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Pela’s new iPhone cases are the world’s first compostable clear phone case

Time to get eco-friendly!

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Gadgets, particularly smartphones, are one of the leading wastes in the world. On top of that, billion phone cases are thrown away every year. Imagine the amount of plastic waste polluting our landfills and oceans!

Pela’s original, compostable iPhone cases

To reduce our carbon footprint, Pela revolutionizes phone cases with their compostable products. Recently, the phone case maker based in Canada introduces yet another biodegradable product: A clear phone case!

Explaining the reason why Pela launches the world’s first compostable clear phone case, Pela CEO Matt Bertulli said, “While we love the look and feel of our original cases, trends are showing us that 65 percent of phone cases bought are clear. That is an entire demographic of people who will opt for a plastic case because they want the clear look; our new case solves that problem.”

Bertulli added, “Our goal is to replace conventional plastic products with biodegradable and compostable alternatives without compromising quality or protection.”

While Pela’s clear cases seem brittle, they’re flexible and tough enough to withstand impact. Made with sustainable and renewable resources, it uses 100 percent biobased, semi-rigid material adorned with a flexible, grippy elastomer bumper available in various colors.

The phone case allows wireless charging compatibility, too, thanks to its slim design. It’s also been military grade-tested.

Furthermore, the phone case is 100 percent compostable, so you can dispose of it in your backyard compost if you don’t need it anymore. It decomposes faster than the usual PLA biopolymer used in biodegradable plastic alternatives.

Currently, Pela has clear cases for iPhone models 6, 7, 8, and the new SEwhich you can buy on their website. It’s currently undergoing production to include other phone models and will launch it in June 2020.

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Huawei expands personal audio line: Freebuds Pro, Freelace Pro, Freebuds Studio

There’s something for every preference and budget

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Intelligent Sound. That’s what Huawei is promising with its new set of personal audio devices: Freebuds Pro, Freelace Pro, Freebuds Pro.

Freebuds Pro

The Huawei Freebuds Pro’s noise cancellation has gone up to 40db. Previous models were at 30db (Freebuds 3) and 15db (Freebuds 3i).

Like the Freebuds 3, it’s equipped with the Kirin A1 chip to aid in noise cancellation, but there are other factors in play as well. The chip is complemented by the in-ear fit — a feature it shares with the Freebuds 3i but not the Freebuds 3.

Adding to these are the dual microphones located both inside and outside the earbuds. This is a key design decision that helps in detecting the surrounding you’re in. It enables the Freebuds 3 Pro to automatically choose the appropriate noise cancellation mode of which it has three: Ultra Mode, Cozy Mode, and General Mode.

Freelace Pro

The Huawei FreeLace Pro is a combination of everything you want about neckband earphones with pro-level noise cancellation.

It’s still pretty much the FreeLace that you used to know in terms of overall look and design. Its lightweight body is made with nickel-titanium alloy — the kind that you can twist and bend but will still return to its original form. That alloy is wrapped with a skin-friendly silicone so it’s comfortable to where.

But the defining feature that will justify the “pro” tag is noise cancellation. Like the Freebuds 3 Pro, this can cancel noise of up to 40db. This is because the two employ pretty much the same tech.

There’s no mention of the Kirin A1 chip. However, the FreeLace Pro does also have two microphones inside and out for noise cancellation and surroundings detection.

Assisting those microphones is a 14mm Dynamic Driver Unit. It detects and responds to deeper sound and cancels noise at lower frequencies. The driver also contributes to the overall better sound quality.

Freebuds Studio

The Huawei FreeBuds Studio, it marks the entry of the company in the over-the-ear Bluetooth headphone market. The FreeBuds Studio are designed to be premium and go up against offerings from Sony, Bose, and Sennheiser.

The headphones offer a 40mm driver with 4-layer Polymer diaphragm. The company claims that it can reproduce frequencies as high as 48KHz and can go down to 4 Hz. It supports L2HC codec for best possible audio output and features six mics for calls that reduce background noise.

It also comes with eight mics that team up and provide dynamic noise cancellation. Huawei claims the headphones can reduce noise by 40dB and the headphones can automatically choose between three modes based on the surrounding environment. These modes are called Ultra Mode, Cozy Mode and General Mode.

Price and availability

Audio Colors Price Availability
Freebuds Pro Silver Frost

Ceramic White

Carbon Black

SG$ 238

(Purchase at SG$ 228 during pre-order from 1 – 11 Nov)

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Freelace Pro Spruce Green

Graphite Black

SG$ 148 Available from 11 Nov:

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Freebuds Studio Black SG$ 398 Available from 11 Nov:

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Apple could launch new entry-level AirPods next year

Along with new AirPods Pro!

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Apple’s AirPods have been an instant success, and the brand is all set to capitalize on its gains. A report says the giant could launch an entry-level pair of truly wireless earphones that’ll also be called AirPods, but will technically be the third-generation.

Bloomberg spoke to people familiar with the matter and reported that Apple could launch two AirPods next year — the entry-level AirPods and second-generation AirPods Pro.

The affordable ones are said to have a similar design as the AirPods Pro. It’ll have a smaller stem and replaceable ear tips. Obviously, premium features will be reduced or entirely removed. So, don’t expect active noise cancellation.

On the other hand, the Pro option could become more compact and completely eliminate the stem. The new design could look similar to Samsung and Google’s current TWS offering that looks like a bean and directly fits into anyone’s ears.

However, the report added that making the AirPods Pro more compact was a challenging task and the end result could be less ambitious. Apple is also going to add new wireless charging chips on both the TWS earphones.

While competition from Chinese players has made it difficult for Apple to justify AirPods’s high price, they continue to sell like hot cakes in the developed markets of the US, Europe, and Southeast Asia. An entry-level accessory makes a lot of sense because Apple has been able to successfully implement this strategy with the iPhone SE.

Lastly, the report added that Apple intends to launch over-the-ear headphones but has faced several development challenges in the last couple of years.

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Huawei launches FreeBuds Studio before Apple’s AirPods Studio

Noise reduction upto 40dB

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Officially called the Huawei FreeBuds Studio, it marks the entry of the company in the over-the-ear Bluetooth headphone market. The FreeBuds Studio are designed to be premium and go up against offerings from Sony, Bose, and Sennheiser.

The headphones offer a 40mm driver with 4-layer Polymer diaphragm. The company claims that it can reproduce frequencies as high as 48KHz and can go down to 4 Hz. It supports L2HC codec for best possible audio output and features six mics for calls that reduce background noise.

It also comes with eight mics that team up and provide dynamic noise cancellation. Huawei claims the headphones can reduce noise by 40dB and the headphones can automatically choose between three modes based on the surrounding environment. These modes are called Ultra Mode, Cozy Mode and General Mode.

Coming to battery life, the headphones can go 24 hours on a single charge, and fast charging ensures you get eight houts of playback within just 10 minutes. Although, these are official figures from the company and actual practical usage will definitely vary.

The FreeBuds Studio are priced at EUR 299 (US$ 354) and sales start from November. However, the brand hasn’t been clear about country-wise availability yet.

Huawei is a very interesting company because on one side it launches unique and mindboggling products like the Mate series, but leaves no stone unturned to take a cue from Apple. The AirPods Studio have been rumored for a long time and Huawei jumped the gun to launch its product first but took a lot of inspiration from Apple’s marketing.

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