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Wish, Want, Need: Gadget Picks

The run-up to the festive season always brings with it the most exciting gadget drops of the year – and 2020 is no exception, pandemic and all.

 Bang & OlufsenBeoremote Halo

Leave it to Bang & Olufsen to seriously upgrade how you access all your favourite tunes by way of its recently introduced Beoremote Halo – it offers the ability to play music, podcasts, and internet radio stations with a single touch. With its timeless design, the Beoremote Halo is a unique addition to Bang & Olufsen’s portfolio of high-end loudspeakers, and the product is as much a highly functional remote control as it is a sculptural object. When approaching the device, the display screen illuminates, allowing users to choose their musical preferences with a single tap of the finger. At the same time, the solid aluminium ring provides subtle haptic feedback as the volume is raised or lowered. 


Foreo UFO 2

Take power masking to the next level with the incredibly luxurious UFO 2, another ground-breaking innovation from Swedish skin-tech company FOREO. The newest generation of UFO debuts full-spectrum LED light, in-app customisable skincare routines, and advanced thermotherapy. The combination of thermotherapy (heating), cryotherapy (cooling), and T-sonic pulsations work together to boost the effects of each face mask while offering more resonant dermal absorption and a gentle facial massage, providing visible results instantly. Eight coloured LED lights have different qualities that expertly activate key ingredients within individual masks and prepare a dedicated and customised treatment. The UFO 2 pairs exclusively with UFO Power Activated Masks, creating a union of cutting-edge technology and nurturing natural ingredients for the ultimate at-home spa experience.


Huawei – Watch Fit

Part smartwatch, part fitness tracker, Huawei’s first-ever smart wearable with a rectangular face encourages wearers to get up and get moving. The Watch Fit also offers unrivalled style, so you’ll never want to take it off your wrist. Noteworthy is the fact that it continues Huawei Watch’s long battery life while also achieving breakthroughs in many areas – read: ultra-slim bezels, a large HD screen, and a lightweight body design to result in a stunning finish and extremely comfortable wearing experience. The smartwatch also boasts 12 animated fitness courses, 96 workout modes, and scientific health-tracking features including SpO2, heart rate, sleep quality, stress level, and more, allowing users to improve their quality of life.


 OppoReno4 Pro 5G

 A pioneer of 5G videophone technology, the Reno4 Pro 5G by Oppo brings industry-leading innovations in night photography and videography. The Reno4 Series pushes the boundaries of industrial design by packing a powerhouse of components into a slim and sleek design. Weighing in at just 172 grams, the Reno4 Pro 5G is only 7.6mm thick and features a 90Hz 3D curved screen to elevate its premium look and feel. Inspired by the tranquillity of nature, the Reno4 Pro 5G is available in two sleek colours: galactic blue and space black. It features an AI-enhanced Smart Sensor to perform functions like Smart Spying Prevention, Smart AirControl, Smart Rotation, and Smart Always-on Display. Better yet, the phone is equipped with a 65W SuperVOOC Flash Charger. Translation: just five minutes of charging provides four hours of YouTube screen time, while 36 minutes guarantees a full charge.

 


Oppo Enco W51

And speaking of Oppo and its exciting product launches, the Enco W51 debuts hybrid active noise cancellation, wireless charging, and an audio quality compensation algorithm. You can use these use wireless headphones to create a personal space to enjoy undisturbed sounds with a double breakthrough in noise cancellation on both phone calls and listening to music. Designed to be completely intuitive – like a natural extension of the user’s body – double or triple taps on the earphones allow the user to toggle noise reduction, go to the next song, hang up the phone, or wake up the voice assistant. Wireless charging of the earphone box and earphones, meanwhile, provides a total battery life of up to 24 hours. Bonus: these trendy headphones are available in two unique colours, floral white and starry blue.


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David Tapley - Editor
Dubai-based editor for one of the region’s most fiercely local lifestyle publications across Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Dubai and Qatar. Specialised in food, hospitality, arts, culture, and travel-related content.

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