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5 Best Bluetooth Speakers in 2020

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The best Bluetooth speakers are a must-have for anyone who wants to enjoy their music to the fullest no matter where they are. These portable wireless speakers make a great companion while at the beach, on the trail, or even just jamming out on your patio.

Even if you enjoy most of your music inside, the best Bluetooth speakers make a great addition to any audio setup. They offer a huge upgrade from your phone’s tinny built-in speakers and range in price from premium high-end models to great speakers that cost less than $50. Many Bluetooth speakers sport water resistance for poolside hangouts, and several even let you summon Alexa or Google Assistant for handy voice commands.

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What is the best Bluetooth speaker?

Our pick for the best Bluetooth speaker is the UE Megaboom 3. The Megaboom 3 sounds great when playing all genres of music, offers an impressive 20 hours of playback, and is sturdy enough to face the elements outdoors. It’ll even survive an accidental drop in the pool.

The best Bluetooth speaker for those on a budget is the Anker SoundCore 2. For $40, the SoundCore 2 delivers loud sound in a durable, compact body. While it’s a bit small for the average backyard party, it’s great to toss in your bag for a beach venture or other outing. Plus its 24 battery life will survive any day trip you have in mind. If money is no object, the massive, $399 Sonos Move has the most features of any Bluetooth speaker we’ve tested.

Read on for all of our best Bluetooth speaker picks.

The best Bluetooth speakers right now:

1. UE Megaboom 3
The best Bluetooth speaker overall

 

Size and Weight: 8.9 x 3.4-inches, 2 pounds | Battery Life (Rated): 20 hours | Water Resistance: Yes | Maximum Sound Level: 90db | Voice Controls: No

Big bass and full vocalsGood battery life can pair with older Megaboom and Boom models for stereo sound big and heavy for a portable speakerphone
Thanks to its excellent sound quality, long battery life, and travel-ready ruggedness, the UE Megaboom 3 is the best Bluetooth speaker you can buy right now. This big, bold portable speaker pumps out rich 360-degree sound complete with crisp highs and satisfying low-end and maxes out at 100 decibels of noise. And with an IPX7-rated design, it can survive drops, splashes, and a fall into the pool without skipping a beat.

The Megaboom 3 is a bit on the bigger side compared to other portable speakers, and unlike many of its competitors, it doesn’t have Alexa or Google Assistant support or other smart features. But if that’s not a dealbreaker, the Megaboom 3’s sound quality and ruggedness can’t be beaten for the price. You can also pair it with older Megaboom and Boom models for the stereo sound experience.

2. Anker Soundcore 2
The best Bluetooth speaker under $100

Size and Weight: 6.5 x 2.1 x 1.77 inches, 12.6 ounces | Battery Life (Rated): 24 hours | Water Resistance: Yes | Voice Controls: No Great battery lifeWaterproofNot ideal for larger rooms. The Anker Soundcore 2 is the best Bluetooth speaker for folks shopping on a budget. For just $40, this tiny powerhouse delivers loud, well-balanced sound within an IPX5-rated design that can survive splashes, dust, and snow. The speaker lasts a whopping 24 hours, thanks to Anker’s best-in-class battery technology (the brand is also known for its reliable chargers), and the Soundcore 2’s dual neodymium drivers ensure you’ll get powerful sound in any setting.

The Soundcore’s compact, 6.5 x 2.1 x 1.77-inch design makes this speaker perfect for tossing into your bag for a quick road trip, and it comes in vibrant blue and red color schemes in addition to the standard slick black. It’s low cost makes it ideal for environments where you wouldn’t mind it getting a little roughed up, too.

