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Honor expands its Smart Home lineup

Perfect for you to stay at home!

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Honor is dropping an expansion to their Smart Home line-up for an All-Scenario smart life. With everything going on in the world today, nothing suits this strange “new normal” better than launching new devices that’ll make staying at home more bearable. Here’s a rundown on their new drops:

Honor MagicBook Pro

The Honor MagicBook series was always designed with creatives and students in mind. From functionality to the detailed features, the MagicBook series boasts to be the perfect laptop for students. The laptop measures 16.1-in and has a 4.9-mm slim bezel for an enhanced viewing experience.

For smooth and stable performance, it’s powered by a 10th generation Intel Core i7 processor with an NVIDIA GeForce MX350 graphics card. The laptop has a multi-screen feature that allows you to multi-task and maximize your productivity.  To top it all off, they just launched their brand new Honor Academy Program where you can access to extensive features and services including a subscription to Microsoft 365.

The MagicBook Pro is priced at CNY 5,999 for the for i5/16GB/512GB SSD/MX350 variant and CNY 6,699 for the i7/16GB/512GB SSD/MX350 variant. It will be available in Russia by September 2020.

Honor ViewPad 6

To ensure you stay connected, Honor just launched their new ViewPad 6. It boasts a stunning 2K FullView display, smart split-screen option, and outstanding HD stereo quality. It promises to deliver lag-free performance for both work and play with its Kirin 985 5G SoC and Wi-Fi 6+ support connectivity. And if you’re in the mood to expressing your creativity, the Honor Magic-Pencil is the perfect tool to complement it.

China pricing for the Honor ViewPad 6 will be announced on June 13, 2020. It will be available in other markets by June 2020.

Honor Router 3

The Honor Router 3 is the first in their line-up of routers to adopt the latest Wi-Fi 6 standard. Comprising of a Wi-Fi 6+ chipset and a Gigahome Dual-core 1.2 GHz CPU, the Honor Router 3 is able to achieve greater bandwidth and faster speeds with low power consumption.

It promises speeds up to 3,000 Mbps throughput across one 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz band. It also supports OFDMA multi-user technology so you can have multiple devices with direct connection while maintaining connection stability.

The Honor Router 3 has a price tag of CNY 219 and will be available in the global market by July 2020.

Honor Vision X1 Series

Honor is also launching its newest smart screen series: the Vision X1 series. It’s a high-performing smart TV that provides a stunning 8K display and crisp audio quality.

The Vision X1 series is equipped with a smart assistant which enables you to connect and control it through other Honor devices. It will come in two sizes: 65 inches (CNY 3,299) and 55 inches (CNY 2, 299).

Honor wants to show their commitment to more technological innovation across all their products. They’re not stopping it at devices to keep us connected. Dedicated to ensuring a convenient and efficient smart home ecosystem, Honor wants to build on and expand its line-up of smart home devices through HONOR Choice. Here’s the rundown of their shiny new smart home devices:

TWS Earbuds

The TWS Earbuds are the ultimate wireless earbuds with the promise to deliver crisp and impeccable audio quality. These earbuds keep you comfortably connected while out and about with a battery life of up to 24-hours.

If you’re worried about noise during calls or while you’re listening to music, it features noise reduction to make sure you stay undisturbed.

The TWS Earbuds will retail for CNY 169.

Smart Vacuum Cleaner

Housework seems to be becoming a bit of a task with the family spending more time safe at home. That’s why Honor Choice launched their own Smart Vacuum Cleaner.

It’s powered by a 350 W 100,000 rpm motor promising powerful suction and efficient mopping. This Vacuum Cleaner features an ultraviolet-sterilizing system to ensure efficient and effective elimination of bacteria on different surfaces. It has a battery life of up to 65-mins. And if that isn’t enough, this smart vacuum automatically detects your calorie consumption while cleaning the place up which you can track through Huawei HiLink.

The Smart Vacuum Cleaner is priced at *

With summer right around the corner, Honor Choice launched these new additions to their smart home devices to make sure we stay cool and comfortable in our homes: Air Multiplier, Humidifier, Desk Lamp, Electronic Toothbrush, and a Smart Kettle.

