Saturday coffee #136

Friends, "Saturday Coffee #135", in which we launched a contest together with Moshi, came out just before the New Year holidays, and not everyone was able to take part in it. We decided to extend this competition, in which we will give away three pairs of winter gloves from the manufacturer, until January 21 inclusive. So follow the link and take part, we will announce the winners at Saturday Coffee #137.

Saturday coffee #136

The week was rich in news. Thus, the Okko multimedia service, which is part of the Sber ecosystem, announced that it was the first Russian VOD service to open access to premium content in the highest resolution at the moment, ULTRA HD 8K, as part of a subscription.

After a recent update, the user agreement of the WhatsApp messenger has included clauses obliging users to share data with Facebook. Now Facebook will have access to data with phone numbers, transactions and IP addresses of users. Later, amid growing customer anxiety, Facebook assured that they would not have access to messages and contact lists. On the net, the current state of affairs has been dubbed "Agree or delete".

Pavel Durov (founder of the VKontakte social network and the Telegram messenger) said that it would be advisable for users to switch from Apple iOS to Android. This step is necessary for the smooth receipt of information. This is how Durov reacted to the removal of the analogue of Twitter - the Parler microblogging service - from the App Store.

And last week it became known that Sberbank was interested in acquiring Citilink, one of the largest online retailers in the country, which is part of the Merlion group. Such a deal will allow Sberbank to compete on equal terms with Ozon, Wildberries and Yandex.Market.

Content

USA banned Xiaomi

The US authorities have expanded the blacklist with nine new Chinese companies. In the latest addition, Xiaomi was also included, which got into it because of the alleged connection with the Chinese military. Experts attribute the expansion of the black list with new companies to the desire of the Trump administration to consolidate pressure on China in the last days of its work and thereby prevent the new administration from improving relations with China. Under the current bans, US investors will be forced to get rid of the assets of blacklisted companies by November 11, 2021. Previously, 35 companies from China were already on the black list, including the largest Chinese chip manufacturer, SMIC. Last November, Trump signed an executive order barring U.S. investors from doing business with blacklisted companies.

Xiaomi has already issued an official comment on the current situation:

The Company complies with the laws and acts in compliance with the relevant laws and regulations within the jurisdiction of its activities. The company recalls that it is engaged in the sale of goods and services for civil and commercial use. The company certifies that it is not owned by, affiliated with or controlled by the Chinese military and is not a "communist Chinese military company" as defined by the US National Defense Act (NDAA). The Company will take the necessary actions to protect the interests of the Company and its shareholders.

After Trump lost the election, it seems to me that the Chinese manufacturers exhaled a little, but in vain, in the end, the administration of the 45th US president planted another pig on them. How the new administration will act in relation to China is difficult to say. For example, according to Eldar Murtazin, there is no point in expecting improvements in relations between countries, which means that Xiaomi and other Chinese companies may expect other restrictions.

While Donald Trump is "banning" Chinese companies, he himself has been banned from Twitter:

And here is one more of our material on the topic of network restrictions:

By the way, if we are talking about Xiaomi, next month the company will introduce the Redmi K40 smartphone with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor and rumored to have an OLED display with a refresh rate of 120 Hz. The price of the novelty will be 2,999 yuan, which is approximately 35,000 rubles.

Saturday coffee #136

Samsung introduced the Galaxy S21

At the Galaxy Unpacked event, which took place on January 14, the Korean manufacturer Samsung showed three of its new smartphones from the Galaxy S21 line. The models are built on the new proprietary Exynos 2100 chipset made according to the 5 nm process technology, which was introduced a little earlier, they received a new generation of AMOLED displays with a refresh rate of 120 Hz, and the flagship model Galaxy S21 Ultra now supports the S Pen stylus.

Saturday Coffee #136

The saddest thing that could be expected is the fact that the Koreans removed chargers and headphones from the package of flagship models. Moreover, after the presentation of the new iPhone 12, they actively ridiculed such a move by Apple, but on the eve of Galaxy Unpacked, they cleared all these posts from official accounts and acted in exactly the same way as the company from Cupertino. It is clear that the exclusion of some accessories from the delivery set of devices is not so much concern for the environment as a real opportunity to earn, and in total very decent money. For the end buyer, this is a rather unpleasant moment, and even sadder that after such a step by Apple and Samsung, other manufacturers will also remove the memory from the kit.

The devices themselves turned out to be interesting in terms of specifications (and the design is pretty to me), but expensive. So, the younger model Galaxy S21 will cost Russian buyers at least 74,990 rubles, and the flagship of the company, the Galaxy S21 Ultra model, will start in our market from 109,990 rubles. Yes, the prices, of course, are high, but still it is cheaper than fresh devices from Apple. Plus, last year's models remain on the market, the prices of which will drop a little more after the appearance of new products on sale.

Saturday Coffee #136

We already have a detailed first look at Samsung's new products, read on for more information:

I also suggest reading the latest Buyer's Guide comparing the Galaxy S20 and Galaxy S21:

I suggest that you also read a separate article on the new Exynos 2100 chipset:

In addition to smartphones, Samsung introduced the Galaxy Buds Pro earphones, equipped with an 11mm woofer for deep bass and a 6.5mm tweeter for clear highs with minimal distortion. For voice communication, three microphones and a special voice receiving unit (VPU) are provided. With Active Noise Cancellation, background noise can be reduced by up to 99%, while nearby sounds can be boosted by more than 20 decibels. Galaxy Buds Pro support Dolby Head Tracking 360 Audio technology, and can also automatically switch the connection between smartphones and Galaxy tablets depending on the situation. The battery life of the headphones is declared at the level of 8 hours (20 hours when recharging from the case). With active noise cancellation, these figures will be 5 and 13 hours, respectively.

Saturday Coffee #136

The new Galaxy Buds Pro look interesting, but you still need to listen to them in order to draw final conclusions.

New Amazfit Bip U Pro smartwatch

The Amazfit brand introduced the Amazfit Bip U Pro affordable smart watch in Russia. The model received a 1.43-inch TFT-screen with a resolution of 320x302 pixels, which is covered with Corning Gorilla 3 tempered glass with an oleophobic coating. The Bip U Pro weigh 31 grams including the strap, so they won't weigh you down all day and even while you sleep. The waterproof case can withstand up to 5 ATM, so you can wear the watch in the shower and take it with you to the pool.

Saturday coffee #136

Amazfit Bip U Pro is aimed at users who are passionate about fitness and sports, it supports more than 60 different activity modes, allowing you to track the distance traveled, movement speed, heart rate and the number of calories burned during exercise in any conditions. And also the novelty is equipped with support for women's health tracking functions and a built-in GPS sensor for determining the location.

