powerful bass both on land and in water / Sound and acoustics

powerful bass both on land and in water / Sound and acoustics


Almost any JBL-branded acoustics from HARMAN are always distinguished by their incredibly attractive design, unusual features and, of course, high sound quality. The latter is aimed, as a rule, at a young audience that prefers electronic music, pop music, rap, hip-hop and other areas where bass coloring is important. What is there to hide – many people love JBL precisely for its expressive bass, and only then for everything else.

Today, a real king of bass appeared in our test lab! According to the manufacturer, the new JBL Boombox 2 speaker system is one of the loudest boomboxes in the JBL speaker range, with almost the same deep and powerful bass as a speaker in a good club. And you can also take this column with you to the pool, since nothing will happen to it, even if you pour water on it from a bucket, and then “accidentally” send it for a swim. And although it is not recommended to dive with it, the JBL Boombox 2 will withstand diving to a depth of one meter. And we will definitely test this today too.

⇡ #Contents of delivery

JBL Boombox 2 speaker packaging

JBL Boombox 2 speaker packaging

The speaker comes in a large cardboard box with carry handles on the sides. The box is heavy enough. We had at our disposal two JBL Boombox 2 speakers at once, differing from each other in colors.

JBL Boombox 2 speaker package

JBL Boombox 2 speaker package

The package is pretty simple. Together with the speaker in the box, we found the following accessories:

  • power adapter;
  • two detachable power cables of different standards;
  • a printed user guide for getting started with your device.

Probably, for a column of this type, some kind of transport case would not hurt, but it was not included in the kit. However, the novelty is well protected from external influences, so the absence of this accessory is not critical.

⇡ #Specifications

JBL Boombox 2
Speaker 2 woofers × 106 mm (4 inches)
2 HF × 20 mm (0.75 in.)
Power, W In operation from the network: 2 × 40;
In battery mode: 2 × 30
Frequency range, Hz 50-20,000
Signal-to-noise ratio, more, dB 80
Features: IPX7 water resistant
PartyBoost technology for speaker linking
USB port for charging a smartphone, 5V / 2.0A
3.5mm audio cable input
The ability to work from the mains
Battery Lithium ion polymer,
10,000 mAh (72.6 Wh)
Battery life, h up to 24
Full charge time, h 6.5
Wireless connection Bluetooth 5.1 (2.402-2.480 GHz)
Bluetooth profiles A2DP 1.3, AVRCP 1.6
Dimensions, mm 485 × 201 × 257
Weight, kg 5.9
Warranty, month 12
Average retail price *, rub. 24830

* Average price for “Yandex.Market” at the time of writing.

The JBL Boombox 2 column is built on four speakers. The two woofers are 4 “large enough for a portable speaker, and the tweeters are 0.75” each. At the same time, the sound power during operation of the speaker from the mains is higher than when operating on battery power. It is not often that such an impressive set of speakers can be found in a portable speaker system, and even not so large in size. But the weight of the new item is decent: it gained almost six kilograms due to a number of reasons, including large woofers, a built-in rechargeable battery with a capacity of 72.6 Wh, and a protected case.

The case, by the way, can really surprise the owner of the JBL Boombox 2, because the column has the IPX7 standard, according to which it can be briefly immersed in water to a depth of up to a meter. Let us remind you, just in case, that this is not a headphones, not a small compact speaker that fits in a pocket, but a full-size boombox. It’s just that, unlike others, you can swim in the pool and listen to music in parallel. For this, the column can easily be forgiven for a large mass.

And the new product breaks records in terms of autonomy. According to the manufacturer, the built-in lithium-ion battery allows the column to work continuously for 24 hours. The volume level is not specified, but we will try to find it out during testing. And JBL Boombox 2 can also serve as a portable charger: among its interfaces there is a standard USB type A port, to which you can connect a smartphone – a sound source that has every chance of being discharged earlier than the speaker itself.

JBL Boombox is connected via Bluetooth specification 5.1 interface and A2DP 1.3 and AVRCP 1.6 profiles. However, the manufacturer is silent about codecs. Apparently, the column works only with the SBC codec. Also, the sound source can be connected to the JBL Boombox 2 using an audio cable with a conventional 3.5 mm jack. If you want and have a second JBL Boombox 2 speaker nearby or any other JBL speaker system compatible with PartyBoost technology, you can combine the devices into a single system and increase the power by two or more times. There will be one sound source for them, and several speakers. It is probably impossible to wish for something else for a portable speaker. The JBL Boombox 2 has everything you need.

⇡ #Appearance and ergonomics

The appearance of JBL Boombox 2 is so bright and expressive that it is simply impossible to pass by it without holding your gaze. The designers from HARMAN have worked hard on the new product, paying attention to the smallest details. The speaker is available in two colors: the traditional black color and the striking military-style protective color. Both options got to us for testing.

JBL Boombox 2 column appearance

JBL Boombox 2 speaker appearance

Carrying handle

Carrying handle

The column has the shape of an elongated barrel with slightly beveled ends and a massive carrying handle. The outer part of the case is made of smooth plastic, pleasant to the touch, with soft inserts in some places. In particular, the inner side of the handle is made soft to make it easier to hold the speaker, and the side walls, where the protruding soft parts perform protective functions for the passive radiators located on the sides. The latter do not have magnetic heads and move only due to the movement of air inside the case when active speakers are working.

Top and side views

Top view and side view

Fabric texture

All four active speakers are located on the face of the barrel-shaped enclosure. Large low-frequency ones are in the center, and high-frequency ones are at the edges. The body is tightly covered with a large weave fabric. The fabric appears to be glued to the body, as it does not move, even with a lot of force. In general, the quality of materials and workmanship of the JBL Boombox 2 is ten points out of ten. It is impossible to find even the slightest flaws or manufacturing flaws.

Bottom view

The column rests on a large protruding stand, which is also made of some rather soft material. The stand is grooved to prevent the speaker from slipping when installed on smooth wet surfaces such as pool tiles.

Design elements for woofers

Subwoofer design elements

The column also has elements with an exclusively decorative function. For example, these are the huge JBL and! Logos located on the passive speakers, or the corporate logos on the handle and bezel. But basically everything in it is done in order to either provide comfort in work, or to protect the device from external influences.

Control panel

Control Panel

The control panel next to the carrying handle consists of six short-travel buttons, two of which are allocated in a separate backlit unit – these are the power buttons and connect to a sound source via Bluetooth. The rest of the buttons are designed to adjust the sound volume, connect additional speakers using PartyBoost technology and control playback. For the last action, only one button is allocated: a single click on it starts or stops playback, and a double click is responsible for moving to the next track. All buttons are characterized by a clear, pleasant touch. Well, at the very bottom of the front panel there is a built-in battery charge indicator in the form of a vertical luminous strip.