3. UE Wonderboom 2
The best portable Bluetooth speaker

Size and Weight: 4 inches x 3.7 inches, 0.9 pounds | Battery Life (Rated): 13 hours | Water Resistance: Yes | Voice Controls: No

Full bass for a small speaker waterproof and dustproof app, No visual battery life indicator
The UE Wonderboom 2 is proof that great things can come in small packages. This tiny $100 speaker delivers huge sound within a small 4-inch cylinder, complete with throbbing bass, balanced mid-tones, and crisp vocals. It can survive being dunked in 3 feet of water for up to 30 minutes and is dust resistant, making it perfect for your next trip to the pool, beach, or park.

Other key features include impressive 13-hour battery life and the ability to pair two Wonderbooms together for immersive stereo sound. If you need an especially small speaker that’s a breeze to tote around and don’t want to spend more than $100, the Wonderboom 2 is hard to beat. Add a carabiner to the clever loop to attach the Wonderboom to your bag as you head out the door.

4. UE Hyperboom
The best Bluetooth speaker for parties

 

Size and Weight: 14.3 x 7.5 x 7.5 inches, 13 pounds | Battery Life (Rated): 24 hours | Water Resistance: IPX4 | Voice Controls: No

Big and balanced soundGets very loudGood battery lifePriceyReally, really big and heavy
Looking to really go big? The UE Hyperboom is the best Bluetooth speaker for large gatherings, thanks to its massive size and big, booming audio output. This 14-inch tall speaker offers a huge, balanced sound that’s especially ideal for barbecues and outdoor parties.

The Hyperboom is as rugged as it is big, with IPX4 water resistance for surviving splashes. And you’ll get 24 hours of battery life for keeping the outdoor tunes going all day and night long. Pair that with seamless Bluetooth connectivity and plenty of volumes, and you have the ultimate speaker for filling a big area with great sound.

5. LG XBoom Go PL7
The best Bluetooth speaker for sheer style

Size and Weight: 9.7 x 3.9 x 3.9 inches, 3.2 pounds | Battery Life (Rated): 24 hours | Water Resistance: IPX5 | Voice Controls: No

Crisp treble and defined bass. Good battery life lights add to the fun.No integrated voice assistantFew sound adjustments available. Every Bluetooth speaker on this list delivers great sound and functionality, but only the LG XBoom Go PL7 does it while boasting awesome LED lights. This unique Bluetooth speaker packs fully customizable LED rings on either side, adding some unique flair to your pool parties or indoor jam sessions.

But the XBoom Go PL7 has much more than looks going for it. The XBooms appropriately booming sound holds its own against the best Bluetooth speakers in this price range, delivering balanced bass and satisfying treble. And with an IPX5 weatherproofing rating, this speaker can handle sprays of water and keep on ticking. Factor in its strong 24 hour battery, and the XBoom Go PL7 is a great Bluetooth speaker that looks as good as it sounds.

How to choose the best Bluetooth speaker for you

There are a couple things you’ll want to consider when shopping for a Bluetooth speaker, the first of which is whether you want it to be wireless or wired. While a number of wired speakers like the Amazon Echo provide excellent Bluetooth listening, you can’t bring them outside your kitchen or living room. Stick to a speaker with a rechargeable battery for on-the-go audio.

With that, you’ll need to decide if an option with a voice assistant is the best Bluetooth speaker for you. If you plan to use your speaker in your backyard, it could be useful to have Google Assistant’s or Alexa’s powers at your disposal. That way you can change the music using your voice, rather than controlling the audio through your phone. These smart features will not work beyond your home’s Wi-Fi, so opt for a non-smart Bluetooth speaker for the beach or other outdoorsy locales.

How we test the best Bluetooth speakers

Every product on this list is considered the best Bluetooth speaker for one or more standout features, however each must meet basic requirements during our testing to be considered. We spend several hours listening to music, making calls and toting around every speaker to make sure it sounds great across all genres, provides solid call quality and withstands minor bumps or splashes.

If a speaker offers smart features, we enable the supported voice assistant to see how it fares against other top rated smart speakers. We’ll use it to control smart home devices, browse playlists and get answers to other common queries.

