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7 New Gadgets to Watch Out For in 2019

These new and upcoming gadgets for 2019 are great gift options for your tech-obsessed friends.
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We’re already a few months into 2019, and there have already been several new gadget releases and announcements so far. Here, we list seven of these new tech gadgets for 2019 that have caught our eye, whether through their innovative features or their sleek designs (or, in some cases, both):

1| Samsung Galaxy Fold

Of course, there’s no better place to start a list of new gadgets for 2019 than with the newest trend in the smartphone world: foldable phones. At the forefront of that trend is the Samsung Galaxy Fold, a 4.6-inch phone that can be unfolded into a 7.3-inch display. The company also highlights its ability to run three mobile apps at once, allowing users to multitask and switch between apps with ease.

Galaxy Fold: Unveiling

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Posted by Samsung Global on Wednesday, February 20, 2019

A folding smartphone doesn’t come cheap—it’s expected to debut in the U.S. on April 26 with a $1,980 price tag. That’s over P100,000 for a phone, almost double the introductory price tag of the iPhone X.

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What’s a foldable smartphone?

Simply put, it’s a phone that’s designed to be folded in half. When folded, it looks and functions similarly to a smartphone, but when unfolded it’s much closer to a small tablet. Aside from Samsung, the only other big names that have confirmed to release a foldable smartphone soon are Huawei and LG, although there are many other phone manufacturers that are rumored to follow suit.

2| Xiaomi Redmi Note 7

Back to the non-folding side of smartphones, Xiaomi’s latest offering is for the rest of us who don’t have P100,000 to spare for a new phone (or new gadgets in general). The Redmi Note 7 comes with a 48-megapixel rear camera and a 4,000-mAh battery, along with various improved specs from Xiaomi’s Redmi Note series.

IMAGE: Xiaomi Philippines
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Xiaomi will be rolling out the model in the Philippines this March 27, launching on Lazada’s anniversary sale as well as on Mi Stores nationwide. Its most basic version, which comes with 3 gigabytes of RAM and 32 gigabytes of storage space, will retail for P7,990.

3| iPad Air

While Apple has been quiet about the newest iPhone model (though some features have been leaked), it does have a few new gadgets to tide fans over. One of them is the iPad Air, a sleek 10.5-inch display that’s compatible with both the Apple Pencil and the Smart Keyboard.

Apple released the new iPad Air, along with the latest model of the iPad Mini, earlier this month. The 64-gigabyte, Wi-Fi-only model retails for P29,990 in the Philippines, according to Apple's Philippine website.

4| Razer Raptor

Razer is best known for its gaming laptops and accessories, being one of the more prominent names in the global eSports scene (including the Philippines). So gamers were all ears when it unveiled a new gadget, the Razor Raptor, earlier this year.

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It’s a 27-inch monitor (no, not a laptop or a desktop) with a 144 Hz refresh rate, which means it’s built especially for high-performance games. It’s expected to be available later this year for online shoppers in the U.S. and Canada, though it comes with a hefty price tag of $699.99 (P36,995).

5| Bang & Olufsen BeoPlay E8 2.0

While we still can’t get over the very sleek and very bronze BeoSound Edge, Bang & Olufsen’s latest offering is a lot smaller but equally as appealing. The BeoPlay E8 2.0 is a step up from its original wireless earphone design, boasting improved features while retaining its premium design.

Posted by Bang & Olufsen Philippines on Friday, March 15, 2019

Bang & Olufsen rolled out the second edition of the BeoPlay E8 2.0 in early 2019, and the official Philippine Facebook page revealed earlier this week that it is available in local stores for P22,800. The company will also soon launch another new gadget, a wireless charging pad that will be compatible with the earphones.

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6| Garmin MARQ Collection

While several luxury brands are already trying their hand on the smartwatch craze, Garmin is approaching it from the other side—that is, it’s a wearables brand vying for a spot in the luxury market. It’s doing so through the MARQ collection, a suite of five wearables that each target certain markets.

We proudly introduce The MARQ Collection. Five extraordinary modern tool watches. Forged from our DNA. Authentic in every detail. #MARQcollection

Posted by Garmin on Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Garmin rolled out all five designs of the MARQ collection earlier this month. Prices range from $1,500 (P79,182) for the MARQ Athlete, which hopes to find a spot in the wrists of fitness buffs, to $2,500 (P131,975) for the MARQ Driver, especially made for users who are into racing.

7| Fitbit Versa Lite

On the other end of the smartwatch spectrum is the Fitbit Versa Lite, which is the company’s most affordable smartwatch to date. It’s an updated version of last year’s Fitbit Versa that retains most of the features such as its multiple 24/7 tracking features, exercise modes, and four-day battery life.

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Posted by Fitbit Philippines on Monday, March 18, 2019

The product launched this month for $160 (P8,443) alongside other models such as the Fitbit Inspire. However, Fitbit’s Philippine page still lists the Fitbit Versa Lite as “coming soon,” so local fitness buffs can expect this new gadget later this year.

Bonus: Gillette Heated Razor

There’s more to new tech gadgets beyond smartphones and wearables, and this new innovation from Gillette proves it. The heated razor is exactly what you'd expect it to be—a sleek razor that heats up while shaving, aiming to replicate the experience in barbershops at home.

Gillette Labs launched the next generation in shaving with a Heated Razor. Their warming bar technology gives guys the...

Posted by P&G on Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Thing is, the heated razor’s prototype was already released on Indiegogo last year for around P6,000 to P8,000, and the first batch was shipped last February. While Gillette showed it off at the Consumer Electronics Show 2019 convention earlier this year, it only said that it would start working on a commercial product after getting feedback from its first batch of users.

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Lorenzo Kyle Subido is a staff writer for Esquire Philippines.
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