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Casetify’s collaboration with Pangram Pangram is inspired by travel

For those diagnosed with a serious case of wanderlust

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Nothing inspires us to keep hustling like the places we want to travel to — whether that’s a remote island or a concrete jungle. Packing and carrying a heavy suitcase, going through airport security and passport control, waiting at the airport and finding nothing but overpriced food — all these are so much more exciting than going through everyday commute and the routine of office work.

If nothing feeds your soul like a travel adventure, Casetify’s collaboration with type foundry Pangram Pangram is made for you. It’s inspired by the journey through the airport, from luggage scan tags to boarding passes, and airport restaurant bills.

Customize your iPhone case by choosing an airport and adding your name — et voila! You now have your very own luggage scan tag case. As of writing there are more than 30 cities to choose from, and here are some of our favorites:

New York

Paris

London

Boston

Jeju

San Francisco

Singapore

Berlin

Shanghai

Casetify is adding more cities based on the demand, so if you don’t see your favorite destination or hometown let them know on Instagram. The cases are available for iPhone 7 and up, including the new iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max starting at US$ 35. Cases for Airpods 1 and 2, as well as Apple Watch bands for Series 1-4 are also available.

To shop the collection visit casetify.com.

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Huawei expands personal audio line: Freebuds Pro, Freelace Pro, Freebuds Studio

There’s something for every preference and budget

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Intelligent Sound. That’s what Huawei is promising with its new set of personal audio devices: Freebuds Pro, Freelace Pro, Freebuds Pro.

Freebuds Pro

The Huawei Freebuds Pro’s noise cancellation has gone up to 40db. Previous models were at 30db (Freebuds 3) and 15db (Freebuds 3i).

Like the Freebuds 3, it’s equipped with the Kirin A1 chip to aid in noise cancellation, but there are other factors in play as well. The chip is complemented by the in-ear fit — a feature it shares with the Freebuds 3i but not the Freebuds 3.

Adding to these are the dual microphones located both inside and outside the earbuds. This is a key design decision that helps in detecting the surrounding you’re in. It enables the Freebuds 3 Pro to automatically choose the appropriate noise cancellation mode of which it has three: Ultra Mode, Cozy Mode, and General Mode.

Freelace Pro

The Huawei FreeLace Pro is a combination of everything you want about neckband earphones with pro-level noise cancellation.

It’s still pretty much the FreeLace that you used to know in terms of overall look and design. Its lightweight body is made with nickel-titanium alloy — the kind that you can twist and bend but will still return to its original form. That alloy is wrapped with a skin-friendly silicone so it’s comfortable to where.

But the defining feature that will justify the “pro” tag is noise cancellation. Like the Freebuds 3 Pro, this can cancel noise of up to 40db. This is because the two employ pretty much the same tech.

There’s no mention of the Kirin A1 chip. However, the FreeLace Pro does also have two microphones inside and out for noise cancellation and surroundings detection.

Assisting those microphones is a 14mm Dynamic Driver Unit. It detects and responds to deeper sound and cancels noise at lower frequencies. The driver also contributes to the overall better sound quality.

Freebuds Studio

The Huawei FreeBuds Studio, it marks the entry of the company in the over-the-ear Bluetooth headphone market. The FreeBuds Studio are designed to be premium and go up against offerings from Sony, Bose, and Sennheiser.

The headphones offer a 40mm driver with 4-layer Polymer diaphragm. The company claims that it can reproduce frequencies as high as 48KHz and can go down to 4 Hz. It supports L2HC codec for best possible audio output and features six mics for calls that reduce background noise.

It also comes with eight mics that team up and provide dynamic noise cancellation. Huawei claims the headphones can reduce noise by 40dB and the headphones can automatically choose between three modes based on the surrounding environment. These modes are called Ultra Mode, Cozy Mode and General Mode.

Price and availability

Audio Colors Price Availability
Freebuds Pro Silver Frost

Ceramic White

Carbon Black

SG$ 238

(Purchase at SG$ 228 during pre-order from 1 – 11 Nov)

Pre-order (1 – 10 Nov):

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Freelace Pro Spruce Green

Graphite Black

SG$ 148 Available from 11 Nov:

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  • Lazada
  • Shopee
Freebuds Studio Black SG$ 398 Available from 11 Nov:

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Apple could launch new entry-level AirPods next year

Along with new AirPods Pro!

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Apple’s AirPods have been an instant success, and the brand is all set to capitalize on its gains. A report says the giant could launch an entry-level pair of truly wireless earphones that’ll also be called AirPods, but will technically be the third-generation.

Bloomberg spoke to people familiar with the matter and reported that Apple could launch two AirPods next year — the entry-level AirPods and second-generation AirPods Pro.

The affordable ones are said to have a similar design as the AirPods Pro. It’ll have a smaller stem and replaceable ear tips. Obviously, premium features will be reduced or entirely removed. So, don’t expect active noise cancellation.

On the other hand, the Pro option could become more compact and completely eliminate the stem. The new design could look similar to Samsung and Google’s current TWS offering that looks like a bean and directly fits into anyone’s ears.

However, the report added that making the AirPods Pro more compact was a challenging task and the end result could be less ambitious. Apple is also going to add new wireless charging chips on both the TWS earphones.

While competition from Chinese players has made it difficult for Apple to justify AirPods’s high price, they continue to sell like hot cakes in the developed markets of the US, Europe, and Southeast Asia. An entry-level accessory makes a lot of sense because Apple has been able to successfully implement this strategy with the iPhone SE.

Lastly, the report added that Apple intends to launch over-the-ear headphones but has faced several development challenges in the last couple of years.

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Huawei launches FreeBuds Studio before Apple’s AirPods Studio

Noise reduction upto 40dB

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Officially called the Huawei FreeBuds Studio, it marks the entry of the company in the over-the-ear Bluetooth headphone market. The FreeBuds Studio are designed to be premium and go up against offerings from Sony, Bose, and Sennheiser.

The headphones offer a 40mm driver with 4-layer Polymer diaphragm. The company claims that it can reproduce frequencies as high as 48KHz and can go down to 4 Hz. It supports L2HC codec for best possible audio output and features six mics for calls that reduce background noise.

It also comes with eight mics that team up and provide dynamic noise cancellation. Huawei claims the headphones can reduce noise by 40dB and the headphones can automatically choose between three modes based on the surrounding environment. These modes are called Ultra Mode, Cozy Mode and General Mode.

Coming to battery life, the headphones can go 24 hours on a single charge, and fast charging ensures you get eight houts of playback within just 10 minutes. Although, these are official figures from the company and actual practical usage will definitely vary.

The FreeBuds Studio are priced at EUR 299 (US$ 354) and sales start from November. However, the brand hasn’t been clear about country-wise availability yet.

Huawei is a very interesting company because on one side it launches unique and mindboggling products like the Mate series, but leaves no stone unturned to take a cue from Apple. The AirPods Studio have been rumored for a long time and Huawei jumped the gun to launch its product first but took a lot of inspiration from Apple’s marketing.

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