Saturday coffee #136

The smart watch can monitor the wearer's condition by collecting information about all sleep patterns, including short naps and REM and deep sleep phases at night. The BioTracker 2 PPG system monitors your heart rate around the clock using an optical sensor, and OxygenBeats is able to measure the level of oxygen saturation in the blood.

The model uses Bluetooth 5.0 BLE, which allows you to pair it with smartphones and synchronize data with the native Amazfit app and with popular fitness apps. It is possible to display notifications on the screen of the device about the most important events, including incoming calls and messages, as well as control the music player on your smartphone. A full charge of the Amazfit Bip U Pro battery allows the watch to work up to 9 days.

The Amazfit Bip U Pro watch is already available in Svyaznoy stores at a price of 4,990 rubles.

Notebooks at CES

As part of CES 2021, which takes place this time in an online format, many laptops are traditionally presented. I will not list all the new items, I will focus on a couple.

LG has announced the 2021 Gram laptop lineup. It includes five models, including traditional Gram 17, Gram 16, Gram 14 and convertible Gram 2-in-1 16, Gram 2-in-1 14 models. So, the older 17-inch model weighs only 1,350 grams, while the younger one weighs 998 grams. The company said that in the new models, the screen-to-body ratio has reached 90% due to an even thinner screen frame. All models in the line are equipped with 11th generation Intel Core processors and can be supplied with Iris Xe graphics, as well as certified under the Intel Evo program. LG promises that the Gram 17, Gram 16, and Gram 2-in-1 16 models can last up to 19.5 hours on a single charge. Another feature of the 2021 models is the laptop's 16:10 aspect ratio, which offers users more vertical screen real estate.

Saturday coffee #136

Of course, it is interesting to look at the 17-inch model, in which the weight of the device is captivating at 1.35 kg, for comparison, the MacBook Pro 16 weighs 2 kg, and the battery life of the LG laptop is quite good.

Yes, as part of CES, the Korean manufacturer showed a teaser of the new LG Rollable smartphone, which can unfold the screen, thereby turning into a small tablet.

And Lenovo announced its updated 14-inch Yoga Slim 7i Pro laptop, which now offers consumers a choice of LCD or ultra-bright OLED display. The new Lenovo Yoga Slim 7i Pro (OLED) laptop, featuring a 14-inch OLED display with a 90Hz refresh rate, was unveiled at CES. Like its LCD counterpart, it is based on the Intel Evo platform and uses the new 11th Gen Intel Core mobile processors and Intel Iris Xe or NVIDIA GeForce MX450 discrete graphics. The 14-inch Yoga Slim 7i Pro with Samsung Display OLED supports resolutions up to 2.8K (2880 x 1800) and 90Hz refresh rate, as well as a 16:10 aspect ratio with a larger screen height.

Saturday coffee #136

Here, of course, I wonder how comfortable it will be to work for a long time on a laptop with an OLED display.

Yes, and we had a review of the Dell XPS 13 9300 laptop this week:

Mesh system with smart column

TP-Link has unveiled what it claims is the first Mesh system with a built-in audio speaker and voice assistant, the Deco Voice X20. The device combines the ability to create a seamless Mesh Wi-Fi network Kia and Amazon Alexa voice assistant functions. Thanks to the built-in voice assistant, the user will be able to control their smart home without the need for a separate smart device, such as a smart speaker. In addition, Mesh Wi-Fi technology will allow the user to quickly and efficiently access the Internet, and the presence of speakers in the modules will allow audio playback in different rooms. Moreover, the system works with streaming services Amazon Music, Spotify, Pandora, Tune in and other platforms. Deco Voice X20 uses the Wi-Fi 6 standard to provide high-speed wireless communication, stronger signal and stable connection.

Saturday coffee #136

The idea is interesting, especially for Mesh systems that you arrange around the rooms in your house. Why fence a garden of several devices, if you can replace two gadgets with one. We are waiting for TP-Link or competitors to collaborate with audio manufacturers, I think someone will surely release a similar product in partnership with Harman or Sonos.

Such a hybrid device can clearly be classified as a smart gadget, so our latest material on this topic will be recommended for the topic:

Hyundai showed IONIQ 5

Hyundai Motor Company has published the first image of the IONIQ 5 mid-size electric SUV. The model will be the first vehicle based on the Hyundai Motor Group Electric Modular Platform (E-GMP). The IONIQ 5 will have its world premiere virtually in February 2021.

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From the images, in my opinion, the electric car from Hyundai looks a little strange, but let's wait for its official premiere, perhaps everything will be much more interesting. By the way, IONIQ 5 is one of those electric cars that the Korean manufacturer will officially bring to our market, and this will happen either at the end of 2021 or at the beginning of 2022, while the exact dates for the start of sales are not known.

Hyperscreen by Mercedes

Mercedes-Benz has unveiled a 56-inch Hyperscreen in-car screen, which should appear in the new EQS electric sedan at the end of this year. A huge screen is the centerpiece of the new infotainment system, which is the second generation of the Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX) system. The Hyperscreen is actually a 56-inch glass panel that hides three separate screens. One screen is responsible for the operation of the dashboard, another main screen located in the central part is responsible for the operation of the navigation and information system, and the third screen is designed to provide multimedia opportunities for the passenger. All control in the car will be carried out using touch elements and voice capabilities. The glass that covers the panel is scratch-resistant, and the ventilation holes are built directly into the screen.

Saturday coffee #136

It's great that automakers are starting to offer separate screens for front passengers, otherwise they have always been somehow left out in this regard. The main screen is often turned towards the driver, separate entertainment systems are offered for the rear passengers, and the one sitting in front does not get anything. Prior to this, Land Rover offered a media system with a display as an option, allowing the driver and passenger to see a different picture, but it did not gain much success. Porsche in the Taycan electric car made it possible to order a separate display for the front passenger, Mercedes-Benz has also taken this path, I think other automakers will offer this option in the future.

But it's sad that automakers are removing mechanical controls, replacing them with touch controls or screen controls, yet it's inconvenient. Even in relatively inexpensive cars, such solutions began to appear, for example, in Chery Tiggo 7 PRO, a climate control unit with touch keys and touch temperature controls, it is not so easy to quickly deal with it on the go.

Saturday coffee #136

…and dessert

Bethesda will release a new Indiana Jones game developed by MachineGame, known from the Wolfenstein series. The project will be executive produced by Todd Howard (The Elder Scrolls, Fallout) in collaboration with Lucasfilm Games.

