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Amazon Prime Day Echo speaker deals: Newest Echo Dot for $25, Echo Show 5 at $45 and more – CNET

This story is part of Amazon Prime Day 2021, CNET’s guide on everything you need to know and how to make sure you get the best deal. Amazon Prime Day sales have kicked off, and Echo speakers have some significant mark downs. Whether it’s the Echo Dot, Echo Show or even the car-based Echo Auto, many…

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This story is part of Amazon Prime Day 2021, CNET’s guide on everything you need to know and how to make sure you get the best deal.

Amazon Prime Day sales have kicked off, and Echo speakers have some significant mark downs. Whether it’s the Echo Dot, Echo Show or even the car-based Echo Auto, many models are already on sale. Others are available by ordering via voice on Alexa devices right now, including the latest Echo Show 8, marked down to $95 (a $35 discount for the 8-inch smart display).  We’ll keep updating this and our other Prime Day deals pages as more and better discounts appear. For now, here’s where you’ll find the best of what Amazon’s sale days have to offer.

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OnePlus Nord 2: A great 5G phone for an affordable £399 starting price – CNET

The OnePlus Nord 2, also called the “flagship killer,” has some impressive specs and performs well all round.  Andrew Hoyle/CNET OnePlus calls its brand-new Nord 2 the “flagship killer,” and I get why. This phone has impressive specs, performs well and when paired with a reasonable starting price (only £399 here in the UK), it’s…

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The OnePlus Nord 2, also called the “flagship killer,” has some impressive specs and performs well all round. 
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OnePlus calls its brand-new Nord 2 the “flagship killer,” and I get why. This phone has impressive specs, performs well and when paired with a reasonable starting price (only £399 here in the UK), it’s designed to offer everything you’d need from a phone without emptying your bank account. A powerful processor, a solid dual rear camera setup, 5G connectivity, super fast charging — and it’s not bad to look at either. The phone became available for purchase yesterday for those living in continental Europe, the UK and India.Read more: OnePlus Nord 2 vs. Nord vs. Nord CE vs. OnePlus 9: Comparing OnePlus’ latest phonesLike the previous Nord — and the cheaper Nord CE, launched just a few weeks back — the Nord 2 will not be on sale in the US. It’s destined for the UK and wider Europe, where it’ll cost £399 for the version with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage or £469 with 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. For reference, £399 converts to about $540 or AU$740. But no, it doesn’t really “kill” any flagships. It’s not as powerful as a “true” flagship like the iPhone 12 Pro Max or S21 Ultra, nor will its camera skills attract the world’s most demanding photographers. The flagship that I feel is most at risk is OnePlus’s own 9 series, which shares many features with the Nord 2, yet has a much higher starting price of £629 ($729). 