All JBL Boombox 2 wired interfaces are located on the rear of the case. They are hidden behind a large rubber (or silicone) plug with three sealing loops. The plug very tightly covers the panel with the interfaces, so you won’t have to worry about the tightness. Even if you do not close the plug completely, neither splashes nor even a waterfall will damage the column. But the chances that the plug will accidentally open, in this case, are much higher than if it was closed tightly.

Panel of wired interfaces

Wired Interface Panel

Behind the plug there is a connector for connecting a power adapter, a USB type A port, a 3.5 mm mini-jack for wired connection of a sound source and an additional Micro-USB interface for servicing the speaker.

Power adapter

A few words should be said about the power adapter, which in the JBL Boombox 2 is made in an elegant case with rounded edges. Unlike similar products that come with other speakers, this power adapter is just a pleasure to hold in your hands. The power of the adapter is 100.8 W, so it will not be easy to find a similar one in case of loss or damage. In general, the aggressive expressive design, workmanship and thoughtful arrangement of all structural elements of the JBL Boombox 2 deserve the highest praise.

⇡ #Testing

To get the JBL Boombox 2 speakers to their full capacity, we decided to head out into the woods. In a rather remote (by the standards of the Moscow region) thicket, where there are no people within a kilometer radius. Scaring indigenous forest dwellers with loud bass, of course, is also not good, but we had nowhere else to truly test the work at the maximum opportunity. We did not disturb the animals for so long, since it is not easy to withstand the maximum volume that the JBL Boombox 2 speaker system is capable of. It is truly the loudest portable speaker with the deepest bass we’ve heard. At the same time, the sound quality remains practically unchanged when the volume is changed – even up to the maximum level. In any case, we did not manage to notice any difference. Unless the speaker gets very hot at a high volume level – it’s better not to put it in the sun.

Column at work

Low frequencies in this case are quite soft, but incredibly voluminous. If the speaker is used indoors, the pressure on the ears is applied at high volume, similar to what is felt from powerful club speakers. At the same time, absolutely any compositions acquire a bass coloration. If we were considering ordinary speakers, then this would be a serious drawback, but in the case of the JBL Boombox 2, intended primarily for noisy parties and out-of-town outings, this feature can be safely added to the list of its advantages.

But the bass coloration in no way means that the mids and highs of the JBL Boombox 2 are clogged and become inaudible or audible in the background. While the mid-frequency range can only be partially represented during song playback, the upper frequencies, on the contrary, are very clearly emphasized by the high-frequency speakers. In this case, whistle and squeak was not noted. In this case, we can talk about a certain frequency balance, which the manufacturer managed to find, placing a significant emphasis on deep bass and not forgetting that the task of JBL Boombox 2 is full-fledged music playback.

The column easily copes with any electronic, dance and popular music. The voices of the performers are clearly audible. No need to guess the words of a song, drowned out by the bass, as is often heard on cheaper street speakers. Moreover, with the JBL Boombox 2, you can relax at home or outdoors in silence, quietly turning on light electronic music. To the sound of this speaker, you can even fall asleep sweetly, and not just come off well in a noisy company. Of course, ordinary good speakers will cope better with instrumental music, and solo works, and a lot of other things, but it is very difficult to take them out to the dacha, to the city streets or to the river bank. JBL Boombox 2 is easy!

By the way, about lightness. Despite the convenient carrying handle and relatively small dimensions, it is not so comfortable to carry this column in your hand for a long time. You can still carry a kilometer, but traveling with a speaker in hand all day is quite problematic, unless, of course, you visit the gym three or four times a week, where, by the way, there is also a use for the JBL Boombox 2.

As for battery life, the manufacturer did not lie. The column can really work continuously throughout the day, and not with a barely audible volume level, but at a very decent 50-60% of the maximum. So that you understand what we are talking about: with such a volume level, when the speaker is operating in the room, it becomes difficult to perceive the interlocutor’s speech. When working in an ordinary apartment, it is generally better not to raise the volume level above 30%. Neighbors, you know … Well, if you plan to use the speaker for listening to music alone in the evenings, then the battery charge will be enough for a week.

JBL Portable app

We also checked the PartyBoost technology. The two speakers we have are networked in just a few seconds. But in order to take advantage of all the possibilities of this function, you will have to install the proprietary JBL Portable application on your smartphone. With it, you can not only combine the speakers into one system, but also choose one of two possible modes of operation of such a “network”. By default, the columns are combined in “Party” mode, in which the second, third and any other subsequent columns play the same as the first. You can connect an unlimited number of speakers – at least five, at least ten, as many as you find. There were no delays during playback.

Well, the name of the second mode – “Stereo” – speaks for itself. In this mode, two speakers work. The first one starts to transmit the sound of the left channel, and the second one – the right one. Perhaps this is the only useful feature of the JBL Portable application. Also, here you can only find out the charge of the battery and turn off the sound made when you press the keys.

Column after testing with water

Column after water test

Well, in conclusion of our testing, we decided to check the level of protection of the speaker system. Alas, we did not have time to find a pool and a country villa in a week of testing, but we did not have to look for a spacious bath for a long time. The speaker was connected to a smartphone from which music was played. We first tested the JBL Boombox 2 under the shower and then moved on to submerging the device under water. You can find out what came of this in our short video below. The music in the video is not superimposed during editing – the speaker under test is playing!

It turned out that the JBL Boombox 2 is not at all airtight – it collects water inside when immersed and gives it out after being removed. Water pours out of the column, and at the same time it continues to play – a fascinating sight! But, of course, all electronic filling is reliably protected from moisture in a sealed inner compartment… In addition, this column is almost impossible to drown. There is so much air inside it that the column floats on the surface of the water, like a float, despite its six kilograms. Even if you drop it into a very deep pool or lake, then nothing terrible will happen to it. The column continues to play and swim as if nothing had happened. But if you turn it down with the speakers, under the water, then the sound will not be heard. So the water test of the JBL Boombox 2 went just fine!

⇡ #conclusions

If you are looking for an outdoor speaker with deep bass, loud, high-quality sound and a look that will surely impress any of your friends, then the JBL Boombox 2 is exactly what you need. If at the same time you still want to get a housing protected from moisture so that you can not be afraid of rain, a pool and not always adequate guests who, for example, can pour drinks on equipment, then JBL Boombox 2 is perhaps the only option offered on the Russian market. Well, in terms of sound quality, this speaker for many potential users may well become a universal speaker system that will be successfully used both on the street and at home. In any case, its capabilities will definitely be enough for watching movies.

