New arrival: 7 X-mini portable Bluetooth wireless speakers from Xmi

June 6th, 2017

Singapore speaker maker Xmi redesigns iconic capsule speaker and expands X-mini range of products across bigger sizes and price ranges. Available end June. Prices below.

Xmi launched the 7 new X-mini wireless Bluetooth speakers at the Tippling Club in Singapore.

Xmi launched seven new speakers in Singapore today.

  • X-mini CLICK 2: S$39.90
  • X-mini XOUNDBAR: S$49.90
  • X-mini KAI X1: S$69.90
  • X-mini KAI X2: S$99.90
  • X-mini KAI X3: S$129.90
  • X-mini SUPA: S$209.90
  • X-mini INFINITI: S$569.90

Purchases can be made directly from or any X-mini or authorised resellers, Best Denki, Courts, Challenger, Gain City, Harvey Norman and Popular from end June 2017.

More details from the press release below.

X-mini amplifies sound quality and portability in latest range of wireless speakers

Homegrown brand redesigns iconic Capsule Speaker™ and expands range of products

Singapore, 6 June 2017 – Music fans who like to share their favourite music with friends over dinner or indulge in a relaxing afternoon listening to their favourite tunes will love homegrown brand X-mini’s latest range of portable speakers.

X-mini CLICK 2 pocket-sized portable speaker for casual listeners on-the-go. S$39.90 in Singapore. The X-mini CLICK2 has a 36mm (4Ω) driver & plays up to 6 hours of music via Bluetooth. Specially designed to create depth of sound despite its compact size. Pair 2 X-mini CLICK 2s to enjoy true wireless stereo audio. Weighs 85g & measures only 50 x 30.5mm.

Homegrown company Xmi Pte Ltd (“Xmi”) burst into the scenes in 2007 when it launched the iconic X-mini Capsule Speaker.

The X-mini™ Capsule Speaker was designed with fuller sound and complete portability in mind, allowing users to pop it into their pocket or bag so that they can play their music wherever they are.

The X-mini XOUNDBAR wireless Bluetooth portable speaker is slim and fits in the pocket for music on the go. S$49.90. Flatter drivers enable fuller range of sound frequencies despite its slim profile, so the high and low notes of the music can be distinctly enjoyed. Pair two X-mini XOUNDBARs wirelessly for true wireless stereo audio experience.

It went on to win design awards like the prestigious Red Dot Design Award since 2008. More importantly, it revolutionised the way people shared their music and kicked off an entire new product category globally called the portable speaker.

The X-mini Kai X signature series of wireless Bluetooth portable speakers. Long battery life makes them good for outdoor use. Can be paired with another X-mini Kai X speaker wirelessly for stereo experience. Can also play music from a microSD memory card in the speaker.

Continuing X-mini’s dedication to innovation, X-mini is launching a slew of seven new wireless speakers with iconic designs to pair with varying lifestyles today.

X-mini SUPA wireless Bluetooth portable speaker. S$209.90. Inspired by vintage jukebox systems, the X-mini SUPA has a built-in Digital Signal Processing (DSP) & Dual Pressure Air Compression (DPAC) audio technologies with a signature tweeter-in-tweeter technology. The sound experience retains its original sound quality at high volumes with minimal distortions. The sleek and powerful device comes with two pre-set equalisers for vocal and bass. The single-swivel dial control makes song switching or volume adjustment easy.

“Music is a big part of everyday life, from day-to-day routines to specially created moments. There are times we would like to amplify that feeling or mood through music with others and that’s why we have designed a wider range of speakers to cater to varying tastes in music, as each is fine-tuned to suit different genres,” said Ryan Lee, Co-founder and Chief Executive of Xmi.

X-mini INFINITY wireless speaker. S$569.90. Different from X-mini’s trademark tabletop speakers. The biggest product X-mini has created, it’s different from conventional directional audio system – housing 4 drivers, one dedicated subwoofer with built-in DSP and DPAC audio technologies. The 60cm tall X-min INFINITI utilises the surrounding infrastructure, like walls, to create a stereo experience. Bluetooth pairing allows pairing two X-mini INFINITI speakers to position them for the wireless stereo audio.

“Being audiophiles ourselves, we place the same level of demand on quality for our products as if we were consumers. We designed every part of every single product ourselves – from the placement of the bass ports and driver sizes to the stunning design of each product – that’s how serious we are about reproducing music the way it was meant to be heard without compromising on true portability,” Lee added.