I’ve spent a short amount of time with the Nord 2 ahead of its unveiling, and here are the five things I like most about it. A powerful MediaTek processor  OnePlus has typically used Qualcomm’s Snapdragon line of processors for its phones but it went with MediaTek’s Dimensity 1200-AI chip for the Nord 2. You’ll notice absolutely no difference in use — it’s the same as any other Android phone — but you will notice that it’s surprisingly powerful for the price.  While it’s not up there with the iPhone 12 Pro Max in terms of benchmarks, it did beat the Pixel 5 and wasn’t far below the more expensive OnePlus 9. It’s certainly powerful enough for gaming, photo editing and video streaming and navigating around the Android 11 interface is smooth and stutter free. The OnePlus Nord 2 houses a powerful processor, a dual rear camera setup, 5G connectivity and super fast charging. 
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Android 11 software The Nord 2 runs Android 11 at its core, over which OnePlus has slapped its usual Oxygen software. I really like OnePlus’s software as it’s neat, easy to use and doesn’t try and load the phone up with too many bundled services and bloatware. As a result, the phone remains nippy and trouble-free for longer. It’s particularly important on lower and midrange phones that might not cope as well with being bogged down by services. The result here is a phone with smooth performance that I expect to remain for some time to come.  OnePlus says it’s guaranteed to get at least two years of Android upgrades — so an update to Android 12 this fall and Android 13 next year is a given — with an additional year of security updates after that.  The OnePlus Nord 2 runs Android 11 software. 
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Incredible fast charging The Nord 2 has the same 65-watt fast charging seen on the OnePlus 9 series and it’s amazing. It’ll take the phone from empty to full in only about 30 minutes, which makes it amazing for giving it a quick boost before you head out from home. The 4,500-mAh battery should still give you a day of use from a charge, but when you can recharge so quickly, battery life becomes somewhat less of an issue. Even better is that a 65-watt fast charger comes in the box, so you don’t need to scour Amazon for one. What the phone doesn’t have is wireless charging, but I don’t see that as a particular problem.  The OnePlus Nord 2 has speedy charging with 65-watt support.
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Vibrant, sharp display The Nord 2’s display measures 6.43 inches and boasts a resolution of 2,400×1,080 pixels, which is sufficient to make tiny text look nice and sharp. It’s an AMOLED panel, making it extremely vibrant too: great for videos, photos or playing whatever colorful game is currently making the rounds on the Google Play Store. It has a 90Hz refresh rate which is a touch lower than the 120Hz of the OnePlus 9 series, but I doubt you’d be able to tell any real difference in day-to-day use. It’s silky smooth when scrolling around the interface, but you can also turn it down to a more regular 60Hz, which will apparently help save battery life.  The main cameras on the OnePlus Nord 2 are a 50-megapixel lens combined with a 8-megapixel super-wide lens.
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Decent rear cameras We haven’t done our full suite of camera tests yet, but what we’ve seen from the cameras so far looks good. The main sensor is a 50-megapixel affair — the same one seen in the OnePlus 9’s ultrawide camera. Outdoor images look well-exposed, with plenty of detail and natural-looking colors.  OnePlus Nord 2 outdoor camera test, standard lens.
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OnePlus Nord 2 outdoor camera test, standard lens.
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OnePlus Nord 2 outdoor camera test, super-wide lens.
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OnePlus Nord 2 outdoor camera test, standard lens with 2x digital zoom.
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The 8-megapixel super-wide lens is noticeably less detailed, but it too seems capable of capturing good-looking outdoor images. There’s an on-screen option for 2x zoom but there isn’t a zoom lens, so that 2x is based on digitally cropping the shot. Results still look good, but it’s worth keeping in mind that you won’t get maximum quality doing this.  There’s also technically a 2-megapixel monochrome sensor, which is totally pointless in my opinion as a photographer. If you want good-looking black and white images, use the regular camera and apps like Adobe Lightroom or Snapseed to have full control over converting to mono. Frankly, I feel OnePlus could have pulled this out and lopped another 20 quid or so off the price.  OnePlus Nord 2 specs

Display size, resolution, refresh rate

6.43-inch AMOLED, FHD+ (2,400×1,080 pixels), 90Hz

Pixel density

410ppi

Dimensions (Inches)

6.25×2.88×0.32 in.

Dimensions (Millimeters)

158.9×73.2×8.25 mm

Weight (Grams)

6.66 oz; 189g

Software

Android 11

Camera

50MP (main), 8MP (wide-angle), 2MP (mono)

Front camera

32-megapixel

Video

4K

Processor

MediaTek Dimensity 1200-AI processor

Storage

128/256GB

RAM

8/12GB RAM

Fingerprint reader

No

Battery

4,500 mAh

Price

In-display

Connector

USB-C

Headphone Jack

No

Special features

5G-enabled, 65W fast charging, 90Hz, dual stereo speaker, face unlock

Price (USD)

Approximately $540 (converted from UK price)

Price (GBP)

£399

Price (AUD)

Approximately AU$740

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Huawei P50 series unveiled: Not one, but two camera bumps on these superphones – CNET

Huawei/Screenshot by Sareena Dayaram/CNET Huawei has taken the wraps off its latest superphone series. It unveiled the P50 and P50 Pro in an online event Thursday, each of which are getting a China-only release for now. The main superpower of Huawei’s phones has long been their cameras — and the P50 lineup is no exception. In fact,…

