THE high demand for technology and gadgets has prompted numerous innovations through the years. While today’s technology seems to provide almost everything we need, nothing is stopping its rapid growth. These innovations have reached and helped millions of people from different walks of life – and undoubtedly have become an integral part of our everyday lives.
In this article, we bring you some of the best gadgets of 2018 and other cool things you should look forward to in 2019.
Huawei Matebook X Pro
The ideal laptop with a resolution of 3000 x 2000 and 10-point touchscreen. It is also convenient for any type of environment because it is portable -- weighing just 1.33 kg. Also ideal for faster image processing, smoother video editing and more stable gaming. Huawei and Dolby collaborated for a better quality of speakers to provide crisp and rich sound from all angles. A recessed camera located in the keyboard safeguards user’s privacy. Plus a one-touch power button when logging in takes 7.8 seconds only. It has a USB-A port and USB-C port for a more inclusive experience.
Apple IPad 9.7
This year, Apple came up with its newest version of the IPad. It has an A10 fusion chip that is good for graphics-intensive games and for video editing. The product is built for multitasking and an apple pencil is added for pixel-perfect precision and responsiveness.
Fitbit Charge 3
For health-conscious consumers out there, this is the product for you!
Fitbit Charge 3 has a new feature that can monitor the 24/7 heart rate of the consumer and send notifications right directly into your smartphone. It is packed with goal-based exercises -- helpful for gym-goers. The battery lasts for 7 days and creators added the sleep tracking and stages, powered by an accelerometer and heart rate sensor. It is also swimproof.
The new jaybird run headphones is wireless -- ideal and useful for people who love to go to the gym. It is designed for working out since it handles water or sweat and it has a good sound isolation to help you concentrate on your workout. This product is also a good investment for business, school, or everywhere because it is compatible both with Siri and Google Assistant.
LG C8 OLED 4K TV
The new lineup of LG television exceeds everybody’s expectations. The new line up is powered by OLED (Organic Light-Emitting Diode), considered as one of the best screen technologies. Every part of the screen lights up individually, automatically giving richer colors, sharpness, and depth to the picture quality. In addition, the lineup uses Artificial Intelligence, wherein Google assistant is already built in.
Hero 7 Black
If you have seen the new GoPro Hero 7 Black, you definitely know how much of a game changer it is. The highly improved stabilization with the Hypersmooth prevents all the unwanted shakiness in your videos. While little has changed on its hardware and appearance, the image quality and user interface have been enhanced. This small action camera can record 4k video at 60 frames per second and now has the live streaming feature.
Shinola Bookshelf Speakers
This innovation changed how speakers work. Their collaboration with Barefoot Sound has brought the Shinola Bookshelf Speakers in the market. The traditional use of a speaker plus the sophisticated yet utilitarian function of a bookshelf is combined in just one product. The speaker produces a neutral sound with a frequency of 40Hz to 22kHz, which is also good for vocals.
WHAT TO LOOK FORWARD TO IN 2019
The coming 2019 is a big year for Samsung. Significant jumps are expected with the upcoming flagship phone which also marks the 10th anniversary of the Galaxy S series. The Samsung Galaxy S10 (or X) will come in three models: 5.8” flat display, 5.8” edge display, and 6.44” edge display. It is set to hit the market in the first quarter of 2019, while some believe that it may be released and open for pre-order as early as January or February. Samsung has yet to confirm any specification on the flagship series, but famous twitter user Ice Universe (@UniverseIce) posted a bezel-less phone (hyperlink: https://twitter.com/UniverseIce/status/1009341170571341824) believed to be the Galaxy S10. It is also rumored that a 5G version of S10 will be released.
Huawei remains among the top 5 leading brands to hold the highest market shares in the Philippines. With the success of their flagship P20 series, the release of the P30 in the market is highly anticipated. It is rumored that the P30 series will have a Kirin 980 Chipset with 7nm processor that will improve the overall speed and performance of the mobile phone while at the same time improve the battery life. The Chinese manufacturer confirmed that they will be releasing 5G units by 2019, but made no remarks whether the P30 series would be the first units to have the baseband.
Almost two years after Apple first introduced AirPods, the second-gen version has been highly anticipated ever since. The wireless AirPods are rumored to be water resistant to withstand rain and perspiration. Rumors have it that the high-end version will have the wireless charging feature and the ability to activate Siri through voice command. The AirPods 2 are expected to be released around March 2019.
PANASONIC LUMIX S SERIES
Panasonic was the first to release Mirco Four Thirds format mirrorless cameras back in 2008. After 10 years, it is rumored that the company will introduce their first full frame mirrorless cameras with superb video recording features (probably [email protected]
) in the first half of 2019. No photos have yet to circulate online but it is assumed that it will have similar design as the Panasonic G9 but with a different mount (L-mount).