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Huawei Updates Watch at MWC 2017

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Huawei announces an update of the 2015 Watch smartwatch at MWC 2017-- the Watch 2 and Watch 2 Classic, both featuring GPS, heart rate sensors, NFC and, in case of the Watch 2, LTE connectivity.

Huawei Watch 2The two versions of the Watch 2 have circular 1.2-inch display and a somewhat chunky design at 12.6mm thick. Both have two physical buttons, microphones, speakers and 420mAh batteries Huawei claims last for up to 2 days on a single charge. The company also includes a low-power "watch mode" pushing battery life to over 25 days by restricting watch functionality to just telling the time and step counting.

As mentioned previously, the Watch 2 also includes LTE connectivity thanks to its plastic construction. The Watch 2 Classic is wifi only, and has a metal chassis.

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Post-PC Intel Looks to Drones

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An ailing PC market drives Intel to look for other product categories in which to prosper-- such as drones, as Chipzilla now offers the Aero Ready to Fly Drone.

Aero droneThe Aero is a full-assembled drone complete with integrated flight controller, remote control receiver and transmitter. Since it is an Chipzilla product it uses an Intel CPU (specifically an Atom x7-Z8750) and a 3D RealSense depth camera, which come in handy when used together with GPS, altimeter and magnetometer to power an auto-pilot mode.

Other details include 4GB RAM, 32GB storage, 802.11ac wifi and a USB 3.0 port. The OS of choice is a version of Linux, meaning programmers can develop apps for the drone. Construction is in carbon fibre, and of course it also includes electronic speed controllers, motors and propellers. Strangely enough the package does not include a power pack-- instead customers need to buy a specific high-capacity lithium-polymer battery separately.

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The Huawei 360-Degree Camera for Phones

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Huawei teams up with camera maker Insta360 to launch the Honor VR Camera-- a 360-degree clip-on camera designed for use with the Chinese company's Honor smartphone range.

Honor VRNot much in terms of details on the Honor VR Camera is known as yet, other than it featuring "3K photography" support and live-streaming capabilities. As one might imagine it works together with an Insta360-developed companion app for the saving and sharing of 360-degree videos and snaps.

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Sony Claims Fastest SD Card

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According to Sony the SF-G UHS-II SD card is the fastest yet, with read/write speeds reaching 300MB/s and 299MB/s respectively, making it perfect for photographers and videographers.

Sony fastest card"The quick write speed supports maximum performance of digital imaging devices, contributing to longer continuous shooting of high-resolution images with UHS-II supporting cameras," the company says. "It also contributes to a shorter buffer clearing time so users never miss a critical moment."

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Panasonic Presents Soundbars, OLED TVs

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Panasonic takes on home theatre with the announcement of a pair of soundbars-- the SC-HTB488 and the SC-SB1 "soundbar concept"-- together with two OLED TVs, the EZ952 and a 77-inch version of the EZ1002.

Panasonic soundbarThe SC-HTB488 is a soundbar featuring 2 independent speakers and 200W total output. It pairs wirelessly with a subwoofer to add more bass to home cinema viewing, and also plays audio from mobile devices via Bluetooth connection. Customers can either wall-mount it or leave it free-standing, and it fits neatly beneath TVs without obscuring the view.

Meanwhile the SC-SB1 "soundbar concept" also has Bluetooth connectivity, as well as an HDMI connection with 4K pass-through. It offers 40W total power through 3-way speakers and "strong" bass via slit at the front, and measures just 43 x 5 x 12cm, making it a compact audio solution.

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