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Gear this week: An exorbitant Android smartphone, a foldable electric bike, and more

By Team HardwareZone - 1 Dec 2018

Gear this week: An exorbitant Android smartphone, a foldable electric bike, and more

Porsche Design Huawei Mate 20 RS

The Porsche Design Huawei Mate 20 RS is a limited-edition premium Android mobile phone that is the result of the partnership between Huawei and Porsche Design. Its specifications are identical as the Huawei Mate 20 Pro except the premium Porsche Design variant will feature 8GB RAM and 256GB storage capacity. It has two rear strips of handcrafted leather that sandwich the glass camera block in the middle. There are also hints of racing embellishments like racing stripes on the device as well as exclusive Porsche Design UI theme and wallpaper. Singapore is the only country in Southeast Asia to get the Porsche Design Huawei Mate 20 RS and its jaw-dropping price tag is S$2,298!

Read more about the Porsche Design Huawei Mate 20 RS here.


Volt Axis Folding Shimano STEPS Electric Bicycle

The Volt Axis Folding Shimano STEPS electric bicycle is possibly the world’s most advanced foldable electric bike. Powered by a Shimano STEPS 250W motor, a carbon belt drive system, and an 8-speed gear hub, the three integrated technologies into a foldable bike frame, makes the Volt Axis a unique entrant in the crowded commuter e-bike market. The electric bike has a top speed of about 25km/h, weighs 19kg and has a range of 95km. It’s powered by a 418Wh battery that has a charge time of about three to four hours.

Read more about the Volt Axis Folding Shimano STEPS Electric Bicycle here.


Garmin Instinct

The Garmin Instinct is billed as GPS watch built tough for the outdoors due to its MIL-STD-810G standards. The marque feature is its GPS navigation that taps on multiple GNSS satellite networks for optimal location tracking. It offers comprehensive navigation options thanks to the inclusion of altimeter, barometer and compass. Pair it with the Garmin Explore app to plan trips in advance for better use of its TracBack feature for guidance back to the original starting point of the trip. It also tracks heart rate, steps taken, distance covered, calories consumed and even physical stress levels. It’s available now in three distinctive colors, i.e., Graphite, Tundra and Flame Red. It is available locally with an SRP of S$499.

Read more about the Garmin Instinct here.


Samsung 860 QVO SSD

The Samsung 860 QVO SSD is the latest affordable high-density SSD from Samsung. It sports the company’s latest 4-bit QLC V-NAND memory and will only available in 1-, 2-, and 4TB capacities. denser QLC NAND memory will inevitably mean lower endurance but this will be mitigated by the high capacity and clever trimming algorithms. The drive features SATA 6Gbps interface and is packaged in the ubiquitous 2.5-inch form factor. The drive is backed by a three-year warranty. The Samsung 860 QVO SSD will be available starting January 2019. The 1TB drive is S$299, the 2TB drive is S$659, and the 4TB drive is S$999.

Read more about the Samsung 860 QVO SSD here.


Gigabyte X299 Aorus Master Motherboard

The Gigabyte X299 Aorus Master Motherboard is latest board from the company to support the full range of the current Intel Core X series CPUs. Based on the Intel X299 chipset, the board touts a 12-phase digital VRM solution and advanced thermal design that includes active VRM cooling so that overclockers can take full advantage of the overclocking capabilities of those unlocked CPUs. The board boasts of three M.2 connectors and four PCIe expansion slots with Ultra Durable PCIe Armor. Its trusty DualBIOS feature, DDR4 XMP support up to 4,000MHz, and an audiophile-grade onboard audio system makes this board a truly outstanding one!

Read more about the Gigabyte X299 Aorus Master Motherboard here.