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New Arrival: ASUS ZenFone Max Pro (M1) with Monster Battery

Wednesday, July 18th, 2018

The Asus ZenFone Max Pro (M1) Full View 6″ dual-camera smartphone features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 CPU and 5000mAh battery with massive stamina for longer gaming, browsing and calls. Price: S$348.

The ASUS ZenFone Max Pro (M1) features a 180g metal body with diamond-cut edges and 2.5D-curved display glass, and is available in two finishes: Deepsea Black and Meteor Silver.

The super high-capacity 5000mAh battery of the ZenFone Max Pro (M1) promises up to 48hrs non-stop use, 42hrs talk time, 28hrs browsing, 199hrs audio playback, and 20hrs video playback.

Its dual rear cameras comprises a 13-megapixel main camera with up to F2.0 aperture, and a 5MP secondary camera for Bokeh effects in Portrait mode.

The mid-tier smartphone ASUS ZenFone Max Pro (M1) with entry-level prices.

The ZenFone Max Pro squeezes a large 6-inch FHD+ Full View display in a body that typically fits only a 5.5” screen.

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New Arrival: Huawei nova 3i Android Mid-Range Smartphone

Tuesday, July 17th, 2018

Singapore amongst the first in the world to launch the Huawei nova 3i (S$398), featuring the new Kirin 710 chip, and front-facing dual cameras with AI support. Available from 28 July.

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Huawei boasts that the nova 3i is currently the only mid-range device that offers front facing dual cameras with AI support, offering a photography experience that rivals what traditional smartphones can offer.

The Huawei nova 3i will be available at all Huawei Concept Stores, local telecommunication operators, selected consumer electronic stores, authorised mobile retailers and selected online marketplaces.

Huawei is selling the nova 3i in Singapore (S$398) in two colours: Iris Black (left) and Black (right).

Huawei is selling the nova 3i in Singapore (S$398) in two colours: Iris Black (left) and Black (right).

Huawei customers will also be entitled to a 2-year warranty with any smartphone purchase.

Key features of the Huawei nova 3i include the following.

  • Mesmerising gradient featuring a special textured film underneath the glass back that produces a dreamy appearance on the rear.
  • Four AI cameras for intelligent photography (Front: 24MP and 2MP, Rear: 16MP and 2MP).
  • FullView display at 6.3 inches and FHD+ (2340×1080). The 19.5:9 display covers 85 percent of the color gamut;
  • Features the latest EMUI 8.2 and Huawei’s first quad-core Kirin 710 chip, specifically designed for the nova series.

According to Huawei, the nova3i is powered by AI and can recognise over 200 scenarios across eight categories including Blue Sky, Plant and Beach.

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Yamaha Opens 1st AV Lifestyle Concept Showroom in Singapore

Friday, July 6th, 2018

Yamaha Audio Visual launched its first lifestyle concept store in Singapore. The Yamaha Experience Studio (YES) is its first in ASEAN and is located at #06-02 in Plaza Singapura.

The Yamaha Experience Studio combines the authenticity of listening to music with the technologies that make the experience available at the time and place that consumers want to enjoy.

The Yamaha Experience Studio combines the authenticity of listening to music with the technologies that make the experience available at the time and place that consumers want to enjoy.

The 58-sqm flagship store will provide a space for audiophiles to experience the performance of high fidelity audio, including its acclaimed AVENTAGE AV Receiver series and new MusicCast system.

It is designed to enable visitors to hear music as if the artist was in the room with them, as well as to learn how to reproduce this experience in their own environment.

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I visited the Yamaha Experience Studio as part of the media preview and enjoyed the high fidelity audio visual experience presented.

The products at the Yamaha Experience Studio feature patented technologies that have been developed over many years.

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New Arrival: Linksys EA8100 Max-Stream MU-MIMO Router (StarHub Exclusive)

Friday, July 6th, 2018

StarHub Broadband and Hubbing Plans subscribers will receive the new Linksys AC2600 router (usual price S$329) at no additional cost.

The new Linksys EA8100 Max-Stream MU-MIMO Router is available in Singapore exclusively to StarHub subscribers but may be available in other countries in the future.

The new Linksys EA8100 Max-Stream MU-MIMO Router is available in Singapore exclusively to StarHub subscribers but may be available in other countries in the future.