Saturday coffee #136

Friends, "Saturday Coffee #135", in which we launched a competition together with Moshi, came out just before the New Year holidays, and not everyone was able to take part in it. We decided to extend this competition, in which we will give away three pairs of winter gloves from the manufacturer, until January 21 inclusive. So follow the link and take part, we will announce the winners at Saturday Coffee #137.

Saturday coffee #136

This week has been rich in news. Thus, the Okko multimedia service, which is part of the Sber ecosystem, announced that it was the first Russian VOD service to open access to premium content in the highest resolution at the moment, ULTRA HD 8K, as part of a subscription.

After a recent update, the user agreement of the WhatsApp messenger has included clauses obliging users to share data with Facebook. Now Facebook will have access to data with phone numbers, transactions and IP addresses of users. Later, amid growing customer anxiety, Facebook assured that they would not have access to messages and contact lists. On the net, the current state of affairs has been dubbed "Agree or delete".

Pavel Durov (founder of the VKontakte social network and the Telegram messenger) said that it would be advisable for users to switch from Apple iOS to Android. This step is necessary for the smooth receipt of information. This is how Durov reacted to the removal of the analogue of Twitter - the Parler microblogging service - from the App Store.

And last week it became known that Sberbank was interested in acquiring Citilink, one of the largest online retailers in the country, which is part of the Merlion group. Such a deal will allow Sberbank to compete on equal terms with Ozon, Wildberries and Yandex.Market.

Content

USA banned Xiaomi

The US authorities have expanded the blacklist with nine new Chinese companies. In the latest addition, Xiaomi was also included, which got into it because of the alleged connection with the Chinese military. Experts attribute the expansion of the black list with new companies to the desire of the Trump administration to consolidate pressure on China in the last days of its work and thereby prevent the new administration from improving relations with China. Under the current bans, US investors will be forced to get rid of the assets of blacklisted companies by November 11, 2021. Previously, 35 companies from China were already on the black list, including the largest Chinese chip manufacturer, SMIC. Last November, Trump signed an executive order barring U.S. investors from doing business with blacklisted companies.

Xiaomi has already issued an official comment on the current situation:

The Company complies with the laws and acts in compliance with the relevant laws and regulations within the jurisdiction of its activities. The company recalls that it is engaged in the sale of goods and services for civil and commercial use. The company certifies that it is not owned by, affiliated with or controlled by the Chinese military and is not a "communist Chinese military company" as defined by the US National Defense Act (NDAA). The Company will take the necessary actions to protect the interests of the Company and its shareholders.

After Trump lost the election, it seems to me that the Chinese manufacturers exhaled a little, but in vain, in the end, the administration of the 45th US president planted another pig on them. How the new administration will act in relation to China is difficult to say. For example, according to Eldar Murtazin, there is no point in expecting improvements in relations between countries, which means that Xiaomi and other Chinese companies may expect other restrictions.

While Donald Trump is "banning" Chinese companies, he himself has been banned from Twitter:

And here is one more of our material on the topic of network restrictions:

By the way, if we are talking about Xiaomi, next month the company will introduce the Redmi K40 smartphone with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor and rumored to have an OLED display with a refresh rate of 120 Hz. The price of the novelty will be 2,999 yuan, which is approximately 35,000 rubles.

Saturday coffee #136

Samsung introduced the Galaxy S21

At the Galaxy Unpacked event, which took place on January 14, the Korean manufacturer Samsung showed three of its new smartphones from the Galaxy S21 line. The models are built on the new proprietary Exynos 2100 chipset made according to the 5 nm process technology, which was introduced a little earlier, they received a new generation of AMOLED displays with a refresh rate of 120 Hz, and the flagship model Galaxy S21 Ultra now supports the S Pen stylus.

Saturday Coffee #136

The saddest thing that could be expected is the fact that the Koreans removed chargers and headphones from the package of flagship models. Moreover, after the presentation of the new iPhone 12, they actively ridiculed such a move by Apple, but on the eve of Galaxy Unpacked, they cleared all these posts from official accounts and acted in exactly the same way as the company from Cupertino. It is clear that the exclusion of some accessories from the delivery set of devices is not so much concern for the environment as a real opportunity to earn, and in total very decent money. For the end buyer, this is a rather unpleasant moment, and even sadder that after such a step by Apple and Samsung, other manufacturers will also remove the memory from the kit.

The devices themselves turned out to be interesting in terms of specifications (and the design is pretty to me), but expensive. So, the younger model Galaxy S21 will cost Russian buyers at least 74,990 rubles, and the flagship of the company, the Galaxy S21 Ultra model, will start in our market from 109,990 rubles. Yes, the prices, of course, are high, but still it is cheaper than fresh devices from Apple. Plus, last year's models remain on the market, the prices of which will drop a little more after the appearance of new products on sale.

Saturday Coffee #136

We already have a detailed first look at Samsung's new products, read on for more information:

I also suggest reading the latest Buyer's Guide comparing the Galaxy S20 and Galaxy S21:

I suggest that you also read a separate article on the new Exynos 2100 chipset:

In addition to smartphones, Samsung introduced the Galaxy Buds Pro earphones, equipped with an 11mm woofer for deep bass and a 6.5mm tweeter for clear highs with minimal distortion. For voice communication, three microphones and a special voice receiving unit (VPU) are provided. With Active Noise Cancellation, background noise can be reduced by up to 99%, while nearby sounds can be boosted by more than 20 decibels. Galaxy Buds Pro support Dolby Head Tracking 360 Audio technology, and can also automatically switch the connection between smartphones and Galaxy tablets depending on the situation. The battery life of the headphones is declared at the level of 8 hours (20 hours when recharging from the case). With active noise cancellation, these figures will be 5 and 13 hours, respectively.

Saturday Coffee #136

The new Galaxy Buds Pro look interesting, but you still need to listen to them in order to draw final conclusions.

New Amazfit Bip U Pro smartwatch

The Amazfit brand introduced the Amazfit Bip U Pro affordable smart watch in Russia. The model received a 1.43-inch TFT-screen with a resolution of 320x302 pixels, which is covered with Corning Gorilla 3 tempered glass with an oleophobic coating. The Bip U Pro weigh 31 grams including the strap, so they won't weigh you down all day and even while you sleep. The waterproof case can withstand up to 5 ATM, so you can wear the watch in the shower and take it with you to the pool.

Saturday coffee #136

Amazfit Bip U Pro is aimed at users who are passionate about fitness and sports, it supports more than 60 different activity modes, allowing you to track the distance traveled, movement speed, heart rate and the number of calories burned during exercise in any conditions. And also the novelty is equipped with support for women's health tracking functions and a built-in GPS sensor for determining the location.

