Saturday coffee №170

Today “Saturday Coffee” has a small anniversary, the 170th issue is already being released, and today the 874th anniversary of the city of Moscow is celebrated. On this occasion, we decided to play among you, our dear readers, a brand new smartphone Nokia G20.

Here’s what the manufacturer tells us about the device:

“Nokia G20 is a smartphone for creativity on the move. The device provides everything you need for creativity: a 4-sensor 48 MP main camera, a wide-angle camera and a camera for shooting close, various modes, as well as OZO Audio spatial sound technology and NFC technology for wireless payments. The large 6.5 ”screen of the Nokia G20 smartphone allows you to comfortably study documents, make edits and take notes on the go. The possibility of increasing the brightness is provided – everything is perfectly visible on the screen even on a sunny day. A capacious 5050 mAh battery powered by AI technologies holds a charge for up to three days. Protect your data with facial recognition technology, fingerprint sensor and monthly Android security updates for three years. “

In general, an excellent smartphone on pure Android, which one of you will get. Details about the giveaway are at the end of the article, but for now let’s move on to the news of the week.

It was a good week for news. So, Apple announced that it will give some developers the ability to accept payments from users directly, bypassing the payment system of the company itself.

Google has released the latest beta version of Android 12 ahead of the official release of the operating system.

In Russia, the operator MTS, and then Beeline, announced that it is now possible to connect their communication services remotely without providing paper documents.

And the portal of the State Service reported that from September 6, in a pilot mode, it is possible to present the STS to the traffic police officer in digital form (QR code) in the application “State Services.Auto”.

With regards to Google, we have published the following article:

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Xiaomi overtook Apple

Xiaomi has managed to overtake Apple in the wearable segment and become the number one brand in terms of sales. Xiaomi shipped 8 million wearable devices, while Apple sold 7.9 million. Huawei managed to stay in third place on the list of leaders, despite a more than 50% decrease in sales. Huawei shipments decreased by 53.9% to 3.7 million devices. Fitbit and Samsung were also in the top five of the market leaders, in fourth and fifth places, respectively. Fitbit’s sales grew 20% to 3 million units, while Samsung managed to increase sales 114.1% to 2.5 million units. Xiaomi’s success is attributed to the good sales of the Mi Smart Band 6, which has been enthusiastically received by customers. This model launched in India this quarter, which should further support the brand’s sales. There is also a downward trend in sales of fitness bracelets and an increasing share of sales of wearable devices is taken by smartwatches. The leader of the smartwatch market is Apple with a market share of 31.1%.

The news that Xiaomi has become the leader in the wearable segment is not a bit surprising. Their most successful product in this category, the Mi Smart Band, can rightfully be considered the best price / performance solution. In addition, Xiaomi has more advanced solutions that expand the range of the brand in this segment, but nevertheless, it is their bracelet that is a popular product that buyers are willingly purchasing.

And we have a review of the new Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 this week:

And another review of inexpensive smartwatches under the KUMI brand:

By the way, just yesterday, Xiaomi announced that their Xiaomi 11T and 11T Pro smartphones, which will soon be presented for the European market, will receive three updates to the Android version, and they will also receive security updates within 4 years.

New OPPO

OPPO announced the release in Russia of its new smartphone of the Reno series – Reno 6, which, in its words, is equipped with advanced functions in the field of portrait video. Features include Bokeh Flare portrait video for a cinematic effect when shooting with a smartphone, and updated AI Highlight Video for professional-grade portrait videos. The smartphone also received a stylish design, high performance and a comfortable shell ColorOS 11. In terms of characteristics, the smartphone has a 6.4-inch AMOLED display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G processor, 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of permanent memory. The camera is equipped with four lenses, the main one is 64 MP. The recommended retail price for OPPO Reno 6 is 32,990 rubles.

You can find all the details about the new smartphone from the Chinese manufacturer in our review, which has already been released this week. On my own behalf, I note that after Reno 2, OPPO obviously turned the wrong way, losing its smart designers and face on the way. Yes, the Reno 2 may not have been a perfect product, but it was at least interesting, with a unique front-facing camera opening mechanism and a pretty cool design that set it apart from hundreds of other smartphones. Now, in the design of Reno 6, we see not only stagnation, but rather degradation, the product is similar to other smartphones on the market, and not the best samples, and in terms of characteristics it does not particularly shine.

Regarding the Russian electronics market, we published two interesting materials this week:

And also an article was published about the life cycle of smartphones:

HARMAN brought accessories to us

HARMAN has presented a new brand of power accessories for mobile devices InfinityLab in Russia. According to the company, a wide range of products has been created taking into account modern environmental requirements and taking care of the environment: new items are 90% recycled plastic, and modern technologies and the use of the latest materials in electrical circuits have made it possible to obtain maximum energy efficiency with minimum resource losses. The first products released under the InfinityLab brand will be several categories of devices at once: network adapters for charging phones and laptops InstantCharger, several models of portable InstantGo batteries with the possibility of wired or wireless charging, InstantStation Wireless desktop docking station with support for the Qi standard, portable speakerphone and series charging cables.