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The Galaxy Book3 features the best hardware for a notebook

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Everyone has their eyes on the Galaxy S23 series. Given what Samsung launched, it’s no surprise. However, the brand also has another trick up its sleeve. During the same Galaxy Unpacked, Samsung introduced the new Galaxy Book3.

Raw power

Much like the Galaxy S23 series, the Galaxy Book3 showcases the best of today’s hardware. Inside, the notebook boasts up to the latest 13th-generation Intel Core i9 processor and up to a NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 GPU. It can also carry up to 32GB of LPDDR5 RAM and up to 1TB SSD (with a slot for an expansion drive).

For its display, the Galaxy Book3 comes with up to a 16-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2X display — the same technology used in the brand’s smartphone lineup. It can put out images in 3K resolution and with 120Hz refresh rate. Plus, with VESA ClearMR and DisplayHDR TRUE BLACK 500 certification, the notebook can reproduce images to detailed accuracy.

Pure flexibility

Besides the notebook’s amazing hardware, the Galaxy Book3 uses software to make working seamless between devices. With Microsoft Phone Link, it’s easy to take your work wherever you go. Additionally, Samsung Multi Control allows users to conjunctively use all of their Samsung devices into one seamless ecosystem.

For example, Second Screen converts a Galaxy Tab into a second screen for the Galaxy Book3. Expert RAW automatically transfers high-res images from your smartphone to your notebook.

Price and availability

The Galaxy Book3 series comes in three flavors: Galaxy Book3 Ultra, Galaxy Book3 Pro, and Galaxy Book3 Pro 360.

The top-of-the-line Galaxy Book3 Ultra features all the premium specs. It comes in Graphite.

Meanwhile, the Galaxy Book3 Pro, featuring a thinner frame, will come in Graphite and Beige.

Finally, the Galaxy Book3 Pro 360, with a convertible form factor and S Pen compatibility, will come in Graphite and Beige.

All models will start being available on February 17.

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ASUS 2.2 OLED Festival sale: Win a Vivobook 13 Slate

Enjoy 10% off on Vivobooks, Zenbooks

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ASUS is celebrating 2.2 early, offering customers the chance to win a Vivobook 13 Slate OLED through the OLED Festival Sale on Lazada and Shopee.

From January 28 to February 5, selected Vivobook and Zenbook devices get up to 10% off. During the promotional period, a purchase of any ASUS OLED laptop entitles customers to a raffle entry.

One (1) lucky winner will be announced on February 10 through ASUS Philippines’ official Facebook page.

Award-winning laptops get more affordable

Participating laptops in ASUS’ OLED Festival Sale include the following:

  • Zenbook 14 Flip
  • Zenbook 13
  • Zenbook 14
  • Vivobook S14X
  • Vivobook S 14 Flip
  • Vivobook 13 Slate 
  • Vivobook Pro 15 
  • Vivobook 15X

The powerful 12th Gen Intel Core and Intel Iris Xe-boosted Zenbook 14 Flip gets a reduced price of just PhP 83,695 from PhP 87,995.

This foldable features ASUS’ 360-degree ErgoLift Hinge technology, a 2.8K OLED HDR 90Hz NanoEdge touch screen display, 16GB of DDR5 memory, and 512GB of PCIe Gen 4 SSD storage.

Meanwhile, both the Vivobook S 14X and Vivobook S 14 Flip retail for PhP 71,295 and PhP 71,245, respectively.

Both laptops are powered by up to 12th Gen Intel Core i7 processors and have 2.8K OLED displays, long battery life, fast-charging technology, and impressive performance.

They come with Microsoft Office for Home & Student pre-installed, as well as a 1-month free Adobe Creative Cloud upon purchase.

Be sure on the lookout for these deals from ASUS, as well as free shipping vouchers of up to PhP 100.

SEE ALSO: ASUS Vivobook Slate 13 OLED: Stay on top of your game

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LG just launched a limited edition NewJeans laptop

It’s pretty… expensive

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NewJeans is continuously making waves both in and out of South Korea. From their ultra-catchy songs, dance moves that are trending in TikTok and Instagram Reels, to reaching top charts in UK and US’ Billboard, there’s no surprise that homegrown tech brand LG Electronics partnered with these power rookies.