Saturday coffee #136

The smart watch can monitor the wearer's condition by collecting information about all sleep patterns, including short naps and REM and deep sleep phases at night. The BioTracker 2 PPG system monitors your heart rate around the clock using an optical sensor, and OxygenBeats is able to measure the level of oxygen saturation in the blood.

The model uses Bluetooth 5.0 BLE, which allows you to pair it with smartphones and synchronize data with the native Amazfit app and with popular fitness apps. It is possible to display notifications on the screen of the device about the most important events, including incoming calls and messages, as well as control the music player on your smartphone. A full charge of the Amazfit Bip U Pro battery allows the watch to work up to 9 days.

The Amazfit Bip U Pro watch is already available in Svyaznoy stores at a price of 4,990 rubles.

Notebooks at CES

As part of CES 2021, which takes place this time in an online format, many laptops are traditionally presented. I will not list all the new items, I will focus on a couple.

LG has announced the 2021 Gram laptop lineup. It includes five models, including traditional Gram 17, Gram 16, Gram 14 and convertible Gram 2-in-1 16, Gram 2-in-1 14 models. So, the older 17-inch model weighs only 1,350 grams, while the younger one weighs 998 grams. The company said that in the new models, the screen-to-body ratio has reached 90% due to an even thinner screen frame. All models in the line are equipped with 11th generation Intel Core processors and can be supplied with Iris Xe graphics, as well as certified under the Intel Evo program. LG promises that the Gram 17, Gram 16, and Gram 2-in-1 16 models can last up to 19.5 hours on a single charge. Another feature of the 2021 models is the laptop's 16:10 aspect ratio, which offers users more vertical screen real estate.

Saturday coffee #136

Of course, it is interesting to look at the 17-inch model, in which the weight of the device is captivating at 1.35 kg, for comparison, the MacBook Pro 16 weighs 2 kg, and the battery life of the LG laptop is quite good.

Yes, as part of CES, the Korean manufacturer showed a teaser of the new LG Rollable smartphone, which can unfold the screen, thereby turning into a small tablet.

And Lenovo announced its updated 14-inch Yoga Slim 7i Pro laptop, which now offers consumers a choice of LCD or ultra-bright OLED display. The new Lenovo Yoga Slim 7i Pro (OLED) laptop, featuring a 14-inch OLED display with a 90Hz refresh rate, was unveiled at CES. Like its LCD counterpart, it is based on the Intel Evo platform and uses the new 11th Gen Intel Core mobile processors and Intel Iris Xe or NVIDIA GeForce MX450 discrete graphics. The 14-inch Yoga Slim 7i Pro with Samsung Display OLED supports resolutions up to 2.8K (2880 x 1800) and 90Hz refresh rate, as well as a 16:10 aspect ratio with a larger screen height.

Saturday coffee #136

Here, of course, I wonder how comfortable it will be to work for a long time on a laptop with an OLED display.

Yes, and we had a review of the Dell XPS 13 9300 laptop this week:

Mesh system with smart column

TP-Link has unveiled what it claims is the first Mesh system with a built-in audio speaker and voice assistant, the Deco Voice X20. The device combines the ability to create a seamless Mesh Wi-Fi network Kia and Amazon Alexa voice assistant functions. Thanks to the built-in voice assistant, the user will be able to control their smart home without the need for a separate smart device, such as a smart speaker. In addition, Mesh Wi-Fi technology will allow the user to quickly and efficiently access the Internet, and the presence of speakers in the modules will allow audio playback in different rooms. Moreover, the system works with streaming services Amazon Music, Spotify, Pandora, Tune in and other platforms. Deco Voice X20 uses the Wi-Fi 6 standard to provide high-speed wireless communication, stronger signal and stable connection.

Saturday coffee #136

The idea is interesting, especially for Mesh systems that you arrange around the rooms in your house. Why fence a garden of several devices, if you can replace two gadgets with one. We are waiting for TP-Link or competitors to collaborate with audio manufacturers, I think someone will surely release a similar product in partnership with Harman or Sonos.

Such a hybrid device can clearly be classified as a smart gadget, so our latest material on this topic will be recommended for the topic:

Hyundai showed IONIQ 5

Hyundai Motor Company has published the first image of the IONIQ 5 mid-size electric SUV. The model will be the first vehicle based on the Hyundai Motor Group Electric Modular Platform (E-GMP). The IONIQ 5 will have its world premiere virtually in February 2021.

Saturday coffee #136 Saturday Coffee #136

From the images, in my opinion, the electric car from Hyundai looks a little strange, but let's wait for its official premiere, perhaps everything will be much more interesting. By the way, IONIQ 5 is one of those electric cars that the Korean manufacturer will officially bring to our market, and this will happen either at the end of 2021 or at the beginning of 2022, while the exact dates for the start of sales are not known.

Hyperscreen by Mercedes

Mercedes-Benz has unveiled a 56-inch Hyperscreen car screen, which should appear in the new EQS electric sedan at the end of this year. A huge screen is the centerpiece of the new infotainment system, which is the second generation of the Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX) system. The Hyperscreen is actually a 56-inch glass panel that hides three separate screens. One screen is responsible for the operation of the dashboard, another main screen located in the central part is responsible for the operation of the navigation and information system, and the third screen is designed to provide multimedia opportunities for the passenger. All control in the car will be carried out using touch elements and voice capabilities. The glass that covers the panel is scratch-resistant, the ventilation holes are built directly into the screen.

Saturday coffee #136

It's great that automakers are starting to offer separate screens for front passengers, otherwise they have always been somehow left out in this regard. The main screen is often turned towards the driver, separate entertainment systems are offered for the rear passengers, and the one sitting in front does not get anything. Prior to this, Land Rover offered a media system with a display as an option, allowing the driver and passenger to see a different picture, but it did not gain much success. Porsche in the Taycan electric car made it possible to order a separate display for the front passenger, Mercedes-Benz has also taken this path, I think other automakers will offer this option in the future.

But it's sad that automakers are removing mechanical controls, replacing them with touch controls or screen controls, yet it's inconvenient. Even in relatively inexpensive cars, such solutions began to appear, for example, in Chery Tiggo 7 PRO, a climate control unit with touch keys and touch temperature controls, it is not so easy to quickly deal with it on the go.

Saturday coffee #136

…and dessert

Bethesda will release a new Indiana Jones game developed by MachineGame, known from the Wolfenstein series. The project will be executive produced by Todd Howard (The Elder Scrolls, Fallout) in collaboration with Lucasfilm Games.