Here are the main advantages of the new product:

  • eye-catching attractive design and the highest quality workmanship;
  • relatively compact body with a convenient handle for transportation;
  • protection against water according to the IPX7 standard;
  • PartyBoost technology to combine any number of speakers
  • USB port for charging a smartphone;
  • very high maximum volume level;
  • very deep volumetric bass;
  • sufficiently balanced sound for this type of speaker;
  • long operating time without recharging.

At the same time, the JBL Boombox 2 has practically no shortcomings. The only thing that we managed to find was the lack of the ability to work with aptX or AAC codecs. Впрочем, для уличной колонки это вряд ли важно, ведь данное устройство явно не предназначено для аудиофилов. Стоимость новинки около 25 тысяч рублей для многих покажется чересчур завышенной, но найти этому устройству достойного конкурента, да ещё и с защитой от воды, будет весьма непросто. Колонка стоит своих денег. Она может стать прекрасным подарком не только для любителей уличных дискотек, но и для тех, кто, например, занимается спортом на уличных площадках, катается в скейт-парках и просто активно проводит время за пределами четырёх стен своего дома.

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Sackboy A Big Adventure Action Platformer Editions Details

Sackboy A Big Adventure Action Platformer Editions Details


Sumo Digital has revealed the Digital Deluxe Edition of the upcoming action-platformer Sackboy A Big Adventure, which will be released on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5. Notably, a Limited Special Edition will also be available exclusively for the current generation console.

The developer noted that if you pre-order any edition in retail stores or in the PlayStation Store, you will receive a digital version of The Gathering Storm comic.

It is dedicated to the mysterious past of Scarlett, Sackboy’s mentor and the last knitted knight of Craftworld.

The Digital Deluxe Edition for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 will be sold exclusively on PlayStation Store. It contains:

  • digital album with illustrations of beautiful worlds and eccentric creatures that inhabit them;
  • digital soundtrack with a selection of songs from the game;
  • 4 Sackboy costumes inspired by PlayStation characters: Ghost of Tsushima’s Jin, Death Stranding’s Sam Porter Bridges, Detroit: Become Human’s Connor and Days Gone’s Deacon St. John;
  • 4 Sackboy gestures inspired by the aforementioned PlayStation characters;
  • 20 avatars of Sackboy, each with a different costume from the game.

In the Special Edition you will find everything the same as in the Digital Expanded Edition, plus a paper artbook and a toy Sackboy.

Sackboy A Big Adventure goes on sale November 12.



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The release version of Torchlight III goes on sale on October 13, everywhere except the Nintendo Switch

The release version of Torchlight III goes on sale on October 13, everywhere except the Nintendo Switch


Perfect World Entertainment and Echtra Games have announced that the action RPG Torchlight III will be leaving Early Access for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on October 13th. A Nintendo Switch version is also planned for the end of the year.

“A full release of Torchlight III would not have been possible without the incredible work of the entire Echtra team and our wonderful community of players in the Early Access version.Said Echtra Games CEO and Torchlight series co-founder Max Schaefer. – We put our hearts and souls into this new adventure and it was great to get this kind of player support while the game was in development. With the significant changes we’ve made to Torchlight III’s Early Access, we’ve done our best to integrate player desires as efficiently as possible as we move towards launch. Next month, we can’t wait to welcome all players to the Frontier! “

According to Perfect World Entertainment, Torchlight III will include all the mechanics typical of the Torchlight series, including a combat system, a vibrant world and four-player co-op online multiplayer, and a single player mode. In addition, it will have a pet system, customizable forts, a multi-level development system “Contracts”, many tasks and boss battles in randomly generated locations and, finally, a lot of epic trophies.

Torchlight III’s storyline campaign will span three acts. According to the plot, a century has passed in the game after the events of Torchlight II, when the great heroes of the past defeated the Dark Alchemist and sealed the heart of the Lord of the Void inside the core of the clockwork. But now the Ember empire is again on the verge of collapse, as it is threatened by the invasion of the Netherim and their allies. To save the world, players will need to brace themselves and challenge the villains.

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The cheapest Xiaomi TV will start selling tomorrow: 32 inches for $ 117

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Xiaomi recently unveiled the Redmi Smart TV A-series. The first devices of the new family were Smart TV A55 and Smart TV A50. And from tomorrow, Redmi Smart TV A32 will join them, which will become the cheapest Xiaomi TV in the history of the company.

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For $ 117, buyers of an affordable 32-inch TV will receive a filling that largely corresponds to the level of more expensive models, but instead of 4K panels, as in older models, it will receive a high-quality, but HD-matrix. The device will be based on a 64-bit dual-core processor based on the Cortex-A53, which will work in conjunction with 1 GB of RAM. The processor is integrated with the Mali-450 graphics chip. As for the amount of permanent memory, the device will have 8 GB. The TV will be running the latest MIUI for TV 3.0 operating system. The device will receive two speakers with a total power of 10 watts.

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The new smart TV, among other things, will be able to boast of intelligent voice control. The built-in assistant XiaoAI 3.0 can work with smart home devices such as air conditioners, air purifiers, robotic vacuum cleaners and more. Tomorrow the TV will be available on the popular JD.com marketplace.



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The first iPad with a Mini-LED display will be released in early 2021, and such screens will hit the MacBook in a year.

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Apple will launch a 12.9-inch iPad Pro with a Mini-LED display in early 2021, according to new figures from DigiTimes. But MacBook with such a matrix will have to wait until the second half of next year.

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According to the source, Epistar will supply LEDs for iPad Pro Mini-LED displays in the near future. More than 10,000 LEDs are reported to be used in each tablet. There, Apple is expected to bring in another LED supplier, Osram Opto. The LEDs from this company will be used in the MacBook, while the Epistar products will go exclusively to the iPad. This is consistent with supply chain information previously published by reputable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. He has already predicted that the iPad Pro will be the first Apple product with a Mini-LED display, and Epistar will begin shipping LEDs in the third quarter of this year.

Kuo also speculated that Apple could release a 16-inch MacBook Pro with a Mini-LED display later this year, but this information contradicts DigiTimes. According to Taiwanese research firm TrendForce, Apple suppliers will start competing for orders for 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pros with Mini-LED screens through early 2021.



