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9.7-inch iPad Pro Unboxing

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The new 9.7-inch iPad Pro is, in all fronts, the most impressive iPad ever built. It’s got a new A9X processor that Apple says is more powerful than most PCs, the camera of the iPhone 6S, which apart from offering better autofocus and low-light performance, can also shoot 4K video, and a new anti-reflective display with TrueTone technology that adapts color temperature based on its surroundings.

This is our unboxing of the legitimate offspring of the bigger iPad Pro and the iPad Air 2.

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12.12 sale: Ultimate tech guide

The last sale of the year is here

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Last November 11, Lazada and Shopee held its annual sale where tech brands offered discounts to buyers.  This December 12, Lazada is holding another sale — the much-awaited 12.12 sale. Most tech brands will join the annual sale, so we have compiled discounted devices for your convenience:

We will update this list once in a while. From time to time, refresh this page to see more products on discount.

Aftershokz

  • Trekz Titanium Wireless Bone Conduction Headphones — PhP 3,378 from PhP 4,590 (Lazada)

Anker

  • PowerCore Select 20000mAh — PhP 1,720 from PhP 2,695 (Lazada)

ASUS

  • Laptop X407 — PhP 16,857 from PhP 17,995
  • VivoBook X407 — PhP 24,335 from PhP 26,995
  • VivoBook X540 — PhP 26,072 from PhP 28,995
  • VivoBook 14 X412FJ — PhP 30,079 from PhP 32,995
  • VivoBook 14 X412FL — PhP 39,191 from PhP 42,995

Defunc

  • Headphone Go — PhP 300 from PhP 490 (Lazada)

Honor

Shopee-exclusive

  • Band 5 — PhP 1,199 (12:00 to 12:59 AM)
  • Band  5 Sports — PhP 829 (1:00 to 1:59 AM)
  • 7S — PhP 3,679 with free game pad (11:00 to 11:59 AM)
  • Watch Magic — PhP 5,390 (8:00 to 8:59 PM)
  • 8X — PhP 8,279 (5:00 to 5:59 PM)
  • 20 Lite — PhP 9,999 with free Bluetooth speaker (12:00 to 12:59 PM)

Huawei

  • Band 3 — PhP 996 from PhP 2,490 (Lazada, Shopee)
  • Watch GT 1 — PhP 4,995 from 9,990 (Lazada, Shopee)
  • MediaPad T3 — PhP 5,221 from PhP 5,790 (Lazada, Shopee)
  • Y Max — PhP 6,495 from PhP 15,990 (Lazada, Shopee)
  • FreeBuds 3 — PhP 6,990 from PhP 8,990 (Lazada, Shopee)
  • M3 Lite — PhP 9,221 from PhP 13, 490 (Lazada, Shopee)
  • Nova 3 — PhP 9,495 from PhP 18,990 (Lazada, Shopee)
  • Watch GT 2 — PhP 9,990 with tumbler, wireless earphones, Anytime Fitness card, and PhP 300 coupon; free Php 500 coupon when purchased with P30, P30 Pro, Mate 20 Pro and Nova 5T (Lazada, Shopee)
  • Mate 20 Pro — PhP 19,794 from PhP 32,990 (Lazada, Shopee)

Joyroom

  • DM203 5,000 mAh Powerbank — PhP 390 from PhP 990
  • D-M129 10,000 mAh Powerbank — PhP 390 from PhP 990
  • Ear Hook Bluetooth Headset — PhP 590 from PhP 990
  • D-M129 20,000 mAh Powerbank — PhP 690 from PhP 1,490
  • Dual Battery Sports Bluetooth Headset — PhP 790 from PhP 1,490
  • D-M205 10,000 mAh Multi-function Powerbank — PhP 990 from PhP 1,490
  • D-M223 10,000 mAh Powerbank — PhP 990 from PhP 1,490
  • Sports Earphones — PhP 890 from PhP 1,690
  • Unilateral Wireless Earbuds with Charging Box — PhP 690 from PhP 1,290
  • TWS Bilateral Wireless Earbuds — PhP 1,390 from PhP 1,890

Marshall

  • Stockwell II + Major III Bluetooth — PhP 15,990 from PhP 24,880 (Lazada)

Nokia

  • Nokia 8.1 — PhP 16,990 from PhP 19,990 with free Bluetooth earbuds (Lazada)
  • Nokia 3.2 — PhP 6,990 from PhP 7,990 with free Bluetooth speaker (Lazada)

Oppo

Lazada

Shopee

Realme

Lazada-exclusive

  • C2 2020 (2 / 32GB) — PhP 3,990 from PhP 4,990; PhP 3,940
  • 3 (3 / 32GB) — PhP 5,890 from PhP 6,490; PhP 5,490 (12:00 – 2:00 AM, black only)
  • 3 Pro (4 / 128GB) — PhP 10,990 from PhP 14,990
  • 5 (3 / 32GB) — PhP 5,990 from PhP 6,990; PhP 5,890 (12:00 – 2:00 AM)
  • 5 (3 / 64GB) — PhP 7,590 from PhP 7,990; PhP 7,490 (12:00 – 2:00 AM)
  • 5 (4 / 128GB) — PhP 9,390 from PhP 9,990; PhP 9,290 (12:00 – 2:00 AM)
  • 5 Pro (4 / 128GB) — PhP 11,490 from PhP 11,990; PhP 11,290 (12:00 – 2:00 AM)
  • 5 Pro (8 / 128GB)PhP 12,690 from PhP 12,990; PhP 12,490 (12:00 – 2:00 AM)
  • XT (8 / 128GB) — PhP 16,990 from PhP 15,990; PhP 15,490 (12:00 – 2:00 AM)

