Top Tech: The Gadgets That Excited Us the Most in 2019

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(SPOT.ph) Gadget geeks had a lot to get excited for in 2019. There were a ton of smartphone releases (with multiple back cameras, if we may add), wireless earphones launched everywhere, and smartwatches are now as fashionable as they are functional. If you want to see the year in gadgets, then you’ve come to the right place.  

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Here are the best gadget releases in 2019: 

SMARTPHONES

Apple iPhone 11 Pro (P67,990/64 GB, P76,990/256 GB, and P89,990/512 GB)

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Apple released their iPhone 11 series in September, launching three phone models including the iPhone 11 Pro. It’s their first smartphone with a triple camera system: each phone has Ultra Wide, Wide, and Telephoto cameras. It also lets you take “slofies” a.k.a. slow-mo selfie videos. The iPhone 11 Pro is equipped with the latest Apple A13 Bionic chipset for faster performance and longer battery life—for comparison, the iPhone 11 Pro offers up to four more hours of battery life in a day than the iPhone Xs. Plus, it comes in four sophisticated colors: Gold, Silver, Midnight Green, and Space Gray. 

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Available at authorized Apple resellers nationwide.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 (P53,990)

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Samsung came out with the Galaxy Note 10 mid-2019 and we got to test it ourselves. The Note 10 is smaller in size compared to its predecessors (but they also released the Note 10+ for those who prefer bigger screens) so it fits better in your hand. It features a 6.3-inch display with AMOLED touchscreen which is great for those who are into mobile games. Samsung also improved their S Pen stylus so you can take notes more accurately on the Note 10. Not to mention, their triple camera system is highly customizable so you have full control over how your photos will turn out.

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See a list of Samsung stores.

Vivo S1 Pro (P15,999)

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The Vivo S1 Pro stands out with a refreshing Diamond design for its quad-camera system. It’s equipped with a 48-megapixel main camera for crisp shots, as well as three other cameras for your wide-angle, macro, and bokeh needs. Plus, it's got a 6.38-inch Super AMOLED display, 90% screen-to-body ratio, and 1080p resolution for the ultimate viewing experience. The smartphone also has an In-Display Fingerprint Scanning, which has cool unlocking animations! Not bad at all for its budget-friendly price.

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See a list of Vivo stores.

Huawei P30 Pro (P45,990)

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Looking for a phone with a serious shooter? The Huawei came out with the P30 Pro in 2019, which is equipped with a Leica Quad Camera System which includes a SuperZoom Lens, a 40-megapixel Super Sensing Camera, a 20-megapixel Ultra Wide Angle Lens, and a HUAWEI TOF Camera (which basically means it can take high-resolution depth images a.k.a. blurred backgrounds for more professional-looking shots). The SuperZoom Lens is worth mentioning, because it lets you zoom up to 50x—which basically means you can take a photo of the moon and it won’t look like a dot on your screen!

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See a list of Huawei stores.

Oppo F11 Pro (P18,990)

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For those looking for mid-range smartphones with a powerful camera, Oppo’s F11 Pro is right up your alley. The phone boasts a 45-megapixel shooter, a larger sensor size—which means more light can enter the lens, giving the phone the ability to shoot crisp low-light photos—an Ultra Night Mode which captures clear photos even in low-light situations, and a Dazzle Mode which allows you to take ultra-vibrant photos that’s Instagram-ready. Apart from its impressive camera system, the F11 Pro also has a Hyper Boost feature which accelerates performance, perfect for gamers.

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See a list of Oppo stores.

WIRELESS EARPHONES

Apple AirPods Pro (P14,990)

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Apple’s latest wireless earphones, the AirPods Pro, feature an in-ear design that’s supposed to provide a snug fit, thanks to its customizable earbuds which come in three sizes. One of its main features is noise-cancellation technology which is perfect if you want to really zone out and focus on your music, podcasts, videos, or even calls. It’s also equipped with an impressive adaptive EQ, which tunes music to the shape of your ear so you get rich sound quality every time. Another key feature is its transparency mode which lets you turn off the noise-cancellation feature with a tap of a finger—so you won’t have to remove your earphones every time someone walks over to you just so you can hear them properly. Plus, its wireless charging case promises up to 24 hours of battery life, with 4.5 hours of listening time after one full charge. The best part is you only need to charge your AirPods Pro for five minutes to get an hour of use. Apple also added an audio sharing feature so you and your friend can listen to the same music at the same time! 

