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10 great Black Friday gadget deals

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The Black Friday sale is upon us! This is the season to look for and buy your favorite gadgets at a discount.

Here are ten great deals from our partners. 

Whether you need a new quality power bank, versatile tablet stand, or portable 360-degree camera, we have it listed! Some deals are already available and also valid even after Black Friday, so you have more time to choose and buy.

Anker PowerCore II 20000mAh power bank with PowerIQ2

US$ 29.99 49.99
Sale date: November 24

BUY HERE

Anker PowerLine II Lightning cable (6ft)

US$ 10.19 12.99
Sale date: November 15 to 29

BUY HERE

Anker SoundBuds Curve Sports wireless earphones

US$ 25.99 35.99
Promo code: ANKER263
Sale date: November 20 to December 4

BUY HERE

Anker SoundCore nano Bluetooth speaker

US$ 15.99 20.99
Sale date: November 20 to December 4

BUY HERE

Anker Karapax Rise Case for iPhone X

US$ 9.99 15.99
Promo code: KRPXIW47
Sale date: November 20 to 27

BUY HERE

EasyAcc phone/tablet stand

US$ 14.24 18.99
Sale date: November 25 (07:20AM PST to 1:20PM PST)

BUY HERE

EasyAcc mini portable Bluetooth speaker

US$ 13.19 17.59
Sale date: November 26 (04:55AM PST to 10:55AM PST)

BUY HERE

Insta360 Nano

US$ 159 199
Promo code: GDGTMTCH
Sale date: November 23 to 27

BUY HERE

Insta360 Air

US$ 99 129.99
Promo code: GDGTMTCH
Sale date: November 23 to 27

BUY HERE

Insta360 ONE

US$ 269 299.99
Promo code: GDGTMTCH
Sale date: November 23 to 27

BUY HERE

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vivo introduces TWS Earphone Neo

Joining the TWS party!

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Another one has joined the TWS party!

vivo is launching its TWS Earphone Neo — a companion to the upcoming X50 series. It’s built to provide a stellar audio experience for everyday music lovers. It also features voice-activated smart controls and AI noise cancelling for clearer phone calls.

Neo runs Qualcomm’s 4th-generation TWS platform named QCC3046, offering low latency, high precision, and stable listening experience. Moreover, it’s equipped with the latest Bluetooth 5.2 technology, reaching a maximum of 10-meter range.

This pair of wireless earphones carries a design-centric compact body. It has a 14.2mm ultra-large driver unit and a bio-fiber composite diaphragm, promising to deliver enhanced audio and powerful sound.

In 2012, vivo pioneered the Hi-Fi chip technology, being the first smartphone to incorporate the chip to deliver unparalleled audio experience. Together with the X50 series, the TWS Earphone Neo is the realization of vivo’s decade-long investments and commitment to improving consumers’ lives with their devices.

Pricing and availability of the TWS Earphone are yet to be announced.

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Redmi Earbuds S are the most affordable TWS offering

The price is unbelievable

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In India, Xiaomi’s Redmi division looks after the affordable segment while Mi-branded products are for the premium segment. On the side, POCO is now an independent brand. Continuing with the new strategy, Redmi today announced the launch of their new TWS earbuds, the Redmi Earbuds S.

Just a couple of weeks ago, the Mi True Wireless Earphones 2 were announced in the country but they are far from affordable. To bridge this gap, the Redmi Earbuds S has been unveiled. It’s worth noting that they are the same as the Redmi AirDots S, which were launched in China earlier.

The Earbuds have 7.2mm drivers and are IPX4-rated for water resistance. The individual buds weigh only about 4.5g each. The company’s marketing has focused on how good their bass is, but we’ll be able to confirm that in our review later.

For connectivity, it leverages SBC codec, a commonly used protocol via Bluetooth. However, a low-latency mode has also been added to aide gaming. The earbuds are said to deliver four hours of playback on a single charge and the case can extend this to 12 hours.

The Earbuds S also has a physical button on either side to control media playback or skip tracks. The gaming mode can be triggered by pressing the function key thrice.

The Redmi Earbuds S will cost INR 1,799 (US$ 23) and will go on sale starting May 27 via Mi.com and Amazon.

These earbuds are an entry-level option for someone who’s looking for a pair of TWS earbuds. Instead of rich features, the point of this product is to offer an affordable option to the end-user.

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Apple moving its AirPods assembly line to Vietnam

iPhone production is next in line

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Apple has started shifting its iPhone production line to India but it doesn’t end there. With the ongoing trade war between China and the US, more companies are slowly finding alternatives — such is the case with Apple moving AirPods assembly to Vietnam.

Asia Nikkei‘s report indicated that Apple has already done production trials of the AirPods line in Vietnam last year. Just this month, numerous buyers (including a MacForums user) have pointed out the sudden change. The ‘Assembled in Vietnam’ engraving at the back of the AirPods Pro is prominent since loyal users know that Apple products are assembled in China.

A Reddit user initially shared his concern about the product’s authenticity, even before the mentioned tweet started gaining attention.

It says mine are made in Vietnam but all other ones say China ? Should I be worried or it has nothing to do with it?? from r/AirpodsPro

Even a staff from The Verge shared a photo of her recently bought AirPods Pro with the same engraving.

Photo by Kara Verlaney (The Verge)

A follow-up report stated that the mass production of the new AirPods units took place in Vietnam last March. Despite the pandemic, they were able to secure permits from Vietnamese officials to bring in engineers for better and smoother production.

Some of the old EarPods were also assembled in Vietnam, which means the country isn’t exactly new to assembling Apple’s audio accessories. Even Apple’s long-awaited AirPods Studio might be produced there as well.

A recently-published article by DigiTimes states that other than India, they’re also moving the iPhone production line to Vietnam. It makes sense considering Foxconn has already built factories in the northern province of Bac Giang.

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