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Holiday Gift Guide 2021: Wearables, laptops, XR, and more — powered by Qualcomm Technologies

Dec 13, 2021

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It’s that time of year again, the season of gift-giving and the joy of finding just the right gifts for loved ones — and the satisfaction of crossing items off early on your holiday shopping list. And we know that no matter who’s on your list this year, cutting-edge wearables, laptops, and XR headsets are probably near the top.

At Qualcomm Technologies, we continue to drive the future of wireless technology that helps people connect, compute, and communicate in new and exciting ways. It’s been a tremendous year for innovative devices and platforms, with unique, powerful wearables, laptops, smartphones, XR headsets, and IoT devices leading the way. From smartwatches powered by Snapdragon technology and Windows 11 laptops to lightning-fast Wi-Fi 6E mesh systems and reliable Bluetooth speakers with our technology, the future of connectivity and mobile computing is powered by us.

That’s why we’ve compiled the ultimate gift guide to make sure your technology shopping is fast and efficient — just like devices powered by Snapdragon and our cutting-edge technologies. Check out our list of tech-inspired devices to find just the right gift for your friends and family this holiday season:

Smartwatches

Fossil Gen 6 Smartwatch, Snapdragon Wear 4100+

This is the first smartwatch powered by the Snapdragon Wear 4100+ Platform, providing users fast application load times, highly responsive user experiences, and efficient power consumption. Key features include increased battery charging speed and upgraded health and wellness sensors from the previous model alongside a swim proof speaker and microphone and improved connectivity with Bluetooth 5.

Price: $299 – $319

 

Michael Kors Gen 6 Smartwatch

Powered by the Snapdragon Wear 4100+ Platform, this smartwatch is equipped with a host of wellness features, including a heart rate monitor and an SPO2 sensor to track your breathing and sleep readings to improve your snooze. Other features include a 1.28-inch touchscreen digital display, water resistance up to 5 ATM, and capable of charging two times faster than other leading smartwatch styles. 

Price: $350 – $425

Earbuds & Speakers

B&W Zeppelin Smart Speaker

This speaker with Qualcomm aptX Adaptive Audio is a complete stereo system in one component. Its high performance drive units include two 1-inch tweeters, two 3.5-inch FST midrange speakers, and one 6-inch subwoofer. It can stream Apple AirPlay 2, Bluetooth aptX Adaptive, Spotify Connect, and includes built-in Alexa voice control. You can enjoy your favorite music in up to 24-bit high-resolution quality from popular streaming services like Deezer, Qobuz, TIDAL, and more via the Bowers & Wilkins Music App. Zeppelin comes in Midnight Grey and Pearl Grey color options.

Price: $799

 

Louis Vuitton Horizon Light Up Speaker

Powered by Qualcomm QCS404 technology, this speaker features wireless connectivity, 360-degree sound, playtime of up to 15 hours, and a quick charging time of 90 minutes with provided USB-C charger.

Price: $3,850

 

Jabra Elite 7 Pro

These earbuds are powered by the Qualcomm QCC5141 low-power Bluetooth Audio SoC, and offer ground-breaking call performance with the new Jabra MultiSensor Voice technology and adjustable ANC (Active Noise Cancelation). They also feature a long battery life of up to nine hours of non-stop play time and 35 hours with the charging case.

Price: $199.99

Networking

NETGEAR Orbi Quad-band Wi-Fi 6E Mesh System

Powered by Qualcomm Networking Pro 1610 Platform, the Orbi RBKE960 series is the world’s first quad-band mesh system to add the newly available 6-GHz Wi-Fi 6E. This new band provides additional Wi-Fi spectrum to handle multi-Gigabit speeds on new smartphones and laptops, and is free of interference from other devices on existing 2.4-GHz and 5-GHz bands. Upgraded Wi-Fi radio and antenna designs give devices running on these bands additional improvement in coverage and increased speeds of up to 30 percent. The Orbi WiFi 6E 3 pack come in white or black and provides lightning-fast, wall-to-wall Internet access to homes of up to 9,000 square feet for WiFi 6 connections and is easily expandable for larger spaces or denser coverage of Wi-Fi 6E connections with the addition of extra satellites.

Price: $1,499.99 (3-pack)

 

Linksys Wi-Fi Atlas Max 6E Mesh Router

This is the first Wi-Fi 6E system with built-in tri-band mesh support and is powered by the Qualcomm Networking Pro 1210 Platform to provide fast performance across all your devices. By taking advantage of the newly opened 6-GHz band, the Atlas Max 6E delivers faster speeds and interference-free signal-to-end device support. It also has 4x4 Wi-Fi radio with MU-MIMO, enabling more devices to connect simultaneously and allowing multi-device streaming, uninterrupted gaming, and faster internet speeds. Downlink and uplink MU-MIMO are also both supported. A 3-pack system can cover up to 9,000 square feet and more than 195 devices.

Price: $449.99 (1-pack), $849.99 (2-pack), $1,199.99 (3-pack)

Chromebooks & Windows Laptops

Samsung Galaxy Book Go 5G

The Snapdragon 8cx Gen 2 5G Compute Platform powers the leading experiences of the Samsung Galaxy Book Go 5G, enabling security-rich and reliable 5G and 4G cellular connectivity, multi-day battery life, advanced audio and video capabilities, and more — all in a thin, light, and fanless device. This laptop combines the best features of your smartphone with the PC performance and productivity you deserve in a device that can truly keep up as you work, learn, and stream from virtually anywhere.

