The annual Apple Event in September isn’t like the usual as we don’t have the new iPhone 12 series today. Instead, Apple unveils not just one, but two iPads — and even twice the number of Apple Watch models.
There’s a refreshed iPad 8th-Generation, as well as the redesigned iPad Air that houses the power-packed A14 Bionic chipset — that will also be in the upcoming iPhone 12 models. Other than that, there’s the newly-updated Watch Series 6 that can now measure blood oxygen levels. There’s even an the Apple Watch SE for the whole family.
Of course, there are other announcements talking about Apple’s services. You can watch more about that in our Apple event highlights video right here.
5 ways to enjoy Huawei’s MatePad gift bundles
There’s plenty to do!
Tablets are always a convenient tool for users to enjoy, whether they’re looking for entertainment or simply unwinding.
As the holiday season is fast-approaching, Huawei is offering customers gift bundles for its MatePad tablet series for them to score exciting promos while saving on huge freebies.
Whether it’s a gift for yourself, an early Christmas gift, or an investment for the next year, the Huawei gift bundles campaign includes everything from budget tablets to premium ones to help grant those wishes.
Five ways to enjoy
With more than 141,000 apps available on AppGallery, users can unlock new ways to be entertained and inspired at their fingertips especially nowadays with safety guidelines outside still in place.
As the year winds down, here are five ways to begin a new journey in 2022 with the HUAWEI MatePad series:
1. Reconnect with your loved ones online
Stay connected to your friends and family over the holidays with a variety of essential social media platforms ready for download on AppGallery and Petal Search.
That includes WhatsApp, Telegram, Facebook Messenger, Tiktok, Facebook, Instagram, Reddit and Twitter!
2. Catch a movie marathon
Whether it means staying up to date with local dramas on MeWatch or catching the latest blockbusters on HBO Go, keep your serotonin flowing with the immersive displays and sound systems tuned by Harmon Kardon on the Huawei MatePad tablets.
Apps that you could consider include HUAWEI Video, Netflix, Disney+, Amazon Prime Video, Spotify, and Twitch so you don’t miss out on safe and sound Christmas bonding sessions at home.
3. Maximize productivity
With apps like Zoom, Slack and Microsoft Office, Teams, and Outlook at your disposal, staying productive amidst the Christmas rush is a breeze.
You can also keep an eye on your kid’s tablet use with a smart monitoring solution like Plano or amp your multi-tasking game with Huawei’s multi-window and multi-screen collaboration feature on the tablets.
4. Explore your creative side
With infinite possibilities on a digital canvas, you don’t have to worry about paper wastage or harming the environment.
Whether you’re a pro or just starting to find your inner artist, the Huawei M-Pencil gives a realistic drawing experience equipped with pixel-level precision.
Take a stroke of faith with Nebo, ibisPaint X, Concepts available from AppGallery.
5. Find your flow with journaling
The world can get a little noisy at times. Take a moment to disconnect and develop a calmer mind through journaling with suggested apps like Journey, Grid Diary, and Calm.
Gift bundles to choose from
Huawei has four packages available depending on what plans you have for a tablet. All deals include a free gift bundle worth as much as SG$ 396.
|MatePad model||Retail price||Free gift bundle||Best for|
|HUAWEI MatePad||SGSG$ 448
(U.P. SGSG$ 498)
Get it for only SG$ 398 during the Lazada Huawei Brand Sale from October 26 to 28
|Smart Magnetic Keyboard worth SG$ 148||Families looking for a
for work and for fun.
Includes a Kirin 820
chipset, Wi-Fi 6 and
|HUAWEI MatePad 11||SG$ 698||Worth SG$ 346:
||Young adults and
students looking for a
Includes a 120 Hz
refresh rate for a
experience and a DCI –
P3 colour gamut
|HUAWEI MatePad Pro 10.8”||SG$ 998||Worth SG$ 254:
productivity machine at
home, school, or the
Includes 10.8 inch 2K
Display with a 4.9mm
ultra slim bezel body.
