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tech4xmas Gift Ideas for Christmas 2020

Tuesday, December 1st, 2020

We’re now into December and the final stretch of 2020. Here are some gift ideas that I’ve curated for Christmas 2020.

* I’ll be adding to this list over the next few days, so check back daily for new gift ideas as I collate them.

The tech4xmas gift guide is meant to provide ideas to start you off, so do check out some of them online and in the shops if they are what you think would bring a smile to your loved ones this Christmas.

The tech4xmas gift guide is meant to provide ideas to start you off, so do check out some of them online and in the shops if they are what you think would bring a smile to your loved ones this Christmas.

Around this time of year, I’m usually inundated with requests from readers and friends on Christmas gift ideas for their loved ones or themselves.

So here are some tech that I would use myself or get for MY loved ones, based mostly on those gadgets that I’ve tried or reviewed.

Not all are the latest and newest, but they are what I think some of the best-in-class in their category of products.

Happy Christmas Shopping!

tech4xmas Gift Guide below.

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New Arrival: Jabra Elite 85t True Wireless Earbuds

Tuesday, November 17th, 2020

The Jabra Elite 85t (S$348) enables users to control how much noise to cancel and block.

The Jabra Elite 85t true wireless earbuds.

The Jabra Elite 85t true wireless earbuds.

With five levels of Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) and five levels of Hear Through, the user can select up to 11 levels of noise filtration – with about 3dB difference between each level.

A dedicated ANC chip drives the noise cancellation for the Jabra Elite 85t, supported by six microphones and wind protection for clear audio and voice call quality in any environment the user may be in.

The new semi-open design for the earbuds offers better comfort while keeping the fit secure.

The Elite 85t provides up to 5.5 hours of battery life with up to 25 hours in compact charging case – with ANC on.

More details below about the Jabra Elite 85t true wireless earbuds, from the press release.

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OPPO Unveils Smartwatch, Wireless Earphones & 3 Televisions

Tuesday, October 20th, 2020

OPPO expands its “IoT Ecosystem” with new gadgets and smart appliances in its “One More Step” launch event. New devices include the OPPO Enco X True Wireless Noise Cancelling Earphones, OPPO Watch RX, OPPO TV S1 and OPPO TV R1. Price & Availability TBA.

The 65-inch OPPO TV S1 features a 4K QLED resolution Quantum Dot NTSC 120% ultra-wide color gamut display with 120Hz refresh rate.

The 65-inch OPPO TV S1 features a 4K QLED resolution Quantum Dot NTSC 120% ultra-wide color gamut display with 120Hz refresh rate.

The new products that OPPO launched include the following.

  • OPPO Enco X True Wireless Noise Cancelling Earphones
  • OPPO Watch RX
  • OPPO TV S1
  • OPPO TV R1

The Enco X is the result of OPPO’s partnership with Hi-Fi brand Dynaudio.

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New Arrival: realme X50 5G & X50 Pro 5G Smartphones, Watch & Buds

Sunday, October 18th, 2020

realme has launched a slew of new mobile gadgets and wearables, including the flagship X50 5G Pro & X50 5G smartphones; as well as realme Buds Q and realme Watch. Price, availability and promotions below.

realme’s slew of new gadgets which includes the realme X50 Pro 5G, realme X50 5G, realme Buds Q and realme Watch.

realme’s slew of new gadgets which includes the realme X50 Pro 5G, realme X50 5G, realme Buds Q and realme Watch.

The two flagship smartphones are both 5G capable and available in Singapore from 31 October 2020.

The realme X50Pro 5G is the company’s first 5G flagship smartphone and is one of the first in the world to be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 5G processor, supporting Dual-Mode 5G networks.

Featuring a powerful 4-camera set up, the phone boasts a 64MP Hawk Eye AI quad-camera, 32MP ultra wide-angle In-Display dual selfie camera, 90Hz refresh rate Super AMOLED display and 65W SuperDart Flash Charge, going from 0% to 100% in just 35 minutes.

The realme X50 5G also has powerful features including a 120Hz dual camera screen, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G processor, and 30W Dart Charge which sees the phone go from 0% to 100% in under 57 minutes.

realme Buds is the company’s first Bean-Shaped TWS earphones, and was created in collaboration with José Lévy of Hermès.

The Buds are powered by a customised R1Q chip to deliver 119ms super low latency, similar to the wired headsets.

It supports 3-hours of talk time or 4.5 hours of music playback. With the charging case, it has a battery life of 20 hours.

The realme Watch is the brand’s first smartwatch and features a 3.5cm colour touchscreen with 12 built-in watch faces.

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New Arrival: OnePlus 8T Flagship Smartphone in Singapore

Thursday, October 15th, 2020

The OnePlus 8T offers fast charging with Warp Charge 65, smooth scrolling 120Hz Fluid Display and OxygenOS 11. Price & Availability below.

The OnePlus 8T’s 120Hz Fluid AMOLED display is the first flat 120Hz display to earn an A+ rating from DisplayMate.

The OnePlus 8T’s 120Hz Fluid AMOLED display is the first flat 120Hz display to earn an A+ rating from DisplayMate.

Warp Charge 65 offers a full day’s power in just 15 minutes.

It utilises twin-battery charging technology to rapidly replenish the large total capacity of 4,500mAh in just 39 minutes – no need for overnight charging.

“With the OnePlus 8T, we’re offering pro-level capabilities for even more users across our flagship smartphone portfolio. Featuring a class-leading 120Hz AMOLED display, our upgraded 65W fast charging technology and fresh, bold software in OxygenOS 11, the OnePlus 8T offers an impressive overall package of powerful hardware and smooth software,” said Pete Lau, Founder and CEO of OnePlus.

