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It’s been almost a month since Apple announced four new variants of the iPhone 12.

Fast forward this November, we now have the iPhone 12 mini and 12 Pro Max in our hands. The one is tiny, and the other is humongous in size.

But what makes them different from their iPhone 12 and 12 Pro siblings other than their sizes?

Our unboxing and size comparison video of the new Apple iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 12 Pro Max is now up! You can watch it by clicking this link here.

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Huawei Freebuds Pro Unboxing and First Impressions

Sounds as good as it looks

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Huawei has been killing it in the personal audio department and everyone should really start paying attention. Adding to the lineup is the Huawei Freebuds Pro. It’s their answer of sorts to the likes of the AirPods Pro and the Sony WF-1000XM3.

This is what the front of the box looks like. It’s a pretty tiny box.

Freebuds Pro

A closer look shows the name of the product in gold. 

Flip it over and you’ll see some highlighted features. 

Take out the top cover and you’re immediately greeted by the Freebuds Pro. 

Here’s a look without the plastic covering.

Freebuds Pro

It’s a little tricky to take out but underneath all that is the USB to USB-C Cable and a box.

Pull out the cable and the box and you get this.

Here’s a closer look at the cable. 

And here are extra soft silicone plugs so you can find the perfect fit for your ears.

Now, let’s go back to the Freebuds Pro. Here’s the back of the charging case with the Huawei text. 

You flip it over to open it and reveal the earbuds. 

The buds are tinier — the tiniest they’ve released over the past year.

On the bottom of the case is the USB-C port. 

And on its right side is the bluetooth pairing button. 

But if you simply open the case next to a Huawei phone — here it’s the Huawei Mate 40 — it’ll immediately detect it and ask to pair. 

When you press connect, it’ll show you right away how to operate the Freebuds Pro. 

After that, it’ll show you the battery life of each Freebud Pro and the case. 

As mentioned earlier, in terms of the size of the stem, it’s a lot smaller than the previous two releases. 

The cases also vary in shape and size.

Here’s what they look like when worn. 

First impressions 

I’ve only had the Freebuds Pro for a little over 24 hours at the time of writing. I’ve since used it on a video call meeting and to listen to the Eyes Wide Open album by TWICE.

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So far, it’s performing exactly as advertised. It carries over the noise-cancellation excellence from the Freebuds 3 and Freebuds 3i. In fact, the Freebuds Pro combines the best practices of the aforementioned devices thanks to a number of engineering and design choices.

Sound quality is also right around what I expected based on my previous experiences with other Huawei audio products. It’s certainly two steps above the Freebuds 3i in terms of overall sound quality.

SEE ALSO: Freebuds 3 review | Freebuds 3i review

Music comes off as crisp and clean as the Freebuds 3 but we’ll have to try it out for a little longer for a more definitive take. Same goes for the battery life.

The controls are also more intuitive. If you are coming from the Freebuds 3, it is a little different. Here’s a photo of me assuming the controls are the same. Nope, I didn’t pay attention to the prompts during set-up. What an idiot.

Price and availability 

In the Philippines, it retails for PhP 7,999 — around PhP 1,000 cheaper than the launch price of the Freebuds 3 (PhP 8,990).

Pre-order period is from November 27 to December 3. If you pre-order you’ll get freebies worth PhP 3,989.

  • Huawei Band 4 — PhP 1,890
  • Entertainment Gift Package — PhP 2,099

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Sony PlayStation 5 Unboxing

It’s here, it’s massive, and it’s gorgeous

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PlayStation 5

Arguably the more anticipated next gen console over the Xbox Series X, we finally have our hands on a PlayStation 5 and we’ll unbox it for you!

What we have here is the Standard Edition. The one with the disc drive.

PlayStation 5

Just like on the Xbox Series X, the box details some of the features of the PS5. That’s 825GB of storage (1TB minus the space occupied by software), 8K, 4K 120FPS, and HDR. Truly next gen.

The back of the box shows their “Play Like Never Before” tagline which may have been printed before they launched the “Play Has No Limits” ads.

PlayStation 5

It also details the advantages of next gen that being faster load times thanks to a new custom CPU and SSD drive, the haptic feedback on the brand spanking new DualSense Controllers, and backwards compatibility with certain PS4 games.

Inside the box is… yet another box. This one just plain white with the PlayStation logo in the middle. Very clean.

Open up that box to reveal yet another box containing the DualSense controller, stand, and cables.

Here are the cables: One power cable and one HDMI 2.1 cable.

And here’s the stand.

PlayStation 5

Now, for the DualSense controller.
PlayStation 5

Here’s a closer look. As you can see the buttons on the right no longer have its corresponding colors. But this makes sense given the controller’s aesthetics.

