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The cutest gadgets in Asia’s biggest tech expo!

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Computex is Asia’s biggest computer expo, but that doesn’t mean that only techies will get to enjoy this five-day spectacle. 

Spanning five days and housing a total of 5,010 booths spread out in four exhibition areas, the tech extravaganza offers highlights not only for the tech-savvy or the tech-involved, but also for those inclined towards the lovable stuff.

Cute gadget finds are everywhere at the forum, and so, I decided to round up our top five. They are:

Keyboard and mouse sets with character!

Like, literal characters!

Japanese cultural phenomenon (and all-around cutie pie) Gudetama graced this keyboard and mouse — a combo I never realized I needed, until now.

These Line character mouse and keyboard sets were just adorable. Look at that and tell me you don’t want that!

Colorful powerbanks

They come in all shapes and sizes…

… including your favorite emojis (because emojis are always relevant ??).

Lego keyboards

Literal Legos, you can build these things and take them apart — all on your keyboard.

These i-Rocks keyboards can be customized according to your preference, should your preference be The Simpsons

… Hello Kitty…

… or whoever cute Princess this may be. These keyboards also light up with each press. There definitely were buttons that were pressed in the making of this article.

Speakers as adorable as these critters

These speakers are just so cute, I want them even without having ever listened to them.

There were doe-eyed unicorns, dinosaurs, owls, and even full-bodied kitties and pandas.

These adorable things allow for wired and Bluetooth connectivity but really, I couldn’t care less about what they did if they’re this cute.

Fun travel adapters!

Who says functional can’t be fun?

These Onlink cubes are actually travel adapters that would leave you needing nothing else when you’re on the road.

Equipped with different plugs and multiple ports, this nifty gadget makes sure you’re fully compatible with, well, everything.

It’s only Day 1 of Computex and this much awesomeness has presented itself to willing audiences (like me). I’m definitely looking forward to the coming days. You should, too!

SEE MORE: Things I’m excited to see at Computex 2017

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Samsung Galaxy Buds+ levels up battery, sound quality

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With the the headphone port nowhere to be found on the Galaxy S20 series comes a pair of improved true wireless earbuds — the Samsung Galaxy Buds+.

It’s a step up from last year’s Galaxy Buds. While last year’s version promised 6 hours of listening time, the Galaxy Buds+ takes it up to 11 hours on a single charge. You also get another 11 hours with the charging case.

In terms of sound quality, these are still tuned by AKG. It employs 2-way dynamic speakers and 3 mics to deliver better sound and voice quality

Inside the box you’ll also find a variety of wing and ear tips so you get the fit and comfort that’s made just for you.

It doesn’t have the noise-cancelling chip that you’ll find on the true wireless earbuds offered by Sony, Apple, and Huawei. Its approach to noise-cancelling has to do more with its physical design and rather than a tiny chip.

Speaking of its design, it retains the form factor of the original Galaxy Buds — which is great since it doesn’t look anything like the AirPods which many other manufacturers have taken a cue from. Speaking of Apple, if you’re not a fan of the AirPods’ design, you’ll be happy to know that the Galaxy Buds+, along with its companion app, will be compatible with iOS devices.

Availability

The Samsung Galaxy Buds+ will be available in Cosmic Black, White, Red, and Cloud Blue, starting February 14, 2020 on Samsung.com, followed by major mobile carriers and retailers on March 6, 2020 and will retail for US$ 149.

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Samsung Galaxy Buds+ price and availability in the Philippines

A minor improvement

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True wireless (TWS) earbuds are popping up one after the other. Samsung’s latest — the Galaxy Buds+ — is also making its way to the Philippines.

The Samsung Galaxy Buds+ improves upon the battery life of its predecessor promising up to 11 hours of listening time in a single charge. You also get another 11 hours thanks  to the charging case.

Its approach to noise cancellation has to do more with its 2-dynamic speaker and physical design which means this may not be in direct competition with the likes of the AirPods Pro, Huawei Freebuds 3, and Sony WF-1000XM3.

It maintains the same design as its predecessor — a welcome look in the sea of TWS earbuds that all look like AirPods. If you use an iPhone but are not fans of the AirPods’ design, you’ll be happy to know that the Galaxy Buds+ will also be compatible with iOS devices.

Price and availabilty

The Galaxy Buds+ will be available starting March 6, 2020. It will retail for PhP 6,990.

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The Nokia Power Earbuds come with ‘150-hour battery life’

Available only in China

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A few years ago, Nokia’s expansion beyond phones would have been preposterous. Since its dominance at the start of the millennium, Nokia has always found its closely guarded niche in the phone-making business. However, the company has announced the first Nokia-branded televisions late last year. Now, they are going even further.

Recently, Nokia has launched its own wireless earbuds in China. The Power Earbuds touts the most bombastic feature ever seen in wireless earbuds — a 150-hour battery life.

Design-wise, the Power Earbuds have the traditional set of components for the emerging technology: two in-ear pieces and a charging case. The set comes in two colors: charcoal black and light gray.

Inside, the earbuds sport a 6mm graphene driver unit, supposedly putting out high-quality audio. It is compatible with Google Assistant, allowing hands-free operation.

Further, they can support Bluetooth 5.0, extending usage by up to 800 feet. For durability, the Power Earbuds are certified for IP7 resistance. Supposedly, users can submerge the earbuds underwater for up to 30 minutes.

As for that battery life, Nokia presents an interesting caveat. The earbuds themselves don’t last for 150 hours; instead, they last for a more believable 5-hour charge. Each bud contains only 50mAh capacity for battery life.

The gargantuan battery belongs to the charging case. The 3000mAh case has as much battery life as a smartphone. As such, users can charge the earbuds multiple times through the case before charging the case itself.

The Nokia Power Earbuds are available exclusively online in China. They retail for CNY 699 or around US$ 100.

SEE ALSO: Nokia 2.3 has AI on a budget

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