Our picks for the week: Realme 8 5G, Orbi Pro Wi-Fi 6 Tri-band Mesh System and more

Every week, there are plenty of new products emerging in the consumer tech realm. At times, it becomes impossible to cover all of them. Here, we pick the new products of the week and deliver them to you in bite-size format.

Realme 8 5G
S$399, available on May 29 in Lazada

You do not need to spend a lot of money to get a 5G smartphone when you can get the affordable Realm 8 5G. It features the Dimensity 700 5G chip that is able to support the latest 5G networks.

The smartphone is also only 8.5mm thin and weighs a mere 185g. Furthermore, it comes with a 6.5-inch display with 90Hz refresh rate for smooth scrolling. And its large-capacity 5,000mAh battery ensures long battery life. It is even armed with a 48-megapixel (MP) main camera with a 2MP macro camera and a 2MP depth camera.

Netgear Orbi Pro Wi-Fi 6 Tri-band Mesh System
S$1,299, available in Lazada and Shopee

You will need quick and reliable Wi-Fi, since you are now working from home or your kids are on home-based learning. Thus, you might want to invest on Netgear’s Orbi Pro Wi-Fi 6 Tri-band Mesh System.

It comes with one main router and a satellite node to cover an area of up to 6,000 sq feet or the size of 5 executive flats, according to Netgear. In addition, it uses a dedicated band between the main router and satellite to free up the other two bands for maximum speed to your devices. It offers up to a total speed 6Gbps for all your video conferences, Netflix streaming and

Casio Royal Navy x G-Shock Frogman Limited Edition
S$1,299, available on May 24

Designed in conjunction with UK’s Royal Navy, this Royal Navy x G-Shock Frogman Limited Edition watch features design elements inspired by the Royal Navy, specifically HMS Queen Elizabeth – its largest aircraft carrier ever. Its back cover is engraved with a bespoke naval version of G-Shock’s frog character.

It accommodates the hostile environments faced by naval personnel – at sea and on land – using Casio’s Carbon Core Guard structure. Carbon fibre reinforced resin is used for the case material for high strength and low absorbency.

Targus 15″ Newport Backpack
S$199, available in Lazada and Shopee

We might be working from home now. But sooner or later, we will have to lug our laptop to and fro work. And that’s when the Targus’ new 15″ Newport Backpack will come in handy.

Available in two colours of black and navy blue, the Newport Backpack delivers reliable organisation in a cool looking design. It has dedicated compartment for a slim laptop such as the 16-inch MacBook Pro. A secondary compartment lets you store large accessories. There are two front quick-access pockets for you to store your smartphone or sunglasses.

Garmin Venu 2S
S$599, available in Lazada and Shopee

It is important to look after our health with the pandemic showing no signs of abating. You might want to consider the Garmin Venu 2S GPS smartwatch that comes with a comprehensive suite of health monitoring features.

Apart from the usual physical activity and heart rate tracking, it also tracks your sleep, stress and even body energy level. In addition, it comes with over 75 preset animated workouts. So you can easily follow the right workout form and technique right from your wrist.

There is also a Venu 2 model – with a larger 45mm watch case compared to Venu 2S’ 40mm – that will be available next month at the same price.

Trevor Tan

Started out with dreams to become a street photographer, Trevor Tan somehow became a tech journalist with over 16 years of consumer tech experience. Maybe he plays too much video games and buys too many new gadgets.
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