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realme launches affordable wireless buds, powerbank and backpack!

They won’t break your bank

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With the global pandemic keeping us apart, indoors, and out of our minds, realme Philippines is releasing new products — the realme Buds Air Neo, Powerbank 2, and Adventure Backpack!

These new items are meant to complement their line-up to help us keep sane. They’ve already launched five smartphones, a fitness band, and smart audio devices but, they’re not stopping there.

realme Buds Air Neo

The realme Buds Air Neo offers the first Super Low Latency 119.2ms Gaming Mode in the sub-1,500 segment. You can enjoy a rich audio experience with its 13mm Bass Boost Driver, delivering on quality dynamism and layers of the bass notes.

If you’re out for necessities, the realme Buds Air won’t fail you on battery life, assuring you a total 17 hours of playback with the charging case.

The Realme Buds Air Neo will be available in Pop White for now. Other colors on the way are Punk Green and Rock Red. Any immersive wireless sound shouldn’t come with a price that’ll cost an arm or a leg that why the Buds come at a price tag of PhP 1,990.

Powerbank 2

A digital lifestyle of endless use can exhaust any device. To make less a pain while you don’t want to be tied town to your nearest outlet, Realme is launching their Powerbank 2.

The powerbank’s 10,000mAh power gets an upgrade with its 18W two-way Quick Charge capability. It even features low-current charging that can be enabled through a double tap on the power button for safe charging.

With its 13-layer Circuit Protection and high-grade safety features, the Realme Powerbank 2 won’t struggle with capacity degradation even after 500 charges. It has both USB-A and Type-C charging ports.

The realme Powerbank 2 is decked out in new micro stripes design with black and yellow colors. The Powerbank 2 costs PhP 1,190.

Adventure Backpack

Realme Philippines brings the latest addition to its branded merchandise: the Realme Adventure Backpack.

It has easy-access side pockets and zippers, a multifunctional band, an extra-padded silk handle, thick pearl cotton straps, and a trolley strap. It is made of a 650D high-density British Oxford Cotton, a high-grade combed cotton fabric, for durability.

On top of that, the backpack has a storage capacity of 32L. If you want to bring your devices, it’s got room. The backpack has a 4-level splash resistance treatment, a separate laptop sleeve that can hold a 17-inch notebook, and a safety buckle to keep everything in place.

The Adventure Backpack has a price tag of PhP 1,490.

Launch deals

Lazada customers will enjoy a PhP 200 discount on each of the new products during a special initial offering promo on June 19, starting at 12 AM. Shopee shoppers can also avail a special discounted price of PhP 1,737  for the realme Buds Air Neo and PgP 961 for the Powerbank 2 from 12 AM to 8:59 PM and from 12 PM to 11:59 PM

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Xiaomi launches 5000mAh ZMI Power Bank, it’ll also warm your hands

Winter is coming…

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ZMI is one of Xiaomi’s ecosystem companies, and it is popular for making professional power banks. Xiaomi also sells power banks directly, and they’re in extremely high demand due to consistent quality, features, and affordable price.

Now, the brand is trying to do something new — a power bank that’ll also double up as a body or hand warmer more precisely. So, the power bank has a capacity of 5000mAh, enough for an iPhone once. If you’re living in the temperate or tundra region, the climate gets extremely cold during the winters. The gadget can also be used as a hand warmer.

It’s equipped with a PTC self-limiting temperature heating technology that’s patented and safe. The power bank consists of PID constant temperature control for precise control of the heating element. It can go up to 52-degrees Celsius, which is safe and comfortable for the human body.

The ZMI Power Bank can adjust the temperature according to your liking and deliver two to four hours of heating in one go. It has an LED light that can be used as a torch for convenience, and it can charge all gadgets like an ordinary portable charger.

For now, the sale is limited to Mainland China, and it costs CNY 89 (US$ 13.5).

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Huawei Freebuds Pro Unboxing and First Impressions

Sounds as good as it looks

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Huawei has been killing it in the personal audio department and everyone should really start paying attention. Adding to the lineup is the Huawei Freebuds Pro. It’s their answer of sorts to the likes of the AirPods Pro and the Sony WF-1000XM3.

This is what the front of the box looks like. It’s a pretty tiny box.

Freebuds Pro

A closer look shows the name of the product in gold. 

Flip it over and you’ll see some highlighted features. 

Take out the top cover and you’re immediately greeted by the Freebuds Pro. 

Here’s a look without the plastic covering.

Freebuds Pro

It’s a little tricky to take out but underneath all that is the USB to USB-C Cable and a box.

Pull out the cable and the box and you get this.

Here’s a closer look at the cable. 

And here are extra soft silicone plugs so you can find the perfect fit for your ears.

Now, let’s go back to the Freebuds Pro. Here’s the back of the charging case with the Huawei text. 

You flip it over to open it and reveal the earbuds. 

The buds are tinier — the tiniest they’ve released over the past year.

On the bottom of the case is the USB-C port. 

And on its right side is the bluetooth pairing button. 

But if you simply open the case next to a Huawei phone — here it’s the Huawei Mate 40 — it’ll immediately detect it and ask to pair. 

When you press connect, it’ll show you right away how to operate the Freebuds Pro. 

After that, it’ll show you the battery life of each Freebud Pro and the case. 

As mentioned earlier, in terms of the size of the stem, it’s a lot smaller than the previous two releases. 

The cases also vary in shape and size.

Here’s what they look like when worn. 

First impressions 

I’ve only had the Freebuds Pro for a little over 24 hours at the time of writing. I’ve since used it on a video call meeting and to listen to the Eyes Wide Open album by TWICE.

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So far, it’s performing exactly as advertised. It carries over the noise-cancellation excellence from the Freebuds 3 and Freebuds 3i. In fact, the Freebuds Pro combines the best practices of the aforementioned devices thanks to a number of engineering and design choices.

Sound quality is also right around what I expected based on my previous experiences with other Huawei audio products. It’s certainly two steps above the Freebuds 3i in terms of overall sound quality.

SEE ALSO: Freebuds 3 review | Freebuds 3i review

Music comes off as crisp and clean as the Freebuds 3 but we’ll have to try it out for a little longer for a more definitive take. Same goes for the battery life.

The controls are also more intuitive. If you are coming from the Freebuds 3, it is a little different. Here’s a photo of me assuming the controls are the same. Nope, I didn’t pay attention to the prompts during set-up. What an idiot.

Price and availability 

In the Philippines, it retails for PhP 7,999 — around PhP 1,000 cheaper than the launch price of the Freebuds 3 (PhP 8,990).

Pre-order period is from November 27 to December 3. If you pre-order you’ll get freebies worth PhP 3,989.

  • Huawei Band 4 — PhP 1,890
  • Entertainment Gift Package — PhP 2,099

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Apple HomePod mini Review: Best Small Smart Speaker?

Another ‘mini’ in Apple’s portfolio

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Small in size, but not terrible performance! Here is Apple’s latest smart speaker, the HomePod mini.

At around US$ 99, it’s simply not the cheapest smart speaker around. But is it worth the price and the hype?

Find out more in our Apple HomePod mini review by clicking this link.

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