Linksys has teamed up with StarHub to announce the launch of the Linksys EA8100-AH Max-Stream™ AC2600 MU-MIMO Gigabit WiFi Router for StarHub customers in Singapore.

Media briefing on the new Linksys EA8100-AH AC2600 router at the company’s office at South Beach Tower in Singapore.

Starting from 7 July, customers who sign up for or renew their StarHub 1Gbps Fibre Home Broadband and HomeHub Plus plans will receive the all-new Linksys EA8100 at no additional cost (usual price: S$329).

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New Arrival: Dell G Series Gaming Laptops and Peripherals

Wednesday, July 4th, 2018

Dell launches new series of gaming laptops and stars in Marvel Studios’ “Ant-Man and The Wasp” movie. Models and prices below.

“Technology has always been about advancing human progress, and this core belief drives everything that we do,” said Rakesh Mandal (2nd from right), Senior Director & General Manager, Client Solutions, South Asia and Korea, Dell.

Moving from “Inspiron Gaming” to the “Dell G Series”, the new family introduces a new look for two new gaming laptops in Singapore.

“This exciting partnership with Marvel Studios’ Ant-Man and The Wasp demonstrates the super powers of technology. It brings to life our goal to empower everyone with the capabilities of Dell devices and technology in pushing boundaries in design and gameplay – be it for gamers, visual effects artists or the average movie-goer,” said Rakesh Mandal, Senior Director & General Manager, Client Solutions, South Asia and Korea, Dell.

The Dell G3 15 and Dell G7 15 feature gaming-forward designs and snappy performances at affordable prices.

These new G Series gaming laptops come equipped with 8th Gen Intel® Core™ high performance processors and NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 10 Series graphics processing units (GPUs).

The high performance gaming laptops play a role in Marvel Studios’ “Ant-Man and The Wasp” movie which was released around the world today.

Dell hardware, including Dell EMC PowerEdge servers and Dell Precision workstations, were used to produce visual special effects for the film.

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Offering gaming solutions for players of all levels and budgets, Dell today announced two new Windows 10 gaming PCs – the Dell G3 15 and Dell G7 15 systems – at a private screening of Marvel Studios’ “Ant-Man and The Wasp” film in Singapore.

The new gaming laptops and peripherals are listed below with prices.

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Ubisoft Celebrates 10th Anniversary in Singapore

Saturday, June 30th, 2018

From its humble beginnings in 2008, Ubisoft Singapore has grown over the last 10 years to be the largest AAA game studio in South-east Asia. We visited its studio in Singapore to check out two upcoming games that it is working on – Skull & Bones and Assassin’s Creed Odyssey.

 

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Ubisoft Studio in Singapore is located in the South Tower (#11-05) at 1 Fusionopolis Walk Solaris. As the new games are not released yet, we can’t share any screenshots yet.

With a current staff strength of 340 from 32 different nationalities, the studio has co-produced many award-winning AAA titles, including every iteration of the highly-acclaimed Assassin’s Creed series since Assassin’s Creed 2 in 2009.

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New arrival: OPPO R15 and OPPO R15 Pro Android smartphones

Thursday, May 17th, 2018

The OPPO R15 (S$749) and OPPO R15 Pro (S$899) will be available online and in Singapore stores from 26 May.

The OPPO R15 (center & right) will be available in Nebula Purple and Rouge Red in Singapore while the OPPO R15 Pro (left) will be available in Cosmic Purple and Ruby Red.

The OPPO R15 (center & right) will be available in Nebula Purple and Rouge Red in Singapore while the OPPO R15 Pro (left) will be available in Cosmic Purple and Ruby Red.

OPPO Singapore announced the launch of the OPPO R15 and R15 Pro yesterday at their launch event at Zouk Capital.

Top features of the OPPO R15 series include the following.

  • New gradient design on a glass back in Nebula Purple for the OPPO R15 and Cosmic Purple & Ruby Red for the OPPO R15 Pro.
  • AI-enhanced camera adopting the Sony IMX519 sensor in dual rear cameras (R15: 16MP+5MP; R15 Pro: 16MP+20MP) offering high quality camera capabilities.
  • Super Full Screen with a 6.28-inch bezel-less screen featuring a resolution of 2280 x 1080 and an aspect ratio of 19:9.
  • Memory and storage space of 128 GB ROM with 6 GB RAM(DDR4) for both models.

More details below from the press release.

