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Poké ball Galaxy Buds exist

But only in South Korea

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South Korea has all the Poké-luck in the world. After being treated to a special Pokémon Edition of the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3, they’re now getting Galaxy Buds housed in a Poké ball case.

As Gizmodo reports, the Poké ball Galaxy Buds retails for 134,000 KRW (around $105). Included in the package are a bunch of Pokémon stickers featuring Pikachu, Bulbasaur, Charmander, Squirtle, and more.

It’s interesting to note that the Poké ball case doesn’t charge the Galaxy Buds. How it works is that the regular charging case of the Galaxy Buds fits inside the Poké ball case. It’s a neat workaround and one that could be a welcome treat for existing Galaxy Buds owners who may want to purchase the case separately should that be an option.

As mentioned earlier, this special edition Galaxy Buds is likely a follow-up to a the Pokémon Edition of Galaxy Z Flip 3. That package will net users a Pikachu Clear Cover Set, a Pokémon Pouch for the device, and a Pokémon Custom Pack (which includes a Pikachu keychain, stand, and custom sticker set). The device will also have a varied set of themes installed on the phone.

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Xiaomi Smart Band 7 now official

Step up your game

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Xiaomi Band 7

The new Xiaomi Smart Band 7 will be available in Singapore and the Philippines over the weekend.

You will get what is expected from an entry-level wearable as the Smart Band 7 features a 1.62-inch AMOLED high-resolution display, all-day heart rate, SPO2, and sleep monitoring, as well as over 110 workout and sports modes.

For those who want to check their health stats constantly, there is an Always-on display option.

The smart band also comes with an all-new VO2 max professional workout analysis for health and fitness junkies to be able to check the maximum amount of oxygen they can utilize during exercise.

Design-wise, it comes with multiple color options for its straps and over 100 watch faces available via the Mi Fitness app.

It also boasts up to a 14-day battery life on a single full charge, and is water-resistant.

Pricing, availability

The Xiaomi Smart Band 7 will be available for sale in Singapore starting on June 25, 2022 through the following outlets:

  • Leading e-commerce platforms
  • Shopee and Lazada
  • Xiaomi authorized stores

It will retail for an early bird price of SG$ 54, a considerable discount from its recommended retail price of SG$ 69.

In the Philippines, the smart band can be purchased starting on June 27, 2022 on Shopee
at an early bird price of PhP 1,999 (from PhP 2,399) which includes one free strap worth PhP 359.

 

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Huawei releases Band 7, FreeBuds SE

Thinnest wearable yet

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Band 7 Freebuds SE

Huawei’s wearables continue to evolve with the arrival of the latest Huawei Band 7, the thinnest smart band yet with a large display and health monitoring features.

The latest wearable from the company is only 9.99mm thick and 16g in weight – strap included. It features a 1.47-inch, 198 x 368 AMOLED FullView display with ultra-slim bezels.

It is still powered by Huawei’s HarmonyOS, while its battery can last up to 14 days on a single charge.

Comprehensive health monitoring

The Band 7 supports rich and comprehensive health monitoring features, such as:

  • TruSleep 2.0 sleep tracking
  • All-day SpO2 monitoring
  • Menstrual cycle
  • TruSeen heart health monitoring
  • 24/7 heart rate tracking

For sleep monitoring, Huawei’s TruSleep technology allows the device to assess sleep quality and identify typical sleep problems while the user is wearing it asleep.

The Band 7 also features Healthy Living Shamrock, which helps users manage their health with personalized daily goals.

It also has 96 workout modes to support users’ respective fitness goals.

Huawei FreeBuds SE: Excellent audio quality, fit

Aside from the Band 7, Huawei has also released its latest Bluetooth earbuds: The FreeBuds SE.

The newest earbuds have a semi in-ear design which has been crafted to fit the contours of the outer ear, and reduce pressure on the ear canal.

It also comes with silicone tips in three different sizes for a more comfortable fit.

When it comes to audio quality, the FreeBuds SE boasts of a 10mm large dynamic driver and powerful bass.

On a full charge of the pair of earbuds, the FreeBuds SE can give users up to six hours of continuous music playback and up to four hours of voice calls.

That extends to up to 24 hours of music playback and 16 hours of calls on a fully-charged case.

Pricing, availability

Both the Huawei Band 7 and FreeBuds SE are now available via Huawei’s Online Store and their Shopee and Lazada flagship stores.

The Band 7 retails for PhP 2,599 while the FreeBuds SE is priced at PhP 2,499.

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Apple’s VR headset reportedly delayed to next year

Because of lockdowns

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Apple has revealed all that it wanted to reveal. For the most part, a lot of followers were happy with the recent updates to Apple’s ecosystem. However, a certain subset of Apple followers were missing a key device rumored to make its debut at the event: Apple’s mixed-reality headset. Now, a new rumor has news about the mythical device. Apple’s VR headset will debut very early next year.

According to Ming-Chi Kuo, recent lockdowns in China have forced Apple to delay the development of the headset. As such, a workable prototype couldn’t make it in time for this week’s WWDC 2022. Instead, Kuo predicts that a reveal will come as early as January 2023, and sales will start by next year’s WWDC 2023. If anything, the headset is already in a good stage of development. Kuo also says that testing will start next quarter.

The upcoming device has long been rumored. While other brands have made significant strides in virtual reality, Apple is taking more time to marinate its debut in the industry. The latest rumors had Apple debating whether to have a connected device or a standalone one. In fact, some executives and employees within Apple are reportedly testing prototypes already.

Naturally, the delays will make the wait longer. Hopefully, a final version of the VR headset will blow fans away as much as the rumors have them salivating.

SEE ALSO: Here’s how Apple’s VR headsets might be different from others

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