New Arrival: Singtel Brings Xiaomi POCO F2 Pro to Singapore

July 3rd, 2020

Xiaomi POCO F2 Pro will be available in Singapore on July 10 at S$899 for the 8GB+256GB variant.

Priced at S$899, the POCO F2 Pro ships with the Snapdragon 865 Mobile Platform offering sustained peak performance, fast processing speeds, and a full-screen viewing experience.

Priced at S$899, the POCO F2 Pro ships with the Snapdragon 865 Mobile Platform offering sustained peak performance, fast processing speeds, and a full-screen viewing experience.

Xiaomi is selling the POCO F2 Pro as “the Ultimate Flagship Killer” that’s tailored to tech enthusiasts, prioritising performance over frills.

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 is currently the most powerful 5G processor on the market.

Fact sheet for the Xiaomi POCO F2 Pro. Click to enlarge.

Fact sheet for the Xiaomi POCO F2 Pro. Click to enlarge.

Paired with a Kryo 585 octa-core chip processor and Adreno 650 GPU, both offer 25% improved performance over their predecessors, promising performance for constantly connected users.

The powerful SoC is complimented with ultra high-speed LPDDR5 RAM and the latest UFS 3.1 storage, fast read-and-write capabilities for smooth operations.

With LiquidCool Technology 2.0, POCO F2 Pro sports the largest vapor chamber available on the market, along with multiple stacks of graphite and graphene.

This solution keeps the device cool, especially the SoC and the surface of the phone, and sustains peak performance even under heavy activity loads.
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Thematic Workplan (2H2020) for tech4tea.com: COVID-19

July 1st, 2020

Today is the beginning of the second half of 2020. Here’s the thematic workplan for tech4tea.com for the second half of the year.

Thematic Workplan 2H2020 - centred around the “aftermath” of COVID-19.

Thematic Workplan 2H2020 – centred around the “aftermath” of COVID-19.

The first half of 2020 has been ALL about something that began last year – COVID-19.

Unfortunately, the second half of 2020 looks set to be all about the pandemic as well.

The past six months saw countries all over the world reeling from the impact of a new disease – frantically learning about it and desperately trying to stem its spread.

The next six months will see countries continue their fight against the global epidemic- managing second wave outbreaks, racing to develop vaccines and cures, and emerging out of lockdowns to return to some form of normalcy.

Going forward, the “new normal” will be very different from the normal of pre-COVID days.

So the next half year will be all about living WITH COVID-19 – in all aspects of life.

For tech4tea.com, I’ve laid down a focal theme for each month in the second half of 2020.

Get in touch (johntan@tech4tea.com) if you have topics or products aligned with the above themes.

Here goes…

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New Arrival: Compact ASUS TUF Gaming A15 Laptop in Singapore

June 27th, 2020

The TUF Gaming A15 (FA506IH-GTX1650) is now available in Singapore at S$1,498 – at the ASUS Exclusive Store, ASUS Online Store and all authorised retailers.

ASUS announces TUF Gaming A15 laptop for gamers in Singapore.

ASUS announces TUF Gaming A15 laptop for gamers in Singapore.

The new 15-inch TUF Gaming A15 laptop promises high-performance and dependability in a compact form factor.

Key features include the following.

  • Next-gen processors for on-the-go performance: The new TUF Gaming laptop A15 equipped with the AMD Ryzen 7 4800H processors.
  • GeForce and FreeSync power high-refresh display: The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 and AMD FreeSync combine for smooth gaming a 144Hz refresh rate display.
  • Designed for both portability and durability: TUF Gaming is equipped with a more compact chassis and military-grade durability.

More details below from the press release.

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New Arrival: Dell G Series Gaming Computers, Monitors & Keyboards

June 26th, 2020

Dell has announced for Singapore a slew of new gaming products including the G7 and G5 gaming laptops, Dell 27 gaming monitors and Alienware RGB mechanical gaming keyboard. Price & Availability below.

The G Series offers one of the broadest selections of gaming systems Dell has ever offered; reflecting the strong growth of the PC gaming industry and the big tent of gamers it welcomes.