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NVIDIA fixed bugs in the design of GeForce RTX 3080 and RTX 3090 with a new driver, but not everyone liked it

NVIDIA fixed bugs in the design of GeForce RTX 3080 and RTX 3090 with a new driver, but not everyone liked it


It seems that NVIDIA has found a way to solve the problem of “crashes” from games faced by the owners of GeForce RTX 30 series graphics cards. The manufacturer yesterday released a new graphics driver, the GeForce Game Ready Driver version 456.55, which, among other things, increases the stability of new video cards, as stated in the official explanation. True, the company is silent that stability is achieved at the cost of performance changes.

NVIDIA finally published its first official statement on its support forum yesterday regarding the problematic configuration of six POSCAP (SP-CAP) capacitors used in the GPU power subsystem on GeForce RTX 3080 and RTX 3090. Recall that owners of cards with this set of capacitors more often than others, they encounter a crash of games when the graphics chip exceeds the frequency of 2000 MHz.

“NVIDIA has released a new driver that improves stability. As for non-reference cards, our partners often change the characteristics of their printed circuit boards, and we work closely with them in this. The number of POSCAP and MLCC capacitors may vary depending on the design chosen by the manufacturer and does not necessarily indicate the quality of the product. “, – commented NVIDIA.

Be that as it may, but many owners of GeForce RTX 3080 video cards on the social platform Reddit note that “crashes” from games after installing driver 456.55 really stopped. For example, a user with a nickname Ifaliacy reported that he tested the stability of his video card after installing a new driver in the games Horizon Zero Dawn and COD Warzone. He did not encounter “crashes”, although earlier his card was distinguished by extremely unstable operation even at nominal frequencies. Another user reported that before installing the new NVIDIA driver, his MSI GeForce RTX 3080 Ventus graphics card was unstable in Forza 4. But now the crashes have passed in this game as well. There are many similar comments in the community, so it looks like the problem has been resolved to one degree or another.

This was confirmed by professional observers. Chief editor of the resource PC World Brad Chacos revealed that his GeForce RTX 3080 test device from EVGA is equipped with just a problematic configuration of six POSCAP capacitors. This card has not yet gone on sale, as the manufacturer decided to replace the capacitors, but a certain number of such cards have been leaked to the press. According to Chakos, in Horizon Zero Dawn, this map really worked very badly: “crashes” happened every now and then.

Installing NVIDIA driver version 456.55 corrected the situation. The game is now really stable.

However, one nuance emerged. With the previous driver, the graphics chip clocked at 2010 MHz, and there were no problems. They began when the frequency reached the 2025 MHz bar. It was at this moment that the game crashed. After updating the driver, the video card began to work in games in the frequency range 1980-1995 MHz. And only in the main menu of Horizon Zero Dawn the frequency can be increased to the initially stable 2010 MHz. Chakos concludes that the new NVIDIA driver uses a modified algorithm for proprietary GPU Boost technology, which has adjusted the voltage values, as well as the maximum automatic GPU overclocking limit for the new GeForce RTX 3080 and RTX 3090 video cards.

After installing the new NVIDIA driver, the maximum GPU Boost frequency is 2010 MHz

After installing the new NVIDIA driver, the maximum GPU Boost frequency is 2010 MHz

Some users Reddit also confirmed that after installing the new driver, the maximum GPU Boost frequency has changed. For example, one of the owners of the GeForce RTX 3080 reported that the graphics chip of his video card with the previous driver took a value of 2100 MHz. After installing the driver, the maximum GPU Boost frequency is now only 2010 MHz. However, some users note that the frequency decreased slightly, within 10-20 MHz.

It is curious that against this background there are also such owners of the GeForce RTX 3080 who reported a small, within a couple of tens of megahertz, increase in the maximum frequency of the GPU with the new driver. At the same time, they do not observe “departures” from games either.

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The player demonstrated what and at what age the characters of Crusader Kings III most often die

The player demonstrated what and at what age the characters of Crusader Kings III most often die


A Reddit user under the pseudonym Imnimo posted a graph showing the lifespan and cause of death of all characters in his playthrough of Crusader Kings III.

Imnimo did not extract the necessary data manually, but with the help of “Simple script”, which recorded the date of birth and death of the heroes, as well as the main reason for their untimely death.

The fact is that the characters of Crusader Kings III at the time of departure to another world may have several potentially fatal health penalties. The Imnimo script chooses the most serious of them – for example, bubonic plague in the presence of depression.

In total, Imnimo identified ten potential causes of death: childbirth, imprisonment, genetics, murder, psyche, injury, illness, war, natural causes, and everything else (for example, eating carp).

Life expectancy and cause of death in CK3 from r / CrusaderKings

Judging by the graph, the three most “popular” ages of death are infancy (newborns are extremely vulnerable to disease), adulthood (war, injuries) and old age (after 60 years).

Natural death overtook over 35% of all characters in Imnimo: several particularly healthy mayors managed to survive their 100th birthday, although the enthusiast considers this to be a bug. The graphs for the separate female and male genders can be found here.

Crusader Kings III was released on September 1 this year exclusively on PC (Steam, Windows 10). Since its release, the game has steadily stayed in the weekly Steam sales chart, but dropped out of the top 10 by the end of the first month.

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KIOXIA XG6 solid state drives – balancing performance, power consumption, quality and price

KIOXIA XG6 solid state drives - balancing performance, power consumption, quality and price


In recent years, solid state drives have become more affordable and, accordingly, have gained significant popularity. NVMe drives are becoming more and more popular as they offer the highest data transfer rates and performance. KIOXIA offers several series of client SSDs, the most advanced of which are the XG6 and BG4.

Due to financial difficulties in 2018, Toshiba Memory was separated from Toshiba Corporation, which helped to avoid bankruptcy. Last year, the already independent Toshiba Memory was renamed KIOXIA in order to renew its image and help the company become independent. So KIOXIA can be called with complete confidence a young company with a very rich history, no matter how paradoxical it may sound.

The history of the current KIOXIA is really very rich. Suffice it to say that it is to this company that we owe the existence of publicly available flash drives as they are today. After all, it was the Japanese professor Fujio Masuoka who worked at Toshiba who first invented NOR memory, and then NAND, which underlies the vast majority of modern solid-state storage media.

Professor Masuoka hoped that flash memory would gradually replace hard drives – and, as we can see, today his prediction is gradually coming true. Modern solid-state drives are quite close to hard drives in such an important indicator as the ratio of price and volume. Moreover, in current realities, this applies not only to the cheapest solid-state drives with a SATA interface, but also to more advanced NVMe drives.

Already now, for the price of a SATA drive, or just a little more, you can buy much more productive and high-quality NVMe drives. In fact, 80% of the cost of an SSD comes from NAND flash memory, and accordingly, the cheapness of SATA drives translates into savings in component quality and manufacturing culture.