Up to 11 hours of
|HUAWEI MatePad Pro 12.6”||SG$ 1,398||Worth SG$ 396:
Features a powerful
capacity and a large
12.6 inch OLED
Pricing and availability
The promotion will run from October 26 to November 30, 2021 and will be available at all Huawei Authorized Stores, selected consumer electronic stores including Best Denki, Challenger & Hachi.tech, COURTS, Gain City, Harvey Norman, Sprint-Cass, and Huawei official online stores in Lazada and Shopee.
Nokia returns to tablets with the Nokia T20
Specs and price revealed
Are you ready for the second coming of tablets? After a marked decline, several tech companies are starting to push for better tablets. Nokia, after teasing their own re-entry into the market, has finally launched its own tablet after a long hiatus, the Nokia T20.
After years of resurrecting its feature phones, Nokia started building up its smartphone lineup, fully pushing it as a modern brand. Now, after proving itself in that realm, the brand is now bringing that same Nokia smartphone experience again to a larger form factor.
The 10.4-inch Nokia T20 will put out images in 2K (2000 x 1200) resolution. Underneath its smooth chassis, the tablet sports a T610 octa-core processor. It has up to 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage (expandable by up to 512GB through a microSD slot). Powering everything is an 8200mAh battery fit with a 15W charger.
Behind everything, you can shoot photos with an 8-megapixel auto-focus camera. In front, you can take selfie with a 5-megapixel selfie shooter. It has several connectivity options including USB-C, Bluetooth 5.0, and a headphone jack.
It comes with Android 11 out of the box. The tablet will also come with some freebies: Spotify and a free 30-day trial of ExpressVPN. It can also come with some durable accessories like the Rugged cover and the Flip cover.
The Nokia T20 tablet will be available starting on November 17 in an Ocean Blue color starting at US$ 249.99.
Editor’s note: A previous version of the article claimed that the Nokia T20 was the brand’s first tablet. In fact, the Nokia N1 came before the T20. We regret the error.
Xiaomi Pad 5: It is worth the hype
An easy tablet to recommend
Whenever I get asked for smartphone recommendations, Xiaomi is always at the top of my list. At almost any price range, Xiaomi most likely has a contender for a device that has hardware which would likely top its competition. And they aren’t ending this habit any time soon, as they once again excite their fans with their new all-in-one tablet — the Xiaomi Pad 5.
Let’s see if this tablet really is worth getting hyped about.
Rigid and fashionable
As soon as you hold the Pad 5, you can already tell by the touch that it’s solidly built. I can assure you, you won’t feel any creaking or weird body flexing on this sleek aluminum body. The frame actually reminds me of iPads with its boxy metal construction and the exposed antenna bands. It does make me wish for an included case just in case I accidentally drop it as this tablet does feel slippery to the grip or may easily slide down on some surfaces.
The color variant we received is the classy looking Cosmic Gray color. But it’s also available in Pearl White.
We only get a single USB-C port for charging and plugging in other accessories. No SIM card slot, expandable storage or a 3.5mm headphone jack in sight.
You’ll also find at the back, the camera module that looks strikingly similar to Xiaomi’s camera design on their smartphones.
Weighing 511g, I would still consider the Pad 5 to be a handy device as its 11-inch size fits perfectly in my medium sized hands. I just feel that 8-inch tablets aren’t that much bigger than our phones and 12-inch tabs are too bulky and heavy for my taste.
Built to perform
An older yet still powerful Snapdragon 860 chipset, 6GB of RAM and 128GB or 256GB storage have been loaded in the Xiaomi Pad 5.
Mind you, this combination of specs still packs a punch as even heavier games like Genshin Impact play very smoothly at its default medium setting. I even tried maxing out every graphic setting available and discovered that it’s actually powerful enough to run it with only minimal loss in performance. And as you can see, it looks wonderful on the Pad 5.
As I would expect for a high end chipset, the staple Mobile Legends: Bang Bang test was a glorious experience and had all graphic settings unlocked for us to tinker with. There also weren’t any hiccups with FPS games like Call of Duty: Mobile at ultra settings and highest frame rate and feels fluid on this screen.
The device does feel a bit warm playing Genshin Impact and Call of Duty: Mobile at highest settings but nothing that I thought was alarming or would greatly affect its playability. Thankfully, this wasn’t present with our Mobile Legends: Bang Bang test, so fans of this game need nothing to worry about.