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Available at authorized Apple resellers nationwide.

Sony WF-1000XM3 True Wireless Earbuds (P12,999)

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These sleek wireless earphones are Sony’s flagship earbuds and not only do they look great, they also provide an impressive audio experience. It can block out any ambient sounds thanks to its noise-cancellation technology and can deliver high-resolution audio thanks to its digital sound enhancement chip. You also won’t have to worry about the earbuds slipping out of you ears because its high-friction rubber surface provides a snug fit. You won’t have to worry about your headphones running out of juice, too, because on a full charge—with noise-cancelling on—it promises up to six hours of power with the charging case providing up to three more full charges. With noise cancellation off, you can get up to eight hours of non-stop music.

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See a list of Sony stores.

Powerbeats Pro Totally Wireless Earphones (P13,490)

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Powerbeats Pro Totally Wireless Earphones make a great option for those with an active lifestyle. The earphones feature adjustable ear hooks and have multiple eartip options so the pair stays in place even when you’re out for a morning run or sweating it out at the gym. The lightwear earphones are sweat- and water-resistant for obvious reasons and promise to provide pure sound reproduction and enhanced sound quality so you can rock out to your fave workout beats. Plus, the earphones have up to nine hours of listening time and with the charging case, you get over 24 hours of combined playback so you can power through your workout without worrying about your earphones dying.

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Available online.

Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless (P19,990)

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If you’re willing to spend a little extra for a little more functionality and quality, the Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless earphones won’t disappoint. Designed with long-lasting comfort, superior sound quality, and functionality in mind, these earphones are lightweight, splash-resistant, and come in four different eartips for a snug fit. The earphones also have an intuitive touch pad to control music, answer calls, activate Siri or Google Assistant, an internal equalizer so you can fine-tune audio the way you want to hear it, and Transparency Hearing to keep you aware of your surroundings even with the earbuds on. On a full charge, the earphones can give you up to four hours of nonstop music. Additionally, the charging case can give two more full charges, giving you a total of 12 hours of playback.

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Available on Lazada.

B&O Beoplay E8 2.0 (P22,800)

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For serious audiophiles (or, actually, for those who can afford it): Bang & Olufsen’s take on the wireless earphones follows the brand’s Scandi aesthetic, featuring a sleek design (that’s elegant enough to display in your home, if we may add) coupled with rich sound quality that Bang & Olufsen is known for. It has a touch interface that lets you control music, take calls, activate transparency mode with just a few taps.

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See a list of Bang & Olufsen stores.

SMARTWATCHES AND FITNESS TRACKERS

Fitbit Versa 2 (P12,890)

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Fitbit’s latest version of their fitness tracker now has the capability to send messages using your voice—which is a pretty handy feature for people on the go. Featuring a sleek aluminum frame, the Fitbit Versa 2 is water-resistant for up to 50 meters, perfect if you want to keep track of your swim laps. Plus, it has a heart rate monitor as well as a “sleep score” function which basically grades the quality of sleep you get every night. It's also got a powerful battery that can last four to six days on a full charge—and an always-on feature, so you can always see the time when you look at your wrist! 

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Available on Lazada and Digital Walker stores.

Apple Watch Series 5 (P23,990)

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If you ever got annoyed at how you have to wait a few seconds after lifting your wrist just to see the time, then you’ll be pleased to know that Apple has finally incorporated an always-on feature to the Apple Watch Series 5. Now, it can function as a normal watch apart from tracking all your workout sessions! Apart from the overdue always-on feature, the new Apple Watch also has a new Cycle Tracking feature to help you keep track of your menstrual cycle. It’s also water-resistant for up to 50 meters, so you can go for a swim and track your laps without the worries.

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Available at authorized Apple resellers nationwide.

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active (P11,990)

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Samsung’s Galaxy Watch Active not only tracks your fitness journey, it also has a heart rate monitor that’ll notify when it detects abnormal heart rate. It also detects your stress level—when the arrow falls past the average, you can take a quick breathing exercise through the smartwatch’s Breathe Session. You can also reply to messages using its speech-to-text function or through its intuitive keyboard. It comes in four stylish colors: Black, Silver, Rose Gold, and Green. 

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See a list of Samsung stores.

