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New arrival: Microsoft launches new Surface line-up & store in Singapore

Tuesday, March 6th, 2018

Microsoft launched in Singapore today the new Surface Book 2, Surface Laptop and Surface Studio. It also unveiled its first dedicated Surface Store in South East Asia – inside the Harvey Norman Millenia Walk store in Singapore. Prices below.

The Microsoft Surface family: (from left) Surface Pro, Surface Book 2, Surface Studio, Surface Laptop.

The Microsoft Surface family: (from left) Surface Pro, Surface Book 2, Surface Studio, Surface Laptop.

The new Surface computers are additions to the existing Surface Pro tablet.

The Surface Book 2 & Surface Studio will be available from 15 March, while the Surface Pro & Surface Laptop are available now.

Prices and configurations of the new Surface devices in Singapore are listed below.

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New arrivals: Microsoft Surface Pro 4 tablet-laptop hybrid in Singapore

Wednesday, November 25th, 2015

Microsoft has launched the new Surface Pro 4 tablet computer in Singapore. Available now starting from S$1,399 – online & in stores. Prices below.

Microsoft touts the Surface Pro 4 as “the tablet that can replace your laptop”. This version has gotten thinner, lighter and faster.

Microsoft touts the Surface Pro 4 as “the tablet that can replace your laptop”. This version has gotten thinner, lighter and faster.

Microsoft has announced retail availability of Surface Pro 4 in Singapore.

“Surface Pro 4 brings together the performance of a laptop and the full power of Windows 10 with the portability of tablet. Surface has transformed the category by focusing on productivity, creating a highly versatile device that people love to use,” said Arthur Huang, Director, Consumer Channels Group, Microsoft Singapore.

The newest in the Surface lineup, Surface Pro 4 takes what people love about Surface Pro 3 and makes it better, packing more power and performance into the thinnest, lightest Surface Pro yet.

The tablet is designed to run Microsoft Office and Windows in conjunction with Windows Hello, Surface Pen and Microsoft Edge.

Customers can buy the Surface Pro 4 Intel Core m, Core i5, and Core i7 models in Singapore at microsoftstore.com, select retailers including Challenger, Courts, Harvey Norman and Newstead, as well as authorised commercial resellers.

Prices and of the various Surface Pro 4 configurations and accessories are listed below.

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New arrivals: Microsoft Surface Pro 3 tablet with Windows 8.1

Saturday, June 28th, 2014

Here are the local pricing, availability and promotions for the new Microsoft Surface Pro 3 tablet in Singapore.

Prices start from S$1,108 with availability expected before the end of August 2014.

Update (6 August, 2014):

Microsoft has just announced that the Surface Pro 3 will be available for purchase at retail outlets and commercial resellers on 28 August in Singapore.

Customers can pre-orders for Surface Pro 3 now at the Microsoft Store online, as well as at authorized retailers Challenger, Newstead and Harvey Norman.

The Microsoft Suface Pro 3 tablet is now available for pre-order online now.

The Microsoft Suface Pro 3 tablet is now available for pre-order online now.

The Microsoft Surface Pro 3 was unveiled last month in New York City.

Here are the tech specs for the Windows tablet that promises to be a replacement for laptops and is targeted for both personal and business use.

Surface Pro Type Cover features a double-fold hinge enabling you to magnetically lock it to the display’s lower bezel.

Surface Pro Type Cover features a double-fold hinge enabling you to magnetically lock it to the display’s lower bezel.

Pricing and promotions below.

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Tech specs: Microsoft Surface Pro 3 tablet with Windows 8.1

Monday, May 26th, 2014

Here are the technical specifications for the key features for the new Microsoft Surface Pro 3 tablet that was unveiled in New York City on last week.

Here are the local pricing, promotions and availability for the tablet in Singapore.

Surface Pro 3 is available with an Intel Core i3, i5 or i7 processor with up to 512 GB of storage and up to 8 GB of RAM.

Surface Pro 3 is available with an Intel Core i3, i5 or i7 processor with up to 512 GB of storage and up to 8 GB of RAM.

The new tablet is positioned as a laptop replacement and is targeting both consumers for personal use as well as enterprises for business use.

The Microsoft Surface Pro 3 tablet features a more adjustable, continuous kickstand than its predecessors.

The Microsoft Surface Pro 3 tablet features a more adjustable, continuous kickstand than its predecessors.

BMW Group, the Coca-Cola Company and LVMH Group have already committed to deploying Surface Pro 3 in their respective organisations, using the tablet in a business environment.

Tech specs for the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 below.

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Microsoft unveils the Surface Pro 3 tablet with Windows 8.1

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

The new Surface Pro 3 is targeted to replace your laptop and ships with a 12-inch ClearType Full HD display, 4th-generation Intel Core processor and up to 8 GB of RAM in a sleek frame — just 9.1mm thin and 800g.

Likely to be available in Singapore in August from S$1,100.

Update (26 June, 2014):

The local pricing, availability and promotions for the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 tablet in Singapore has been released. Prices start from S$1,108 with availability expected before the end of August 2014.