We also test battery life, exhausting each speaker’s battery after a full charge to see how long it can last under realistic conditions. A smart speaker connected to Wi-Fi should last at least 10 hours, while a standard Bluetooth speaker should last around 20. Most people want to know how much play time they can expect when their speaker is brought along for a day trip.

 

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Flipkart Big Billion Days Sale; Google Pixel 4a goes on sale in India

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  • The Pixel 4A has gone on sale in India via Flipkart. Here’s what makes it special.
  • Google Pixel 4a is available for Rs 29,999 in India.
  • The Pixel 4a brings a Snapdragon 730G SoC under the hood.
  • The phone gets a single camera set-up at the back.

Google Pixel 4a is now on sale in India. The Google phone was launched in the country last week as the latest Pixel model. The Pixel 4a comes as the successor to the Pixel 3a and comes in a new design that includes a hole-punch display as well as a square-shaped camera module. Additionally, the smartphone comes preloaded with features including HDR+ Portrait Mode, and Top Shot among others to deliver an enhanced photography experience.

Google Pixel 4a price in India, sale offers

Google Pixel 4a price in India is set at Rs. 31,999 for the lone 6GB + 128GB storage variant. The phone comes in a single, Just Black colour option and is available for purchase through Flipkart. Sale offers on the Pixel 4a include a Rs. 2,000 discount for a limited period that brings down its price to Rs. 29,999 as well as a 10 percent additional instant discount specifically for SBI customers.

Pixel 4a: What’s under the hood?

As for the hardware, the Pixel 4a is set to bring the same configuration as the international variant. As such, at the core of the phone will be a strictly mid-range Snapdragon 730G chipset that is paired with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage and for the display, the phone will use a 5.81-inch Full-HD+ punch-hole OLED panel with an aspect ratio of 19.5:9. The display is HDR+ compliant and should be great for watching movies and TV shows on the go. Being an OLED screen, the panel will support Always On Display and Now Playing features, and also bring support for Titan M Security Module.

Like the previous Pixel phones, the Pixel 4a will also focus heavily on the cameras. However, it will do so by keeping the hardware to the minimum. The phone gets a square camera module on the back, but only with a single lens fitted inside it, The module features a 12.2-megapixel dual pixel phase detection rear camera with f/1.7 aperture, OIS, and a 77-degree field of view. This has been sat next to an LED flash.

On the front, the display’s punch-hole houses an 8-megapixel front camera with f/2.0 aperture and an 84-degree field of view. Camera features are tipped to include 4K 30fps video recording and 1080p 120fps recording. For battery, the phone has been announced to get a 3,140mAh battery pack for keeping the lights on. All this hardware is wrapped inside a body measures 144×69.4×8.2mm and weighs about 143 grams only.

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Oppo F17 Pro Diwali edition Pre-order Started

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Oppo F17 Pro Diwali Edition has officially launched in India. This special edition by Oppo flaunts a Matte Gold finish and is up for pre-orders on Amazon India. The Oppo F17 series was launched on September 2 in India as a contender in the mid-range smartphone segment, going up against the likes of the OnePlus Nord.

Oppo F17 Pro is one of the sleekest Android phones available in the market today measuring 7.4 millimeters in thickness and features quad cameras on the back. Let’s take a look pricing, specifications and availability of the F17 Pro Diwali Edition.

Oppo F17 Pro Diwali Edition Pricing and Availability

Oppo F17 Pro Diwali Edition is priced at Rs 23,999 in India and is available to pre-order from Amazon India starting October 19. There’s also a special gift box that Oppo is offering with the F17 Pro. Do note, however, this special edition is priced Rs 1,000 more than the regular variant.

Oppo F17 Pro Diwali Edition Specifications

Oppo F17 Pro Diwali Edition has a matte finish on the back with gold and aqua gradient. As for the hardware, the F17 Pro Diwali Edition is the same as the regular variant that’s offered in three colors– Matte Black, Magic Blue and Metallic White.

