Go big or go home. Words to live by. And that, dear readers, applies to the gadget world as well. Specs are critical, power is God, and speed is everything. So, anyhow, there we were, mucking about online on a lazy Sunday afternoon, when we spotted a few products that defo seem to live up to this motto. And we just had to tell you about them, right?
Is the Brandeis Prometheus the ‘most extraordinary’ smartphone?
That’s exactly how the folks at Brandeis bill their new smartphone. The Prometheus is a carrier-unlocked 5G handset with a 6.5 inch, 120Hz QHD+ display, a Snapdragon 865, 16GB RAM, 512GB UFS 3.0 storage (yeah, we had to rub our eyes), a 108MP main camera, a 48MP ultra-wide camera, a 4000mAH battery, 65W ‘HyperCharge’, wireless charging, two years of software updates, IP68 protection, and yes, yes, a 3.5mm headphone jack as well as a microSD slot. All in all, the specs make it sound like a solid flagship, and it’s even more so at the price – $499 for Indiegogo backers ($1000 retail once it launches). According to the Brandeis team, they hope to start production by October, with handsets shipping in November.
iVanky is an ‘affordable’ dual 4K dock for the MacBook Pro
You could always get work done without hooking up your laptop to a dock – as long as you enjoy getting everything on your desk tangled up in a mess of cables. Unfortunately, a lot of laptop docks just seem to be overly expensive. So what’s the way out? iVanky might be the easy, no-cable-tangle solution for MacBook users. It’s affordable ($129 for backers), offers 96W charging for laptops, 18W USB-PD charging for smartphones, and supports dual 4K 60Hz displays. And since the iVanky is a proper, full-featured dock, there’s also a 3.5mm audio jack, card reader, and Gigabit Ethernet.
The Flash 2.0 power bank has a 210W output
With a 20,000mAh battery capacity, the Flash 2.0 power bank is quite the behemoth. But that’s not its main claim to fame. The 210W output is. It’s got enough juice for the 16inch MacBook Pro via the 100W USB PD 3.0 ports (yes, two of them), there’s a 40W port for your phones, and another 18W port for, you know, any other phones you might have. Interestingly, the Flash supports proprietary charging formats (apart from Quick Charge 3.0 and USB-PD) from Huawei, Oppo, and Vivo, and since it supports pass-through charging, it’ll be great for folks who spend a lot of time on the move. But before we sign off, we’ll just point out a few more things that make the Flash 2.0 the ultimate power bank: It takes just 35 minutes to fuel it up to 80% charge, there’s Apple Watch charging, and it’s also a Qi-certified wireless charger, which is perfect for when you’re at the coffee shop and don’t want to look uncool by fumbling around with a cable.