Our picks of the week: Leica M11, Oppo Watch Free 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.

Leica M11
S$13,130 (body only), available at Leica Store

The next generation of Leica’s legendary M series digital rangefinder is here with the M11. It features a 60-megapixel (MP) image sensor that is capable of capturing RAW images in 60MP, 36MP or 18MP DNG format.

With its Maestro III image processor, the Leica M11 is said to have a fluid and responsive operation. It offers electronic shutter featuring a shutter speed of up to 1/16,000 of a second, and allows a ISO sensitivity range from ISO 64 to 50,000. It can record 14-bit colour depth with a dynamic range of up to 15 stops.

Oppo Watch Free
S$129, available today in Lazada and Shopee

If you are looking for an affordable smartwatch, you now have a new option to consider with the Oppo Watch Free. It is an entry-level smartwatch targeted youths and comes equipped with Oppo’s Sleep monitoring system. It is said to provide personalised comprehensive sleep monitoring and analysis including snoring risks and sleep blood oxygen level.

Utilising its built-in 6-axis motion sensor and optical heart rate sensor, the smartwatch has support for over 100 sports modes. Not to mention, its battery life is rated at two weeks and Oppo claims the smartwatch can last a full day with just 5 minutes of charging. The smartwatch will be available in two colours of vanilla and black.

Astell&Kern ACRO BE100
S$569, available in AVOne

Featuring a dedicated 32-bit digital-to-analogue converter and support for the latest 24-bit hi-res quality wireless streaming codecs, the Astell&Kern ACRO BE100 is the Bluetooth speaker for audiophiles. It is blessed with a custom 4-inch Kevlar woofer, two 1.5-inch silk dome tweeters and an onboard Class-D amplifier with 55W of total power.

And its maker claims this speaker can deliver superior room-filling and hi-fi caliber stereo sound that belies its compact profile and stylish design. The triangular shapes on front metal-grille mesh along with the faux leather finish of the main unit are topped off with a top aluminium-hewn knurling-patterned knob for accurate fine tuning of the volume.

HP Spectre x360 16
From S$3,299, available in HP Store

The HP Spectre x360 16 2-in-1 Laptop PC is designed for the mobile warriors, as we brace ourselves for the hybrid working mode. It is said to be the world’s first 16-inch laptop with an integrated 5MP webcam for easy log-in using Windows Hello. It comes with HP GlamCam that essentially makes you look great during those never-ending video calls.

Yet, the Spectre x360 16 offers great performance with its Intel Evo verified platform, 11th-generation Intel Core i7 processor and the latest Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 Laptop graphics processing unit. Furthermore, it is said to last up to 17 hours on a full charge, so you do not have to worry about dropping out of video calls due to a flat battery.

Casio G-Shock GM-2100MG
S$419, available at all Casio Stores on Jan 24

Another day, another new Casio G-Shock watch. This is the G-Shock GM-2100MG metal-covered model that is said to be inspired by the Moon for its gorgeous look.

It features a Moon-inspired bezel, vapour-deposited dial, metallic band ring and buckle that come with gold ion-plated finish. The back cover of the watch is engraved with an image of the Moon’s craters. So, you surely know where this watch’s inspiration come from.

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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