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Realme 100W Soundbar with sub-woofer teased by brand

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Chinese electronics maker Realme recently launched its 100W Soundbar speaker system, priced at Rs 6,999. Called the Realme 100W Soundbar, it is a 2.1 channel audio system with a dedicated wired subwoofer. The Soundbar features a quad-speaker set-up – two full-range speakers and two high-frequency tweeters, each of 15W power output. Its wired subwoofer has a 40W audio driver for low-frequency output.

Realme 100W Soundbar review: Design and Connectivity

Realme Soundbar doesn’t look like a budget product at first glance. There is a metal grill running along the front and a matte finish plastic for the top and back. The sub-woofer has an appealing design and houses a 5.25-inch side-firing driver.

The remote is the only part that feels cheap and flimsy, but at least it’s there. Thanks to HDMI CES, we don’t have to use it all that frequently and can mostly manage well with the TV remote.

Controls are present at the top but LED indicators indicating the ‘Mode’ are positioned behind the front metal grill – which makes them useless. The Soundbar announced the current Mode loudly whenever the bar powers on irrespective of the set volume.

The bar has four 2” 15W speaker units (two full-range speakers & two tweeters) spread across its 940mm length. The Soundbar is reasonably slim yet conceals the IR sensor of the Realme TV when placed in front of it – which is a common peeve point of most Soundbar.

Realme Soundbar has all the required connectivity options. The I/O ports present on the rear include HDMI with ARC (Audio Return Channel), inline RCA, optical and coaxial digital inputs, and 3.5mm analog input. There is also built-in Bluetooth 5.1 that you can pair with multiple devices and a USB port to directly plug a flash drive.

Realme 100W Soundbar review: Setup and operation

Setting up the Realme Soundbar is an extremely simple process. Just plug the bar and play. We connected it using the HDMI ARC port but you may also choose coaxial S/PDIF, stereo RCA or 3.5mm socket.

As stated above, you can switch inputs using the remote control or using the mode button. Play/Pause, power on/off, and volume buttons are also present on the Soundbar itself.

Realme 100W Soundbar review: Sound quality and performance.

Realme has tuned the Soundbar for TV viewing and it works well for the said purpose. Dialogues were clean and clear even when the background score suddenly shot up and the same goes for vocals while listening to music. The Soundbar works better than the built-in TV speakers for watching action movies and sitcoms and the experience was quite immersive.

The base has a nice punch to it. Don’t expect audiophile-grade music, though. The mids and high feel a bit recessed. The sound stage is not very wide and channel separation doesn’t feel very accurate. Music mode works better for listening to music, but you can switch audio modes only using the remote control. Latency is high over Bluetooth and the volume control feels a tad erratic.

In spite of these issues, we’d say the audio output is good for the price. This is obviously a product that’s targeted at quotidian consumers who are not very fastidious about audio and such consumers are likely to enjoy the boost it provides over their ho-hum TV speakers.

Realme 100W Soundbar review – Should you buy it?

If you are looking for an affordable Soundbar to replace your inadequate TV speakers, Realme Soundbar is an option worth considering. It looks premium, has all the required connectivity options, and has been tuned for TV viewing.

If you are thinking of Soundbar that doubles as a multipurpose music system for your home, one that you can pair with multiple gadgets, perhaps you should look for more expensive options that are better suited for the purpose.

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WhatsApp End-to-end Encryption rolled out for backups

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WhatsApp recently made an announcement related to the end-to-end encryption to the cloud backups on both Android and iOS. As you may be aware like WhatsApp itself has been end-to-end encrypted by default,  and now if you chose to backup your chats history to Google Drive (Android) or iCloud (iOS), those data is also encrypted. Now,  you can enable end-to-end encryption for your backups. It’s an announcement from WhatsApp, and it won’t be on by default option but the user has to choose to enable it by going to Settings > Chats > Chat Backup > End-to-end Encrypted Backup.

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Apple Unleashed event today at 10.30 PM IST

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After the release of the iPhone 13 series and a new smartwatch, Apple is ready to host another launch event today. Users can expect to see the launch of new Macbooks running on Apple’s in-house M1 chipsets on the Apple ‘Unleashed’ event.  Apple fans eagerly waiting for the new MacBook Models and a new mini version of the same. Also, we can expect a new or upgraded version of AirPods in the event. The event will begin at 10:30 PM IST today and we can watch the event on the Apple website and on the YouTube channel. If you have an Apple TV, you can open the TV app and look for the ‘Apple Special Event’ section. It lets you stream today’s Apple unleashed event and rewatch old ones if you are interested.

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Oppo F19s Launched, Specifications

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Oppo recently launched Oppo F19s mobile on 27th September 2021. This one also has a 6.43-inch touchscreen display. This display is equipped with a resolution of 1,080×2,400 pixels at a pixel density of 409 pixels per inch (PPI) and an aspect ratio of 20:9. F19s comes with 6GB of RAM and packs 128GB of inbuilt storage that can be expanded via a microSD card (up to 256GB). The Oppo F19s runs Android 11 and is powered by a 5,000mAh battery.
Also, the Oppo F19s supports proprietary fast charging. Dimensions of the Oppo F19s measures 160.30 x 73.80 x 7.95mm (height x width x thickness) and weighs 175.00 grams.

On the camera department, the Oppo F19s on the rear packed with a triple camera (has autofocus) setup featuring a 48-megapixel primary camera with an f/1.7 aperture; a 2-megapixel camera with an f/2.4 aperture, and a 2-megapixel camera with an f/2.4 aperture. On the front a single camera (has autofocus) setup for selfies, featuring a 16-megapixel sensor with an f/2.4 aperture. The Oppo F19s runs on ColorOS 11.1 is based on Android 11. This phone is available in Glowing Black and Glowing Gold colors. On the connectivity section, the Oppo F19s is a dual-SIM (GSM and GSM) mobile that accepts two Nano-SIM cards. Connectivity options on the Oppo F19s include Wi-Fi, GPS, USB OTG, USB Type-C, 3G, and 4G (with support for Band 40 used by some LTE networks in India). Sensors on the phone include an accelerometer, ambient light sensor, compass/ magnetometer, gyroscope, proximity sensor, and in-display fingerprint sensor.

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Connectivity options on the Oppo F19s include Wi-Fi, GPS, USB OTG, USB Type-C, 3G, and 4G (with support for Band 40 used by some LTE networks in India). Sensors on the phone include an accelerometer, ambient light sensor, compass/ magnetometer, gyroscope, proximity sensor, and in-display fingerprint sensor. Oppo F19s price in India starts at Rs. 19,990. The Oppo F19s can be ordered from Oppo’s official store.

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