Surface Pro 3 is available with an Intel Core i3, i5 or i7 processor with up to 512 GB of storage and up to 8 GB of RAM.

Surface Pro 3 is available with an Intel Core i3, i5 or i7 processor with up to 512 GB of storage and up to 8 GB of RAM.

The new model for the Surface family was unveiled in New York City and boasts up to nine hours of Web-browsing battery life, promising the power, performance and mobility of a laptop in a lightweight, versatile form.

Here are the tech specs for the Microsoft Surface Pro 3.

Top features and benefits

  • Replace your laptop. Surface Pro 3 transforms from tablet to laptop and back with the optional Surface Pro Type Cover and Docking Station. Prop Surface Pro 3 and Surface Pro Type Cover up on your lap to type on the go, flip the cover back and use Surface Pro 3 like a tablet. Connect Surface Pro 3 to the docking station to create a powerful desktop rig.
  • Power and performance. Option of three different 4th-generation Intel Core processor models and packing up to 8 GB of RAM – Surface Pro 3 can be used for work and business.
  • Write, draw and create. Surface Pro 3 includes the Surface Pen that is pressure-sensitive and precise, for creative drawing and note-taking. Surface Pen makes it easy to mark presentations, PDFs and documents just like you would on paper.
  • Cameras. Features two 1080p HD video cameras, 5MP rear- and front-facing cameras, capturing image stills or video chatting is easy and beautiful.
  • Software. Surface Pro 3 is compatible with Windows software, including Microsoft Office.With Windows 8.1 Pro, you can download apps from the Windows Store and use them side by side with Snap View, or load custom line-of-business apps for your workforce.

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Microsoft reduces Surface RT tablet prices amid weak demand

Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

With immediate effect, Microsoft is cutting the prices of its Surface RT tablets worldwide. Local and US price revisions within. Surface Pro prices remain unchanged.

Surface is the first computer made and directly sold by Microsoft.

Surface is the first computer made and directly sold by Microsoft.

According to research house IDC, the device has been largely shunned by consumers and corporate customers since its debut in October, selling just 900,000 units in each of its first two quarter on the market.

“Microsoft is cutting the price of its Surface RT tablet by as much as 30 percent as the device struggles to lure customers amid competition from machines such as Apple’s iPad”, according to a report from Bloomberg.

The foray by Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer into selling hardware is amidst a worldwide decline in sales of personal computer and demand for Windows.

Only last week, Ballmer had unveiled a significant reorganisation intended to streamline management and increase growth in areas such as tablets and mobile computing.

IDC predicts that tablets will outsell PCs by 2015.

Currently, 3.7% of tablets run Microsoft Windows operating system.

In Singapore, the price reductions (from Microsoft Singapore) are around 19-27% and are highlighted in red below.

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Microsoft Surface Pro Windows 8 tablet debuts in Singapore

Monday, June 3rd, 2013

The Surface Pro is now available – with 64GB ($1,198) or 128GB ($1,328) – at Challenger, Harvey Norman and Newstead stores in Singapore, as well as the PC Show 2013. Launch promotions within.

Microsoft Surface Pro tablet joins the Surface RT in Singapore.

Microsoft Surface Pro tablet joins the Surface RT in Singapore.

Surface Pro offers both the capabilities of a PC and the portability of a tablet.

With Surface Pro, users can do whatever can be done on a PC, such as running desktop applications, and enjoy the protection of safety and security software.

Microsoft Surface Pro tablet with in-built kick-stand.

Microsoft Surface Pro tablet with in-built kick-stand.

Like the Surface RT tablet, Surface Pro also comes with the integrated Kickstand and Touch and Type Cover keyboards.

A pen provides note-taking capabilities and precise navigation.

The Surface Pro is business-ready with a suite of enterprise-ready connectivity, security and manageability features:

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Microsoft launches Surface RT in Singapore with Challenger

Friday, April 5th, 2013

Singapore is the first South East Asia market to launch the Microsoft Surface RT tablet computer. Both the 32GB (S$668) and 64GB (S$798) versions are now available in Singapore at 20 Challenger stores. Price list within.

Microsoft Surface RT tablet has just been launched in Singapore.

Microsoft Surface RT tablet has just been launched in Singapore.

Microsoft describes the Surface RT as “a tablet with some laptop capabilities”.

One big selling point is that the tablet ships with Microsoft Office Home & Student 2013 RT – which includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote.

Hands-on

Physically, the Surface RT feels light at 680g and is only 9.4mm thin (275 x 172 mm in size).

Integrated kick-stand to prop the tablet up in landscape mode.

Integrated kick-stand to prop the tablet up in landscape mode.

There is an integrated kickstand that folds out behind the tablet – allowing it to stand in landscape orientation.

Unfortunately, the stand doesn’t work in portrait orientation so you’ll have to hold it with your hands instead.

The keyboard doubles up as a cover to protect the 16:9 widescreen high-definition display (10.6-inch ClearType HD touchscreen display with 1366 x 768 pixels).

It was easy to attach and separate the keyboard/cover from the tablet.