Garmin vívomove Luxe (from P29,995)

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If you love the look of an analog watch but need the handy features of a smartwatch, then Garmin's vívomove Luxe is worth checking out. At first glance, it looks like an ordinary analog watch but with a flick of the wrist, the face reveals a smartscreen with cool features. The hybrid smartwatch can measure the steps you take, your heart rate, and more. It can even track your daily hydration intake, your menstrual cycle, and even your stress levels. The watch can be paired with your phone, so it can notify you whenever you get texts, calls, social media updates, and calendar reminders. Its battery life is pretty impressive, too: It can last up to five days when it's on smartwatch mode and up to a week when it's a regular watch mode. Plus, it comes in cool color combinations and styles!

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See a list of Garmin stores.

CAMERAS AND CAMERA ACCESSORIES

Instax Mini Link (P6,999)

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In 2019, Fujifilm released the Instax Mini Link—a handy smartphone printer that lets you print your favorite phone pics so you and your friends can have physical copies of your best shots. The best part? You can make multiple copies of the same photo, so there’s no need to fight over who gets to keep the print! All you have to do is download the Instax Mini Link App (iOS, Android) on your phone (it's free!), and from there, you can choose the photos you want to be printed out. We love how it comes in a pocketable size so you can take it with you wherever you go—whether it's a vacation, a party, or a simple get-together.

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See a list of Fujifilm stores and retailers.

GoPro HERO8 (P29,490)

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The GoPro HERO8 is a powerful action camera that can capture crisp and stable pictures and videos no matter the situation—whether you’re riding sand dunes or going snorkeling, this compact camera’s HyperSmooth 2.0 feature delivers IG-ready shots with minimal effort. The Hero8 is modifiable depending on the situation—you can add LED lighting for brighter shots, a flip-up screen so you can use it as a vlogging camera, and even a microphone to record high-quality audio together with your video. The action camera also gets four lenses: Narrow, Linear (distortion-free), Wide, and Super View so you have some options on how you want your shots to look. Plus, it’s completely waterproof up to 33 feet!

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Available at authorized GoPro resellers nationwide.

Canon EOS 90D (P74,498/body only, P81,998/with 18-55mm kit lens, P94,498/with 18 to 135mm kit lens)

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The Canon EOS 90D is a great option for those who are into sports or wildlife photography—or simply those who want to be able to take the perfect shot no matter the situation and don’t mind spending a little extra on a camera. It has a live-view autofocus feature and can take up to 10 frames per second, so you can capture every moment and get that winning shot. The camera is also weather-proof, so you won’t have to worry about it getting a little wet in the rain. 

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See a list of Canon stores.

DJI Mavic Mini (P20,699)

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If you’ve always wanted to take breathtaking aerial shots of the city or wherever you’re vacationing but don’t want the hassle of having to carry a heavy drone around with you everywhere, then DJI’s handy drone is right up your alley. The Mavic Mini weighs only 249 grams (about the weight of an average smartphone), offers 30 minutes of flight time, and has a four-kilometer HD video transmission capability. The compact drone can take 12-megapixel photos, 2.7K Quad HD videos for crisp video footage, and a three-axis motorized gimbal which keeps your videos stabilized for smooth shots. It also comes with preset motions like Dronie, Circle, Helix, and Rocket, so you can get cinematic shots with just a tap. 

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See a list of DJI stores.

GAMING DEVICE 

Nintendo Switch Lite (P11,995)

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For those who couldn’t get enough of the Nintendo Switch, Nintendo came out with a handy version of the popular gaming console so the gaming never ends. The Nintendo Switch Lite features a 5.5-inch LCD screen and has a battery life that can last three to seven hours. You can play games like Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Diablo III, and more. 

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Available at DataBlitz stores nationwide.

Sega Mega Drive Mini 16-Bit (P4,535)

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There’s nothing like old-school gaming, and Sega’s Mega Drive Mini will take you back to your childhood. The console comes with two controllers and 40 built-in 16-bit games, including Sonic the Hedgehog II, Tetris, Gun Star Heroes, and Vampire Killer, to name a few. Fair warning: You might never leave your house again. 

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Available at DataBlitz stores nationwide.

Oculus Quest (from U.S. $399; roughly P20,400)

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Oculus came out with a completely wireless VR gaming system that you can take with you wherever you go. The Oculus quest comes with a VR headset and two wireless controllers so you can set up anywhere you want. The headset features built-in audio so you can hear your teammates or whatever’s going on in the game without having to use headphones. It comes with two touch controllers that can translate your movements into the game, from slashes to throws to grabs.

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Available on Amazon.

