better. adds to the Odyssey experience is kick opponents off a ledge with a
The Assassin’s Creed Odyssey the decision-making. The game powerful Spartan kick, control the
takes place in 431 BCE during the includes over 30 hours of choice
Peloponnesian war between the dialogues that influences the story
Spartans and the Athenians. While on the decisions you take. Kill a
the two warring sides bay for each character or spare them, pursue
other’s blood, you assume the role of romantic relationships or steer clear
an outcast Spartan-turned away from them, the choice is
mercenary. The series, in the past, yours.
have allowed playing select missions There are other consequences to
as a male or a female assassin but your actions. Commit an act of

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but the good part is that the game can be
break the shield of enemies. Hundreds of played without spending a dime.
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Retro
ISSUE 40
0/
NOVEMBER 2018

T3
3 India as a magazine/ezine rightly past. Look at the worldwide revival
focuses on products that are new of turntables. Only 15 years
and under development. This, of ago, the turntable was consigned to
course, does not suggest or imply the dustbin. Today, pressing plants
that everything old is bad and are hard pressed to meet the
outdated. The pace at which demand. The area where retro is
technology moves, demands most in demand is music – both
that we cover all product Western and Indian, and T3 3 India
developments for our readers. In few seeks to address this gap. We hope
cases, this means going back to the you enjoy this section.

85 Classic
s Artist
stes - Western
n
86 Classssic A rtistes - Indian

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David Bowie

David Bowie
Words: H. S. Billimoria

David Robert Jones, known subsequently as


David Bowie, was born in the southern suburb
of Brixton in London in 1947. He showed a
talent for music right from his childhood. His
main claim to fame was his unusual innovative
style of rendition as well as presentation. He,
therefore had a big impact on popular music
of the 1970s.

During his career, David Bowie had 11 number


one albums in the UK and in 1996 was
inducted into the rock and roll Hall of Fame.
Highly recommended are his albums, ‘Ziggy
Stardust’, ‘Spiders from Mars’ and ‘Let’s dance’.
Bowie died of liver cancer in 2016.

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TOP TUNES FROM 10 TOP COMPOSERS

Top Tunes From


TOP
10
Words: H. S. Billimoria
In the latter part of his career, R
D Burman was plagued by a sense
of self doubt. His films were
COMPOSERSAlthough the music of Alag Alag
was uniformly good, we have
selected two standout Kishor
Dhavan – Govinda kind of films,
which emphasised mass comedy
along with crass music. They were
flopping left, right and centre Kumar solos, viz ‘Dil mein aag soon forgotten.
and the music tanked along with lagaye’ and ‘Kabhi bekasi ne’.
them. RDB had worked very What can we say about Himesh
hard on the score of Alag Alag, Anand Milind were the illustrious Reshamiya? The man is a talented
a Rajesh Khanna-Tina Munim sons of Chitragupta. They got music composer, a nasal voiced
starrer and his music in the film a super launch in ‘Qayamat Se playback singer and a non actor. If
was top class albeit with some Qayamat Tak’ starring Amir Khan he had stuck to composing music,
Pakistani influence. The film and Juhi Chawla. Both the flim he would have been at the top.
featured a 50 year old Rajesh and the music were big hits. ‘Papa But that was not to be. Himesh
Khanna as a college student Kahete Hai’ sung by Udit Narayan will be remembered for his
and was a huge flop sending also became a national anthem tunes like ‘Jhalak Dikhala Ja’ and
RDB into depression. RDB’s for students. ‘Dil, ‘ with its hit several other songsbut not for his
main competitor at that time, title song, followed. Anand film roles.
Laxmikant (of Laxmikant Parelal Milind, by all industry accounts,
fame) threw a party to celebrate were a decent, talented duo. The Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy were
the failure of Alag Alag and this mistake they probably made was perhaps the best thing that
was even reported in the press. to get identified with the David happened to Bollywood music

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in the late 90’s and early in the mid 90’s by composing and ‘3 Idiots’. Our choice is
2000s. A trio, they brought music, writing songs and even the ‘Pal pal’ duet from ‘Lage
fresh, original compositions to singing them. His compositions Raho Munnabhai’. Shantanu
their films and the producers are known to be peppy and full has been inspired by Cliff
ran after them. Shankar, in of rhythm. We have selected Richard’s ‘Theme for a Dream’
particular, was also a good the title song from ‘Hadh Kardi (1961) for this song.
playback singer. ‘Dil Chahata Aapane’ a hit film staring Govinda
Hai’ was their crowning glory with Rani Mukherji. The duet was When ‘Tridev’ was released in
and so was ‘Zindagi Na Milegi sung by Udit Narayan and Kavita 1989, Viju Shah had started
Dobara’. Between these two, Krishnamurthy. playing a significant influence
several Karan Johar films kept on Kalyanji Anandji’s music.
them going. Ismail Darbar started off as a ‘Tirchi topiwale’ sung by Amit
violinist and assisted several Kumar and Sapana Mukharji
After the fracas with Nadeem- composers. He got his first break and pictured on Naseerudin
Shravan, T-Series did promote from Sanjay Leela Bhansali in Shah and Sonam, became
Nikhil Vinay for some time. ‘Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam’ (1999). a huge hit. Of course, the
For whatever reasons, Nikhil The track, ‘Dholi taro dhol baje’ original song from which Viju
Vinay did not make it big. from this film, sung by Kavita Shah had been inspired was
However, their tune for Kishan Krishnamurthy and Vinod Rathod Gloria Estefan’s ‘The Rhythm
Kumar’s ‘Bewafa Sanam’, was a big hit. Although immensely Is Gonna Get You’.
‘Achcha Sila Diya’, soulfully talented, Ismail Darbar was
rendered by Sonu Nigam, will reputed to be difficult and has Pritam Chakraborty has been
be remembered even today. therefore not seen the success that the leading composer on the
Nikhil Kamat and Vinay Tewari he deserved. Bollywood scene since the
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