While it is beginning to look a lot like Christmas, some of you may be putting off your gift shopping until the last minute. If you don’t know where to begin, we’ve got you covered. 2022 saw a lot of exciting tech products getting released. We’ve picked the best out of the lot and assembled them into a handy gifting guide. So, without further ado, here is our list of last-minute tech gifting options for Christmas.
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iPhone 14 Pro
Price: Rs 1,29,990
The latest iPhone as a Christmas gift is always a no-brainer and probably the safest gifting choice. The iPhone 14 Pro comes with a new display and Apple’s biggest camera upgrade in years. The notch on the display has been replaced with a pill-shaped cutout which also houses the highly talked about ‘Dynamic Island’. The rear camera unit gets a 48MP primary sensor, a big upgrade over the 12MP lens on the previous version. Processor duties are handled by the new A16 Bionic chipset. iPhone 14 Pro also packs some new emergency features like crash detection and satellite connectivity. Read more about the latest iPhone in our review here.
Price: Rs 26,990
Sony’s latest flagship headphones, WH-1000XM5, make a perfect gift for an audiophile friend. Sony has been regularly putting out great wireless headphones every year in its 1000XM series, and the 1000XM5 continues that tradition by improving upon the sound profile of its predecessor and being comfortably ahead of its competition. The WH-1000XM5 employs giant 30mm audio drivers to deliver a sensational audio performance. If that’s not enough, these headphones also offer state-of-the-art ANC assisted by 8 microphones. You also get up to 30 hours of playback on a single charge and fast charging support. For more details, read our review here.
Nothing Phone (1)
Price: Rs 32,999
Not many smartphones are able to make as big waves in their debut year as the Nothing Phone (1) did this year. While the smartphone may stand out because of its aesthetics (thanks to the see-through back panel design and the Glyph interface), do not be mistaken in thinking that it is a one-trick pony. The rear camera and image processing of the Phone (1) are surprisingly good for a smartphone in the midrange category. Read more about it in our detailed review here. If you’re looking for a powerful smartphone to gift to a tech enthusiast but don’t want to splurge on a flagship, the Nothing Phone (1) stands out as an obvious choice.
Samsung Galaxy Watch 5
Price: Rs 30,000
Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 is arguably the best Android smartwatch on the market right now. Its BioActive sensors, health and fitness tracking, app integration and ease of accessibility make it an ideal gift for fitness freaks and regular tech enthusiasts alike. When we reviewed the Galaxy Watch 5 last month, we were blown away by the range of its fitness tracking and the accuracy of its health sensors. Even if you are not heavily into fitness, you’ll come to appreciate the density of the health data that the smartwatch is able to track across the day. On top of that, the dial faces and customisation options make it a pretty appealing bling to wrap around your wrist.
Amazon Echo Dot with Clock
Price: Rs 4,999
The Amazon Echo Dot with Clock makes a great nightstand addition. It is also one of the bestselling Echo devices. It comes with a minimal digital clock LED display and the standard LED lighting at the bottom. With the Echo Dot, you can play ambient sounds and white noise while you go to sleep, set up an alarm using Alexa, or even update your to-do list for the day. You can snooze the alarm by gently tapping on the top of the device.
Acer H Series Smart TV
Price: Rs 34,999
The recently launched Acer H Series ticks all the boxes for the perfect Christmas gift. This 50-inch Smart TV comes sports a 4k display and a 64-bit Cortex a 55 quad-core CPU with up to 1.3GHz clock speed. The Acer H Series is nearly frameless with just a thick silver border running at the bottom. Designed to be placed in a large living room, the H Series delivers a great viewing experience, one that isn’t easily matched in this price range. The Android TV 11 OS supports all of the OTT apps and the TV comes preloaded with the major ones like Netflix and Prime Video. Acer may be new to the Smart TV market in India but it is consistently delivering great products at really attractive prices. Read our review here.
Lenovo ThinkBook 15
Price: Rs 33,990
Looking for a budget-friendly laptop for students? The Lenovo ThinkBook 15 is a great buy at a reasonable cost. The Lenovo ThinkBook 15 features the AMD Ryzen 3 5300U processor and comes preloaded with Windows 11. While the standard variant has 256GB SSD storage along with 8GB RAM, there is also a 512GB SSD storage variant on offer. Brightness for the 15.6-inch Antiglare display is capped at 220 nits, which is optimum for indoor and outdoor usage. The laptop also comes with integrated AMD Radeon graphics.
Qubo Dashcam 4K
Price: Rs 9,990.
When it comes to Auto Tech, Hero Electronix has one of the best product portfolios in India. The recently launched Qubo Dashcam can record high-quality footage in 4k (with Sony IMX 415 lens and SIGMASTAR SSC8629G) and also comes with ADAS features like lane departure warning, forward vehicle motion detection, and vehicle ahead alert. On top of that, the dashcam also sports an inbuilt GPS and is capable of taking time-lapse videos. The ‘Loop recording’ feature overwrites old footage to save storage space and the ‘Emergency event recording lock’ automatically saves the video in case of an event.
OnePlus Nord Watch
Price: Rs 4,999
Looking for a no-nonsense fitness tracking smartwatch without wanting to splurge too much? The OnePlus Nord Watch fits the bill. The 1.78-inch AMOLED display offers a 60Hz refresh rate and a peak brightness of 500 nits. We reviewed the Nord Watch recently and were pleased by the touch response of the display and the versatility of its fitness tracking. The 230 mAh battery provides a week’s worth of juice even on above-average usage. When the smartwatch is on stand-by it can last up to 30 days.
Steelbird Bike Riding Gloves with Touchscreen Sensitivity
Price: Rs 599
While it isn’t exactly a ‘tech’ gift, the Steelbird riding gloves are a great accessory that allows riders to handle touchscreen interfaces without taking the gloves off. These gloves will come in handy for electric scooter owners that need to regularly handle the touch interface on their vehicle. Taking the gloves off every time you need to check your phone can be quite an annoyance, especially on pit stops during long rides. At a price of Rs 599, these gloves would make a thoughtful gift for someone that loves to ride.
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These are our picks for the best last-minute tech gifting options for Christmas. Before buying any products, look out for the exclusive year-end offers and discounts being offered by e-commerce platforms and tech brands across the spectrum. What tech products did you pick up on your Christmas shopping spree? Let us know in the comments!
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