New Arrival: Xiaomi Launches Redmi 9T Entry-Level Smartphone

January 8th, 2021

Xiaomi has introduced its latest entry-level smartphone – Redmi 9T from only S$199.

The Redmi 9T entry-level smartphone from Xiaomi offers both performance and multi-day battery life from an affordable S$199. The device is available in four delightful color variants: Carbon Gray, Twilight Blue, Sunrise Orange, and Ocean Green.

The Redmi 9T entry-level smartphone from Xiaomi offers both performance and multi-day battery life from an affordable S$199. The device is available in four delightful color variants: Carbon Gray, Twilight Blue, Sunrise Orange, and Ocean Green.

Redmi 9T will be available in Singapore at a later date, where the 4GB+64GB version will retail at S$199 and the 6GB+128GB version at S$229.

Both versions will be available online at the official Xiaomi store on Lazada and Shopee, as well as offline at all Authorized Mi Stores and other official retailers in Singapore.

Stay tuned to find out the official sales start date.

More details below from the press release.

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New Arrival: Huawei MateBook 14 Laptop & MatePad T 10s Tablet

January 5th, 2021

The new Huawei MateBook 14 (S$1,298) and MatePad T 10s (S$298) will hit the shelves in Singapore on 16 January, 2021. Pre-orders for the MateBook 14 will be from 9 – 15 January, with free gifts worth up to S$544. Detailed pricing below.

The Huawei MateBook 14 AMD edition and MatePad T 10s will be available in all Huawei Concept Stores, selected consumer electronic stores and Huawei official online stores in Lazada and Shopee.

The Huawei MateBook 14 AMD edition and MatePad T 10s will be available in all Huawei Concept Stores, selected consumer electronic stores and Huawei official online stores in Lazada and Shopee.

The Huawei MateBook 14 AMD edition offers powerful performance for work and play.

The ultra-portable laptop is the first notebook from Huawei with an AMD Ryzen 5 4600H processor.

More details below from the press release.

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Singtel Launches UNBOXED Lite 5G Experience Zones on Orchard Road

January 4th, 2021

The telco hopes to offer consumers a taste of its network’s ultra-fast mobile speeds with 5G-powered WiFi.

UNBOXED Lite features next-generation self-service kiosks powered by mmWave 5G and Singtel’s AI assistant Stella. Photo credit: Singtel.

UNBOXED Lite features next-generation self-service kiosks powered by mmWave 5G and Singtel’s AI assistant Stella. Photo credit: Singtel.

Singtel is giving its payphone booths at Tong Building on Orchard Road a new lease of life with 5G connectivity.

“UNBOXED Lite 5G experience zones will allow more consumers to try out Singtel 5G and understand how super-fast speeds and quick response times can elevate their mobile data experience. With 5G set to go mainstream with more devices and applications available in the coming months, we will launch UNBOXED Lite experience zones progressively across the island to bring richer experiences enabled by 5G, AR and VR closer to the consumers,” says Gan Siok Hoon, Managing Director of Sales and Marketing, Consumer Singapore, Singtel.

Named UNBOXED Lite, the payphone booths have been transformed into next-generation multimedia kiosks, providing round-the-clock access to a wide range of Singtel services and complimentary 5G-powered WiFi.

UNBOXED Lite will give all consumers a taste of Singtel’s ultra-fast 5G experience, providing WiFi connections powered by Singtel’s triple-band 5G which utilises 3.5Ghz, 28Ghz and 2100Mhz frequencies.

Consumers with any smartphone can connect to the 5G-powered WiFi for free to experience Singtel 5G’s fast speeds, as well as smooth streaming of exclusive 4K content from Love Nature.

To provide a safe and secure environment for everyone, all touch surfaces in UNBOXED Lite are disinfected frequently and coated with a long-lasting anti-microbial solution.

UNBOXED offers customers a 24/7 contactless experience for prepaid card purchases and top-ups, Singtel mobile, fibre broadband and TV subscription sign-ups, instant SIM card replacements and more.

More details below from the press release.

