BURO Gadget Guide: 4 New tech gadgets on our radar this January 2022


By Natalie Khoo

BURO Gadget Guide: 4 New tech gadgets on our radar this January 2022

In this month’s edition of the BURO Gadget Guide, we bring news of two powerful flagship smartphones for you to take on 2022 with full force. Plus, there’s Louis Vuitton’s third-generation smartwatch and Microsoft’s latest two-in-one PC offering to keep you up to speed with work and play this year. Read on for the full scoop.

Louis Vuitton Tambour Horizon Light Up Connected watch

Debuting as the “world’s most customisable connected watch”, the new Louis Vuitton Tambour Horizon Light Up Connected watch is arguably one of, if not the most covetable smartwatch for tech enthusiasts with an appetite for luxury. Customisation options include an array of built-in watch faces, 11 bold new gradients for the dial configuration, and personalised initials, complete with choice of typeface and colours. These allow the watch to be moulded to the preferences of the user, while respecting the quintessential LV style and finesse.

This third-generation model boasts its own custom-designed operating system, supported by a Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 4100 processor, 1GB of RAM, and 8GB internal storage. It also features a 1.2-inch 390 x 390 AMOLED touch screen display housed in a 42mm stainless steel case and protected by sapphire glass. Staying true to the Maison’s watchmaking codes, the watch retains the silhouette and convex case profile of the original Tambour, with 24 LED lights animating the signature Louis Vuitton Monogram ring whenever the watch is activated or receives a notification.

Swiping the home screen will bring users to either the My Day section to access daily functions and notifications, or the My Travel section, which displays travel plans, boarding passes, and the Maison’s curated city guides. In addition, there are four different watch modes to provide users greater control over their phone’s notifications, calls, music, camera, and more. It also comes with a rotating and functional crown, mechanical push buttons, and interchangeable Monogram Eclipse canvas strap, plus a whole spectrum of staple smartwatch features.

Price: From RM15,000

Availability: Now available online and in selected Louis Vuitton boutiques

For more information, visit the website.

Samsung Galaxy S21 FE

Launched earlier this month during CES 2022, the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G packs the fan-favourite features of the original Samsung Galaxy S21 with a few trade-offs for a well-rounded phone that focuses on what the people want. For one, it comes with the same powerful Galaxy processor to ensure ultra-crisp, high-quality graphics and picture quality, backed by a smooth 120Hz refresh rate for the larger 6.4-inch display.

It is outfitted with a bigger 4,500mAh battery to last all day, even with its 5G capabilities. With 25W Super-Fast charging, the phone is also built to achieve more than 50 per cent of charge in just 30 minutes. Like the original model, there are three pro-grade cameras on the rear, with the difference being the third 8MP telephoto lens instead of a 64MP telephoto lens, in addition to the same 12MP wide and ultra-wide lenses. On the other hand, the front camera has gotten an upgrade from 10MP to a 32MP lens for better selfies and front-facing video quality.

The design is also largely similar, featuring a seamless, bezel-less screen with a hole-punch cutout for the front camera and a camera bump on the back. What’s different, however, are the colourways for the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G: Olive, Graphite, Lavender, and White.

Price: RM2,899 (128GB) | RM3,099 (256GB)

Availability: From 6 January 2022 via Samsung Experience Stores, Samsung Authorised Partners, and  Samsung Malaysia Online Store

For more information, visit the website.

Note: If you’re not pressed to purchase a new smartphone just yet, Samsung is scheduled to unveil the new Samsung Galaxy S22 on 9 February 2022. Stay tuned for the official Galaxy Unpacked livestream here.

Microsoft Surface Pro 8

Introducing the most powerful laptop-to-tablet PC from Microsoft yet: the Microsoft Surface Pro 8. As the first product from the brand to be built on the Intel® Evo™ platform and engineered with 11th Gen Intel® Core™ processors, the Surface Pro 8 is twice as fast as the Pro 7. What’s more, it boasts two Thunderbolt 4 ports and 16 hours of battery life to offer optimum levels of efficiency and productivity.

The hybrid device features a 13-inch PixelSense touchscreen with Dolby® Vision™ and Adaptive Color Technology for a realistic and comfortable viewing experience. To ensure audio and visual quality, it is equipped with a 5MP front-facing camera, 10MP 4K rear-facing camera, Dolby® Atmos™ sound, and dual far-field Studio Mics.

Designed to work intuitively with Windows 11, the Surface Pro 8 also offers flexibility with its iconic Kickstand and detachable new Surface Pro Signature Keyboard (sold separately). The upgraded keyboard also comes with charging and storage capabilities for the new Surface Slim Pen 2—another useful accessory for exceptional accuracy and added features.

Price: From RM4,950

Availability: Pre-orders start from 20 January via authorised resellers and retailers including the Microsoft Flagship Store on Lazada and Microsoft Official Store on Shopee, with deliveries from 15 February onwards

For more information, visit the website.

Huawei P50 Pro

Unveiled in Malaysia alongside the Huawei P50 Pocket this month, the flagship Huawei P50 Pro makes its debut as the highly anticipated successor to the P40 Pro. Those familiar with the Huawei P series will notice an all-new Dual-Matrix Camera design, distinguishing the P50 apart with fresh appeal. Speaking of the camera, it is equipped with four rear cameras paired with Huawei XD Optics, XD Fusion Pro Image Engine, and True Chroma technologies for highly-detailed, colour-accurate results.

In terms of display, the phone comes with a 6.6-inch screen with up to 120 Hz refresh rate and 300 Hz touch sampling rate for a clear, smooth, and responsive experience. Powering the phone is a Snapdragon 888 4G processor, paired with 8GB RAM and 256GB of storage. Other key features include a bigger 4,360 mAh battery with 66W Huawei Supercharge support, as well as IP68-rated water and dust resistance. It is available in two colour options: Cocoa Gold and Golden Black.

Price: RM4,199

Availability: From 22 January onwards via the Huawei Official Website, Huawei Experience Stores, authorised platforms and retail stores

For more information, visit the website.

READ: 5 Standout features that make the Huawei P50 Pocket compact yet powerful

Find more tech gadgets in our previous BURO Gadget Guide(s) here.

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