BURO Gadget Guide: 5 New tech gadgets to check out in October 2021


By Natalie Khoo

BURO Gadget Guide: 5 New tech gadgets to check out in October 2021

This month, gadget geeks have been treated to a series of back to back smartphone launches from AppleXiaomi, and most recently, Google so far. Since we’ve already covered the former two separately, you’ll find details on the new Google Pixel lineup ahead—plus, new arrivals in the earphone, smartwatch, and even face mask (the high-tech kind) department.

Jabra Elite 7 Pro

It took Jabra six generations and about 62,000 ears to develop the Jabra Elite 7 Pro, its latest pair of ear buds. Calling it a “design revolution”, the new buds boast a complete redesign based on the resulting map of the average human ear to offer exceptional sound quality and optimised comfort.

A key highlight is the Jabra MultiSensor Voice technology, which combines a bone conduction sensor, four microphones and a cutting-edge voice pick-up (VPU) sensor to ensure crystal clear calls. What’s more, the adjustable Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) and HearThrough features allow users to personalise audio profiles to tailor how much noise to let in. As for battery life, a full charge offers nine hours of playback and up to 35 hours with the charging case. Plus, a five-minute charge can last 1.2 hours of playback.

Price: RM999

Availability: From October onwards at the official Jabra store on Lazada and Shopee

For more information, visit the website.

Google Pixel 6 series

After many months of teasers, Google has officially unveiled its latest flagship smartphones—the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro. The former debuts with a 6.4-inch Full HD+ 90Hz OLED display with 8GB of RAM and up to 256GB of storage, while the latter features a 6.7-inch QHD+ 120Hz OLED display with 12GB of RAM and up to 512GB of storage. Both come with the new Google Tensor chip and Titan M2 security co-processor as well as the highly-anticipated Android 12 out of the box.

In terms of camera setup, both are equipped with a 50MP main camera and 12MP ultrawide camera, with the Pro version boasting an additional 48MP telephoto camera. The Pixel 6 only gets an 8MP front camera, while its bigger brother features a 11.1MP lens. Battery life is slightly longer on the bigger model with a 5,003mAh battery, compared to 4,614mAh, although both are said to last over 24 hours.

Price: From US$599 (RM2,490)

Availability: From October 28 (not officially sold in Malaysia, but may be available through importers)

For more information, visit this website.

LG PuriCare Air Purifer Face Mask

With face masks being the norm for at least another year, LG has released a high-tech face mask that purifies the air as you breathe. This second generation Wearable Air Purifier is more lightweight than before, designed to fit comfortably and ergonomically while minimising air leakage. It’s made with medical-grade materials and PuriCare filters which can be replaced for repeated use and safety.

That’s not all—forget having to awkwardly raise your voice to be heard as the mask features a VoiceOn technology that projects sound out of the mask. The dual fans even help to blow air at the speed of your breathing as the respiratory sensor monitors your inhale and exhale. Complete with Bluetooth connection, users can track their breathing and product maintenance to optimise use. It can last up to eight hours on full battery and takes about two hours to charge.

Price: RM749

Availability: From October onwards

For more information, visit the website.

[READ: How the LG Styler™ helps to keep your clothing and belongings germ-free]

Apple Watch Series 7

While the iPhone 13 series and iPad mini arguably stole the spotlight at the Apple September event, the Apple Watch Series 7 is no less worthy of attention. Its predecessor already was a tough smartwatch to beat, but there are a few updates to the Series 7 that may appeal to new buyers.

For one, it comes with a 20 per cent larger Always-On Retina display with curved, refractive edges that are designed to be easier on the eyes. The thicker front crystal is said to be its most crack-resistant yet, with IP6X dust-resistance and WR50 water resistance to boot. Health features remain unchanged from before, but the new watchOS 8 does offer an upgraded Fall Detection. Meanwhile, the battery lasts up to 18 hours with 33 per cent faster charging.

Price: From RM1,749 (GPS only) | From RM2,199 (GPS + Cellular)

Availability: 15 October 2021 from the Apple store

For more information, visit the website.

[READ: Apple Unleashed October event: MacBook Pro, Apple AirPods 3 and new M1 chips]

Nothing Ear (1)

If you’ve heard Nothing about this brand until recently (or now), that’s because it was just founded in January this year. For the unacquainted, Nothing is a London-based startup founded by Chinese-born Swedish entrepreneur Carl Pei, who also co-founded OnePlus. Since debuting, the company has unveiled its first product in the form of the Ear (1) true wireless ear buds. First launched globally in July, Malaysians can now get a pair for themselves locally starting this month.

Unique branding aside, the Ear (1) instantly stood out when it was announced due to its transparent stem, which lets you take a closer look at the active noise cancellation (ANC) technology and sensors housed within. Weighing just 4.7g, each ear bud is designed to fit ergonomically in the ear with three liquid silicone tips included in the box to find your fit.

Sound engineered by Teenage Engineering, the buds feature a 11.6mm dynamic driver and spacious air chamber to provide advanced bass, mid and treble performance. Expect up to 5 hours of listening time on a full charge and up to 34 hours with the matching semi-transparent charging case, which supports both USB-C wired and Qi wireless charging.

Price: RM499

Availability: From 24 October 2021 via the official Nothing store on Shopee

For more information, visit the website.

Keep up to date on the latest tech gadget launches in our monthly BURO Gadget Guide here.

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