Price: starting at just $799 (Verizon and AT&T)

 

Acer Chromebook Spin 513

With a footprint only slightly larger than a sheet of paper, the Acer Chromebook Spin 513 uses the Snapdragon 7c Compute Platform to deliver more than enough processing power, battery life, and connectivity to get through the day — wherever that may be. Featuring a 13-inch screen inside a compact, low-weight frame, the 2-in-1 convertible design flips between laptop and tablet modes, ensuring users can stay connected to their data and apps for work, homework, or more. Two built-in microphones improve the quality of video calls while its ultra-durable touchscreen and touchpad can withstand the rigors of everyday use for even your young ones.

Price: $399

 

Microsoft Surface Pro X

Leveraging Microsoft’s SQ1 and SQ2 processors developed in collaboration with Qualcomm Technologies, the Microsoft Surface Pro X was designed to meet professional standards: maximum performance, productivity, connectivity, and battery life, all within an ultra-thin chassis small and lightweight enough to stow away in your bag while you’re on the go. The resulting 2-in-1 detachable laptop is perfect for working across multiple monitors at the office or taking notes during your college lecture by combining the power of a personal computer with an edge-to-edge 13-inch touchscreen. Supporting LTE connectivity, it enables all-day battery life so you can study efficiently from virtually anywhere. Add a detachable keyboard and rechargeable self-storing Microsoft Pen to enable an easy tablet-to-laptop transition that can fuel your creativity through this popular form factor.

Price: starting at $999

 

HP Elite Folio

Forget carrying a laptop and tablet — pick up this sleek, new one-life 2-in-1 laptop from HP. The world’s most versatile device for mobile productivity, the HP Elite Folio is a compact laptop weighing just under three pounds that fits beautifully in your bag. Innovative use of sustainable materials shows prominently in the sophisticated pull-forward design. A soft folio inspired exterior wraps the PC and the enclosure is made from 90% recycled magnesium by weight. The HP Elite Folio is built for professionals who are always on the move, seamlessly transitioning from location to location. While compact, it still gives you the processing power you need with a Snapdragon 8cx Gen 2 5G Compute Platform, which also enables optional 5G connectivity to keep you connected to the world around you from virtually anywhere.

Price: $1,419

 

Lenovo Flex 5G

The Lenovo Flex 5G (also known as the Yoga 5G) is the world’s first personal computer with lightning-fast 5G connectivity thanks to the Snapdragon 8cx 5G Compute Platform. As the ultimate laptop for on-the-go users, this slim, eye-catching 360-degree convertible device includes unmatched power and efficiency capable of multiple days of use on a single charge. The Flex also includes a wide and responsive 14-inch touchscreen that’s perfect for everyday needs as well as specialized programs. Equipped with 5G cellular connectivity, it combines the speed and mobility of a smartphone with the performance you’d expect from an ultra-portable laptop.

Price: $1,399

IoT Devices

Facebook Portal+ & Portal Go

The Meta Portal+ and Portal Go  — powered by the Qualcomm QCS605 and Qualcomm Vision Intelligence Platform — are video calling devices that let you feel like you are together even when you are separated by distance. Portal Go brings the best of Portal smart video calling to a new, portable form factor. The new 14-inch Portal+ makes a perfect dedicated screen for work calls while freeing up your computer to take notes or view a presentation. Both devices feature a 12MP, AI-powered Smart Camera with an ultrawide field of view that automatically pans and zooms to keep you in frame. You can make calls on Portal through Messenger, WhatsApp, Microsoft Teams (coming in December), Zoom, and more.

Price: $199 – $349

 

iRobot j7+

The Roomba j7+ robot vacuum, powered by the QCS404 audio SoC, is iRobot’s first robot to introduce PrecisionVision Navigation, which recognizes objects and avoids obstacles like pet waste and charging cords. This is perfect for any pet owner looking to keep a clean home while keeping your pets or loved ones in mind.   

Price: starting at $699

 

Skydio 2 Drone

Skydio’s latest drone — the Skydio 2 — utilizes breakthrough intelligence powered by the QCS605 to make impossible video possible for drone enthusiasts looking to capture their next big adventure. This drone features autonomous flight, six 4K navigation cameras, and 360-degree drone obstacle avoidance.

Price: $949 – $2,599

XR

Meta Quest 2

Quest 2, powered by the Snapdragon XR2 Platform, is the newest, most advanced all-in-one VR system yet. Explore an expansive library of awe-inspiring games, fitness apps, and immersive experiences with next generation graphics.

Price: $299.99 (128GB), $399.99 (256GB)

Battery life varies significantly based on device, settings, usage, and other factors.
Snapdragon, Snapdragon Wear, Qualcomm aptX, Qualcomm Networking Pro Series Platforms, Qualcomm QCC5141, Qualcomm QCS605, Qualcomm QCS404, and Qualcomm Vision Intelligence Platform are products of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. and/or its subsidiaries.

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