The G Series offers one of the broadest selections of gaming systems Dell has ever offered; reflecting the strong growth of the PC gaming industry and the big tent of gamers it welcomes.

Dell has introduced a slew of new gaming products for the G Series.

The G Series is designed for gamers at every level, offering a wide choice of form factors, colours and configurations.

Price & Availability below.

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New Arrival: Epson Launches Slew of Business Printers for Singapore

June 25th, 2020

In its first virtual launch via Zoom, Epson launched a slew of business printers for Singapore, from desktop printers (L14150, L15150, L15160), office printers (WF-C878R, WF-C879R) to enterprise-class copiers (WF-C20600, WF-C20750, WF-C21000).

(From Left) Epson’s new desktop EcoTank B2B (L15160) and B2C (L15150 & L14150) inkjet printers.

(From Left) Epson’s new desktop EcoTank B2B (L15160) and B2C (L15150 & L14150) inkjet printers.

The WorkForce Pro WF-C879R and WF-C878R RIPS (Replaceable Ink Pack System) multifunction A3 printers were launched earlier in May (see story here).

For today, the new printers were the desktop EcoTank B2B (L15160) and B2C (L15150 & L14150), as well as new multifunction inkjet WorkForce Enterprise copiers (WF-C20600, WF-C20750, WF-C21000).

Epson WorkForce Pro WF-C879R (shown here) and WF-C878R RIPS (Replaceable Ink Pack System) multifunction A3 printers.

Epson WorkForce Pro WF-C879R (shown here) and WF-C878R RIPS (Replaceable Ink Pack System) multifunction A3 printers.

The new EcoTank L15150 and L15160 are compact, wide-format and multifunction A3 ink tank printers with the capacity for high performance continuous printing in both colour and black-and-white.

They are the successor models to the Epson L1455.

The EcoTank L14150 is a compact A4+ ink tank printer that offers scan and copy functions for both legal and folio size on its flatbed, as well as up to A3+ simplex printing via the rear paper feed slot.

The WorkForce Enterprise copiers not only cater to enterprises, but also to medium and large offices as well.

The new WorkForce Enterprise copiers bring improved functionality and usability from previous models, with an improved automatic document feeder (ADF).

It also comes with a new stapler and booklet finisher, that brings new features including saddle-stitching, hole-punching, stapling and stacking capabilities, delivering faster throughput speed.

More details below from the press releases.

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New Arrival: Fujitsu UH-X Notebook at Courts in Singapore

June 24th, 2020

Fujitsu Client Computing Limited (FCCL) brings new UH-X laptop model from its ultralight series to Singapore, exclusively available at Courts – from S$1,999.

The Fujitsu UH-X (10th Gen) notebook.

The Fujitsu UH-X (10th Gen) notebook.

Returning to the Singapore consumer market after 5 years, Fujitsu’s PC subsidiary, Fujitsu Client Computing Limited (FCCL), introduces a new member to its ultralight consumer laptop family.

“FCCL PCs have gained widespread support in the consumer market. As new lifestyles such as telework and online classes take hold, the need for personal computers is rapidly increasing. I look forward to FCCL’s future sales of personal computers in Singapore.” says Hiroyasu Takeda, COO for Fujitsu Client Computing.

The Fujitsu UH-X (10th Gen) will be available for pre-orders on Saturday, 27 June 2020 onwards – online and exclusively at four COURTS stores.

The official launch is on 4 July 2020.

As part of the UH-X series which is known for its lightweight design, the device is optimised for mobility to appeal to the needs of today’s working professionals.

The UH-X is engineered for robust multi-tasking and is equipped with up to the Intel Core i7 processor.

More details about the Fujitsu UH-X (10th Gen) notebook below from the press release.

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Acronis and Minterest Launch Acronis #CyberFit Financing in Singapore

June 22nd, 2020

The joint initiative by Acronis and Minterest aims to help businesses combat COVID-19 disruptions and remain resilient and #CyberFit despite the pandemic.

