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realme Buds Q, Watch launch in Singapore

Welcome the first realme Watch and realme Buds Q created with José Lévy of Hermès

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Coming to Singapore are two new realme IoT products — the realme Buds Q created in collaboration with José Lévy of Hermès and the brand’s first ever realme Watch.

Creating its first bean-shaped earbuds

Inspired by cobble and realme’s trendsetting design, José Lévy of Hermès and the realme team focused on turning the earbuds into a masterpiece of curves that fit perfectly in the ear.

realme Buds Q is light and compact while delivering extraordinary performance. Powered by a customized R1Q chip to deliver 119ms super low latency, similar to the wired headsets. It supports 3-hours of talk time or 4.5 hours of music playback. With the charging case, it has a battery life of 20 hours.

The realme Buds Q comes in Black colour and adopts a leading 10 mm bass enhancement large unit of the same class, together with a special polymer composite diaphragm composed of PEEK that can emit clear and mid-range treble and PU that emits thick and elastic bass. It has been certified IPX4 level waterproof, making it more durable and able to go anywhere.

SEE ALSO: realme Buds Q: Keeping up with the ‘new normal’

Aiming to be the world’s fastest growing AIoT brand with the first realme Watch

Featuring a 3.5cm large color touchscreen with 12 built-in watch faces, the realme Watch is the brand first smartwatch offering and the next in its plan to create a smart ecosystem.

With a high resolution of 320 pixels and PPI up to 323, the realme Watch is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass and with a brightness of up to 380nits.

The realme Watch is set to meet the unique demands of its users. Coming in a sleek black color, users can change up their look with over 100 watch faces that can be downloaded.

As a health assistant, the realme Watch is equipped with a high-precision PPG optical heart rate sensor, supporting 24/7 uninterrupted heart rate monitoring to track heart rate quickly and precisely. Users will be alerted if heart rates become is too high or too low at any time.

It also supports 14 sports modes, blood-oxygen level monitor, aerobic ability test, accurate step counting algorithm, sedentary reminder, water drinking reminder, sleep monitoring and meditation exercise.

Using the realme Link App, users can not only record exercise and body data but turns realme products into the hub of any smart life to control earphones and other home appliances.

SEE ALSO: realme Watch review: It gets fitness tracking right

Sales information

The realme watch will come in Black and priced at $149. It will be available from October 15 at realme’s official online flagship store on Lazada and Shopee.

The realme Buds Q will come in Black, priced at $69. It will be available from October 15 at realme’s official online flagship store on Lazada and Shopee.

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Nokia E3100: Trying new buds for work to workouts

Yes, Nokia has earbuds now

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Nokia E3100

Nokia and I go way back. It was the mobile phone brand of my youth. Our history includes a series of phones that predate the existence of touchscreen ones we use now. Everyone had a Nokia device then. In recent years, it’s become a rarity. So imagine my surprise when I first heard that Nokia is now making earbuds. How did it fare against the audio giants of our time?

First impressions

I got a hold of the Nokia E3100 Essential True Wireless Earphones. Compared to my old set of earbuds (Anker Zolo Liberty+), this one’s battery case and earbuds are extremely light, almost the same weight as a tube of drugstore lipstick.

The buds can operate up to 2.5hrs with a single charge, and up to 10 hours with help of the rechargeable battery case. Super convenient to pack if we still had our old lifestyle of going out daily.

On the job

I used to be able to maximize my earbuds on my commute — listening to music or watching series whenever I’m in transit. Nowadays, I mainly connect my headset to my laptop for Zoom meetings and other virtual work calls.

The Nokia E3100 did not disappoint on the sound side. Audio from the people I’m in the call with was always clear and crisp. But, it can be a hit-or-miss as a mic. The earbuds have a built-in microphone on the right side, but my experience with it left me wanting. There was a point when I had to switch back to the laptop microphone in the middle of a call just so people can hear my voice clearly.

Nokia E3100

On the mat

I also tried the Nokia E3100 for a few home workout sessions. Since the earbuds fit my ears perfectly, there’s no fear of it falling out in the middle of jumping jacks.