New arrival: Fujifilm Instax Square SQ10 instant camera

May 12th, 2017

Fujifilm launches its first hybrid instant camera in its new square format printout. Available worldwide 19 May 2017: S$499.

The SQ10 is the first hybrid camera in Fujifilm’s Instax range of instant cameras that is equipped with a digital image sensor.

Photos taken can be stored in an external microSD card (sold separately) for immediate or future printing on the camera itself on the go.

The photos taken can be digitally edited on the camera for brightness and contrast, with the addition of 10 Instagram-like filters and a vignette effect before printing. The SQ10 sports a 3-inch TFT colour LCD monitor with approximately 460k dots.

The SQ10 has 3.5 megapixels (1920 x 1920) and has a fixed aperture (F2.4) and focal length 28.5mm (35mm format equivalent).

The photos can be transferred via the microSD card – each gigabyte of memory stores up to 1000 photos.

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IFA GPC 2017 – Global Press Conference for IFA 2017

April 22nd, 2017

The actual press conference for IFA 2017 in Berlin (1-6 September) will be held at 11am today in Lisbon, Portugal. Stay tuned for the excerpt and press release.

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Stay tuned for the outcome of the global press conference for IFA 2017 in this slot. I will update this posting once it’s out.

So IFA 2017 will see the emphasis put on Brands and focus placed on Innovation.

Dr. Christian Goke, CEO Messe Berlin leading the discussion panel during the Global Press Conference.

The press release will be appended below once I receive it.

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New arrival: Senheiser AMBEO Smart Headset for 3D audio

April 21st, 2017

The AMBEO Smart Headset brings binaural sound recording to the consumer market. Price & availability TBA.

The Sennheiser AMBEO Smart Headset features an integrated premium Apogee A/D Converter built into the remote control.

Sennheiser has designed the AMBEO Smart Headset to be an intuitive, compact and mobile binaural recording headset.

First showcased at the CES 2017, the AMBEO Smart Headset captures immersive 3D audio with the simplicity of a mobile device.

“With this new headset you can use your iOS device’s camera to record, experience and relive the same balance of three dimensional sound and 180° visual perspective that we as human beings are accustomed to in our perception of the world,” explains Dr. Andreas Sennheiser, co-CEO Sennheiser.

The binaural audio recordings created with the AMBEO Smart Headset offer a stunning 3D experience – placing the listener inside the soundscape and playing back the direction of sounds and natural spatial characteristics of a location.

To create this headset, Sennheiser partnered with Apogee, the manufacturer of professional audio device, and an industry leader of digital audio recording.

The AMBEO Smart Headset produces detailed and realistic recording via two omni-directional microphones integrated in the ear pieces that work alongside a premium A/D converter, mic preamp and SoftLimit from Apogee.

The two microphones capture the subtle differences in timing, volume and timbre that occur as sounds from different directions reach each ear.

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Day 1 of IFA GPC 2017 – Power briefs & discussion panels

April 21st, 2017

The first day of the IFA GPC 2017 comprises a series of power briefs by industry leaders and analysts on the latest trends and products in consumer electronics and home appliances. Here is a rundown on what transpired in those proceedings.

Finally getting down to business. Looking forward to hearing what industry experts have to share about the trends and predictions in consumer electronics and home appliances.

There are altogether eight power briefings and one discussion panel.

As I attend these sessions, I will post a brief synopsis of each session on Instagram and consolidate all the synopses here. So stay tuned!

Power briefing 1

Power briefing 2

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From Singapore to Lisbon, Portugal in 24 hours for IFA GPC 2017

April 20th, 2017

IFA GPC 2017 commences from 20-23 April so we spent most of today in the air, flying 8 hours from Singapore to Dubai in UAE; and another 8 hours onwards to Lisbon, Portugal; with a 6-hour transit in the Dubai International Airport.

* This article was first published on The Travel Memoir.

So the entire journey took around 24 hours, if you include the 2 hours earlier you got to turn up at the airport to check in.

I flew Emirates Airlines and the check-in and transit was smooth.

The first leg from Singapore to Dubai was in an Airbus A380-800 and the seats in coach were relatively spacious and comfortable.

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Event coverage: IFA Global Press Conference 2017 in Lisbon, Portugal

April 19th, 2017

IFA Global Press Conference 2017 is happening this weekend in Lisbon, Portugal. I will be covering this consumer electronics and home appliances showcase, as part of a small group of media the show organisers invited from Singapore.