Saturday coffee #136

Friends, "Saturday Coffee #135", in which we launched a contest together with Moshi, came out just before the New Year holidays, and not everyone was able to take part in it. We decided to extend this competition, in which we will give away three pairs of winter gloves from the manufacturer, until January 21 inclusive. So follow the link and take part, we will announce the winners at Saturday Coffee #137.

Saturday coffee #136

The week was rich in news. Thus, the Okko multimedia service, which is part of the Sber ecosystem, announced that it was the first Russian VOD service to open access to premium content in the highest resolution at the moment, ULTRA HD 8K, as part of a subscription.

After a recent update, the user agreement of the WhatsApp messenger has included clauses obliging users to share data with Facebook. Now Facebook will have access to data with phone numbers, transactions and IP addresses of users. Later, amid growing customer anxiety, Facebook assured that they would not have access to messages and contact lists. On the net, the current state of affairs has been called "Agree or delete".

Pavel Durov (founder of the VKontakte social network and the Telegram messenger) said that it would be advisable for users to switch from Apple iOS to Android. This step is necessary for the smooth receipt of information. This is how Durov reacted to the removal of the analogue of Twitter - the Parler microblogging service - from the App Store.

And last week it became known that Sberbank was interested in acquiring Citilink, one of the largest online retailers in the country, which is part of the Merlion group. Such a deal will allow Sberbank to compete on equal terms with Ozon, Wildberries and Yandex.Market.

Content

USA banned Xiaomi

The US authorities have expanded the blacklist with nine new Chinese companies. In the latest addition, Xiaomi was also included, which got into it because of the alleged connection with the Chinese military. Experts attribute the expansion of the black list with new companies to the desire of the Trump administration to consolidate pressure on China in the last days of its work and thereby prevent the new administration from improving relations with China. Under the current bans, US investors will be forced to get rid of the assets of blacklisted companies by November 11, 2021. Previously, 35 companies from China were already on the black list, including the largest Chinese chip manufacturer, SMIC. Last November, Trump signed an executive order barring U.S. investors from doing business with blacklisted companies.

Xiaomi has already issued an official comment on the current situation:

The Company complies with the laws and acts in compliance with the relevant laws and regulations within the jurisdiction of its activities. The company recalls that it is engaged in the sale of goods and services for civil and commercial use. The company certifies that it is not owned by, affiliated with or controlled by the Chinese military and is not a "communist Chinese military company" as defined by the US National Defense Act (NDAA). The Company will take the necessary actions to protect the interests of the Company and its shareholders.

After Trump lost the election, it seems to me that the Chinese manufacturers exhaled a little, but in vain, in the end, the administration of the 45th US president planted another pig on them. How the new administration will act in relation to China is difficult to say. For example, according to Eldar Murtazin, there is no point in expecting improvements in relations between countries, which means that Xiaomi and other Chinese companies may expect other restrictions.

While Donald Trump is "banning" Chinese companies, he himself has been banned from Twitter:

And here is one more of our material on the topic of network restrictions:

By the way, if we are talking about Xiaomi, next month the company will introduce the Redmi K40 smartphone with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor and rumored to have an OLED display with a refresh rate of 120 Hz. The price of the novelty will be 2,999 yuan, which is approximately 35,000 rubles.

Saturday coffee #136

Samsung introduced the Galaxy S21

At the Galaxy Unpacked event, which took place on January 14, the Korean manufacturer Samsung showed three of its new smartphones from the Galaxy S21 line. The models are built on the new proprietary Exynos 2100 chipset made according to the 5 nm process technology, which was introduced a little earlier, they received a new generation of AMOLED displays with a refresh rate of 120 Hz, and the flagship model Galaxy S21 Ultra now supports the S Pen stylus.

Saturday Coffee #136

The saddest thing that could be expected is the fact that the Koreans removed chargers and headphones from the package of flagship models. Moreover, after the presentation of the new iPhone 12, they actively ridiculed such a move by Apple, but on the eve of Galaxy Unpacked, they cleared all these posts from official accounts and acted in exactly the same way as the company from Cupertino. It is clear that the exclusion of some accessories from the delivery set of devices is not so much concern for the environment as a real opportunity to earn, and in total very decent money. For the end buyer, this is a rather unpleasant moment, and even sadder that after such a step by Apple and Samsung, other manufacturers will also remove the memory from the kit.

The devices themselves turned out to be interesting in terms of specifications (and the design is pretty to me), but expensive. So, the younger model Galaxy S21 will cost Russian buyers at least 74,990 rubles, and the flagship of the company, the Galaxy S21 Ultra model, will start in our market from 109,990 rubles. Yes, the prices, of course, are high, but still it is cheaper than fresh devices from Apple. Plus, last year's models remain on the market, the prices of which will drop a little more after the appearance of new products on sale.

Saturday Coffee #136

We already have a detailed first look at Samsung's new products, read on for more information:

I also suggest reading the latest Buyer's Guide comparing the Galaxy S20 and Galaxy S21:

I suggest that you also read a separate article on the new Exynos 2100 chipset:

In addition to smartphones, Samsung introduced the Galaxy Buds Pro earphones, equipped with an 11mm woofer for deep bass and a 6.5mm tweeter for clear highs with minimal distortion. For voice communication, three microphones and a special voice receiving unit (VPU) are provided. With Active Noise Cancellation, background noise can be reduced by up to 99%, while nearby sounds can be boosted by more than 20 decibels. Galaxy Buds Pro support Dolby Head Tracking 360 Audio technology, and can also automatically switch the connection between smartphones and Galaxy tablets depending on the situation. The battery life of the headphones is declared at the level of 8 hours (20 hours when recharging from the case). With active noise cancellation, these figures will be 5 and 13 hours, respectively.

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The new Galaxy Buds Pro look interesting, but you still need to listen to them in order to draw final conclusions.

New Amazfit Bip U Pro smartwatch

The Amazfit brand introduced the Amazfit Bip U Pro affordable smart watch in Russia. The model received a 1.43-inch TFT-screen with a resolution of 320x302 pixels, which is covered with Corning Gorilla 3 tempered glass with an oleophobic coating. The Bip U Pro weigh 31 grams including the strap, so they won't weigh you down all day and even while you sleep. The waterproof case can withstand up to 5 ATM, so you can wear the watch in the shower and take it with you to the pool.

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Amazfit Bip U Pro is aimed at users who are passionate about fitness and sports, it supports more than 60 different activity modes, allowing you to track the distance traveled, movement speed, heart rate and the number of calories burned during exercise in any conditions. And also the novelty is equipped with support for women's health tracking functions and a built-in GPS sensor for determining the location.