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Holiday greetings: Happy New Year 2021

January 1st, 2021

It’s 2021. Happy New Year!

Photo credit: Justin Tan @_incognito08_. Sunrise at Mirissa in a whale-watching boat off the coast of Sri Lanka. Circa 2018.

Photo credit: Justin Tan @_incognito08_. Sunrise at Mirissa in a whale-watching boat off the coast of Sri Lanka. Circa 2018.

It’s a new day, new year, with new beginnings.

Let’s hope the new year brings better times and leave behind the ravages of the COVID-19 pandemic.

May the new decade begin!

 

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Closer to home in Singapore, the skies opened up today to usher in the new decade. Video shot with Google Pixel 4 XL.

tech4xmas Review: Rakuten Kobo Libra H2O E-Reader

December 5th, 2020

The Rakuten Kobo Libra H2O is the Christmas present for my wife who is an avid reader. I chose it because it offers all the features that she needs and uses at a reasonable price. Looks good, works well and value-for-money.

The Rakuten Kobo Libra H2O e-reader (S$279.90) and the optional sleep cover (S$59) is available online (https://sg.kobobooks.com/products/kobo-libra-h2o) as well as at key retailers such as Challenger, Courts, and Sprint-cass.

The Rakuten Kobo Libra H2O e-reader (S$279.90) and the optional sleep cover (S$59) is available online as well as at key retailers such as Challenger, Courts, and Sprint-cass.

So the two flagship e-readers that I started out looking at were the Kindle Oasis 3 and the Kobo Forma.

Eventually, I decided on the Libra H2O because it offers almost the same set of features but at a much lower price.

 

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Borrowing books from the public library and discovery of books from the Kobo eBookstore is easy and intuitive. I like the recommendations of similar books based on the books that I have read.

The Libra H2O has a seven-inch Carta E Ink HD touchscreen with 1690 x 1264 pixels at 300ppi.

The display is sharp and the content is clearly readable in dim light or in bright sunlight.

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New Arrival: Huawei Mate 40 Pro in Singapore on 12.12 @ $1,598

December 4th, 2020

The Huawei Mate 40 Pro (8GB/256GB) will be available for sale in Singapore (S$1,598) in limited quantities from 12 December, with a free gift with purchase worth S$148.

Huawei’s latest flagship smartphone Mate 40 Pro features the world’s first 5 nanometer 5G SoC, iconic Space Ring design, Ultra Vision Cine Camera and more.

Huawei’s latest flagship smartphone Mate 40 Pro features the world’s first 5 nanometer 5G SoC, iconic Space Ring design, Ultra Vision Cine Camera and more.

Launched globally in October, Huawei’s flagship Mate 40 Series includes the following versions.

The first to make it to Singapore is the Huawei Mate 40 Pro.

 

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With the photos that this phone is putting out, I’m probably going to recommend it as the best camera phone in the #tech4xmas Gift Guide for 2020.

Powered by the Kirin 9000 flagship SoC, which incorporates the world’s first and most sophisticated 5nm 5G SoC to date, the Huawei Mate 40 Pro is 5G-ready and capable of multi-tasking.

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tech4xmas Review: Huawei Watch GT 2 Pro Smartwatch

December 2nd, 2020

The S$398 smartwatch from Huawei offers itself as a fitness and health companion, packaged in a design that combines sports and style. Great Christmas gift for the sporty male.

 

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Huawei Watch GT 2 Pro smartwatch (Night Black).

The Watch GT 2 Pro is the most advanced smartwatch from Huawei, offering a comprehensive range of features, with a number of upgrades from its predecessors.

With 100+ workout modes available – including the recently added golf driving range, skiing, snowboarding and cross country skiing – you’re highly likely to find your favourite workout whatever your sports of choice is.

 

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Huawei Watch GT 2 Pro smartwatch in the box.

In addition, the GT 2 Pro offers attentive health features such as its proprietary TruSeen™ 4.0+ heart rate monitoring technology, TruSleep.