The media delegation from Singapore is part of an international corp invited by Messe Berlin, the organisers of IFA and this Global Press Conference.

The media delegation from Singapore is part of an international corp invited by Messe Berlin, the organisers of IFA and this Global Press Conference.

IFA this year will be from 1-6 September, 2017.

As a lead-up to the actual trade show in September, the organisers have gathered some of the key exhibitors and media from around the world in a preview mini-show, featuring product showcases, as well as briefs and presentations on the latest trends on consumer electronics and home appliances.

Stay tuned over the next few days (especially 21-22 Apr, Fri-Sat) when the show will be in full tilt.

I’ll be bringing along a couple of newest and latest gadgets to try out during the trip.

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Samsung showcases Galaxy Plus ecosystem around Galaxy S8/S8+

April 13th, 2017

Samsung kicks off huge publicity campaign in Singapore with pop up Galaxy Studio to showcase the Galaxy Plus ecosystem surrounding its newly launched Galaxy S8 & Galaxy S8+ flagship smartphones.

Galaxy Studio showcases the new line-up of device and service additions to the Galaxy ecosystem that puts the newly launched Galaxy S8 and S8+ at its heart.

“At Samsung, we remain committed to building an ecosystem of devices that will not only redefine, but also complement consumer lifestyles. The latest Galaxy S8 and S8+ are at the centre of this ecosystem, and we present Galaxy Plus so our customers can fulfil more and get more from their mobile experiences,” said Eugene Goh, Vice President, IT & Mobile, Samsung Electronics Singapore.

The Galaxy Studio consumer event is held in celebration of the recent launch of the Galaxy S8 and S8+, and will be held at Civic Plaza, Ngee Ann City, from tomorrow till 29 June.

Galaxy Studio will be open from 14 April to 29 June, 11am to 9pm daily, with the exception of 22 April to 24 April, where it will be opened at 9.30am to 11pm.

Galaxy Studio will introduce the new “Galaxy Plus” ecosystem, offering options for consumers to get more out of their Galaxy S8 and S8+.

This includes the Samsung DeX Station, Gear VR with Controller, Gear 360 (2017) and the Mobile Photo Printer.

More details about Samsung Galaxy Plus from the press release is appended below.

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Rolls-Royce partners Nanyang Polytechnic for VR experience

April 12th, 2017

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars partnered with the local polytechnic to create virtual reality video clips to wow its customers considering its premium Bespoke service.

It’s great that Rolls-Royce Motor Cars extends its patronage to nurture young design talent in Nanyang Polytechnic.

This inaugural collaboration produced immersive 360-degree motion graphics video clips to wow customers of the super-luxury brand’s marques, and to impress them with the possibilities of the its bespoke programme.

“Rolls-Royce Motor Cars is renowned for Bespoke Luxury design and craftsmanship, and it is a privilege to have this pinnacle company implementing our output. But besides the accomplishment, this project clearly demonstrated processes, pressures and commercial realities that await us in our post-academic life. Thanks to NYP’s collaboration with a real-life global luxury brand, I feel more prepared to enter our workforce in the future,” says student Izz Irfan Sahlan, who worked on one of the selected VR videos.

“Rolls-Royce Motor Cars is renowned for Bespoke Luxury design and craftsmanship, and it is a privilege to have this pinnacle company implementing our output. But besides the accomplishment, this project clearly demonstrated processes, pressures and commercial realities that await us in our post-academic life. Thanks to NYP’s collaboration with a real-life global luxury brand, I feel more prepared to enter our workforce in the future,” says student Izz Irfan Sahlan, who worked on one of the selected VR videos.

From today, potential customers can dive into the virtual reality (VR) experiences at Rolls-Royce showrooms in Singapore by donning VR headsets available there.

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New arrival: Samsung QLED TVs in Singapore – Q7F, Q8C, Q9F

April 11th, 2017

Samsung Electronics has launched its QLED TV line-up in Singapore, together with the new Samsung Sound+ Soundbar. Pricing below.

The three models in the new QLED TV line-up are the Q7F, Q8C and Q9F.

Samsung’s QLED TV Series was first unveiled at CES 2017 where it won more than 20 awards including four CES Innovation Awards.

Samsung’s new QLED TV series is now in Singapore. The launch was held in Vivocity.

The QLED TVs offer improved colour performance and enhanced Smart TV offerings.

Below are launch promotions and pricing.

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