Saturday coffee #136

The smart watch can monitor the wearer's condition by collecting information about all sleep patterns, including short naps and REM and deep sleep phases at night. The BioTracker 2 PPG system monitors your heart rate around the clock using an optical sensor, and OxygenBeats is able to measure the level of oxygen saturation in the blood.

The model uses Bluetooth 5.0 BLE, which allows you to pair it with smartphones and synchronize data with the native Amazfit app and with popular fitness apps. It is possible to display notifications on the screen of the device about the most important events, including incoming calls and messages, as well as control the music player on your smartphone. A full charge of the Amazfit Bip U Pro battery allows the watch to work up to 9 days.

The Amazfit Bip U Pro watch is already available in Svyaznoy stores at a price of 4,990 rubles.

Notebooks at CES

As part of CES 2021, which takes place this time in an online format, many laptops are traditionally presented. I will not list all the new items, I will focus on a couple.

LG has announced the 2021 Gram laptop lineup. It includes five models, including traditional Gram 17, Gram 16, Gram 14 and convertible Gram 2-in-1 16, Gram 2-in-1 14 models. So, the older 17-inch model weighs only 1,350 grams, while the younger one weighs 998 grams. The company said that in the new models, the screen-to-body ratio has reached 90% due to an even thinner screen frame. All models in the line are equipped with 11th generation Intel Core processors and can be supplied with Iris Xe graphics, as well as certified under the Intel Evo program. LG promises that the Gram 17, Gram 16, and Gram 2-in-1 16 models can last up to 19.5 hours on a single charge. Another feature of the 2021 models is the laptop's 16:10 aspect ratio, which offers users more vertical screen real estate.

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Of course, it is interesting to look at the 17-inch model, in which the weight of the device is captivating at 1.35 kg, for comparison, the MacBook Pro 16 weighs 2 kg, and the battery life of the LG laptop is quite good.

Yes, as part of CES, the Korean manufacturer showed a teaser of the new LG Rollable smartphone, which can unfold the screen, thereby turning into a small tablet.

And Lenovo announced its updated 14-inch Yoga Slim 7i Pro laptop, which now offers consumers a choice of LCD or ultra-bright OLED display. The new Lenovo Yoga Slim 7i Pro (OLED) laptop, featuring a 14-inch OLED display with a 90Hz refresh rate, was unveiled at CES. Like its LCD counterpart, it is based on the Intel Evo platform and uses the new 11th Gen Intel Core mobile processors and Intel Iris Xe or NVIDIA GeForce MX450 discrete graphics. The 14-inch Yoga Slim 7i Pro with Samsung Display OLED supports resolutions up to 2.8K (2880 x 1800) and 90Hz refresh rate, as well as a 16:10 aspect ratio with a larger screen height.

Saturday coffee #136

Here, of course, I wonder how comfortable it will be to work for a long time on a laptop with an OLED display.

Yes, and we had a review of the Dell XPS 13 9300 laptop this week:

Mesh system with smart column

TP-Link has unveiled what it claims is the first Mesh system with a built-in audio speaker and voice assistant, the Deco Voice X20. The device combines the ability to create a seamless Mesh Wi-Fi network Kia and Amazon Alexa voice assistant functions. Thanks to the built-in voice assistant, the user will be able to control their smart home without the need for a separate smart device, such as a smart speaker. In addition, Mesh Wi-Fi technology will allow the user to quickly and efficiently access the Internet, and the presence of speakers in the modules will allow audio playback in different rooms. Moreover, the system works with streaming services Amazon Music, Spotify, Pandora, Tune in and other platforms. Deco Voice X20 uses the Wi-Fi 6 standard to provide high-speed wireless communication, stronger signal and stable connection.

Saturday coffee #136

The idea is interesting, especially for Mesh systems that you arrange around the rooms in your house. Why fence a garden of several devices, if you can replace two gadgets with one. We are waiting for TP-Link or competitors to collaborate with audio manufacturers, I think someone will surely release a similar product in partnership with Harman or Sonos.

Such a hybrid device can clearly be classified as a smart gadget, so our latest material on this topic will be recommended for the topic:

Hyundai showed IONIQ 5

Hyundai Motor Company has published the first image of the IONIQ 5 mid-size electric SUV. The model will be the first vehicle based on the Hyundai Motor Group Electric Modular Platform (E-GMP). The IONIQ 5 will have its world premiere virtually in February 2021.

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From the images, in my opinion, the electric car from Hyundai looks a little strange, but let's wait for its official premiere, perhaps everything will be much more interesting. By the way, IONIQ 5 is one of those electric cars that the Korean manufacturer will officially bring to our market, and this will happen either at the end of 2021 or at the beginning of 2022, while the exact dates for the start of sales are not known.

Hyperscreen by Mercedes

Mercedes-Benz has unveiled a 56-inch Hyperscreen car screen, which should appear in the new EQS electric sedan at the end of this year. A huge screen is the centerpiece of the new infotainment system, which is the second generation of the Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX) system. The Hyperscreen is actually a 56-inch glass panel that hides three separate screens. One screen is responsible for the operation of the dashboard, another main screen located in the central part is responsible for the operation of the navigation and information system, and the third screen is designed to provide multimedia opportunities for the passenger. All control in the car will be carried out using touch elements and voice capabilities. The glass that covers the panel is scratch-resistant, the ventilation holes are built directly into the screen.

Saturday coffee #136

It's great that automakers are starting to offer separate screens for front passengers, otherwise they have always been somehow left out in this regard. The main screen is often turned towards the driver, separate entertainment systems are offered for the rear passengers, and the one sitting in front does not get anything. Prior to this, Land Rover offered a media system with a display as an option, allowing the driver and passenger to see a different picture, but it did not gain much success. Porsche in the Taycan electric car made it possible to order a separate display for the front passenger, Mercedes-Benz has also taken this path, I think other automakers will offer this option in the future.

But it's sad that automakers are removing mechanical controls, replacing them with touch controls or screen controls, yet it's inconvenient. Even in relatively inexpensive cars, such solutions began to appear, for example, in Chery Tiggo 7 PRO, a climate control unit with touch keys and touch temperature controls, it is not so easy to quickly deal with it on the go.

Saturday coffee #136

…and dessert

Bethesda will release a new Indiana Jones game developed by MachineGame, known from the Wolfenstein series. The project will be executive produced by Todd Howard (The Elder Scrolls, Fallout) in collaboration with Lucasfilm Games.

Saturday coffee #136

Friends, "Saturday Coffee #135", in which we launched a competition together with Moshi, came out just before the New Year holidays, and not everyone was able to take part in it. We decided to extend this competition, in which we will give away three pairs of winter gloves from the manufacturer, until January 21 inclusive. So follow the link and take part, we will announce the winners at Saturday Coffee #137.