And of course, there is a huge speed gap between the designated SSD types: the NVMe interface offers much higher bandwidth and is optimized from the outset to work with an array of flash memory. In fact, now we can say that SATA drives have no future. For storing large amounts of data, it is better to use traditional hard drives, since they offer more volume for the same money. And for installing programs, constantly working with data and files, and other scenarios of active use, it is better to use a high-speed NVMe SSD.

The XG6 series of solid state drives includes the fastest solutions in the KIOXIA consumer SSD range. They are based on proprietary fourth-generation BiCS Flash TLC flash memory chips, consisting of 96 layers and capable of storing three bits of information in one cell (3D TLC NAND). The XG6 family includes 256 and 512 GB drives, as well as 1 TB. In turn, the XG6-P (Professional) family offers drives up to 2 TB.

The XG6 drive is controlled by a proprietary eight-channel controller, and for connection it uses four PCIe 3.0 interface lines and the NVMe 1.3a protocol. The random read speed reaches 3180 MB / s, and the random write speed reaches 2960 MB / s. True, this applies to the older 1 TB model. The rest of the versions differ in slightly more modest speeds, which are nevertheless very high.

The performance indicator for random access to data is equally important. Random read performance reaches 355K IOPS (I / O operations per second), and random write performance reaches 365K IOPS. These are very high numbers, which means a high speed of the SSD.

In turn, the KIOXIA BG4 series of drives combines more affordable solutions, which are also built on 96-layer BiCS Flash TLC memory and use the PCIe 3.0 x4 interface, but with the NVMe 1.3b protocol. They are available as modules for desoldering directly on the motherboard and as M.2 modules for installation in the corresponding slot. The key feature of the latter is that it is the smallest M.2 drive in the industry – dimensions are only 22 × 30 mm. This allows it to be used in the most compact systems.

The BG4 series offers drives ranging from 128GB to 1TB with sequential read speeds up to 2300 MB / s and sequential writes up to 1800 MB / s. Read and write IOPS reaches 390 and 200 thousand, respectively.

The manufacturer recommends the XG6 series for use in productive workstations, ultrabooks, laptops and desktops, as well as in the corporate sector. The BG4 series is designed for systems of the same type, but which do not require maximum performance. Separately, it should be noted that these drives can also be used in servers, including as an OS boot disk.

KIOXIA also emphasizes the low power consumption of its solid state drives, which will be especially useful when used in notebooks and other portable systems. The more powerful XG6 models consume no more than 4.7W during active operation, and only 3mW in standby mode. In turn, BG4 boasts a consumption of up to 3.7 watts.

KIOXIA solid state drives stand out with the highest Japanese quality. The manufacturer guarantees high reliability for its XG6 and BG4 series solid state drives, and claims a time between failures (MTTF) for them of 1.5 million hours. We will immediately add that the fact that the SSD is made within the same company also speaks in favor of reliability. As a result, all the components are better matched to each other and work better with each other. That is, the KIOXIA controller is made specifically for the KIOXIA memory, and the memory for the controller.

Also, as a manufacturer of memory chips, KIOXIA has access to the entire volume of produced flash memory, which allows you to keep chips that are better in performance than those available to third-party manufacturers on the open market. In addition, we note that there are not so many such vertically integrated SSDs on the market: in addition to KIOXIA, only Samsung, WD and Crucial (Micron) can offer them.

Finally, the company values ​​its reputation and wants to play at the highest level. Accordingly, it does not pursue the lowest possible price due to savings on memory quality. Plus, your own memory is cheaper than what is on the market.

As a result, in the face of KIOXIA drives, we get balanced solutions that provide good performance, consume little power and have high reliability. And all this from a company with a rich history and a proven track record.

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OPPO Reno4 Z 5G smartphone presented with Full HD + screen and Dimensity 800 chip

OPPO Reno4 Z 5G smartphone presented with Full HD + screen and Dimensity 800 chip


Chinese company OPPO has announced a mid-range smartphone Reno4 Z 5G with support for fifth generation mobile networks. The novelty operates under the operating system ColorOS 7.1 based on Android 10.

The presented device is based on the Oppo A92s model. It uses a MediaTek Dimensity 800 processor, containing eight cores with a clock speed of up to 2.0 GHz and an integrated 5G modem. The chip works in conjunction with 8 GB of RAM, and the flash module is designed to store 128 GB of information.

The high-quality 6.57-inch display has a Full HD + resolution (2400 × 1080 pixels), an aspect ratio of 20: 9 and a refresh rate of 120 Hz. The elongated hole in the upper left corner of the screen houses a dual camera in a 16 + 2 million pixel configuration.

The rear camera has four components. This is a 48-megapixel main unit, an 8-megapixel module with wide-angle optics, a 2 million pixel depth sensor and a 2-megapixel macromodule.

The smartphone is equipped with a side fingerprint scanner. Power is provided by a 4000 mAh rechargeable battery with support for 18-watt charging. Dimensions are 163.8 × 75.5 × 8.1 mm, weight – 184 g. There is a symmetrical USB Type-C port.

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a humble gadget with an immodest history / Smartphones

a humble gadget with an immodest history / Smartphones


⇣ Contents

After a couple of very successful years since the relaunch of the Nokia brand, there has been some lull in the smartphone world. It seemed that neat, devoid of pathos and excessive ambition actions are gradually leading HMD Global up in the smartphone sales ranking, but the movement has slowed down. However, in the spring, optimistic signals began to come: this is the first time that profit from this business was recorded, and investments from Qualcomm, Google and (surprise surprise!) Nokia managed to attract. It’s time to launch fresh blood into the lineup.

Nokia 5.3, of course, did not become the breakthrough that will bring the returned brand to a new level of perception, but this is another “confident middle peasant”, a device in the price category of “about 15 thousand rubles”, which does not have any outstanding characteristics, but takes its successful a combination of qualities. Let’s see how successful.