Acronis, a global leader in cyber protection, and Minterest, a leading Singapore-based online financial services solutions provider, have joined forces to launch Acronis #CyberFit Financing, Powered by Minterest to provide Singapore-based businesses with financing support.

Acronis, a global leader in cyber protection, and Minterest, a leading Singapore-based online financial services solutions provider, have joined forces to launch Acronis #CyberFit Financing, Powered by Minterest to provide Singapore-based businesses with financing support.

The unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic has forced businesses globally to operate remotely and people – to work from home.

Very often, they work with unsecured digital networks and are vulnerable to cyber-attacks.

“Cybercriminals are ruthless – they see the coronavirus pandemic as an opportunity to target new vulnerabilities such as those caused by many staff migrating to home offices. Now more than ever, cyber protection should be a key concern for every business, as a data breach that costs a company valuable data can cripple even large organisations. Acronis Cyber Protect Cloud is a solution we have developed to combat this global threat. Acronis is dedicated to doing our part to help businesses both in the digital and the real world. With support from our capable partners at Minterest, we hope to provide streamlined access to vital funding to ensure business continuity for as many Singapore businesses as possible,” said Serguei Beloussov, Founder and CEO of Acronis.

During the COVID-19 outbreak, essential services such as supermarkets, drug stores, medical services, mechanical services, police, and governmental agencies will need cyber protection to be #CyberFit so their IT infrastructure remains protected and operational.

Beyond the heightened cybersecurity risk, with the coronavirus outbreak slowing down economies and disrupting supply chain networks, many managed service providers, hosting companies, SMEs and home businesses are also faced with urgent cash flow issues.

As a cyber protection company, Acronis aims to help organisations safeguard their data, applications, and systems so they can remain productive and avoid costly downtime.

Through this partnership, Acronis and Minterest hope to empower businesses by providing easy access to customised financing solutions to tide them through this difficult period and to build their cybersecurity capabilities to ringfence their businesses.

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COVID-19: Which Sanitizer to Use for Post-Circuit Breaker Protection?

June 20th, 2020

Phase 2 of post-Circuit Breaker measures has begun in Singapore. As we venture out of #WorkFromHome & #HomeBasedLearning to meet more people and visit more places, here’s a good hand sanitiser that is not only effective but allows you to enjoy prolonged protection without any skin irritation.

* This story was first published in Haleness Me.

There are so many sanitisers out there in the market, what are the characteristics to look out for when choosing a good sanitiser

There are so many sanitisers out there in the market, what are the characteristics to look out for when choosing a good sanitiser?

There are many sanitisers available out there – how should we select one that will fulfill the task of protecting us from COVID-19, over an extended period of time?

When it comes to skin sanitisers, who better to get advice from than a skin specialist?

This was what I learned from Dr Coni Liu, a consultant dermatologist from DS Skin Clinic in Singapore.

Firstly, the sanitiser must be effective, not only against the SARS-COV-2 but against most pathogens that we encounter on a daily basis.

After all, that’s why we are applying a hand sanitiser right?

Generally, there are two types of hand sanitisers – alcohol-based and non-alcohol based.

The alcohol-based sanitisers are more effective and fast-acting, while the non-alcohol based sanitisers are generally less effective and slow-acting – more suitable for object surfaces rather than the skin.

Secondly, it must be kind to the skin.

Many alcohol-based sanitisers are effective but tend to be dehydrating and harsh to the skin.

Thirdly, you need one that lasts over a longer period of time, to increase the effectiveness against germs, and to reduce the need for frequent application.

This will better protect one’s skin against the damaging effects of the sanitiser and neutralise the adverse effects of the alcohol content which is necessary for killing the germs.

Dr Coni Liu, Consultant Dermatologist at DS Skin & Wellness Clinic.

Dr Coni Liu, Consultant Dermatologist at DS Skin & Wellness Clinic.

Therefore, the perfect sanitizer would be highly-effective, long-lasting, and would have a formulation which protects and moisturises the skin.

Looking at the sanitisers available in the market, they’re either alcohol-based and effective in killing germs but are unkind to our skins – or they’re non-alcohol-based but are less effective and slow acting.

