BURO Gadget Guide: 5 New tech gadgets on our radar this December 2022
Looking to upgrade your tech gadgets for the new year? From a trend-setting foldable smartphone to a pair of fashionable yet sustainable wireless earphones, here are five tech gadgets to help you take on 2023.
Huawei MatePad Pro
Huawei’s next-generation 12.6-inch OLED display flagship tablet, MatePad Pro, is finally here and it comes with a major facelift. Firstly, its exterior design now features an aesthetic and ergonomic design with stylish colourways and a frosted finish. It also boasts a 90 per cent screen-to-body ratio and 120 Hz refresh rate, and combined with the MatePad Pro’s Universal Colour Consistency technology, elevates the user’s viewing experience by providing richer colours and a true-to-life display. Further, the tablet is equipped with eight speakers on top of its Huawei Sound audio system, making it an ideal device for those who enjoy gaming, music, film, and more.
Those who like to work on the go will also find the tablet a great work companion with features such as the App Multiplier and Multi-Window for efficient multitasking. With a simple swipe, users can split the screen to have two apps running side-by-side. Currently, Multi-Window supports up to four simultaneous tasks, including two side-by-side windows and two floating windows. If you’re a digital artist, Huawei’s Notes app now offers a variety of paper, brushes, and integrated typographic tools.
Price: From RM4,299
Oppo Find N2
Continuing on the innovation of foldable smartphones is Oppo with the launch of the Find N2. The latest addition to the cutting-edge Find N series aims to push the boundaries of smartphone innovation in weight, aspect ratio, hinge technology and crease visibility. Now, the Find N2 sees a 67 per cent narrower crease, ensuring users enjoy a seamless and uninterrupted visual experience on a larger screen. Despite including premium materials such as carbon fibre and high-strength alloy, the Find N2 actually weighs 42 grams lesser than the original Find N whilst still maintaining its durability and sturdiness.
In addition, the smartphone delivers a premium experience both open and closed, using one or two hands. When closed, the device takes on an aspect ratio of 17.7:9, allowing for a comfortable typing experience. Further, the external display features a 120 Hz 5.54-inch AMOLED display with up to 480 Hz touch sampling rate. With a resolution of 2120 x 1080, the external screen can get up to 1,550 nits bright when outdoors.
Read our full review of the Oppo Find N2 here.
Price: From RM4,099
Availability: Website, official retailers
Sony Alpha 7R V
Are you someone who loves photography? Capture life’s beautiful moments in 2023 with the Alpha 7R V, the newest R series camera in Sony’s acclaimed line of Alpha mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras. A first in any Alpha camera, the latest model comes with a new AI processing unit dedicated to AI-based image recognition and the powerful BIONZ XR image processing engine.
Professionals looking for a top-tier high-resolution imaging tool will not be disappointed with this camera. Among some of its breakthrough features include 61.0PM still images, plus the most effective eight-step one image stabilisation system, refined 8K movie output, a new four-axis multi-angle monitor, high-speed communication functions, high-level operability and smooth workflow integration.
Perhaps the standout feature is the AI processing unit with deep learning. The camera is able to provide Real-time Recognition autofocus with advanced accuracy and broader subject recognition thanks to this feature. The state-of-the-art AI processing is able to use detailed information about the human form to dramatically improve recognition accuracy and detect several subject types such as animals, vehicles and insects.
In addition to its incredible photography capabilities, the Alpha 7R V can perform advanced video tasks, delivering 8K 1 24/25p video, 4K video oversampled from 6.2K without binning, a high-efficiency MPEG-H HEVC/H.265 codec, intra-recording, 10-bit 4:2:2 recording, and more for high image quality and flexible editing.
Availability: Website, 0fficial retailers
Microsoft Surface Laptop 5
Microsoft Surface devices are one of the brand’s most popular lines of devices for continually challenging the convention of the PC. Recently, the Microsoft Surface Laptop 5 was launched in Malaysia with several upgrades. Powered by the latest Intel Evo platform, the laptop is now over 50 per cent more powerful than its predecessor and has all-day battery life. Each device is equipped with Dolby Vision IQ for vivid colours and sharp contrasts, and Dolby Atmos 3D spatial processing to fully immerse users in their content. Further, the front-facing HD camera is able to adjust camera exposure in any given lighting environment.
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Made to be performance-driven and stylish, the device comes in a sleek and elegant design with two stunning colourways of black metal and platinum metal. Its signature 3:2 PixelSense display is also available in two options: 13.5-inch or 15-inch.
Price: From RM5,299
Availability: Website, Surface for Business authorized resellers including Maxis; authorized retailers such as All IT, Gloo by SNS Network, Harvey Norman, Lazada, PC Image, Senheng, Shopee and TMT by Thundermatch
Sony Linkbuds S
The Linkbuds S may not be a brand new tech gadget in the market right now, but its newly released Earth Blue colour variation deserves a mention. Following the white, black and ecru colour versions, the noise-cancelling wireless headphones in the Earth Blue colour use recycled resin materials generated from recycled water bottles. Parts of the body and case are also made from recycled water bottle materials which creates a unique marble pattern that’s perfect for those looking for earphones that also serve as a fashion statement. The entire Linkbuds series comes in sustainable packaging which is part of Sony Group’s ‘Road to Zero’ plan to reduce their environmental footprint to zero by 2050.
The Linkbuds S is integrated with Adaptive Sound Control, a smart feature that adjusts ambient sound settings depending on your environment, creating the most conducive listening experience. They are perfect to stay connected online and offline all day due to their ultra-small and lightweight design.
Availability: Website, 0fficial retailers
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