Saturday coffee №141
The week turned out to be interesting, but with a big bias towards auto industry news.
Last week, Yandex announced that its own security service disclosed the fact of an internal information leak during a regular audit. As part of the investigation, it was found that their employee provided unauthorized access to users' mailboxes. You can read more here:
Mobile-review.com Spillikins №629. The administrator of "Yandex" traded users' mail
Yandex employee sold other people's letters; another hacking of America by China; problems CD Project Red - data theft; attacks on Apple
Hyundai has revealed the first image of the interior of the IONIQ 5 electric vehicle ahead of its international online premiere on February 23.
And Sberbank acquired the developer of the Russian hybrid Yo-Mobile.
Table of Contents
- New items on the Russian market
- Sennheiser everyone?
- New promotions from Beeline
- TikTok will remain Chinese
- Jaguar to go electric
- New Qashqai and Outlander
- …and dessert
New items on the Russian market
This week, the Chinese company Xiaomi announced the start of sales in Russia of its mid-range smartphone Redmi Note 9T, which received the Dimensity 800U processor from MediaTek, a triple main camera with a 48 MP main module, a large 6.53-inch Full HD + display and a 5000 mAh battery. The price of the novelty was 20,490 rubles for the 4 GB + 64 GB version and 21,990 rubles for the 4 GB + 128 GB version.
A good device in the middle price range, which is also distinguished by the presence on our market of a variant in a purple color scheme. The official color name is Violet Dawn.
Yes, by the way, the global presentation of Redmi Note 10 will take place on March 4.
We have released a review of the Samsung Galaxy S21 smartphone this week:
Mobile-review.com Review of the flagship Samsung Galaxy S21 (SM-G991B/DS)
Compact flagship 2021 - small, bright colors and minimal cost for a flagship 2021
And a gaming smartphone from the Chinese company ZTE:
Mobile-review.com Review of the gaming smartphone RedMagic 5S from ZTE - you definitely won't lose!
A fully-fledged gaming smartphone: a powerful processor with active cooling with coolers, stereo sound, triggers on the ends of the device, fast memory and a 240 Hz screen response
And Harman introduced in Russia an update to the line of JBL TUNE wireless headphones - models 510BT and 660BTNC. Having retained the form factor of overhead headphones, the novelties received the Bluetooth 5.0 protocol, a USB-C charging connector and significantly increased autonomy. The built-in battery on both models guarantees up to 35 hours of non-stop music playback. You can extend the operating time of the JBL TUNE 660BTNC up to 48 hours by turning off active noise cancellation. The recommended retail price of JBL TUNE 510BT is 3,890 rubles, TUNE 660BTNC is 5,490 rubles.
Not a fan of over-ear headphones, but I would listen to TUNE 660BTNC for the sake of interest. Headphones with noise reduction, Type-C and Bluetooth 5.0 for relatively little money, this is already interesting.
This week, we released a review of Huawei FreeBuds Studio on-ear headphones, which, however, belong to a completely different price segment than JBL:
Mobile-review.com Huawei FreeBuds Studio review – the company's best headphones
Over-the-ear active noise-cancelling headphones with crazy frequency response from 4Hz to 48kHz, 6 microphones, multiple antennas for a stable signal and more
The Chinese company Huawei also pleased us with a new product and introduced the Huawei MatePad tablet to the Russian market, which received a number of significant updates: a powerful Kirin 820 processor, increased internal memory and optimized battery charge time. The device supports the new wireless network standard Wi-Fi 6 and has an extensive set of multimedia features. The MatePad has a 10.4-inch 2K screen with a 16:9 aspect ratio. The battery in the tablet with a capacity of 7250 mAh, according to the manufacturer, it will last for 12 hours of browsing the Internet or 12.5 hours of watching videos in Full HD. The updated Huawei MatePad went on sale, for the 4 GB + 128 GB (Wi-Fi) version they are asking for 26,990 rubles.
