Stuff Picks: Huawei’s dandy Mate 10 Pro

Plus the Sonos One, Samsung’s best wireless earbuds to date and an updated GarageBand with Asian instruments

Huawei Mate 10 Pro (S$1098)

The piece de resistance of the Mate 10 series lands today, which means Singaporeans will be the first in the world to get the Mocha Brown and Midnight Blue versions. This gorgeous, glinty glass-backed phone has an AI-controlled brain that wants to turn you into a better photographer and a mammoth 6in, 18:9 aspect ratio OLED screen up front, with those oh-so-desirable minimal bezels that are all the rage right now. The super-quick Kirin 970 inside has plenty of CPU grunt, plus some silicon dedicated to machine learning – making it faster at recognising images than any other phone. It's like having an AI David Bailey on board, helping you use the dual Leica-branded rear cameras to their full potential. Comes with a huge 4000mAh battery for two days of go-time between charges and Android Oreo on-board.

Sonos One (S$329)

If you care about music and have kitted out your home with at least a smattering of smart devices, then the Sonos One could well be teetering close to the top of your Christmas list. We did note in our review that this brilliant wireless speaker is occasionally scatterbrained and yes, Alexa isn’t in Singapore yet. But this is still a piece of kit that tunes and tech fans are surely lusting after, not to mention it’s future-ready with its voice control capabilities et al. Check it out from this weekend at retailers including Challenger, Harvey Norman and Nubox. 

Samsung Gear IconX 2018 (S$268)

First released a year ago, Samsung’s Gear IconX earbuds have just been updated for greater functionality. Now bestowed with better battery life (which gives you about six hours of listening on a full charge) and wireless audio quality, they also pack 4GB of storage on-board. That means you can still listen to your favourite choons without your phone, say when you head out for a run. Even better for fitness freaks are the features like a motivational “coach” and compatibility with the Samsung Health app. Bonus: they’re comfortable and good-looking, too. Ignore the confusing ‘2018’ in the name – the earbuds are now available in three colours at telcom operators, major electronics stores, Samsung Experience Stores and online retailers Lazada Singapore, Hachi, Amazon and Rack85.

GarageBand 2.3 for iOS (free)

Apple’s just given its popular music-making app a major update that’s totally worth getting – and not only because it’s free. With GarageBand 2.3, you get access to a Sound Library with free sound packs, a new Beat Sequencer and updates to Drummer, including six additional players. What’s really cool though, are the new Asian Touch Instruments including the Guzheng and Taiko Drums that you can pretend to play via gestures like plucking strings and tapping drums. The app is available on the App Store and compatible with devices running iOS 11 or later.