Samsung

  • J2 Prime — PhP 2,495 from PhP 4,990
  • J6 Plus — PhP 3,995 from PhP 7,990
  • A50 — PhP 7,995 from PhP 15,990
  • Tab 10.5 — PhP 11,995 from PhP 23,990
  • A9 (2018) — PhP 13,495 from PhP 26,990
  • Tab S2 8.0 — PhP 13,974 from PhP 22,990
  • S9 — PhP 22,194 from PhP 36,990
  • Note 9 — PhP 23,994 from PhP 39,990

Urbanears

  • Ralis Speaker + Jakan — PhP 11,990 from PhP 18,990 (Lazada)

Xiaomi

Lazada-exclusive

Win a trip to the GRAMMY Awards

By purchasing items in Lazada from December 12-14, one gets a chance to win a free trip to Los Angeles for the 62nd GRAMMY Awards. Simply purchase an item with Mastercard from Lazada’s  “Music is My Fashion” page. Upon checkout, type the code “ROADTOGRAMMYS” and click submit.

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10 gift ideas for the bookworm on your list

Gifts that are not books

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If you have friends or family who love to read, chances are other people will already give them books this holiday season. It’s that or they already bought the book they want to read next. If you want to give something different that they will appreciate, here are some other ideas to help you out:

Kindle

For the friend who has too many books but not enough shelves, get her the new Kindle. It’s also perfect for that friend who brings a book or two when traveling. She always managse to finish reading on the flight leaving herself book-less for the rest of the trip.

The new Kindle retails for US$ 89.99 and comes in black and white.

Kindle case

If she already has a Kindle, how about a case inspired by classic book covers? Not only will it protect her gadget from scratches, it also gives her the feeling of holding a book while reading. Smell of an actual book not included.

The case starts at GBP 25, and comes in varying sizes and covers.

Audible credits

Some people will always prefer reading over listening to audiobooks. For those who are open to the latter, Audible credits are a practical, yet thoughtful gift you can give. If you know of a specific title they want to listen to, there’s also an option to get that book as a gift either through your own Audible credits or using a credit card.

One credit starts at US$ 15, and you can choose to give up to 12 months worth of Audible credits.

Noise-cancelling earphones

A pair of noise cancelling earphones is one of the best gifts you can give this year not just to bookworms, but to almost anyone on your list. Bookworms will especially love being able to block any noise and concentrate on reading (or listening to) their book.

Plenty of great options came out this year, including the Sony WF-1000XM3, which retails for SG$ 349.

Bookends

Help decorate one’s home with cute bookends. For someone who lives in a smaller space, a multi-purpose bookend is your best bet — maybe one that doubles as a flower vase for the living room or a kitchen utensil holder. You can also get an upcycled one using old records. For a more personal touch, you can even do it yourself and you got yourself a crafty project this holiday season.

Lumio LED book lamp

Any bookworm will appreciate receiving a lamp to help them read when the sun starts to dip. What if you give them something in the shape of a book? They sure will love you more than they already do!

The Lumio LED book lamp comes in different finishes, and starts at US$ 150.

Laptop sleeve

Another gift idea for that special someone is a book-inspired sleeve to protect her laptop. Make it more personal by making her favorite cover made. You can even add the first and last pages of the book to make it feel more like one. There’s also an option to add a smaller but similar case for the charger and other accessories.

The laptop sleeve starts at $199 on Etsy, but is on sale at $59.70.

NYPL Library Card Pouch

The New York Public Library store has a ton of useful knickknacks you can buy as gifts. There’s a pouch inspired by the original library cards from the 1940’s that any bookworm will appreciate even if you bought it at the last minute!

The NYPL Library Card Pouch retails for US$ 15 for non-members.

 NYPL Library Card Socks

Another option is this cute pair of socks that will surely make any bookworm’s heart and feet warm this chilly season. It comes in small and large and is priced at US$12 for non-members.

Black NYPL Ruth Bader Ginsburg Tote Bag

Know someone inspired by the Notorious RBG? This tote could not be any more perfect. It can carry not just that heavy hardbound book, but her groceries or gym clothes as well!

The black tote bag retails for US$ 15 for non-members.

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Huawei launches MatePad Pro with Kirin 990 SoC

It also has a punch-hole camera

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Half a decade ago, the market was filled with tablets. They came in all sizes and specifications from a variety of companies. However, the market has consolidated and Apple controls a major chunk of it thanks to the iPad. On the Android side, Samsung and Huawei are trying to grab as much as they can.

With the MatePad Pro, Huawei wants to take on the similarly named iPad Pro from Apple. And, this is shown not just in the name, but also in its specifications and physical design features.

Punch-hole displays have become fairly common on smartphones and now we’re slowly seeing them trickle down to other devices. The Huawei MatePad Pro sports a 10.8-inch display with a resolution of 2560 x 1200 pixels along with a 90 percent screen-to-body ratio.

Under the hood, the tablet is powered by a Kirin 990 processor paired with either 6GB or 8GB RAM and up to 512GB of internal storage. A 13-megapixel camera is located on the rear while the front gets an 8-megapixel selfie shooter.

Just like the Mate 30 series, this device will also skip Google Play Services due to the ongoing restrictions. But, it’ll be compensated by Huawei’s in-house suite of apps. This shouldn’t be an actual problem because we don’t expect it to launch outside of China.

The MatePad Pro includes four speakers and a 7250mAh battery with 40W fast charging. The tablet also comes with M-Pen stylus, the M-Pencil for more precise interaction and drawing.

It’ll be available in China from December 12 with a starting price of CNY 3,299 (US$ 470) for the base model with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage.

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