PlayStation 5

Underneath all of that in the box is the console itself. Drum roll, please!

PlayStation 5

Yes, it’s massive. Here’s a look at some of the fine detailing on the PlayStation 5.

PlayStation 5

As mentioned earlier, this is the Standard Edition so we do get the disc drive.

PlayStation 5

The ports are naturally at the back.

PlayStation 5

That’s the power cord port, an ethernet port, HDMI port, and two (2) USB type-A, Superspeed USB (10 Gbps). On the front you get one (1) USB type-C, Superspeed USB (10 Gbps), and one (1) USB type-A, Hi-Speed USB.

Here’s the PlayStation 5 with the DualSense controller. 🤤

PlayStation 5

Now for some quick set-up!

PlayStation 5

You’ll immediately be prompted to update the software. One of the most important first steps.

You can also connect it to your smartphone via the new and improved PlayStation app.

PlayStation 5

Don’t forget to sign-in to your PSN!

Now, it’s time to play! Makes sure you fire up the pre-installed Astro’s Playroom to really understand the capabilities of the DualSense controller.

PlayStation 5

Go to the PlayStation store to check out the launch titles. One of them is Spider-Man: Miles Morales. Check out our review of the game here!

PlayStation 5

That’s it. Time to play!

PlayStation 5

Let us know if you have any questions about the PlayStation 5. Hit us up on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

SEE ALSO:
Sony PlayStation 5: A complete rundown
PlayStation 5: Price and availability in the Philippines
PlayStation showcases the new PS5 UX

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Xbox Series X Unboxing

Is this your next gen console?

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The next generation of console gaming is upon us. Here we’ll unbox Microsoft’s Xbox Series X.

Here’s a good look at the box.

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On the different corners of the box, you’ll see the following details: The console’s name as well as the marks of it being next gen — 4K 120FPS and 1TB SSD.

xbox series x

Elsewhere on the box you’ll see an image of the console as well as its top features.

It opens up like so and you’ll the console neatly wrapped with this ‘Power Your Dreams’ message greeting you.

We’re gonna skip a few steps. Here’s the Xbox Series X in all its glory.

Xbox Series X

Inside, you’ll also find the “fine-tuned” Xbox Wireless Controller.

xbox series x

Cables. The one on the left is the Utlra High Speed HDMI cable (yes, that means HDMI 2.1), and your power cord.

As you may have seen from photos online, the top of the Xbox Series X has this green accent.

Here’s an even closer look.

Now, here’s the Xbox Series X with the Wireless Controller.

This doesn’t get talked about a lot but the it does have an accompanying smartphone app.

On the app, you can manage your library and stream your games to your phone. The app is available for both iOS and Android.

All right, we’re ready to play!

If you’re curious about the tech specs, here they are:

Processor

  • CPU. 8X Cores @ 3.8 GHz (3.66 GHz w/SMT) Custom Zen 2 CPU
  • GPU. 12 TFLOPS, 52 CUs @1.825 GHz Custom RDNA 2 GPU
  • SOC Die Size. 360.45 mm
  • Process. 7nm Enhanced

Memory and storage

  • Memory. 16GB GDDR6 w/320 bit-wide bus
  • Memory Bandwidth. 10GB @ 560 GB/s, 6GB @ 336 GB/s.
  • Internal Storage. 1TB Custom NVME SSD
  • I/O Throughput. 2.4 GB/s (Raw), 4.8 GB/s (Compressed, with custom hardware decompression block)
  • Expandable Storage. Support for 1TB Seagate Expansion Card for Xbox Series X|S matches internal storage exactly (sold separately). Support for USB 3.1 external HDD (sold separately).

Video capabilities

  • Gaming Resolution. True 4K
  • High Dynamic Range. Up to 8K HDR
  • Optical Drive. 4K UHD Blu-Ray
  • Performance Target. Up to 120 FPS
  • HDMI Features. Auto Low Latency Mode. HDMI Variable Refresh Rate. AMD FreeSync.

Sound capabilities

  • Dolby Digital 5.1
  • DTS 5.1
  • Dolby TrueHD with Atmos
  • Up to 7.1 L-PCM

Ports and connectivity

  • HDMI. 1x HDMI 2.1 port
  • USB. 3x USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports
  • Wireless. 802.11ac dual band
  • Ethernet. 802.3 10/100/1000
  • Accessories radio. Dedicated dual band Xbox Wireless radio.

Let us know if there’s anything specific you want to find out about the Xbox Series X. Our PlayStation 5 is also on the way so hit us up on social media if there specific things about the two next gen consoles that you want us to compare!

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