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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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Samsung announces larger S Pen Pro

And a brand new S Pen

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Because of the controversial charger decision, the recently launched Galaxy S21 series lost a lot of momentum for its more bombastic features. For example, did you know that Samsung now supports third-party styluses outside of Samsung’s own S Pens? Additionally, Samsung is launching the S Pen Pro.

Before that, however, Samsung has also announced a brand-new S Pen. Compared to the tiny stylus from the Galaxy Note series, the new S Pen is larger, making it more comfortable to hold. However, there is a tradeoff: The new S Pen doesn’t have an internal battery. It won’t have the same Bluetooth functionalities as the ones from the Galaxy Note series. At the very least, infused with Wacom’s technology, the new S Pen still has some functions for Samsung’s smartphones.

Now, onto the S Pen Pro. Compared to the new S Pen, the S Pen Pro is even larger. Since it’s bigger, it can fit an internal battery, which adds Bluetooth functionality including external buttons like a shutter for the camera.

Because both new variants are larger, they can’t fit inside a smartphone slot. They can, however, fit on a smartphone case.

So far, Samsung has not announced any robust specifications yet. We don’t know how big the new S Pens are or how much they will cost. However, the company has promised that both will launch sometime this year. For now, Samsung users, especially for the new Galaxy S21 Ultra, can still use their old S Pens from the Galaxy Note series.

SEE ALSO: Samsung will remove the free charger from more phones

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Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro Review: Better than AirPods Pro?

Finally, real Active Noise Cancellation out of the box

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Samsung has unveiled the newest Galaxy Buds Pro alongside the announcement of the latest Galaxy S21 series.

Other than the new design, better sound quality, and surround sound setup, there’s now a real and intelligent Active Noise Cancellation.

But do these earbuds live up to its ‘Pro’ branding? Watch our Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro review by clicking the video link right here.

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Samsung launches Galaxy Buds Pro with intelligent ANC

Also has IPX7 water resistance

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Samsung is going from Live to Pro in the True Wireless (TWS) earbuds department with the all new Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro. 

Samsung took their sweet time slapping on the “Pro” tag but it seems it’s well worth the wait. Headline features include intelligent Active Noise Cancellation or ANC and IPX7 water resistance among others.

The Galaxy Buds Pro has intelligent Active Noise Cancellation or ANC. It’s smart enough to adjust the noise cancelling levels depending on your situation and surroundings. If you’re out walking, it’ll adjust the noise levels to make sure you still hear if some vehicle is about to run you over. We don’t want anyone getting run over.

It can do this thanks to multiple audio settings that mimic multi-directional surround sound. It has a 6.5mm tweeter and 11mm woofer for better sound.

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The Galaxy Buds Pro can automatically pair with your Galaxy smartphone

Additionally, it has IPX7 water resistance making it an ideal companion for when you’re working out. We all know it’s easier to get pumped up when you have your workout playlist blasting in your ears.

If you like to game, it has a Game Mode that reduces audio latency making sure you’re immersed in your gameplay.

It promises up to five (5) hours of Playback with ANC and up to 18 hours total. You can get up to 30 minutes of playback after 30 minutes of charging.

Pricing and availability

US — Galaxy Buds Pro

The Galaxy Buds Pro comes in three colors — Phantom Violet, Phantom Black, and Phantom Silver. It’ll retail for US$ 199.99 and will be available on January 14 on Samsung.com and January 15 with other retailers.

Philippines – Galaxy Buds Pro

Galaxy Buds Pro come in three colors: Phantom Black, Phantom Silver, and Phantom Violet. It will be exclusively available for pre-order at PhP 9,990 on Samsung.com starting January 18 until January 28.

Those who avail of the pre-order will get a free wireless charger pad worth PhP 1,499. The Galaxy Buds Pro will be available nationwide beginning January 29. 

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