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Huawei Sound X: A smashing good time

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As soon as the Huawei Sound X was revealed during the Huawei P40 series launch, I was intrigued and wanted to try it right away. After all, it’s not everyday you see a relatively tiny Hi-Fi speaker.

Fast forward months later and having spent a couple of weeks with it, I can say with absolute certainty that having the Sound X is a balls to the wall smashing good time!

It’s so small for its device category, it fits in a shelf meant for toy figures

Its power source is located underneath and tucks in nicely when set up 

With a P40 series phone, tapping on the NFC area makes for an easy and immediate pairing 

But you can pair it via bluetooth with any phone you have. This ties in nicely with Huawei’s 1+8+N strat which is essentially a connected life starting with your phone.

In fact, this is the first product to come to the Philippines that’s not the usual phone, laptop, tablet, or wearable variety. And if this is the first peripheral accessory that you’ll add to that Huawei Life you’re building, then it’s a damn good way to start.

Up top are its volume and pairing controls 

You can do more with it on the Huawei AI Life App 

It’s co-engineered with Devialet 

Devialet is a global audio brand known for its premium High-Fidelity products. They’ve garnered numerous awards for their inventive products that boast thunderous power and unparalleled performance within a limited-sized body. That’s actually a perfect way to describe the Sound X.

It gets really loud 

Throughout my time with the Sound X, I never once turned it up to max volume. One. because I never really needed to. Two, even if I wanted to, I’m afraid my neighbors would come banging at my door for disturbing their peace.

It sounds f*cking amazing

There’s really no other way to describe it. Playing practically anything on the Huawei Sound X feels almost like an out-of-body experience — one that’s typically reserved for when you’re listening to live music.

See, the thing about music is it has the ability to transport you into certain times and places in your life. I know I sound dramatic but it’s true. This is exactly what I experienced with the Sound X.

One Sunday morning I decided to listen to the classics that my parents used to blast on our stereo speakers. Hearing “Black Dog” by Led Zeppelin and the legendary riffs of “Smoke on the Water” by Deep Purple, I felt like that kid again quietly jamming to the music from my childhood.

Later on I decided to switch things up and put on Usher and Alicia Keys’ “My Boo,” and instantly I was my pre- and early teen self again. I wanted to keep the RnB streak going and ended up listening to Neo’s “Go on Girl” which brought up memories of being cheated on.

I picked up my mood by putting on what I listen to mostly these days for an instant shot of happy — which is of course K-Pop girl group TWICE. Lastly, I rounded up the day by pumping myself up with soundtracks from Boku No Hero Academia.

That roller coaster of emotion was magical. I doubt it would be possible if the Sound X didn’t sound the way it does. It really does bring that X-factor to whatever you’re listening to.

Is this your GadgetMatch?

At PhP 19,990 (US$ 405), this makes for a big ticket item for most people especially for its intended purpose. For the most part, you can live with just using your smartphone’s speakers or your earphones or headphones for listening to music. But if you want to elevate and share that experience, the Huawei Sound X is a fantastic choice.

The tech behind it is fantastic for sure. You have stuff like Devialet‘s patented signal-processing SAM (Speaker Active Matching) technology, iconic Push-Push symmetrical structure, and all that whatchamacallit.

However, the thing that makes the Sound X an excellent speaker is no matter how impressive the fancy tech looks on paper, it all takes a backseat once you start using it. At that point, it’s all magic and that’s what good tech is. It stays in the background and all you’re left with is a magical experience.

The one thing that I really, really don’t like about the Sound X is that I have to give it back to Huawei. 😢

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Apple has removed free chargers from the Apple Watch

For eco-friendly reasons

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Three months ago, a spicy rumor made its way across the internet. According to an analyst, Apple will stop shipping upcoming iPhones with a free charger. Naturally, the rumored decision met with a lot of criticism. Now, however, all rumors are gone; Apple has removed free chargers from the Apple Watch.

In the big Time Flies event today, Apple announced the Apple Watch Series 6 and the Apple Watch SE. Though both smartwatches have impressive specs, they will miss one of the most essential accessories for devices: a plug-in charger. Instead of the wired adapter, the device should come with a wireless adapter for wireless charging.

Finally, Apple has confirmed the landmark decision. Announced by Lisa Jackson, Apple’s vice president of environment, policy, and social initiatives, the accessory’s removal comes as part of Apple’s initiative to reduce the company’s environmental impact. The company has previously announced a plan to go carbon neutral by 2030.

Of course, Apple might have other reasons to remove the charger. According to a previous rumors, 5G hardware has considerably upped Apple’s costs across the board. Removing “non-essential” accessories might reduce Apple’s productions costs and might keep prices relatively around the same range. Curiously, the Apple Watch’s titanium and Hermes models will still ship with power adapters, despite the on-paper environmental reasons.

Also, according to a new rumor, Apple isn’t stopping with the Apple Watch. Tech leaker Mark Gurman has hinted that Apple is also removing the power adapter from the iPhone 12’s box.

Unfortunately, Apple did not announced the much-awaited iPhone 12 during the Time Flies event against previous speculation. The company is still set to release the next iPhone generation sometime in the next quarter. If the trend has truly started, you might not see a free charger next month anymore.

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IKEA, ASUS ROG launching affordable gaming furniture, accessories

We need a sneak peek!

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Another thing to add to the things we didn’t expect from this year but, has left us thinking, “huh, sounds about right.” IKEA and ASUS ROG are partnering to create a line of affordable gaming furniture and accessories.

fredde desk from IKEA

The IKEA Product Development Center in Shanghai will be developing all 30 products in this line-up. And, if you’re wondering who’s designing these products, you’re in for a treat. IKEA’s designers stacked up on design concepts and critiques from ROG designers, professional gamers, and gaming enthusiasts to really nail down aesthetic, comfort, and functionality.

ASUS ROG set-up

IKEA is happy to be teaming up with ROG to smoothly marry its home furnishing expertise with ROG’s exceptional gaming technology and design.

There’s a catch though. I won’t lie, I was hoping they’d launch their partnership with tantalizing patent designs. But, we’re left with imagination to fully take its course on this one. Design, concepts, and patents of the “affordable gaming furniture and accessories” haven’t officially been released. For now, the most obvious assumption of items in the line-up would be gaming desks and chairs.

What comes up when you look for gaming desks on IKEA

A quick search on IKEA for gaming desks and chairs show decent products to have on anyone’s set-up so we’re looking forward to designs they’ve mustered up with this partnership. The line-up is launching in China in February of 2021 and will be available in the US and elsewhere by October 2021.

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Huawei MateBook X (2020) + FreeBuds Pro + Watch GT 2 Pro Hands-On

Huawei ecosystem done right

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It seems like the pandemic isn’t stopping companies from announcing their newest tech. Today, Huawei announced not just new software features, but also their latest hardware in the annual Huawei Developers’ Conference (HDC).

Whether it’s the newly-updated MateBook X, Pro-rated iterations such as the FreeBuds Pro and the Watch GT 2 Pro.

Head over to our latest hands-on video as we talk about these devices and how Huawei’s seamless ecosystem can make your life meaningful.

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