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Huawei has taken the wraps off its latest superphone series. It unveiled the P50 and P50 Pro in an online event Thursday, each of which are getting a China-only release for now. The main superpower of Huawei’s phones has long been their cameras — and the P50 lineup is no exception. In fact, you can see the emphasis Huawei put on the cameras as soon as you look at the phones: Both the P50 and P50 Pro have not one but two camera bumps, which together take up more than a third of the phone’s rear width. This wasn’t entirely a surprise, since Huawei had teased images and videos of the lineup ahead of the event, but it does make for an eye-catching new design, which does away with the dual hole-punch design of the P40 series.The P50 Pro has four cameras on its rear: a 50-megapixel main, a 64-megapixel telephoto, a 40-megapixel monochrome and a 13-megapixel ultrawide lens. The P50 has a similar camera bump, but it has one less lens. There’s a 50-megapixel main camera, a 12-megapixel telephoto and a 13-megapixel ultrawide. Surprisingly, the base version has better optical zoom than the Pro version (5x versus 3.5x optical zoom). Each has 13-megapixel selfie cameras.Huawei’s P50 lineup was launched in China on Thursday.
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Beyond the camera, the P50 series stacks a range of enviable features, as expected (see the specs list below for more details). A crisp and smooth OLED display, a large battery, fast charging (66 watts) and powerful processors. The P50 series comes in two variants — one powered by the company’s own Kirin 9000 chipset and the other by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888 4G CPU. Qualcomm was granted permission to sell chips to Huawei last year. These chipsets are backed up by 8GB of RAM and 256 or 512GB of flash storage. You may recall Huawei phones no longer feature Google apps — a consequence of crippling US sanctions. But the P50 series is one of Huawei’s first new lineups to debut the company’s own operating system, Harmony OS, which the Chinese telecom had developed in-house to replace Google Mobile Services in its smartphones. When the P50 launches internationally, it should provide Huawei with the opportunity to gauge consumer response to the company’s in-house software and whether it’ll gain wider adoption among international shoppers amid the backdrop of Huawei’s eroding smartphone market share.  Huawei’s Richard Yu unveiled the company’s P50 series in a virtual launch event.
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Huawei is starting out with a China release before the series gets an international rollout (if it ever does), though specs may vary slightly based on your country. The P50 Pro starts at 5,988 yuan (roughly $930, £665 or AU$1,256), while the P50 starts at 4,488 yuan (roughly $695, £500 or AU$940).Key specsHuawei P50 Pro 4GDisplay: 6.6-inch OLED, 120Hz, 2,700×1,228 pixels, 450ppiDimensions: 158.8×72.8×8.5mmCamera: 50-megapixel main, 64-megapixel telephoto, 40-megapixel monochrome, 13-megapixel ultrawideProcessor: Snapdragon 888 4GBattery and charging: 4,360 mAH, 66-watt charging, 50-watt wirelessWater and dust resistance: IP68 ratingHuawei P50 4GDisplay: 6.5-inch OLED, 90Hz, 2,700×1,224 pixelsDimensions: 156.5×73.8×7.9mm Camera: 50-megapixel main, 13-megapixel ultrawide, 12-megapixel telephotoProcessor: Snapdragon 888 4GBattery and charging: 4,100 mAh, 66-watt chargingWater and dust resistance: IP68 rating

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Wisdom Panel’s new dog breed detection system uses AI to ID your pup – CNET

Getty Images Wisdom Panel on Wednesday announced a new breed detection system for its BCSYS dog DNA test kits. BCSYS, which stands for Breed Classification System, offers “the most accurate and comprehensive genetic testing for dogs currently available,” the pet genetics company claims. The Wisdom Panel Essential ($100, £90) and Wisdom Panel Premium kits ($160,…

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Wisdom Panel on Wednesday announced a new breed detection system for its BCSYS dog DNA test kits. BCSYS, which stands for Breed Classification System, offers “the most accurate and comprehensive genetic testing for dogs currently available,” the pet genetics company claims. The Wisdom Panel Essential ($100, £90) and Wisdom Panel Premium kits ($160, £140) now use the BCSYS system to test your dog’s DNA makeup. (The kits aren’t available in Australia, but the essential kit price converts to about AU$170.)BCSYS relies on “AI methods” and a database of “over 2.5 million dogs tested across more than 50 countries and six continents” to arrive at a reference panel of 21,000 samples and 351 dog breeds, according to Wisdom Panel’s official press release. Essentially, the tech draws from a massive database of dog breeds. Once a test is received, it’s run through the system to match the reference samples to your dog. I asked Wisdom Panel for more details on those “AI methods,” as well as what the company does with the DNA information after each test, but haven’t heard back yet. 
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Both the Wisdom Panel Essential and the Wisdom Panel Premium kits test for breed mix and potential health risks associated with those breeds. The Premium kit conducts more health screenings and provides information on weight, mobility, possible sensitivities to certain medications and more. You’ll also get a consultation with a vet if the DNA results reveal any major health concerns. Read more: Pet disaster prep: How to keep animals safe during a wildfire evacuationHere’s how the kits are supposed to work: Swab the inside of your pet’s cheek and gums for 15 seconds with both of the provided swabs. Let them dry for at least five minutes and return them to the packaging. Mail the swabs back and create an account online. In two to three weeks, you should get an email letting you know your pet’s results are ready. Wisdom Panel says its tests are over 98% accurate. Get more info about the Wisdom Panel test procedure here. We haven’t tested out Wisdom Panel’s new kits, but check back soon for updates on how the company’s claims match up to our experience. 

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The Wisdom Panel Essential kit is currently $80 ($20 off) and the Wisdom Panel Premium kit is $128 ($32 off). Wisdom Panel also makes a $130 Complete for Cats kit, as well as specialized testing for dog ($130) and cat breeders ($100). None of these kits use the BCSYS system. The information contained in this article is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended as health or medical advice. Always consult a physician or other qualified health provider regarding any questions you may have about a medical condition or health objectives.

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