The OnePlus 8T is equipped with 12 temperature sensors, along with an extra encryption chip in the adapter and cable, to keep charging temperatures at a comfortable level while operating at a peak output of 65W.

With a Just Noticeable Color Difference (JNCD) of around 0.3, OnePlus boasts that its 8T display has the highest colour accuracy in the industry.

The FHD+ 2.5D flexible display has a peak brightness of up to 1,100 nits, with 8,192 levels of brightness.

Price & Availability as well as more details below from the press release.

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Review: Montblanc MB 01 Smart Foldable Travel ANC Headphones

Saturday, October 3rd, 2020

The Montblanc MB 01 is the best pair of noise-cancelling headphones that I’ve heard in a long time, and the physical design is nothing less than what you’d expect from the luxury maison.

 

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The Montblanc MB 01 combines elegant Montblanc design, long-lasting comfort and good sound quality for a great travel companion.

When Montblanc first launched the MB 01 over-ear headphones in Singapore, I was curious on whether they would be able to produce the sound quality to compete with the market leaders.

I love their stationary, but audio wise, this was their first foray.

So when Montblanc asked if I would like to try out the MB 01, I decided to give it a spin.

The leather headband and ear pads, aluminum parts and silicone ear cups give the Montblanc MB 01 a luxurious and stylish design.

The leather headband and ear pads, aluminum parts and silicone ear cups give the Montblanc MB 01 a luxurious and stylish design.

The MB 01 made a great first impression when I first scooped it out of the box – the luxurious leather ear cushions and headband and shiny metallic parts give you the same feeling of luxury as when you behold one of the company’s fountain pens.

Then I put it to charge – it takes two hours for a complete charge via the USB-C port.

So my son comes along and, with my permission, tries out the headphones.

When I was ready to try out the MB 01, I’d barely picked up my smartphone when the Android notification told me that the MB 01 was ready to pair, and in no time I was listening to the headphones (after my son disconnected).

This must be the easiest I’ve connected to a new pair of headphones!

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New Arrival: Oakley Prizm Gaming Lenses with EA Sports Partnership

Saturday, September 19th, 2020

To celebrate the launch, Oakley has partnered with EA SPORTS & Madden NFL 21 for ‘Derwin James vs The World’, a weekly esports entertainment broadcast kicking off with rap superstar Lil Baby. Singapore prices & availability below.

Prizm Gaming Lenses - Oakley's first optical solution developed specifically for gaming.

Prizm Gaming LensesOakley‘s first optical solution developed specifically for gaming.

Oakley is launching the brand’s first optical solution developed specifically for gaming – Prizm Gaming Lens Technology.

The lenses are engineered to enhance visual contrast and provide sharp vision, featuring blue-light filtering technology without compromising on aesthetic.

Oakley Prizm Gaming lenses are built to enhance visual contrast and provide sharp vision.

All Oakley Prizm Gaming lenses feature blue-light filtering technology designed to reduce 40% of blue light within the 380-500nm range to help protect from artificial light.

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Huawei Launches 6 Gadgets at Huawei Developer Conference 2020

Friday, September 11th, 2020

Huawei announces six new products to expand its 1+8+N ecosystem. These include two notebooks, two smartwatches and two earphones.

Six new products for Huawei’s 1+8+N ecosystem.

Six new products for Huawei’s 1+8+N ecosystem.

At the global launch event which is part of this year’s Huawei Developer Conference and through a live broadcast, Huawei unveiled six new products for the coming weeks.

These include the following.

  1. Huawei MateBook 14
  2. Huawei MateBook X
  3. Huawei Watch Fit
  4. Huawei Watch GT 2 Pro
  5. Huawei FreeBuds Pro
  6. Huawei FreeLace Pro

Below are the highlights of the new devices, from the press release.

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New Arrival: Microsoft Surface Headphones 2 & Surface Earbuds

Tuesday, August 25th, 2020

The new Surface Headphones 2 (S$378) and Surface Earbuds (S$300) from Microsoft are now available for pre-order in Singapore, and will hit the shelves on 8 September, 2020.

The Microsoft Surface Headphones 2 (S$378) is available in Light Grey and Matt Black while the Surface Earbuds (S$300) is available in Glacier.

The Microsoft Surface Headphones 2 (S$378) is available in Light Grey and Matt Black while the Surface Earbuds (S$300) is available in Glacier.

Launched as part of the new Surface line-up, the Surface Headphones 2 and Surface Earbuds will be available via the Microsoft Store and authorised commercial resellers from 8 September 2020.

Surface Commercial customers can also purchase the devices from commercial resellers AsiaPac, JK Technology and UIC.

More details below from the press release.

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New Arrival: Xiaomi To Launch Redmi 9C on Shopee with 10th Anniversary Promotions

Wednesday, August 12th, 2020

Xiaomi is celebrating its 10th anniversary with the launch of the Redmi 9C on Shopee on Sunday, 16 August. There will also be promotional discounts for Xiaomi devices from 14 – 21 August on Xiaomi’s Official Stores on Shopee and Lazada. Promotions below.

Xiaomi Redmi 9C to be launched for Singapore on Shopee on Sunday, 16 August.

Xiaomi Redmi 9C to be launched for Singapore on Shopee on Sunday, 16 August.

The entry-level Redmi 9C will be powered by the MediaTek Helio G35 processor and feature a large 6.53-inch HD+ Dot Drop large display – good for gamers.

The smartphone has a 5000mAh (TYP) high-capacity battery, and 13-megapixel AI triple camera.

For those considering Xiaomi’s other smartphone models, or looking for a robot vacuum mop, gaming monitor or wireless earphones, check out below the 10th Anniversary sales on Xiaomi’s Official Store on Shopee.

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