Even this week, the Japanese automaker Mazda began selling its updated Mazda CX-9 crossover in Russia. The car received a redesigned appearance, new trim options, as well as modern technological options (including Qi wireless charging and support for Apple CarPlay wireless connection) and an expanded arsenal of active safety systems. Four trim levels are available for the Russian market: Active, Supreme, Exclusive and Executive. According to 2020 statistics, 70% of customers ordered a car in the top Executive configuration, which will cost from 3,703,000 rubles, while prices for the initial Active version start at 3,028,000 rubles.
The new Mazda CX-9 does not have many differences from its predecessor, although there are some very nice innovations like Nappa leather in the maximum configuration and wireless Apple CarPlay. We already wrote about the previous version of this crossover:
Mobile-review.com Full tank #3. Mazda CX-9 Test
A new issue of our weekly automotive column, today we will talk about two more novelties of the Geneva Motor Show, the new Tesla Model Y, look at the sales of Jaguar Land Rover in Russia, find out which audio system Hyundai has chosen for the new Sonata, and, of course, a test awaits you Mazda CX-9. Let's go!
On Friday, Hyundai Motor CIS presented an updated crossover Hyundai Santa Fe, which has increased in size, received an updated design of the front and rear parts, grille and headlights. In the top versions, the car will be equipped with a projection display, a virtual dashboard, a media system with a 10.25-inch screen and support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, including wireless connection support. Also in the car will be remote parking, an automatic braking system in front of an obstacle at the rear, all-round cameras, a blind spot monitoring system and traffic sign recognition. The updated crossover will be available in five-seater and seven-seater versions. On the Russian market, the novelty is offered with three power units: two gasoline engines and one diesel engine. The crossover will be available in four trim levels to choose from: Family, Lifestyle, Prestige and High-Tech. The initial configuration of Hyundai Santa Fe will cost 2,479,000 rubles, and the maximum High-Tech will cost 3,299,000 rubles for a version with a G3.5 gasoline engine and 3,239,000 rubles for a car with a D2.2 diesel engine.
The interior of the updated Santa Fe has become definitely more pleasant, and the exterior has been slightly updated and remains in the spirit of the previous model:
Mobile-review.com Full tank #12. Hyundai Santa Fe Test
It's Saturday, which means it's time for our automotive section. Today we’ll talk about the fourth-generation Korean mid-size SUV Hyundai Santa Fe. A car that catches the eye with a new unusual and very bold design
Sennheiser, a headphone and audio brand for the consumer and business segments, has announced its intention to divest the consumer side of its business in order to focus on business-related activities. This statement was made by the current co-directors of the company Andreas and Daniel Sennheiser, the grandchildren of the founder of the brand. Sennheiser's business consists of four areas - Pro Audio, Business Communication, Neumann and Consumer Electronics. The company intends to find a partner that will invest in its consumer business and can leverage the brand's strengths and expertise in consumer audio to create new products and deliver a unique audio experience to users. Google is being considered as a contender for Sennheiser's consumer business, which, by analogy with Apple, which at one time bought Beats Electronics, will be able to strengthen its competencies in the field of sound.
Unexpected news, although taking into account the fact that, probably, Sennheiser has not released any attractive mass products for five years, apparently, everything is natural here. The company was unable to adapt to the market, the TWS headphones that it released lately, although they were interesting, were not particularly in demand among buyers.
Mobile-review.com Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless headphones review
Wireless headphones with an unusual appearance, the ability to hear the environment while listening to music and high-quality sound with aptX support
New promotions from Beeline
On the eve of the holidays, Beeline has prepared several rather interesting promotions at once. For example, when buying a Samsung Galaxy A31 or Samsung Galaxy A71, complete with communication services, you can get a Yandex.Station mini smart speaker with Alice's voice assistant inside as a gift. The full cost of promotional kits varies from 18,490 rubles to 31,990 rubles and depends on the model chosen and the amount of memory. You can read more about the promotion here.
Beeline also offers up to 45% discounts for 12 models of Samsung smartphones at once. The discount is valid if one of the promotional smartphones is purchased complete with communication services and additional goods.
And special terms also apply to the recently released Samsung Galaxy S21, Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus and Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra. You can exchange your old smartphone with a profit of up to 24,000 rubles, taking into account all discounts when buying one of these new products complete with accessories.