⇡ #Specifications

Nokia 5.3 vivo Y30 moto G8 Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S Huawei P40 lite
Display 6.55 inches, IPS, 1600 × 720 pixels, 268 ppi; capacitive, multitouch 6.47 inches, IPS, 1560 × 720 pixels, 266 ppi; capacitive, multitouch 6.4 inches, IPS, 1560 × 720 pixels, 268 ppi; capacitive, multitouch 6.67 inches, IPS, 2400 × 1080 pixels, 395 ppi; capacitive, multitouch 6.4 inches, IPS,
2310 × 1080 pixels (19: 9), 398 ppi, capacitive multitouch
Protective glass Corning Gorilla Glass 3 Panda glass No information Corning Gorilla Glass 5 No information
CPU Qualcomm Snapdragon 665: Quad Kryo 260 Gold @ 2.0 GHz + Quad Kryo 260 Silver @ 1.8 GHz Mediatek MT6765 Helio P35: eight cores (4 × Cortex-A53, 2.35 GHz + 4 × Cortex-A53, 1.8 GHz) Qualcomm Snapdragon 665: Quad Kryo 260 Gold @ 2.0 GHz + Quad Kryo 260 Silver @ 1.8 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G: eight cores (2 × Kryo 465 Gold @ 2.3 GHz and 6 × Kryo 465 Silver @ 1.8 GHz) HiSilicon Kirin 810: eight cores (2 × Cortex-A76, 2.27 GHz + 6 × Cortex-A55, 1.88 GHz)
Graphics controller Adreno 610 PowerVR GE8320 Adreno 610 Adreno 618 Mali-G52 MP6
RAM 3/4/6 GB 4 GB 4 GB 4/6 GB 6/8 GB
Flash memory 64 GB 128 GB 64 GB 64/128 GB 128 GB
Connectors USB Type-C, 3.5mm mini jack USB Type-C, 3.5 mm mini-jack USB Type-C, 3.5mm USB Type-C, 3.5 mm mini-jack USB Type-C
Memory card slot Yes (separate slot for microSD) Yes (separate slot for microSD) Yes (hybrid microSD slot / second nano-SIM) Yes (separate slot for microSD) Yes (hybrid nV slot / second nano-SIM)
SIM card 2 × nano-SIM 2 × nano-SIM 2 × nano-SIM 2 × nano-SIM 2 × nano-SIM
Cellular 2G GSM / GPRS / EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 MHz GSM / GPRS / EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 MHz GSM / GPRS / EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 MHz GSM / GPRS / EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 MHz GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
Cellular 3G HSDPA 850/900/1900/2100 MHz HSDPA 850/900/2100 MHz HSDPA 850/900/1700/1900/2100 MHz HSDPA 850/900/1700/1900/2100 MHz HSDPA 800/850/900/1700/1900/2100 MHz
4G cellular LTE Cat.4 (up to 150/50 Mbps), ranges 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20, 28, 38, 40, 41 LTE bands 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 19, 20, 26, 28, 38, 40, 41 LTE bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 20, 38, 40, 41 LTE bands 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 20, 28, 38, 40 LTE Cat. 13 (up to 400/75 Mbit / s), ranges 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 18, 19, 20, 28, 34, 38, 39, 40, 41
Wi-Fi 802.11 b / g / n / ac; 2.4 / 5 GHz 802.11 a / b / g / n; 2.4 / 5 GHz 802.11 b / g / n; 2.4 GHz 802.11a / b / g / n / ac; 2.4 / 5 GHz 802.11 a / b / g / n; 2.4 / 5 GHz
Bluetooth 4.2 5.0 5.0 5.0 5.0
NFC there is there is there is No there is
Navigation GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, BeiDou GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo GPS (dual band), A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo, QZSS
Sensors Illumination, approximation, accelerometer / gyroscope Illumination, proximity, accelerometer / gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass) Illumination, approximation, accelerometer / gyroscope Illumination, proximity, accelerometer / gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass) Illumination, proximity, accelerometer / gyroscope, barometer, magnetometer (digital compass), color spectrum sensor
The fingerprint scanner Yes (behind) Yes (behind) Yes (on the back) Yes (on the side key) Yes (on the side key)
Main camera Quadruple module: 13 MP, ƒ / 1.8 + 5 MP (wide-angle) + 2 MP (macro) + 2 MP (depth sensor), phase detection autofocus with main camera, single LED flash Quadruple module: 13 + 8 + 2 + 2 MP, ƒ / 2.2 + ƒ / 2.2 + ƒ / 2.4 + ƒ / 2.4, phase detection autofocus, single LED flash Triple module: 16 MP, ƒ / 1.7 + 8 MP, ƒ / 2.2 + 2 MP, ƒ / 2.2 (macro camera), hybrid autofocus, LED flash Quadruple module: 48 + 8 + 5 + 2 MP, ƒ / 1.8 + ƒ / 2.2 + ƒ / 2.4 + ƒ / 2.4, phase detection autofocus, single LED flash Quadruple module, 48 + 8 + 2 + 2 Mp, ƒ / 1.8 + ƒ / 2.4 + ƒ / 2.4 + ƒ / 2.4, phase detection autofocus in the main module, LED flash
Front-camera 8 MP, ƒ / 2.0, no autofocus, no flash 8 MP, ƒ / 2.1, no autofocus, with flash 8 MP, ƒ / 2.0, no autofocus, no flash 16 MP, ƒ / 2.5, without autofocus, with flash 16 MP, ƒ / 2.0, fixed focus, no flash
Nutrition Removable battery: 15.2 Wh (4000 mAh, 3.8 V) Removable battery: 19 Wh (5000 mAh, 3.8 V) Removable battery: 15.2 Wh (4000 mAh, 3.8 V) Removable battery: 19.08 Wh (5020 mAh, 3.8 V) Removable battery: 15.96 Wh (4200 mAh, 3.8 V)
The size 164.3 x 76.6 x 8.5 mm 162 x 76.5 x 9.1 mm 161.3 x 75.8 x 9 mm 165.8 x 76.7 x 8.8 mm 159 x 76 x 8.7 mm
Weight 185 g 197 g 188 g 209 g 183 g
Water and dust resistant No No P2i (splash-proof) Splash protection No
operating system Android 10 Android 10, shell FunTouch OS 10 Android 10 Android 10, shell MIUI 11 Android 10, shell EMUI 10 (without Google services)
Actual price 13 490 rubles for the 3/64 GB version, 14 990 rubles for the 4/128 GB version 16 990 rubles 11 990 rubles 15 480 rubles for the version 4/64 GB, 16 950 rubles for the version 6/128 GB 19,990 rubles for the 6/128 GB version

Nokia 5.3 – information about the filling according to the CPU-Z application

⇡ #Design, ergonomics and software

The neatness hinting at the Scandinavian roots of the gadget can be traced in many smartphones of the revived Nokia, and the 5.3 model is also far from the experiments inherent in the past history of the brand.

Not too fashionable, but reliable solution with the placement of the front camera in the cutout, ribs and back, devoid of gloss. At first glance (more precisely, at the first touch) it may even seem that the body of the smartphone is made of metal, but no, this is a special composite material.