TABLETS

Apple iPad 10.2 2019 (from P19,990)

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Apple released its seventh-generation iPad in the latter part of 2019. It’s an entry-level iPad with a 10.2-inch display and Apple Pencil compatibility, perfect for those who prefer larger screens and drawing or taking down notes using a stylus. It features an A10 Fusion chip for fast performance and crisp graphics—great for those into games and graphic design. 

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Available at authorized Apple resellers nationwide.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e (P26,990)

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In 2019, Samsung came out with their slimmest table, the Galaxy Tab S5e. While thinner and lighter than any of their other tablets, the S5e features a larger 10.5-inch sAMOLED display, so you have a better viewing and user experience. It’s a great option for those looking for a tablet they can bring everywhere without weighing them down. The tablet also has a Quad Speaker sound system by the AKG, promising true-to-life sound. It’s also equipped with Dolby Atmos’ three-dimensional surround sound, perfect for your Netflix and chill nights! 

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LAPTOPS

Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 (P51,950 to P145,550)

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Looking for a lightweight laptop that’s great for getting some work done no matter where you are? Microsoft’s Surface Laptop 3 is a great option for people who are always on the go. This slim laptop can slide right into your favorite tote or backpack without adding too much weight on your shoulders. Plus, it’s got an Instant-On feature which lets you get back to work faster—no need to wait for it to boot up every time you want to use it. The Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 comes in two sizes: a 13-inch and a 15-inch model, the latter having a battery life that can last for up to 11.5 hours. 

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Available at authorized Microsoft resellers nationwide.

Huawei Matebook X Pro (Chinese Yen ¥8,999, roughly P66,100)

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Huawei released the Matebook X Pro, a portable, lightweight laptop that has a 91% screen-to-body ratio offering a near-borderless display and a sleek design. The notebook lets you enjoy your favorite shows and movies in crisp graphics and vibrant colors, thanks to its 3000 x 2000 resolution, 260 PPI, 100% sRGB color gamut, 450 nits maximum brightness, and 1500:1 contrast ratio. Did we mention that the display is also a touchscreen? Made with ultra-thin Corning Gorilla glass and an anti-fingerprint coating, you can easily navigate your laptop with just a few taps and swipes. Weighing 1.33 kilograms with a 14.6-millimeter width, this portable laptop is perfect for work and entertainment.

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See a list of Huawei stores.

Apple MacBook Pro 16-Inch 2019 (from P141,900)

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In 2019, Apple came out with a powerful MacBook Pro that features a 16-inch Retina display (their largest ever on a MacBook), fast processors, and a battery life of up to 11 hours (also their largest battery capacity ever). The sleek laptop is ideal for those who need to do a lot of intensive work, editing large files, and multitasking, thanks to its Intel Core i9 processor which can “sustain higher performance in longer periods of time.” Plus, it features a new Magic Keyboard which lets you type quietly and a Touch Bar with all the necessary shortcuts you need for a seamless workflow. Finally, it comes with an 8 TB of SSD storage which mean you can pretty much store massive files without worrying about memory space or your laptop crashing.  

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Available at authorized Apple resellers nationwide.

Lenovo IdeaPad L340 (P49,995)

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Ideal for gamers, Lenovo’s IdeaPad L340 packs a punch—equipped with Intel Core i7 processing, NVIDIA GeForce® graphics, and Dolby Audio, this laptop lets you play your favorite games wherever you are. Plus, it’s got a pretty cool full-keyboard with ambient backlighting. The IdeaPad L340 comes with two modes: Quick for gaming and Quiet for working, which means you can take this laptop from work to play—literally. It offers up to nine hours of battery life and features fast-charging capabilities, letting you get up to 80% of charge in 60 minutes.

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See a list of Lenovo stores.

Acer Swift 7 (U.S. $1,699; roughly P87,000)

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Acer came out with the Swift 7 in 2019, a laptop ideal for office work and those who need to get work done on the fly. The Swift 7 features an ultra-slim (9.95 millimeters in width) and feather-light (890 grams) design, you won’t feel like you’re carrying a computer in your bag. Plus, it has a 92% screen-to-body ratio (which is virtually borderless) for a better user experience. It’s equipped with 8th Gen Intel Core i7 processor for a smooth workflow, whether you’re editing large spreadsheets or videos. It offers up to 12 hours of battery life and has a cool fingerprint reader so you can simultaneously switch on and log into the laptop.

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Available on Amazon.

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