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tech4xmas Gift Ideas for Christmas 2020

December 1st, 2020

We’re now into December and the final stretch of 2020. Here are some gift ideas that I’ve curated for Christmas 2020.

* I’ll be adding to this list over the next few days, so check back daily for new gift ideas as I collate them.

The tech4xmas gift guide is meant to provide ideas to start you off, so do check out some of them online and in the shops if they are what you think would bring a smile to your loved ones this Christmas.

The tech4xmas gift guide is meant to provide ideas to start you off, so do check out some of them online and in the shops if they are what you think would bring a smile to your loved ones this Christmas.

Around this time of year, I’m usually inundated with requests from readers and friends on Christmas gift ideas for their loved ones or themselves.

So here are some tech that I would use myself or get for MY loved ones, based mostly on those gadgets that I’ve tried or reviewed.

Not all are the latest and newest, but they are what I think some of the best-in-class in their category of products.

Happy Christmas Shopping!

tech4xmas Gift Guide below.

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Interview: Joan Hu – Overseas Southeast Asia Director, Roborock

November 30th, 2020

Joan Hu, Overseas Southeast Asia Director at Roborock, shares her insights into Roborock’s success and decision to expand into Southeast Asia.

Joan Hu is the Overseas Southeast Asia Director at Roborock.

Joan Hu is the Overseas Southeast Asia Director at Roborock.

To get an idea of Roborock’s journey thus far and its plans for the future, I asked Joan Hu six questions.

Q1. Roborock recorded a strong growth in China since its introduction. What do you think contributed to this?

In the robot vacuum market back in 2014, most available products only focused on the basic needs that came with a vacuum – cleaning.

We saw an opportunity to fulfill needs and wants that consumers didn’t know they had yet.

Hence, we grew our R&D department with a team of engineers, scientists, manufacturing experts and designers – all vital to create products that truly fit our users’ lifestyle.

Q2. Any new vacuum launches this year?

We have just launched the Roborock S6 MaxV in early 2020.

This is an upgrade of our popular Roborock S6, with increased suction power of up to 2,500 Pa (compared to the previous 2000 Pa) to clean even the most stubborn of dusts, especially those on carpets.

It also comes with an electronic water tank instead of a mop attachment for increased convenience and weighs lighter at just 7 lbs.

The latest S6 MaxV that Roborock launched in early 2020.

The latest S6 MaxV that Roborock launched in early 2020.

Q3. 2020 isn’t the most economically stable year. What factors contributed to Roborock’s decision to expand its influence to SouthEast Asia?

While we admit it has been a challenging year across all markets, we see this as a great opportunity to introduce our high tech products to our Southeast Asian consumers.

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Event: Lenovo Showcases Technology at 1st eXperiential Day in Singapore

November 21st, 2020

Lenovo launched its world’s first foldable PC for Singapore over a two-day hybrid event at the Hybrid Broadcast Studio in Marina Bay Sands Level 5.

First Lenovo eXperiential Day in Singapore.

First Lenovo eXperiential Day in Singapore.

Lenovo, the world’s #1 PC company showcased its latest lineup of consumer laptops in Singapore during the eXperiential Day.

“We are committed to ensuring that every Lenovo user is empowered to achieving more in a life of smarter living. Whether it transforms the way people use technology or a faster way of getting things done so they can focus on what truly matters – these latest consumer laptops are a testament to Lenovo’s mission to continuously break innovation boundaries and deliver smarter technology for all,” said Ronnie Lee, General Manager of Lenovo Singapore.

These include the Yoga Slim 7i Carbon, Yoga Slim 7i Pro, Yoga 9i (Leather and Metal), and Legion Slim 7i.

The highlight was the official launch of the ThinkPad X1 Fold for Singapore.

Lenovo’s first eXperiential Day in Singapore enabled business leaders and media representatives to reacquaint themselves with Lenovo’s executives while immersing in the company’s innovative offerings.

Going beyond an experiential product showcase, guests were treated to thoughtful roundtables with opinion makers and experts who addressed questions ranging from the future of education to the future of foldable computing.