Nokia 5.3, front panel: in the upper part there is a front camera in the cutout and an earpiece

Nokia 5.3, front panel: in the upper part there is a front camera in the cutout and an earpiece

The fingerprint scanner is not under the screen, and not in the side key – it is pushed onto the back, into an inconspicuous recess under the camera block of the same round shape rhymed with it. Axial symmetry reigns in this unit – four lenses and a slightly elongated flash in the center.

Nokia 5.3, rear panel: a block with four cameras and a single LED flash, under it is a fingerprint scanner

Nokia 5.3, rear panel: a block with four cameras and a single LED flash, under it is a fingerprint scanner

The smartphone is offered in three colors – and not only cold, “nordic” ones: a warm, golden version is added to turquoise (as in our case) and graphite (black).

Nokia 5.3, left-hand side: Google Assistant call key and SIM and memory card slot

Nokia 5.3, left-hand side: Google Assistant call key and SIM and memory card slot

Nokia 5.3, right-side: power / lock and volume keys

Nokia 5.3, right-side: power / lock and volume keys

Fingerprints remain on the back. But – and this is important – the gadget is not too slippery. I will not offer it without fail – you can wear a smartphone without it, enjoying the original color. Moreover, there is no cover included in the Nokia 5.3 bundle.

Nokia 5.3, top face: mini-jack and microphone

Nokia 5.3, top face: mini-jack and microphone

Nokia 5.3, bottom side: microphone, USB Type-C port, main speaker

Nokia 5.3, bottom side: microphone, USB Type-C port, main speaker

The functional elements are quite familiar – with a couple of exceptions: the Google Assistant call button is located on the left side, and the power button located on the right side received a backlight signaling received notifications. On the upper edge, you can be pleasantly surprised to find a mini-jack, but we are still not talking about a flagship device – in the mid-budget price category, an analog audio jack is still in the order of things.

I have already mentioned the scanner on the back panel above. This solution looks quite logical – a capacitive sensor is better than any optical or ultrasonic sensor, which are used in on-screen scanners, and scanners in the side keys suffer from insufficient coverage and false positives. Here everything is in place and works as it should. If desired, you can duplicate it with a face recognition system for which the front camera is used.

Nokia 5.3 is not included in the Android One program, so you shouldn’t hope for special preferences in terms of high-speed updates, but friendship with Google allows us to expect that the smartphone, which runs almost pure Android 10 by default, will timely switch to the eleventh and twelfth versions. There is almost no additional software, as always with Nokia. Only the Yandex widget built into the notification panel, but these are features of the Russian market. However, friendship with Google, in addition to all the delights of a “pure robot” and a long history of updates, has other consequences – I’m talking about the “Assistant”, available in two places at once: not only by pressing a separate key, but also on the lock screen.

⇡ #Display, sound, Nokia Power

The Nokia 5.3 has an impressive 6.55-inch display with an HD resolution of 1600 × 720 pixels. The result is a low pixel density of 268 ppi. You can notice some looseness of the fonts, even if in general it is not too striking. The matrix is ​​IPS, so you can safely count on free viewing angles.

HMD Global says nothing about HDR10 support or some other screen exploits. There is quite a standard display with a polarizing layer and a good oleophobic coating.

Display brightness measured at 451 cd / m22 Is the average result for an LCD matrix. In the bright sun, you can use your smartphone without any particular problems, but not very comfortable. But the contrast level is really good – 1642: 1.

There are practically no image settings in the conventional “shell” of Nokia 5.3 – only fonts can be adjusted, the ability to turn on light / dark mode, and the like. From directly related to the picture – you can manually change the color temperature. And, looking ahead, I will say that this option for a smartphone is not superfluous at all.

Nokia 5.3, gamma. Yellow line - Nokia 5.3 indicators, dashed - reference gamma

Nokia 5.3, gamma. Yellow line – indicators of Nokia 5.3, dashed line – reference gamma

Nokia 5.3, color temperature. Blue line - Nokia 5.3 indicators, dotted - reference temperature

Nokia 5.3, color temperature. Blue line – Nokia 5.3 indicators, dotted – reference temperature

Nokia 5.3, color gamut. Gray triangle - coverage of sRGB, white triangle - coverage of Nokia 5.3

Nokia 5.3, color gamut. Gray triangle – coverage of sRGB, white triangle – coverage of Nokia 5.3

The average gamma on the Nokia 5.3 display is more than an acceptable 2.18 with flat curves. The color temperature is greatly overestimated – it ranges from 8,500 to 10,500 K. This is what can be adjusted in the settings, but considering the range of fluctuations, this will hardly help to make the picture on the smartphone screen as natural as possible. The average DeltaE deviation for the extended Color Checker palette (shades of gray + a wide range of color shades) is 6.52, with a norm of 3.00 and a standard of 2.00. This is not only due to excessively cold shades, but also due to the not entirely correct color space – in area it roughly corresponds to the sRGB standard, but is offset.

The Nokia 5.3 has a mini jack. At the very least, you don’t have to suffer if you suddenly run out of charge in your headphones: plugged in via a cable – and listen to the podcast further. Music is a little more complicated – Nokia 5.3, undoubtedly, makes it possible to listen to it, but it cannot boast of a very cool sound. However, this is rather a normal, just not outstanding, level. With wireless data transmission, the situation is the same – here Bluetooth 4.2, there is aptX profile, but the smartphone does not support LDAC. The device performs telephone duties confidently.

Together with the smartphone, I was able to try branded TWS-headphones Nokia Power Earbuds (BH-605) – they turned out to be very interesting. First of all, they attract a large and rather heavy (but still fit in a pocket) case, which is made so large for a reason – the built-in battery allows you to count on 150 hours of operation on a single charge. Headphones, of course, are charged directly in this case and work on a single charge for five hours each. The rather large “droplets” nevertheless fit comfortably in the ear, and due to the in-ear design with silicone ear cushions, the headphones stay firmly in the ears and provide good passive noise isolation.

To display the headphones in the list of devices available for synchronization via Bluetooth, just open the case – and you can connect them to devices with both Bluetooth 5.0 (the module of this version is installed in Nokia Power) and Bluetooth 4.2, as in Nokia 4.2. The headset sounds normal – there are also quite pronounced low frequencies, and the highs are not eaten. It is also worth noting the all-weather properties of the headphones – IPX7 waterproof rating allows them to be used in the rain. Nokia Power 5 costs 990 rubles – quite a fair price for a similar model. But there is a sand-colored kit with Nokia 5.3 – together with the headphones, the smartphone is sold for 15,990 rubles. Very beneficial.

Hardware and performance

Nokia 5.3 received the mid-range hardware platform Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 – we previously met with it on the moto G8 smartphone, which looks like one of the closest smartphones on the market in terms of positioning, albeit a little more affordable.

