Archive for January, 2021

New Arrival: Sony SRS-RA5000 & SRS-RA3000 Wireless Speakers

Friday, January 29th, 2021

Sony’s latest wireless speakers feature spatial sound technologies for ambient room-filling sound with Immersive Audio Enhancement and 360 Reality Audio. Price and Availability below.

Sony SRS-RA5000 (left) and SRS-RA3000 wireless speakers.

Sony SRS-RA5000 (left) and SRS-RA3000 wireless speakers.

Both premium speakers sports sound calibration to provide adjustment for optimum audio performance based on the environment.

I attended a preview-cum-demo at Sony’s store at Wisma Atria in Singapore and enjoyed the room-filling audio from both the new speakers.

Both the SRS-RA5000 (S$849) and the SRS-RA3000 (S$449) are now available in Singapore at Sony Stores and Sony Store Online.

More details below from the press release.

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New Arrival: Samsung Galaxy S21, S21+ and S21 Ultra 5G for Singapore

Thursday, January 14th, 2021

Samsung has just unveiled during its global online launch the Galaxy S21 flagship series of 5G smartphones, as well as the new Galaxy Buds Pro. Singapore pre-order, prices and availability below.

Update (10 February, 2021):

From tomorrow (11 February), the Galaxy S21 5G and Galaxy S21+ 5G will be available in 128GB.

Compared to the launch versions with 256GB, these 128GB versions will be priced S$70 cheaper at S$1,178 (Galaxy S21 5G) and S$1,428 (Galaxy S21+ 5G) respectively.

Available at Samsung Online Store and Samsung Experience Stores, with promotions valid till 28 February, while stocks last.

Also, the Galaxy Watch Active2 BT (40mm) is now available in Rose Gold.

In addition, Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S7, Tab S7+ and Tab S7+ 5G will be available – Mystic Navy – from 19 February.

The Samsung Galaxy S21, S21+ and S21 Ultra 5G (from Right).

The Samsung Galaxy S21, S21+ and S21 Ultra 5G (from Right).

Pre-orders from select online stores for the Galaxy S21 5G, S21+ 5G and S21 Ultra 5G have commenced (at 11pm, 14 January, 2021).

Pre-orders for the Galaxy S21 series at telecommunication operators will begin tomorrow (15 January 2021) at 10am.

More details below from the press release.

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

Friday, 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

Tuesday, 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

Monday, 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

Friday, 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.