Oppo F17 Pro has a plastic built that measures 7.4 millimeters in thickness and weighs 164 grams. The F17 Pro features a 6.4-inch Full HD+ (2400 x 1080 pixels) resolution display that uses an AMOLED panel. The screen has a dual punch-hole cutout for the front-facing cameras that gives it a 20:9 aspect ratio. The screen is topped with a layer of Gorilla Glass 3+ for protection against regular drops.

The F17 Pro is powered by MediaTek Helio P95 processor with an octa-core CPU and Power VR GPU. This is paired with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage and the phone runs on Color OS 7.2 which is based on Android 10. There’s a dedicated microSD card slot that can be used to expand the storage further.

The phone comes with a quad-camera setup on the back that consists of a primary 48MP camera with f/1.8 aperture, an 8MP ultra-wide-angle camera with 119-degree field-of-view, a 2MP macro camera and a 2MP depth sensor. On the front, there is a 16MP primary selfie camera followed by a 2MP depth sensor. The rear cameras can do 4K UHD videos at 30FPS.

The F17 Pro comes with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, under-display fingerprint sensor and more. It is equipped with a 4,000mAh battery with support for 30W fast charging. Oppo claims that the phone can go from 0-100% in 53 minutes courtesy of VOOC 4.0.

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Xiaomi Mi 10, Mi 10 T Pro lunched in India with 6.7-inch 144Hz Display, Price starts at 39,999

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Key Highlights

  • Mi 10, Mi 10 T Pro launched in India.
  • New Mi 10 T with 5G connectivity.

 

Xiaomi has launched the Mi 10T series of smartphones in India. This includes the Mi 10T and the Mi 10T Pro.

Mi 10 Price and Offers

The Mi 10 is available in two variants. The 6/128GB is priced at INR 35,999 and the 8/128GB variant is priced at INR 37,999. The Mi 10T Pro is only available in a single 8/128GB version for INR 39,999.

Xiaomi is also offering additional offers, including an INR 3,000 cashback, up to INR 2,000 off on exchange, up to 12 months no-cost EMI, and up to INR 500 off using Flipkart Super coins. Both phones will be available on Flipkart, Mi.com, Mi Home and Mi Studio stores, along with other retail outlets. Both phones will be up for pre-order starting October 15, 11:59PM IST.

The Mi 10T and the Mi 10T Pro are nearly identical phones. The main and only difference between the two is that the Mi 10T has a 64MP Sony IMX682 main camera while the Mi 10T Pro has a 108MP Samsung HMX camera. You can read our review of the Mi 10T Pro.

Xiaomi also launched a pair of affordable wireless earbuds. The Mi True Wireless Earphones 2C are priced at INR 2,499 and are available starting today.

The Mi 10T vs Mi 10T Pro

One of the biggest differences between the two phones is the camera module. While both phones feature a triple-camera setup, the Mi 10T Pro gets a 108MP primary unit compared to a 64MP unit on the Mi 10T.

Mi 10, Mi 10 T Pro Specifications

Both Mi 10T and Mi 10T pro feature a 6.67-inch display with a refresh rate of 144Hz. The phone comes with an adaptive frequency which ranges from 30Hz to 144Hz. The display is also covered with Corning’s Gorilla Glass 5.

The devices are powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 chipset which also makes it a 5G phone. The phones use LPDDR5 RAM with UFS 3.1 fast storage. Both versions get a 5000mAh battery unit and support fast charging of up to 33W. The company claims the battery supports dual-split fast charge.

In terms of optics, the Mi 10T gets a 64MP Sony IMX Sensor with f/1.89 aperture, a 13MP Ultra-wide Angle Camera with up to 123-degree field of vision (FOV) and a 5MP Macro Lens with a focus range of 2cm – 10cm

The Mi 10T Pro gets a 108MP HMX Sensor with OIS, f/1.69 aperture paired with a 13MP Ultra-wide Angle Camera with up to 123-degree FOV and a 5MP Macro Lens with a focus range of 2cm – 10cm.

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