Get caught up on the 2020 tech launches that might have flown under your radar



Gadgets have filled a central role in the new normal. Smartphones and other devices are instrumental—now more than ever—in sustaining connections and filling the gaps left by lockdown measures. Beyond must-have gadgets for work and online classes, looking into helpful technology to upgrade your online experience can go a long way.


With tons of gadgets hitting shelves each year and competing for everyone’s attention, it’s only understandable if some of them slip under your radar. So if you’re wondering what exciting new tech releases that possibly passed you by, we’ve got you covered. Scroll through to learn about five of the launches you might have missed.


The Razer Kishi Mobile Gamepad

Hardcore gamers are always on the lookout for hardware to bolster their playtime. That said, it’s great that there is now a wide range of mobile games and, accordingly, accessories available for both Apple and Android. The Razer Kishi Mobile Gamepad is one of them: a new universal gaming controller that’s “designed to bring console-level control to your on-the-go gaming.” It’s compatible with both Android and Apple, too.


The Razer Kishi Mobile Gamepad’s direct connection to your phone ensures a zero-lag experience while its pass-through charging port keeps your cords neat without interrupting you during game time (something for mobile gamers to seriously consider).


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Image: Razer


The Samsung T7 Touch Portable SSD

Through its relatively stable design, a Solid-State Drive (or SSD) prevents data loss from bumps or hardware failures; in this way, it offers its users a great sense of security.


With the Samsung T7 Touch Portable SSD, however, it’s all about going one step further, still. With the addition of a built-in fingerprint scanner, it allows users to access encrypted files with ease and is compatible with Mac, PC and mobile devices. It also goes up to 1050 MB/s for reading and 1000MB/s for writing, delivering lightning-fast performance each time.


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Image: Samsung


The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2

One of the biggest gadget frustrations for avid techies is finding out that a new release was less than stellar compared to its pre-release buildup. Thankfully, the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 is one piece of cutting-edge technology that matches the hype.


The Fold2 is a folding smartphone with a six-millimeter body, creating a nearly-seamless gap between the two screens. Its combined Infinity-O screen comes in at 7.6 inches, delivering an experience similar to that of a tablet. When folded, its 6.2-inch cover screen still manages to provide a larger-than-average viewing experience. 


The other features of the Fold2, such as a 120Hz refresh rate, optimized display layers, 5G connectivity capability and 4500mAh battery capacity, also prove that it lives up to the fanfare.

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Image: Samsung


The HP Envy x360 Convertible PC

A surefire way to get the most out of new gadgets is to pick devices that can multitask. The HP Envy x360 Convertible PC is a laptop with a twist: when folded down, it transforms into a tablet with a pen. 


Other key features include WiFi 6 and Bluetooth 5.0 capabilities and an optional Thunderbolt 3 for rapid connectivity and data transfer. Best of all, the Envy x360 is designed to make work optimal and efficient for creatives as its UHD OLED display provides an enhanced color experience for accurate image viewing.


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Image: HP


The Meeting Owl Pro Video Conference Camera

In 2020, video conferencing has become a necessity for remote work and online learning. Here’s one timely release that takes productivity in the new normal to a new level: The Meeting Owl Pro Video Conference Camera provides high-quality audio and video with a 360-degree, 1080p camera and 5.5m-radius mics.


What sets the Meeting Owl Pro apart from other video conferencing gadgets is its Intelligence System that features autofocus and smart zooming, allowing it to shift to the person speaking automatically.


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Image: Amazon


Now more than ever, having the right devices can help you adapt and stay on top of things in the new normal. To get your hands on some of the latest gadgets and accessories, head on over to the Globe Shop.


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