Another nice surprise is how you can easily skip or repeat tracks via push button controls on the earbuds. Less distractions to your exercise momentum! The only time I have to reach for my phone is when I want to switch to a different playlist.

Nokia E3100

Is the Nokia E3100 your GadgetMatch?

It’s reliable as an earpiece for listening to music, working out, and watching series. But when it comes to the demands of working from home, the current built-in mic just won’t do.

Nokia has to work on the voice sensitivity and responsiveness of the earbuds’ mic in order to take on this new age of virtual calls and meetings.

The Nokia E3100 retails for PhP 1,999 (US$ 41)

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Apple launches the AirTag

Long rumored item, now finally real

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Do you keep losing or misplacing things? There’s an Apple product for that. Introducing the AirTag.

The AirTag is a small designed accessory and helps keep track of and find items you may have misplaced through Apple’s Find My App. It can help locate a lost item while keeping location data private and anonymous with end-to-end encryption.

It’s built using stainless still and is IP67 rated (water and dust resistant). The AirTag also has a built-in speaker that plays sounds to help signal its location. Its cover is easily removable to replace the battery.

If you bring them close to an iPhone, they will instantly connect. Users can assign AirTag to an item and name it with a default like “Keys” or “Jacket,” or provide a custom name of their choice.

Once it’sset up, it will appear in the new Items tab in the Find My app. Here, users can view the item’s current or last known location on a map. If a user misplaces their item and it is within Bluetooth range, they can use the Find My app to play a sound from the AirTag to help locate it. Users can also ask Siri to find their item, and AirTag will play a sound if it is nearby.

Customization

Customers can personalize AirTag with free engraving, including text and a selection of 31 emoji when purchased via apple.com or the Apple Store app. They can be used as is or with accessories like the Polyurethane Loop, Leather Loop, and Leather Key Ring.

Privacy and security

Apple says location data or location history is physically stored inside AirTag. Communication with the Find My network is end-to-end encrypted so that only the owner of a device has access to its location data, and no one, including Apple, knows the identity or location of any device that helped find it.

Price and availability

The AirTag will be available in one (US$ 29) and four packs US$ 99. It can be purchased from apple.com, in the Apple Store app, at Apple Store locations, and through Apple Authorized Resellers and select carriers (prices may vary) beginning Friday, April 30.

Customers can order AirTag beginning at 5AM PDT on Friday, April 23.

Apple-designed AirTag accessories include:

  • Leather Key Ring in Saddle Brown, (PRODUCT)RED, and Baltic Blue for US$ 35
  • Leather Loop in Saddle Brown and (PRODUCT)RED for US$ 39 (US)
  • Polyurethane Loop in White, Deep Navy, Sunflower, and Electric Orange for US$29
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Sony launches WH-1000XM4 Silent White edition

In celebration of Sony’s 75th anniversary

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Sony’s best and highly acclaimed active noise cancelling headphones — the WH-1000XM4 — is getting a new flavor. The WH-1000XM4 Silent White edition is launching in May 2021 to celebrate Sony’s 75th anniversary.

The WH-1000XM4 Silent White has a pearlescent finish to the topcoat of the headphones to create a sense of depth and a luxurious touch. Worried about it getting dirty? It includes an additional coat compared to the earlier black and silver versions for more stain-resistance and to retain the white color.

All of the accessories included also come in white.

WH-1000XM4

New to the headphones in its 4th iteration is Multiple device pairing. This has been one of this headphones’ weaknesses and it has finally been addressed. You can now connect the Sony WH-1000XM4 to two devices simultaneously.

When a call comes in, your headphones will know which device is ringing and connect to it automatically. You’ll also be able to quickly switch your headphones to either of the two devices in a single tap.

It now also has Edge-AI, DSEE Extreme which more accurately rebuilds audio lost during digital compression for a full fidelity experience. The 360 Reality Audio feature is now also making its way to these headphones. It lets listeners enjoy a custom immersive musical field that is perfectly optimized for each individual user.

Price and availability

Exact price will be revealed at launch. The Sony WH-1000XM4 Silent White edition will be available across Asia Pacific in May 2021. In Singapore, it will be available exclusively at Sony Stores and Sony Stores Online.

SEE ALSO: Sony WH-1000XM4 review: As good as it gets

 

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