Simply pull the magnetic connectors apart or put the edges close to each other for the connectors to snap in place.

There is a full-sized USB port and microSDXC card slot for additional storage.

The Surface RT runs on a Quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 CPU with 2GB RAM.

The Touch Cover is really thin at 3mm.

The Touch Cover is really thin at 3mm.

It runs Windows RT and works exclusively with apps available in the Windows Store.

What this means is that don’t expect any software written for the full Windows OS (Windows 8, Windows 7, Vista, XP etc) to run on the tablet.

Challenger is the sole launch retailer for the Surface RT in Singapore.

Prices are listed below.

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COMEX 2012 (30 Aug – 2 Sep) at Suntec Singapore

Sunday, August 26th, 2012

This Thursday, the third of four large annual IT exhibitions in Singapore will kick off at Suntec Singapore. For four days from 30 August to 2 September, the COMEX will open from 12 noon to 9 pm (Admission FREE).

COMEX 2012, 30 August to 2 September, 12 noon to 9pm, Levels 3, 4 and 6. Admission FREE.

COMEX 2012, 30 August to 2 September, 12 noon to 9pm, Levels 3, 4 and 6. Admission FREE.

COMEX 2012 will be held on three Levels – 3, 4 and 6 of Suntec Singapore. With more than 830 exhibitors, COMEX claims to be Singapore’s biggest IT and consumer technology exhibition.

I will be listing some of the promotions available during the exhibition. To see a consolidated list of postings related to COMEX 2012, click here.

You can also click on the COMEX 2012 button (that looks like the logo above, on every page of tech4tea.com during COMEX 2012) near the top of the sidebar on the right and below the search box.

Here are the floor plans for the exhibitors on Levels 4 and 6.

The four major IT exhibitions in Singapore are:

Exhibition Dates Venue
IT Show 2012 8-11 Mar Suntec Singapore
PC Show 2012 7-10 Jun Suntec Singapore
COMEX 2012 30 Aug – 2 Sep Suntec Singapore
SITEX 2012 22-25 Nov Singapore Expo

New tablets: Microsoft unveils two Surface tablets

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

Microsoft has unveiled two 10.6-inch Windows tablets and accessories.

One model will run on Windows RT and will be released with the general availability of Windows 8. The other tablet will be available about 90 days after and feature Windows 8 Pro.

Update 2 (1 March, 2013):

Microsoft has announced that beginning late March the rollout of Surface will continue over the next few months.

Surface RT with Windows RT will reach Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Russia, Singapore and Taiwan.

Surface Pro with Windows 8 Pro will hit Australia, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.

Update 1 (18 July, 2012):

Microsoft’s Steven Sinofsky has just announced at its annual sales meeting that customers will be able to get Windows 8 on 26 October, 2012. This will be available both as an upgrade or on a new PC.

Microsoft finally joins the fray by unveiling its 10.6-inch Surface tablets.

Microsoft finally joins the fray by unveiling its 10.6-inch Surface tablets.

The Windows RT Surface tablet will run on an ARM processor, while the Windows 8 Pro version will have a third-generation Intel Core processor.

The Touch Cover and Type Cover double up as keyboards.

The Touch Cover and Type Cover double up as keyboards.

Each Surface tablet will have a full-sized USB port, a microSD slot, and a 16:9 aspect ratio; with edges angled at 22 degrees.

The casing of Surface is created using VaporMg (pronounced Vapor-Mag), where metal and deposit particles are molded to create a finish akin to luxury watches.

Starting with magnesium, parts can be molded as thin as .65 mm, thinner than the typical credit card, to create a product that is thin, light and rigid/strong.

The VaporMg materials and processes has enabled the thin and sleek design of the Surface tablets.

The VaporMg materials and processes has enabled the thin and sleek design of the Surface tablets.

This also enables an extremely thin built-in kickstand to prop the tablet up when watching movies or video conferencing with the HD front- or rear-facing video cameras.

The integrated, built-in kickstand removes the need for a separate accessory.

The integrated, built-in kickstand removes the need for a separate accessory.

I like the idea and design of this integrated kickstand.

To transform the tablet into a “notebook”, a 3 mm Touch Cover uses pressure-sensitive technology to sense keystrokes as gestures, allowing users to touch type significantly faster than on an on-screen keyboard.

The Touch Cover will be available in a selection of vibrant colors. It clicks into the Surface tablet via a built-in magnetic connector, forming a natural spine like you find on a book, and doubles up as a protective cover.

The Touch Cover and Type Cover comes in many vibrant colours.

The Touch Cover and Type Cover comes in many vibrant colours.

Alternatively, users can click in a 5 mm-thin Type Cover that adds moving keys for a more traditional typing feel.

Retail pricing will be announced closer to availability but is expected to be competitive with a comparable ARM tablet or Intel Ultrabook-class PC.

OEMs will have cost and feature parity on Windows 8 and Windows RT.

Oh and if you’re interested in a 40-inch tablet, check out the Samsung SUR40 for Microsoft Surface. (I haven’t heard anyone else calling THAT a tablet yet).

The main technical specifications of the two Surface tablets are tabulated below.

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