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There’s more in the making: Apple’s next event is on October 30

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Never in recent memory have we had this many tech events scheduled back-to-back-to-back as this October 2018. We’re only half way through and we’ve been to four so far — launches for the LG V40, Google Pixel 3, Razer Phone 2, and Huawei Mate 20. Sadly, we missed Microsoft’s Surface event.

Techtober, as some journalists call it, is one of the busiest months and it seems Apple wants to end it with a bang as it sends out invites to an October 30 event in Brooklyn, New York. The announcement comes a little over one month after the company unveiled its next generation of iPhones, and only a few days after the more affordable iPhone XR rolls out to over 50 countries and territories.


Thinner bezels will be a running theme throughout the event, as Apple is expected to unveil a new iPad Pro with Face ID, and possibly a low-cost MacBook or MacBook Air as reported by Bloomberg.

 

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ASUS unveils 30th anniversary collection of its phone, laptop, and motherboard

For true ASUS fans out there

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ASUS is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year and what better way to celebrate this milestone than unveiling special devices during Computex 2019. For true ASUS fans out there, get ready to be excited about a limited edition smartphone, laptop, and motherboard.

ZenFone 6 Edition 30

The newly announced ZenFone 6 is already getting a new variant: the ZenFone 6 Edition 30. It’s essentially a ZenFone 6 with a few cosmetic changes to make it unique and a couple of internal upgrades to make the best ZenFone out there.


It features the now-iconic concentric-circle pattern we’ve seen with other premium ASUS devices in a special Matte Black color. To make the phone stand out, it has an embossed Edition 30 logo on its back.

ASUS ZenFone 6 | Image credit: SupraPixel

Inside, the ZenFone 6 Edition 30 is the most powerful ZenFone to date with 12GB of memory and 512GB of storage. Of course, it’s still powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 chip and has an innovative Flip Camera system with 48- and 16-megapixel sensors. There will be 3,000 units available and it’ll come with a 30-month warranty.

ZenBook Edition 30

If ASUS’ smartphone gets a special edition, their laptop must also have one. The ZenBook Edition 30 is based on the new ZenBook lineup featuring the ScreenPad 2.0.

On the outside, the ZenBook Edition 30 is truly special thanks to its classic look with a futuristic twist. The laptop’s lid features a Pearl White genuine Italian leather that’s hand-crafted and hand-stitched. Complementing the lid’s white color is the Rose Gold diamond-cut edge and trim bar. To top everything off, this ZenBook has an 18-karat rose-gold-plated 30th-anniversary logo on the lid.

ASUS ZenBook Edition 30 | GadgetMatch

While the ZenBook Edition 30 has a luxurious exterior, it’s also a top-of-the-line notebook with a NanoEdge display, latest 8th-gen Intel Core i7 processor, and NVIDIA GeForce MX250 discrete graphics.

Additionally, it comes exclusively with a set of premium accessories, including a Pearl White mouse, a leather-like mouse pad, and a genuine-leather sleeve.

Prime X299 Edition 30

For ASUS fans that are PC builders, the company also has the Prime X299 Edition 30 motherboard. The earliest product of ASUS is a motherboard, hence the Prime X299 Edition 30 honors the legacy of the company.

The special edition motherboard supports the latest Intel Core X-series desktop processors with a new flagship 16-stage power solution and enhanced cooling. It has two M.2 slots with passive heat sinks, dual Thunderbolt 3 ports, and a DisplayPort. Connectivity-wise, it has built-in 5G Aquantia Ethernet, Intel Gigabit LAN, and Wi-Fi 6 support.

The motherboard also features a 2-inch LiveDash OLED display to show system stats with support for custom text and images for a personalized build. Furthermore, there’s a second LiveDash display in the new Smart Control Console which is an external module connected via USB.

SEE ALSO: ASUS ZenBook Pro Duo offers largest secondary touchscreen yet

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Apple updates MacBook Pro lineup with tweaked keyboard and 8-core chip

The fastest Mac notebook ever

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Apple‘s popular line of pro notebooks is getting more powerful with Intel’s new 8th- and 9th-gen Core chips. Other laptop manufacturers already announced their latest models featuring the new processors and Apple doesn’t want to get left behind.