Reality and prospects of the IT professions market
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Review of the smartphone Samsung Galaxy A22s 5G (SM A226B/DSN)
A niche smartphone with 5G support for minimal money - it's not even on the Samsung website, but it's sold in Russia. Compare with Galaxy A22 - is it worth the money?
Kia Picanto test. The last of the city cars
Somehow imperceptibly, almost all compact city cars left Russia, which replaced compact class sedans and liftbacks like Hyundai Solaris and Skoda Rapid. There are always two real city cars left on our market, this is the hero of our material Kia Picanto and Chevrolet Spark, along with its counterpart under the Ravon brand.
TCL TW30 MoveAudio S600 TWS headphones review
Any decent smartphone manufacturer is bound to offer their own TWS headset with them. So TCL introduced in December on the Russian market not only a flagship smartphone, but also a flagship headset. Let's see what happened ...
TikTok will remain Chinese
With the end of the Trump administration, ByteDance sees no point in selling its US TikTok business. The plan to force the sale of the US TikTok business was imposed by the former US administration. The deal is also being hampered by the Chinese authorities, who, despite saying they don't want to interfere with the business, have stated the principles it should follow. According to experts, the Chinese authorities do not want the deal to sell the American TikTok business to look like a kneeling down before the US government, so as not to set bad precedents for other Chinese companies. Also, the Chinese authorities have adopted regulations prohibiting the transfer of ByteDance's key algorithms to the American division of the company. All these circumstances suggest that there is no point in a deal under the administration of President Joe Biden.
Although okay, this TikTok, here the new social network Clubhouse is storming Olympus. So far, as in the good old days, the network is available only by invitation, and besides, it is only available in the iOS version (official client). I didn’t like it for some reason, this social network for those who like to talk is not given to me yet, but maybe I’ll try it again.
We have published a separate article about Clubhouse this week:
Mobile-review.com Social network Clubhouse - how it works and who is interested in it
Elon Musk invited the President of Russia to the Clubhouse, the advertising campaign of the social network in Russia continues - an elite conversation club?
And it was also mentioned here:
Mobile-review.com #Echo109: why all exclusives are only on the iPhone, and VR as a new reality for the poor
Intel is set to make products better than Apple, VR will be a ubiquitous affordable outlet in an extremely expensive world, the Clubhouse app is a showcase of Apple's power
Jaguar will switch to electric cars
Jaguar Land Rover announced plans to switch to the production of electric vehicles. The company aims to make Jaguar a luxury electric vehicle brand by 2025, and Land Rover will convert 60% of its production line to electric traction by 2030. The company is going to release six electric Land Rover models in the next five years, and the first model will be presented in 2024. By 2030, all Land Rover models will be available in either petrol or electric versions, the company will stop producing diesel engines and at the same time develop and introduce hydrogen fuel cell engines. Jaguar Land Rover plans to minimize carbon dioxide emissions by 2039. Jaguar Land Rover is owned by Indian automaker Tata Motors, which previously announced its Reimagine strategy to help bring Jaguar Land Rover's transformation to life.
More and more companies are beginning to focus on the production of electric vehicles, although for us, as residents of Russia, electric transport is still relevant only in the largest cities of the country, and then on the condition that the growth in the number of this type of transport will not be sharp, and the infrastructure will continue to develop further and preferably more at a fast pace. In Europe and America, however, not everything is perfect with electric transport either, so the cyclone that covered some regions practically paralyzed life there and led to interruptions in the supply of electricity, respectively, electric transport also stopped. This, of course, is sad, but it will probably make you think about how to ensure an uninterrupted supply of electricity even in the event of such emergencies in the future. We have published several materials on the topic of climate change and the consequences that await us:
Mobile-review.com Winter 2021. People are dying of cold, and this is also technology
Technology in the 21st century does not save people from the weather, death from heat or cold is becoming a reality and gaining momentum. World experience - Russia, Ukraine, USA, UK
Mobile-review.com Climate change closes factories, prices will rise for all goods
How the climate breaks technology, closes factories and leads to higher prices for literally all electronics in the world
Mobile-review.com How Texas froze. What did people experience without light, heat and water
What did people lose, how did they survive minus twenty degrees in their homes without electricity. First Person Story
And last week we published the first part about electric vehicles and the features of their operation in our region:
Mobile-review.com An electric car in a big city. Part 1
In this article, we will tell you what models of electric cars are supplied to our market, what benefits the owners of electric trains have, and how things are with the infrastructure for electric transport at the beginning of 2021 in Moscow
New Qashqai and Outlander
Nissan has unveiled a new generation of the Qashqai crossover. The wheelbase of the car has become 20 mm longer, and the overall overall length has increased by 35 mm. The same changes have been made to its height (+25mm) and its width, which has added 32mm for better road holding. Qashqai's technological upgrades are based on a new platform called Alliance CMF-C. As with the previous two generations, the design of the new Nissan Qashqai was developed at the Nissan European Design Center in London.
