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Louis Vuitton’s Tambour Horizon smartwatch gets an upgrade

Comes in a new ceramic white and Wear 3100

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Louis Vuitton’s new smartwatches are here and they look oh so good.

If you didn’t already know, French luxury brand Louis Vuitton has smartwatches. First announced in 2017, the original Tambour Horizon was LV’s first foray away from mechanical watches and they’re not stopping there.

This is the new 2019 Louis Vuitton Tambour Horizon.

The updated watch comes in a new pristine white version. It features a ceramic case and rotating steal crown with a Monogram 24-hour ring adorned with pink-gold numbers on the Sapphire glass that sits atop the AMOLED touchscreen.

This new release comes with a matching white LV strap that looks pretty awesome and it’s interchangeable, too, so you can always switch to other LV straps of your choice. The watch pictured above features polished steel horns, but if you want your smartwatches extra luxe, it also comes in a version set with 34.97 carat diamonds.

Of course, it comes in other colors, as well. The watches are available in brown, black, and the eclipse version which is looking pretty cool to me with its two-tone look.

It’s not just the looks they’ve upgraded, though. These luxury smartwatches now run on Snapdragon’s Wear 3100 — the latest in wearable processing tech announced just last September. With 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage, the new Tambour Harizon is really packing it. This means that you’re also getting the best smartwatch tech inside that beautiful and extravagant wearable exterior.

Aside from basic smartwatch functions like notifications, Google Assistant, and Google Pay or Alipay, you also get Louis Vuitton exclusive features like special LV watch faces which include the “My Travel” face that shows all your travel details and the “My 24 hours” face which features 24 time zones and other details like your step count and daily agenda.

Google Fit is available, though you don’t get a heart rate sensor on the luxury smartwatch as the caseback is reserved for the LV logo on black sapphire glass. Battery time is claimed at a whole day’s worth of use, but it can be extended to six days on watch mode. 

No news on exact pricing or availability has been announced yet but for context, the original Tambour Horizon watches started at US$ 2,450. That may seem like a lot but to add more context, that price is similar to LV’s entry-level mechanical watches. It’s not unheard of to find mechanical watches selling for as much as US$ 50,000 on their website.

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PhoneSoap Go: A portable device that will sanitize your smartphone

It isn’t called PhoneSoap for nothing!

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That smartphone in your purse can do so much but it also has 18 times more bacteria than the average public toilet. Before we continue, let that sink in.

Before you drop that phone you’re probably reading this article on, know that there’s a way to clean your handset and it doesn’t involve soap and water. Introducing: PhoneSoap.

PhoneSoap Go is the brand’s latest release. It’s a tiny chest that will literally clean your smartphone. It uses UV-C light to kill bacteria on your device. All you do is put your smartphone inside, tap the lightning button, wait 10 minutes for one cleaning cycle, and your phone should be germ-free.

The inside compartment can house your phone, no matter what size. It’s pretty spacious so it can even fit small everyday stuff like keys or wallets. Despite all that space, the PhoneSoap Go is designed for portability. This is PhoneSoap’s smallest device — something you can bring along on trips to make sure your handset is sanitized anywhere you go.

On the back of the chest is a USB-A and a USB-C port. This is because the PhoneSoap Go has a 7000mAh battery built into it. That’s enough for 45 cleaning cycles, or four phone charging cycles.

Yes, I said phone charging cycles. That’s because you can actually use it as a power bank. There’s even a slot for your charging cable so you can charge as you sanitize your phone. That means even if the whole cleaning cycle is just 10 minutes, you can leave your phone plugged in longer. There’s even “acoustic outlets” at the bottom so you can hear phone notifications.

Of course, unless I have a petri dish and some phone swabs, I won’t be able to say definitively that this thing can clean 99.99 percent of bacteria on your phone, as the brand claims. But, I will say that if it does end up sanitizing your phone in any capacity, that’s already a good enough deal considering how dirty these things supposedly are, and how much we’re holding on to them on a daily basis.

But really, more than phone cleaning, what you get is peace of mind. Honestly, my own (many, rotating) devices have been chilling a lot in my PhoneSoap ever since I got it.

The PhoneSoap Go retails for US$ 79.95 and you can get it from their website.

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Fujifilm Instax SQ20 hands-on: How good is it?

Trying out the new Motion Mode on doggies!

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Fujifilm’s sequel to their first ever digital/analog hybrid is here and it’s looking better than ever. The Instax SQ20 is one classy-looking instant camera but what can it do? With a set of built-in filters and new features like the Motion Mode, it looks like a promising device.

I finally try it out, with help from some doggies, on our hands-on video.

The SQ20 retails for US$ 199 in the US, PhP 12,999 in the Philippines, and SG$ 299 in Singapore.

In case you’re having trouble viewing, watch HERE.

READ ALSO: Fujifilm Instax SQ10 review

READ ALSO: Prynt Pocket unboxing and review: A printer that prints videos?

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WATCH: Frozen 2 released its first trailer and it’s awesome

But we also have so many questions!

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I just can’t let go!

Disney’s Frozen has just released a trailer for the upcoming Frozen 2 and it looks all sorts of awesome. Starting with an intense scene with Elsa trying to get through an ocean with her powers, to Anna grabbing Kristoff’s sword… it gets pretty intense!

The trailer also features Sven, their trusty reindeer and, of course, Olaf the snowman. Starring Idina Menzel as Elsa, Kirsten Bell as Anna, and Josh Gad as Olaf in the double Oscar-winning original and bringing back directors Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck, the sequel is expected to be even bigger and more action-packed. Frozen 2 is set to come out in theaters on November 22.

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