The main part of the Snapdragon 665 consists of eight Kryo 260 cores with a frequency of up to 2.0 GHz, an Adreno 610 graphics subsystem with Vulkan 1.1 support, a Spectra 165 image processor and a Hexagon 686 signal processor. The technological process is 11 nm.

In terms of performance, Nokia 5.3 keeps on the average level for its class. The gaming capabilities are low, the animations when scrolling on the screen are a little twitchy, and it takes a couple of seconds to open the browser or camera. But all basic applications work without problems and slowdowns, stably.

There are no problems with throttling – the processor keeps the frequency at a high level even under heavy load. A decrease to 83% occurred at the start – the smartphone reacted to the workload with a delay. At the end, the frequencies dropped to 85-86%, but this is quite within the normal range. Average performance during testing is 140 GIPS. The moto G8 with the same hardware platform, for example, has a performance of 108 GIPS.

There are three versions of Nokia 5.3 in terms of RAM: 3, 4 and 6 GB (LPDDR4X). In Russia, only versions with 3 or 4 GB of RAM are available. There are no options for the drive – only 64 GB, but with the possibility of expanding with a microSD card with a capacity of up to 512 GB, for which a separate slot is provided.

⇡ #Communication and wireless communications

Nokia 5.3 has two slots for nano-SIM operator cards. Both slots work with 4G networks, LTE of the fourth category is supported with a maximum data reception rate of 150 Mbit / s with the ranges necessary for the correct operation of the network in Russia.

Nokia 5.3, slot for two nano-SIM and one microSD memory card

Nokia 5.3, slot for two nano-SIM and one microSD memory card

There are all the wireless modules necessary for a modern smartphone, except for the IrDA: Bluetooth 4.2 (with aptX), NFC (with Google Pay support), dual-band Wi-Fi (802.11 b / g / n / ac). The navigation module interacts with GPS (A-GPS), GLONASS and BeiDou systems.

⇡ #Camera

The Nokia 5.3 uses a quad camera, but quantity does not always translate into quality. How many cameras are in a smartphone is undoubtedly an important question, but the result depends on what is included.

In this case, only two cameras are responsible for different focal lengths (this is a key point): the main (13 Mp, ƒ / 1.8, phase detection autofocus) and the wide-angle (5 Mp, ƒ / 2.4, no autofocus). The other two perform rather an auxiliary function – this is a special camera for macro photography with a resolution of 2 megapixels and aperture ratio of ƒ / 2.4 and a so-called depth sensor for correct operation of portrait mode.

The main camera produces a high-quality, sharp picture with pleasant color rendition and a decent dynamic range (HDR helps if necessary), while the wide-angle module takes pictures with a noticeable lack of sharpness even in perfect light. In low light, the wide-angle camera fails.

At night, Nokia 5.3 shoots relatively well – of course, in complete darkness it will not work, but in normal street lighting it is quite. Опять же речь идет об основной камере, хотя в случае применения ночного режима (камера делает несколько снимков и объединяет их затем в одно изображение) чего-то более-менее приличного можно добиться и от широкоугольного модуля.

Макрокамера демонстрирует вполне привычный уровень: небольшая дистанция фокусировки и достаточно уверенная обработка с подтягиванием резкости — с одной стороны, минимальное разрешение — с другой. Но для социальных сетей — вполне сойдет.

Портретный режим в Nokia 5.3 вполне неплох — фон размывается корректно, есть различные эффекты боке (капельки, звездочки, сердечки и тому подобное), которые вписываются в блики и огоньки на заднем плане. Причем это работает как с портретным режимом на основную камеру, так и с тем же самым режимом на фронтальную. Фокусное расстояние одно, и достаточно небольшое, то есть общие и средние планы будут ничего, а крупные — не очень (геометрические искажения). При искусственном свете, даже относительно ярком, в портретном режиме камера работает средне.

Интерфейс камеры у смартфонов Nokia свой — оригинального для Android просто не существует, а тот, что используется в Google Pixel, все-таки входит в состав Pixel Launcher. Интерфейс прост и привычен, но не хватает настроек: нет ни ручного режима, ни возможности управлять HDR. А вот отключить определение сюжета можно, но не нужно — нейросети участвуют в процессе весьма умеренно.

Съемка видео возможна с максимальным 4К-разрешением, что для этого ценового сегмента все еще редкость. Частота съемки при этом не регулируется, она фиксирована на 30 кадрах в секунду, причем при любом разрешении. Стабилизация не предусмотрена.

Фронтальная камера с разрешением 8 Мп и светосилой ƒ/2,0 лишена автофокуса и вспышки. Как я уже отмечал, есть портретный режим с возможностью менять эффекты в искусственном боке и регулируемый бьютификатор. Качество съемки на фронтальную камеру вполне неплохое.

⇡#Autonomous work

Сочетание скромной аппаратной платформы и экрана невысокого разрешения позволяло создателям смартфона не ставить сюда особенно емкую батарею, даже с учетом того, что тот самый экран тут весьма внушительной диагонали. Но и аккумулятора емкостью 15,2 Вт·ч (4000 мА·ч, 3,8 В) хватает, чтобы Nokia 5.3 уверенно держал заряд на протяжении светового дня.

Правда, в нашем традиционном тесте с воспроизведением Full HD-видео на максимальной яркости, при включенном беспроводном соединении, с действующими обновлениями, Nokia 5.3 продержался примерно семь с половиной часов — для смартфона с ЖК-экраном результат ниже среднего.

Для подключения к питанию используется порт USB Type-C, в комплекте идет зарядное устройство мощностью 10 Вт — с его помощью смартфон полностью заряжается за два с половиной часа.

⇡#Conclusion

Ставка Nokia на общую умеренность и аккуратное сочетание элементов играет — Nokia 5.3 действительно смотрится весьма благородно в своем традиционном корпусе на фоне преимущественно китайских конкурентов, может порадовать NFC-модулем и не преподносит неприятных сюрпризов. Все при ней: и мини-джек, и USB Type-C, и крупный дисплей, и выделенный слот под карту памяти, и чистый Android с оперативными обновлениями. Смартфону не хватает изюминки, но поклонникам бренда (и не только) он определенно может прийтись по душе.

Advantages:

  • аккуратный дизайн и нескользкий корпус;
  • чистый Android;
  • неплохое качество съемки на основной модуль квадрокамеры;
  • съемка 4K-видео;
  • выделенный слот для карточки microSD;
  • есть NFC.

Disadvantages:

  • дисплей невысокого разрешения;
  • посредственное качество съемки на широкоугольный модуль;
  • невысокая производительность;
  • долгое время зарядки.


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