For the first time ever, consumers can get a MacBook Pro with an 8-core processor which is two times faster than an older quad-core MacBook Pro and has 40 percent better performance than the previous 6-core MacBook Pro.


The MacBook Pro refresh for mid-2019 greatly benefits the 15-inch model with Touch Bar. The base model now has a 6-core i7 processor and its high-end sibling has an 8-core i9 processor. If you wish, it can be configured to an even more powerful 8-core i9 chip which can turbo boost up to 5.0GHz. This is what Apple calls “the fastest Mac notebook ever.”

Apple MacBook Pro (15-inch) | Image credit: Apple

The 13-inch Touch Bar models also get a processor refresh with the base model now equipped with a faster 8th-gen quad-core i5. It can be upgraded to a quad-core i7 with a turbo boost of up to 4.7GHz.

Apart from the new processors, the rest of the MacBook Pro specs remain unchanged. However, the Cupertino company opted to use a new material for its keyboard which should reduce issues. It’s the same third-generation butterfly keyboard design from previous models, though.

The refreshed MacBook Pro 15-inch models start at US$ 2,399 in the US or SG$ 3,499 in Singapore, while the smaller 13-inch models start at US$ 1,799 or SG$ 2,599.

SEE ALSO: Apple might increase the iPhone’s price by 14 percent

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Huawei’s MateBook X Pro and MateBook 13 are now in Singapore

There’s also a new color for P30 Pro

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Huawei Matebook X Pro (2019)

The new MateBook 13 and MateBook X Pro have found their way to Singapore. Huawei‘s new laptops are part of the Chinese company’s product offering expansion to cater to a growing customer base in the country.

First unveiled at CES 2019, the MateBook 13 is one of the well-reviewed Windows notebook today. It’s a portable 13-inch laptop that combines the aesthetics of a MacBook and the power of Windows 10. The laptop’s 2K display with a 3:2 aspect ratio is probably its best asset. Also, what’s under the hood is also promising.


The MateBook 13 is powered by either eighth-gen Intel Core i5 or Core i7 chips paired with high-speed PCIe SSD of up to 512GB. Additionally, Huawei’s notebook has NVIDIA GeForce MX150 to boost graphics performance. It also has the new Huawei Share OneHop that lets Huawei phone users transfer files with just a tap.

Huawei MateBook 13 | GadgetMatch

The MateBook 13 has a starting price of SG$ 1,348 for the Core i5 model with 256GB of storage. If you wish to get the more powerful Core i7 variant with 512GB of storage, it’ll cost SG$ 1,498. The laptop comes with a 2-year warranty.

Both variants will be available in stores by the end of May. Those who will buy at The PC Show from May 30 to June 2 will receive a free Huawei Watch GT Active and Huawei Backpack.

The flagship MateBook X Pro (2019) is also coming to Singapore. The more premium Huawei laptop has a 14-inch Ultra FullView display with a 3K resolution and 100 percent sRGB coverage. It’s complemented by four speakers tuned with Dolby Atmos.

Huawei MateBook X Pro (2019) | GadgetMatch

Inside, it has the latest Intel Core processors plus the updated NVIDIA GeForce MX250 graphics. The laptop is cooled by two Shark Fin Fans 2.0 for better performance. What’s more, it has Thunderbolt 3 ports for faster two-way data transmission of up to 40Gbps.

Another notable feature of the MateBook X Pro (2019) is its outstanding battery life of up to 12 hours, the company claims. It also has the Huawei Share OneHop feature for easy file transfer between the laptop and a phone.

Local pricing and availability of the MateBook X Pro (2019) will be announced at a later date. While we wait, check out our unboxing video below:

Along with the arrival of the laptops, Huawei is also bringing the Amber Sunrise model of the P30 Pro with 512GB of storage. It’ll be available from May 30 exclusively at Huawei Concept Stores and Lazada for SG$ 1,698.

SEE ALSO: Huawei MateBook 13 review: 5 reasons to make the switch

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