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LG just released the gram Style NewJeans Limited Edition! While this is an unfortunate news for Hanni (who is actually an iPhone), it’s actually a big step towards knowing NewJeans past the K-Pop hype (and by that you should stream Hype Boy).

Mini and Big Bunnies

This special edition LG Gram Style is available in two styles: Mini Bunny and Big Bunny.

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There’s actually no stark difference between the two except for — you guessed it — the size of bunny decals on its lid. Either of the two, you will never get wrong choosing the bunny for your personal taste.

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Other than that, the highlight of this laptop comes from its weight. From the brand itself, it’s just 999 grams — actually 23 grams lighter than the 2022 model. It also has the US military-graded MIL-STD 810H standard that passed seven (7) durability tests.

Powerful punch

The LG gram Style NewJeans isn’t slouching in performance. Just like a hopping bunny, it’s quite a powerful device for its size and heft.

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Hardware specifications of these two Bunnies aren’t too far off — at least after making a side-by-side comparison of their spec sheets. Both styles come with an Intel Core i5-1340P under EVO Platform for lightweight ultrabooks plus Intel Iris Xe graphics. It’s then paired with 16GB of LPDDR5 RAM and 256GB of NVMe 4.0 SSD with an extra PCIe 4.0 slot for expandability.

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Just like NewJeans‘ visuals, you can’t also go wrong with the visuals of this device. It has a 14″ low-reflective OLED display with a 90Hz refresh rate, WQXGA+ resolution (2880 x 1800), a 16:10 aspect ratio for wider screen real estate, and an improved 400nits brightness over last year’s 350.

Moreover, it supports 100% DCI-P3 wide color gamut for color-accurate goodness as well as VESA Certified DisplayHDR TrueBlack 500 for deeper blacks and better contrast ratio. Its 2-watt stereo speakers with Dolby Atmos support make it a full-on entertainment device.

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One more highlight is its “Hidden Touchpad”. Instead of the usual rectangular trackpads, it’s highlighted by two halo lighting on its two sides dubbed as “Aurora White” paired with haptic feedback for that nice feeling when clicking.

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For ports, it has two (2) USB-C plus one (1) USB-A ports, microSD card slot, and a 3.5mm audio jack for headphones, earphones, amplifiers, and other audio peripherals.

Goodies for Bunnies

If you have actually reached this part, you’d know that you are not here for its powerful hardware, rather for the NewJeans styled-laptop. Aside from having that special laptop, there are more goodies that come with this device.

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Being one of the few Bunnies out there since NewJeans’ Attention, I was actually more excited when I saw the list. There’s a notebook pouch, cable strap, posters, sticker and stationery set.

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There’s even a free NewJeans-style mouse with this cute vinyl-like mousepad. These are truly treats for Bunnies! The laptops even come with preloaded wallpapers and four icons in it.

Pricing and Availability

While the LG gram Style is light, the pricing isn’t. It’s a pretty laptop with a pretty expensive price. It retails for around KR₩ 2,700,000 — which is about US$ 2190 / SG$ 2675 / ₱119,513.

There’s no word on global availability but LG will hold a live event in Korea with NewJeans on February 1, 2023 (Wednesday) around 8PM KST (Korean Standard Time).

If you will participate during the live, a comment could help a participant win a specially-signed autograph from NewJeans or three winners of the Limited Edition Goods.

If you plan on buying the NewJeans’ limited edition laptop, there are more benefits other than having the Limited Edition Goods set such as 12 winners of NewJeans autographs.

But if you’re just opting to buy the regular LG gram Style without the NewJeans skin, it will still give you other perks such as a free LG gram mouse, Wiggle Wiggle goods package consisting of a notebook pouch, mousepad, and a cable strap, as well as a free 512GB microSD card.

More advanced purchase benefits are Intel software package, 2023 gram gift pack, and 5,000g Jammy points coupon.

Other common benefits include MelOn one-month free subscription, 10,000 membership points after writing a photo review after purchase, and 20 winners of two Helinox chairs and table set.

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