This week has been rich in news. Thus, the Okko multimedia service, which is part of the Sber ecosystem, announced that it was the first Russian VOD service to open access to premium content in the highest resolution at the moment, ULTRA HD 8K, as part of a subscription.

After a recent update, the user agreement of the WhatsApp messenger has included clauses obliging users to share data with Facebook. Now Facebook will have access to data with phone numbers, transactions and IP addresses of users. Later, amid growing customer anxiety, Facebook assured that they would not have access to messages and contact lists. On the net, the current state of affairs has been called "Agree or delete".

Pavel Durov (founder of the VKontakte social network and the Telegram messenger) said that it would be advisable for users to switch from Apple iOS to Android. This step is necessary for the smooth receipt of information. This is how Durov reacted to the removal of the analogue of Twitter - the Parler microblogging service - from the App Store.

And last week it became known that Sberbank was interested in acquiring Citilink, one of the largest online retailers in the country, which is part of the Merlion group. Such a deal will allow Sberbank to compete on equal terms with Ozon, Wildberries and Yandex.Market.

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USA banned Xiaomi

The US authorities have expanded the blacklist with nine new Chinese companies. In the latest addition, Xiaomi was also included, which got into it because of the alleged connection with the Chinese military. Experts attribute the expansion of the black list with new companies to the desire of the Trump administration to consolidate pressure on China in the last days of its work and thereby prevent the new administration from improving relations with China. Under the current bans, US investors will be forced to get rid of the assets of blacklisted companies by November 11, 2021. Previously, 35 companies from China were already on the black list, including the largest Chinese chip manufacturer, SMIC. Last November, Trump signed an executive order barring U.S. investors from doing business with blacklisted companies.

Xiaomi has already issued an official comment on the current situation:

The Company complies with the laws and acts in compliance with the relevant laws and regulations within the jurisdiction of its activities. The company recalls that it is engaged in the sale of goods and services for civil and commercial use. The company certifies that it is not owned by, affiliated with or controlled by the Chinese military and is not a "communist Chinese military company" as defined by the US National Defense Act (NDAA). The Company will take the necessary actions to protect the interests of the Company and its shareholders.

After Trump lost the election, it seems to me that the Chinese manufacturers exhaled a little, but in vain, in the end, the administration of the 45th US president planted another pig on them. How the new administration will act in relation to China is difficult to say. For example, according to Eldar Murtazin, there is no point in expecting improvements in relations between countries, which means that Xiaomi and other Chinese companies may expect other restrictions.

While Donald Trump is "banning" Chinese companies, he himself has been banned from Twitter:

And here is one more of our material on the topic of network restrictions:

By the way, if we are talking about Xiaomi, next month the company will introduce the Redmi K40 smartphone with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor and rumored to have an OLED display with a refresh rate of 120 Hz. The price of the novelty will be 2,999 yuan, which is approximately 35,000 rubles.

Samsung introduced the Galaxy S21

At the Galaxy Unpacked event, which took place on January 14, the Korean manufacturer Samsung showed three of its new smartphones from the Galaxy S21 line. The models are built on the new proprietary Exynos 2100 chipset made according to the 5 nm process technology, which was introduced a little earlier, they received a new generation of AMOLED displays with a refresh rate of 120 Hz, and the flagship model Galaxy S21 Ultra now supports the S Pen stylus.

The saddest thing that could be expected is the fact that the Koreans removed chargers and headphones from the package of flagship models. Moreover, after the presentation of the new iPhone 12, they actively ridiculed such a move by Apple, but on the eve of Galaxy Unpacked, they cleared all these posts from official accounts and acted in exactly the same way as the company from Cupertino. It is clear that the exclusion of some accessories from the delivery set of devices is not so much concern for the environment as a real opportunity to earn, and in total very decent money. For the end buyer, this is a rather unpleasant moment, and even sadder that after such a step by Apple and Samsung, other manufacturers will also remove the memory from the kit.

The devices themselves turned out to be interesting in terms of specifications (and the design is pretty to me), but expensive. So, the younger model Galaxy S21 will cost Russian buyers at least 74,990 rubles, and the flagship of the company, the Galaxy S21 Ultra model, will start in our market from 109,990 rubles. Yes, the prices, of course, are high, but still it is cheaper than fresh devices from Apple. Plus, last year's models remain on the market, the prices of which will drop a little more after the appearance of new products on sale.

We already have a detailed first look at Samsung's new products, read on for more information:

I also suggest reading the latest Buyer's Guide comparing the Galaxy S20 and Galaxy S21:

I suggest that you also read a separate article on the new Exynos 2100 chipset:

In addition to smartphones, Samsung introduced the Galaxy Buds Pro earphones, equipped with an 11mm woofer for deep bass and a 6.5mm tweeter for clear highs with minimal distortion. For voice communication, three microphones and a special voice receiving unit (VPU) are provided. With Active Noise Cancellation, background noise can be reduced by up to 99%, while nearby sounds can be boosted by more than 20 decibels. Galaxy Buds Pro support Dolby Head Tracking 360 Audio technology, and can also automatically switch the connection between smartphones and Galaxy tablets depending on the situation. The battery life of the headphones is declared at the level of 8 hours (20 hours when recharging from the case). With active noise cancellation, these figures will be 5 and 13 hours, respectively.

The new Galaxy Buds Pro look interesting, but you still need to listen to them in order to draw final conclusions.

New Amazfit Bip U Pro smartwatch

The Amazfit brand introduced the Amazfit Bip U Pro affordable smart watch in Russia. The model received a 1.43-inch TFT-screen with a resolution of 320x302 pixels, which is covered with Corning Gorilla 3 tempered glass with an oleophobic coating. The Bip U Pro weigh 31 grams including the strap, so they won't weigh you down all day and even while you sleep. The waterproof case can withstand up to 5 ATM, so you can wear the watch in the shower and take it with you to the pool.

Amazfit Bip U Pro is aimed at users who are passionate about fitness and sports, it supports more than 60 different activity modes, allowing you to track the distance traveled, movement speed, heart rate and the number of calories burned during exercise in any conditions. And also the novelty is equipped with support for women's health tracking functions and a built-in GPS sensor for determining the location.

The smart watch can monitor the wearer's condition by collecting information about all sleep patterns, including short naps and REM and deep sleep phases at night. The BioTracker 2 PPG system monitors your heart rate around the clock using an optical sensor, and OxygenBeats is able to measure the level of oxygen saturation in the blood.