Apparently that was the dilemma that Dr Liu faced when her patients asked her to recommend a good hand sanitizer that satisfied these requirements.

And guess what, she and her fellow dermatologists highlighted this problem to their boss – Dr Henry Loh – and he commissioned DS Skin Clinic’s in-house scientist Dr Richard Seow to develop a hand sanitiser that met all these needs.

To cut a long story short, after an extensive but rapid local research and development effort, DS Skin Clinic has come up with a hand sanitiser that immediately kills 99.99% of most household germs, including the SARS-COV-2 virus; lasts for 24 hours; and which is gentle to the skin through the inclusion of an emollient oil.

The DS Skin Clinic All-Day Hand Sanitizer was just launched two days ago – just in time for Phase 2 of the post-CB measures.

The rest, as they say, is history.

Read the details about the hand sanitiser below from the press release.

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New Arrival: ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 Gaming Laptop in Singapore

June 19th, 2020

ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) today announces the new ROG Zephyrus G14 (GA401) gaming laptop in an ultra slim 14-inch form factor. RRP: S$2,498.

The new ROG Zephyrus G14 (GA401) which wraps powerful processors in a compact chassis portable enough to go anywhere at a price that ASUS believes will bring gaming to an even wider audience.

The new ROG Zephyrus G14 (GA401) which wraps powerful processors in a compact chassis portable enough to go anywhere at a price that ASUS believes will bring gaming to an even wider audience.

Getting cutting-edge components to peak performance levels is challenging in such a small machine.

Despite a chassis under 20mm thin, the ROG Zephyrus G14 (GA401) has carefully customised cooling that brings out the best of its new AMD Ryzen 4000 Series Mobile Processors built on the “Zen 2” core architecture combined with industry leading 7nm process technology and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti GPU.

Users can optimise for gaming or creative pursuits with the 120Hz refresh rate full HD display with PANTONE Validated coluors and AMD FreeSync technology.

The ROG Zephyrus G14 (GA401) enjoys more than 10 hours of battery life and the ability to charge from compatible Type-C power packs.

Subtle styling in the Eclipse Gray is clean and professional, accentuating a versatile design filled with premium features that enhance everyday use.

The AniMe Matrix display deepens personalisation, enabling users to show custom graphics, animations, and other effects across over a thousand mini LEDs embedded in the lid.

More details below on ROG Zephyrus G14 (GA401) from the press release.

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Canon Singapore Launches Safe Entry Solution for Retail & Offices

June 18th, 2020

The system consists of a device with a camera, temperature screening and a scanner that reads the identification card of a visitor for an integrated safe entry experience. As the solution is also a self-service system, workplaces can reduce manpower managing entry stations.

Canon's new all-in-one entry-control system: FACTS.

Canon’s new all-in-one entry-control system: FACTS.

Canon Singapore announced today the launch of a digital check-in solution which enables businesses to facilitate contactless, fast and easy temperature screening and entry/exit recording for staff and customers.

The solution, which is known as Facial Access Control Temperature System (FACTS), uses an 8-inch tablet which combines the functions of a camera, infrared thermography, near-field communication (NFC) device, barcode scanner and data storage.

The tablet is a third-party device distributed by Canon Singapore.

To check in, visitors should stand within 0.5 to 0.7metre from the device to have their temperature screened via the infrared thermography.

If the visitor’s temperature is within a predetermined range, a green text box will be shown to indicate that the visitor has passed the temperature screening.

This will be accompanied by an automated voice message which says, “temperature normal”.

The device will then request for the visitor’s identity, which can be quickly obtained by scanning the visitor’s identification cards such as NRIC (the latest digital version is also accepted) and driver’s license at the barcode scanner.

The device also can be set to automatically take a photo of the visitor, if required.

It takes just a few seconds to complete the entire process.

FACTS can also be used to facilitate the use of Singapore’s national digital check-in system, SafeEntry, to help retail stores, offices and other businesses comply with safe management measures at the workplace.

More details below from the press release.

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