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Event: LG Connect 2018 Asia – Commercial Displays & Home Solutions

Tuesday, May 8th, 2018

LG Connect 2018 Asia is a showcase of the company’s innovations to enhance end-user experience across the retail, hospitality, transport and residential sectors targeting citizens of smart nations at work and play.

LG 55″ transparent OLED signage, with razor-thin bezels. With 40% transparency, this display will be launched end this year or next year.

The LG Connect 2018 Asia was held at the Marina Bay Sands Expo & Convention Centre in Singapore.

“Buoyed by an all-encompassing suite of solutions, LG is excited to partner with businesses in Asia to help expand their portfolios of offerings. Together, we can build technological infrastructures that are future proof and can bring immense benefits to end-users across all the retail, hospitality, transport and residential industries,” says Steve Song, Asia Regional Chief Executive Officer of LG Electronics.

Among the impressive lineup of commercial displays showcased were the Open Frame OLED digital signage, the 55-inch Transparent OLED signage, the In-Glass OLED Wallpaper, OLED Wallpaper Hotel TV, Ultra HD smart displays, 0.9mm even bezel video wall, IPS Interactive Digital Boards, and 88-inch Ultra Stretch displays.

Solutions using these displays in various commercial settings were also exhibited, eg. Pro:Centric smart platform for hotels, and All-in-one Collaboration Solution for business centers, as well as SmartThinQ ecosystem for home appliances and ThinQ AI for LG’s Signature OLED TV W8.

Details below from the press release.

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CE China 2018 – Successfully bridging brands to consumers

Saturday, May 5th, 2018

Today, CE China 2018 draws to a close after three days of connecting brands to manufacturers, retailers and consumers in the pan-Asian region. Tech4tea.com reports as an official media partner for CE China 2018.

CE China 2018 show floor at Hall 9 of the Shenzhen Convention & Exhibition Center. Panoramic photos taken with a Sony Xperia XZ2.

CE China 2018 show floor at Hall 9 of the Shenzhen Convention & Exhibition Center. Panoramic photos taken with a Sony Xperia XZ2.

In total, 146 companies from 12 countries presented their brands, showcasing consumer electronics and home appliances products.

On top of that, 25 prominent speakers from 9 countries shared their market knowledge with retailers, trade visitors and prosumers.

tech4tea.com is an official media partner for CE China 2018.

tech4tea.com is an official media partner for CE China 2018.

CE China 2018 demonstrated a clear growth in quality compared to previous installments.

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CE China 2018 – Interview with Jens Heithecker & Dirk Koslowski

Friday, May 4th, 2018

Jens Heithecker is the Chairman of CE China, IFA Executive Director and Executive Vice President Messe Berlin; while Dirk Koslowski is the IFA Senior Executive Manager at Messe Berlin.

Jens Heithecker is the Chairman of CE China, IFA Executive Director and Executive Vice President Messe Berlin.

Jens Heithecker is the Chairman of CE China, IFA Executive Director and Executive Vice President Messe Berlin.

Here are some thoughts from the men behind CE China 2018.

Question: In 2017, you had 120 exhibitors showcasing their innovations to 11,500 visitors from 38 countries, within one exhibition hall with 15,000 square metres of exhibition space. This year, the scale is similar. I understand CE China focuses more on quality and focus rather than on size, but in terms of future evolution, is this the ‘steady-state’ size of the show that you’re looking at for the next five years, or are you planning to scale it up in terms of size.

Koslowski: That’s correct. Anyone who has experienced CE China since its premiere in 2016 has witnessed the level of quality that the organisers of IFA pursue with our international retail events. It continues to be our objective to provide all our partners with the most efficient and effective platform for the continuous exchange between brands and retail, outside of political intentions and issues, purely focused on the core purpose of doing business.

Dirk Koslowski is the IFA Senior Executive Manager at Messe Berlin.

Dirk Koslowski is the IFA Senior Executive Manager at Messe Berlin.

Koslowski: This does not necessarily go hand in hand with huge growth spikes in exhibition space, especially during the introductory phase. What matters more to us is a consistent, credible qualitative development that is based on partnerships – just like outlined above. We may be acting very German in this regard – however, that is exactly what we aspire to and what our partners expect from us.

Jens Heithecker on the roles and significance of CE China 2018.

Question: How do you envisage CE China 5 years from now, in 2023 – in terms of scale and nature? What is your vision for CE China in that timeframe?

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