InfinityLab is a new player in the domestic accessory market, which is brought out by HARMAN itself. It is necessary, of course, to get acquainted with the products personally, but so far I do not see anything particularly remarkable in them. The fact that accessories are 90% recycled plastic may become one of the main features of the products, but perhaps only in Europe, in Russia such things are still rather skeptical. At prices, InfinityLab plays in a niche above average, for example, a Type-C to Type-C cable costs 1,590 rubles, an external battery for 10,000 mAh was estimated at 4,490 rubles, and a power supply with two USB 65 W at 3,490 rubles.

Here, perhaps, I will recommend you our material about wireless chargers:

TWS headphones with noise

HMD Global has announced the start of sales in Russia of wireless headphones – Nokia Noise Canceling Earbuds BH-805. The model received active noise cancellation, which reduces the noise level by 25 dB. A special Ambient Mode is activated with one touch – you will perfectly hear everything around you and can freely communicate with others without removing your headphones. The BH-805 is water and sweat resistant in accordance with the IPX5 standard. With noise canceling on, the earbuds hold a charge for up to five hours, and the charging case adds 25 hours of sound. Nokia Noise Canceling Earbuds BH-805 in black and blue are already available for purchase at an estimated retail price of 5,990 rubles.

And Lenovo has unveiled the new Lenovo Smart Wireless Earbuds, which can pair with two Bluetooth devices at once and deliver high-quality sound with Intelligent Noise Canceling. The earbuds are designed for everyday use and can last up to 28 hours if stowed away in their charging case from time to time. Without recharging, Lenovo Smart Wireless Earbuds can provide up to seven hours of continuous listening to any content – from music to audiobooks. The headphones are available in white and black, and each weighs 4.2 grams. Lenovo Smart Wireless Earbuds are IPX4 water resistant, which means it is splash-proof. Intelligent Adaptive Noise Cancellation can reduce ambient noise by up to 36 dB. The system ensures that the voice of the owner on the other end of the line is clear and audible with six built-in smart microphones.

It is difficult to say something about one or another novelty, you have to listen to them and compare them. Headphones from Nokia at the price of 5,990 rubles seem to look interesting, although they have quite a lot of competitors, including little-known brands at lower prices, but in order to give an unambiguous answer on the BH-805, they should be tested first.

On the topic of headphones, we had the following material this week:

Kia and Skoda updates

The updated Kia Cerato sedan has become available for purchase at the official Kia dealerships in Russia. The design update of the model affected not only the logo: the head and rear optics, bumpers and the radiator grill were changed. In addition, the multimedia system has been updated, the Kia Connect telematics complex has been installed (there is an application for smartphones in the Apple Store or Google Play) and a set of Drive Wise security systems. The engines are presented in two versions: 1.6 liters (power 128 HP) and 2 liters (150 HP). Models with a 1.6-liter engine are equipped with both a manual and an automatic six-speed transmission, the 2.0-liter versions are equipped with only a six-speed automatic transmission. In Russia, the updated Kia Cerato will be offered in 10 colors (including the new bright blue Mineral Blue) and 12 configuration and engine combinations. The price of the car will vary from 1,394,900 to 1,829,900 rubles. We add that all Kia models in Russia are covered by an additional manufacturer’s warranty – 5 years or 150,000 km.

The updates to the model are minor, and the interior in the photos, until I saw it live, looks exactly the same as in the pre-styling Cerato. But, if I’m not mistaken, this is the first model of the brand that enters our market with an updated logo. We already wrote about the previous version of the Kia Cerato:

And Skoda has presented an update to the KODIAQ family SUV, the car should appear at the Russian dealers of the brand in the last quarter of this year. The novelty is available for order in Active, Ambition and Style trim levels, as well as in two versions Sportline and L&K. All versions have LED headlights and full LED taillights. Optionally, users will have access to the function of wireless connection SmartLink. For older versions, buyers will have access to a digital dashboard and Driving Mode Select. The car will be offered with three engines from 125 hp. up to 180 hp, a manual transmission version will also be available. Prices for Russian models will start from 1,961,000 rubles, and the older version of Style will cost the buyer 2,710,000 rubles.

A very light facelift of the popular crossover, which received a new radiator grill and several additional equipment options. You can find out more about Skoda KODIAQ from our pre-styling model test:

… And dessert

Facebook introduced Stories smart glasses, created in collaboration with Ray-Ban. The device can take photos and videos, during which the indicator on their frame will light up, and also act as a headset. The glasses are already on sale for $ 299.

And the artist Artem Bizyaev came up with a new set of OLEG “Field of Miracles”.

Present!

To participate in the drawing of the Nokia G20 smartphone, you need to be subscribed to our page in Instagram, like the contest post that will appear there on September 11, as well as leave a comment and tag your friend, let him try his luck too.

The drawing is held from September 11 to September 18, 2021, and we will summarize the results on September 20, 2021 live.


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