The model uses Bluetooth 5.0 BLE, which allows you to pair it with smartphones and synchronize data with the native Amazfit app and with popular fitness apps. It is possible to display notifications on the screen of the device about the most important events, including incoming calls and messages, as well as control the music player on your smartphone. A full charge of the Amazfit Bip U Pro battery allows the watch to work up to 9 days.

The Amazfit Bip U Pro watch is already available in Svyaznoy stores at a price of 4,990 rubles.

Notebooks at CES

As part of CES 2021, which takes place this time in an online format, many laptops are traditionally presented. I will not list all the new items, I will focus on a couple.

LG has announced the 2021 Gram laptop lineup. It includes five models, including traditional Gram 17, Gram 16, Gram 14 and convertible Gram 2-in-1 16, Gram 2-in-1 14 models. So, the older 17-inch model weighs only 1,350 grams, while the younger one weighs 998 grams. The company said that in the new models, the screen-to-body ratio has reached 90% due to an even thinner screen frame. All models in the line are equipped with 11th generation Intel Core processors and can be supplied with Iris Xe graphics, as well as certified under the Intel Evo program. LG promises that the Gram 17, Gram 16, and Gram 2-in-1 16 models can last up to 19.5 hours on a single charge. Another feature of the 2021 models is the laptop's 16:10 aspect ratio, which offers users more vertical screen real estate.

Of course, it is interesting to look at the 17-inch model, in which the weight of the device is captivating at 1.35 kg, for comparison, the MacBook Pro 16 weighs 2 kg, and the battery life of the LG laptop is quite good.

Yes, as part of CES, the Korean manufacturer showed a teaser of the new LG Rollable smartphone, which can unfold the screen, thereby turning into a small tablet.

And Lenovo announced its updated 14-inch Yoga Slim 7i Pro laptop, which now offers consumers a choice of LCD or ultra-bright OLED display. The new Lenovo Yoga Slim 7i Pro (OLED) laptop, featuring a 14-inch OLED display with a 90Hz refresh rate, was unveiled at CES. Like its LCD counterpart, it is based on the Intel Evo platform and uses the new 11th Gen Intel Core mobile processors and Intel Iris Xe or NVIDIA GeForce MX450 discrete graphics. The 14-inch Yoga Slim 7i Pro with Samsung Display OLED supports resolutions up to 2.8K (2880 x 1800) and 90Hz refresh rate, as well as a 16:10 aspect ratio with a larger screen height.

Here, of course, I wonder how comfortable it will be to work for a long time on a laptop with an OLED display.

Yes, and we had a review of the Dell XPS 13 9300 laptop this week:

Mesh system with smart column

TP-Link has unveiled what it claims is the first Mesh system with a built-in audio speaker and voice assistant, the Deco Voice X20. The device combines the ability to create a seamless Kia Mesh Wi-Fi network and Amazon Alexa voice assistant functions. Thanks to the built-in voice assistant, the user will be able to control their smart home without the need for a separate smart device, such as a smart speaker. In addition, Mesh Wi-Fi technology will allow the user to quickly and efficiently access the Internet, and the presence of speakers in the modules will allow audio playback in different rooms. Moreover, the system works with streaming services Amazon Music, Spotify, Pandora, Tune in and other platforms. Deco Voice X20 uses the Wi-Fi 6 standard to provide high-speed wireless communication, stronger signal and stable connection.

TP-Link has unveiled what it claims is the first Mesh system with a built-in audio speaker and voice assistant, the Deco Voice X20. The device combines the ability to create a seamless Mesh Wi-Fi network Kia Kia and Amazon Alexa voice assistant features. Thanks to the built-in voice assistant, the user will be able to control their smart home without the need for a separate smart device, such as a smart speaker. In addition, Mesh Wi-Fi technology will allow the user to quickly and efficiently access the Internet, and the presence of speakers in the modules will allow audio playback in different rooms. Moreover, the system works with streaming services Amazon Music, Spotify, Pandora, Tune in and other platforms. Deco Voice X20 uses Wi-Fi 6 standard to provide high speed wireless connection, stronger signal and stable connection.

The idea is interesting, especially for Mesh systems that you arrange around the rooms in your house. Why fence a garden of several devices, if you can replace two gadgets with one. We are waiting for TP-Link or competitors to collaborate with audio manufacturers, I think someone will surely release a similar product in partnership with Harman or Sonos.

Such a hybrid device can clearly be classified as a smart gadget, so our latest material on this topic will be recommended for the topic:

Hyundai showed IONIQ 5

Hyundai Motor Company has published the first image of the IONIQ 5 mid-size electric SUV. The model will be the first vehicle based on the Hyundai Motor Group Electric Modular Platform (E-GMP). The IONIQ 5 will have its world premiere virtually in February 2021.

From the images, in my opinion, the electric car from Hyundai looks a little strange, but let's wait for its official premiere, perhaps everything will be much more interesting. By the way, IONIQ 5 is one of those electric cars that the Korean manufacturer will officially bring to our market, and this will happen either at the end of 2021 or at the beginning of 2022, while the exact dates for the start of sales are not known.

Hyperscreen by Mercedes

Mercedes-Benz has unveiled a 56-inch Hyperscreen in-car screen, which should appear in the new EQS electric sedan at the end of this year. A huge screen is the centerpiece of the new infotainment system, which is the second generation of the Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX) system. The Hyperscreen is actually a 56-inch glass panel that hides three separate screens. One screen is responsible for the operation of the dashboard, another main screen located in the central part is responsible for the operation of the navigation and information system, and the third screen is designed to provide multimedia opportunities for the passenger. All control in the car will be carried out using touch elements and voice capabilities. The glass that covers the panel is scratch-resistant, and the ventilation holes are built directly into the screen.

It's great that automakers are starting to offer separate screens for front passengers, otherwise they have always been somehow left out in this regard. The main screen is often turned towards the driver, separate entertainment systems are offered for the rear passengers, and the one sitting in front does not get anything. Prior to this, Land Rover offered a media system with a display as an option, allowing the driver and passenger to see a different picture, but it did not gain much success. Porsche in the Taycan electric car made it possible to order a separate display for the front passenger, Mercedes-Benz has also taken this path, I think other automakers will offer this option in the future.

But it's sad that automakers are removing mechanical controls, replacing them with touch controls or screen controls, yet it's inconvenient. Even in relatively inexpensive cars, such solutions began to appear, for example, in Chery Tiggo 7 PRO, a climate control unit with touch keys and touch temperature controls, it is not so easy to quickly deal with it on the go.

…and dessert

Bethesda will release a new Indiana Jones game developed by MachineGame, known from the Wolfenstein series. The project will be executive produced by Todd Howard (The Elder Scrolls, Fallout) in collaboration with Lucasfilm Games.