For the less demanding tasks like web browsing and watching YouTube videos and Netflix, everything ran cool and flawless all throughout our use.
Xiaomi left very minimal pre-installed apps on their MIUI skin on top of Android 11. Only the essential apps are present leaving it feeling clean and light and saves us the hassle of removing unnecessary bloatwares.
Visually immersive display
Playing games on mobile phones with higher refresh rates is a treat, but at 11 inches, the experience was brought to another level. And this delightful gaming experience on this tablet is hugely contributed by the 11-inch WQHD+ 120Hz IPS display.
Not as punchy as OLED panels but this IPS display maintains decent viewing angles and a color reproduction that’s pleasing to the eyes without being overly saturated. You’ll also notice the snappiness of its response even just as you navigate throughout its interface.
Though, running apps side by side does feel a little small compared to bigger tablets but the 2560×1600 resolution feels substantial enough for two window operations.
Run time and charging
Needless to say, you won’t be charging this device everyday. With an 8720mAh battery, the Pad 5 has enough juice to last you multiple rounds of Mobile Legends: Bang Bang before it reaches critically low levels. I took every opportunity I had just to use the Pad 5 to get the battery to give up but surprisingly after more than a day’s use, I still had 60 percent battery remaining. And that was me pushing it at above average scenarios.
However, the 22.5W charger does take quite a while to get the Pad 5 fully charge. It took me an hour and forty eight minutes to bring it from 20 percent to 100 perecent. It isn’t really something to complain about since it does give us a reasonably long run time but a slightly higher wattage would have been very welcome.
Audio by Dolby
Incorporating the Dolby Atmos technology in this quad speaker audio setup on the Pad 5, the sound coming from this device has an immersing feel. Watching videos, playing games or the casual sound trip is joyful to our ears as it doesn’t feel like the sound is coming from a tiny source.
It may not be as heavy as we’d prefer it to be, but the bass response does have some presence on this speaker setup. There’s also some richness and warmth from its mid tones and its highs sound smooth and crisp that doesn’t feel like they’re piercing your ear drums.
Xiaomi Smart Pen sold separately
If you’re thinking of getting a tablet, you’re probably considering a stylus pen to partner it with. Xiaomi also offers an optional stylus pen for the Pad 5 — the Xiaomi Smart Pen. Unlike other stylus pens from the competition, this Xiaomi Smart Pen is mostly plastic. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing, as it does make it lighter for our hands to draw at only 12.2g.
The Xiaomi Smart Pen boasts a magnetic wireless charging system which is said to fully charge the pen in just 18 minutes. It also can be magnetically attached on both the left and right side of the device.
Surprisingly, the pen doesn’t feel like a plastic nib sliding on glass that I’ve experienced with other pens. There’s this observable friction that has a satisfying feel as you glide it along the glass surface of the screen. Accompanied by this is the 4096 levels of pressure sensitivity which adds to the more natural pen feel of the Smart Pen.
The Pad 5 comes packed with an 8MP selfie camera and a 13MP main camera which actually performs well for a tablet. Though, this probably won’t be your main camera for vlogging and TikTok as your phone likely has a better shooter than this but for documents and casual food photos, this camera can produce some decent looking shots.
I like how the photos are not overly processed which still leaves us room for some photo editing. With decent lighting, the images are clean, detailed and could potentially be considered Instagram worthy.
Is the Xiaomi Pad 5 your GadgetMatch?
I was surprised when I found out the price of the Xiaomi Pad 5. At PhP 17,990 for the 128GB variant and PhP 19,990 for the 256GB, the Pad 5 gives an immense value for your money.
An 11-inch, WQHD+, 120HZ display with a high end chipset and a firm build quality is just hard to beat at this price.
While it does lack some of the nicer features like faster charging, cellular connectivity and expandable storage, it surely excels in other fields it participates in.
No doubt, the Xiaomi Pad 5 greatly surpassed my expectations. It’s a well rounded device that would pair well with almost anyone looking to own a tablet. It would likely be my suggestion for anyone who would ask me for a tablet recommendation.
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