The new Nissan Qashqai features a 9-inch NissanConnect infotainment system with Wi-Fi, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, the latter with wireless connectivity. The vehicle can be equipped with a 10.8-inch head-up display (HUD), 12.3-inch virtual instrument cluster and Home-to-Car function compatible with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa devices. The new crossover is equipped with the next-generation ProPILOT driver assistance system, which provides driver support in a wider range of situations. The system allows the car to accelerate and brake independently within the same lane. The system can accelerate the car to the set speed and stop it to 0 km/h during heavy traffic in traffic jams. The system can resume operation automatically if the vehicle has been stationary for less than three seconds and the vehicles in front start moving.
The Nissan Qashqai will not only be available with a 1.3 DiG-T petrol engine equipped with mild hybrid technology, but will also be available for the first time in Europe with an e-POWER powertrain that uses technology from the Nissan LEAF electric vehicle.< /p>
The exterior of the new Nissan Qashqai, in my opinion, has become more modern and interesting, but the interior is not very successful, now it is in the spirit of the latest Toyota RAV4 model.
And the Japanese company Mitsubishi introduced a new, fourth generation of its popular Outlander crossover. The new model is based on the CMF-C/D platform, which it shares with the Nissan X-Trail. The novelty differs markedly from its predecessor both in design and dimensions. A digital instrument panel, a large head-up display and a multimedia system with support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto appeared in the car's interior. The Outlander also has three-zone climate control, smart navigation and several electronic assistants, including adaptive cruise control with lane keep assist. The interior can be equipped with a Bose audio system with 10 speakers. The production of the car has already been launched in Japan, it will appear on the market in April this year and will cost in the US from $25,795. The new generation of the crossover will reach Russia only next year.
The new Mitsubishi Outlander is very reminiscent of the Hyundai Santa Fe inside and out. For example, the placement of the front optics is very similar in a Japanese crossover to a Korean one, and in the cabin a similar layout of the media system and climate control blocks is striking. The new Outlander Cisco Catalyst WS-C2960C-8PC-L Switch is very different from the previous generation, the crossover has become somehow more massive and aggressive, and the interior now looks modern. We already wrote about the previous generation of Mitsubishi Outlander:
Mobile-review.com Full tank #10. Test Mitsubishi Outlander III
Saturday is the time for our automotive column. Today in the news we will talk about Yandex.Auto and Yandex's plans to capture the market, and in our test we will talk about Mitsubishi Outlander III, a car that sells to a Japanese manufacturer in Russia
Mobile-review.com Mitsubishi Outlander III test. Now with Yandex.Auto
We have already told you about the Japanese crossover Mitsubishi Outlander III, but today we will talk about its version with a pre-installed head unit from Yandex, which for the first time gained access to the car system
The official trailer for the new Mortal Kombat movie has been released. The film is released on April 16, 2021. Due to the age limit, the trailer is only available on YouTube itself.
And Panasonic and Michio Okada, a professor at Toyohashi University of Technology, introduced a cat robot called Nicobo. The device can not only move around the apartment on its own, but also ignore the owner and fart if he is annoyed. Of course, only the Japanese could come up with a farting robot cat.
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