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Event coverage: IFA Global Press Conference 2018 in Rome, Italy

Thursday, April 19th, 2018

IFA Global Press Conference 2018 is happening this weekend in Rome, Italy. I will be covering this consumer electronics and home appliances showcase, as part of a small group of media the show organisers invited from Singapore.

The media delegation from Singapore is part of an international corp invited by Messe Berlin, the organisers of IFA and this Global Press Conference.

The media delegation from Singapore is part of an international corp invited by Messe Berlin, the organisers of IFA and this Global Press Conference.

IFA this year will be from 31 August 1 to 5 September, 2018.

As a lead-up to the actual trade show in September, the organisers have gathered some of the key exhibitors and media from around the world in a preview mini-show, featuring product showcases, as well as briefs and presentations on the latest trends on consumer electronics and home appliances.

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A day of walking and sightseeing in the ancient city of Rome to get the blood flowing in the veins after the long-haul flight from Singapore. Photo taken with Canon 5DX Mark IV fullframe DSLR.

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New arrival: Dyson Pure Cool purifying fan in Singapore

Friday, April 13th, 2018

The latest version of Dyson’s Pure Cool purifying fan adds an LCD display, a new filter and 350⁰ degree oscillation. Prices below.

The new Dyson Pure Cool purifying fan comes in Desktop version (S$699, White/Silver) and Tower version (S$899, White/Silver, Black/Nickel, Iron/Blue).

In the new Pure Cool purifying fan, Dyson leverages its in-house expertise in electronics, filtration and airflow to clean every corner of the room.

The new LCD display reports pollutants in the home in real time, and then reacts automatically using a Dyson algorithm.

The purifying fan features a 360 degree fully-sealed filter system combining an activated carbon filter to remove gases, and a Glass HEPA filter that captures 99.95% of microscopic allergens and pollutants as small as 0.1 microns.

Air Multiplier technology and new 350⁰ oscillation project and mix purified air around the whole room to purify every corner.

A new diffused mode offers users from temperate countries the option, in winter, of purifying the air without the cooling effects of the fan.

More details below from the press release.

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New arrival: Dyson Cyclone V10 cord-free vacuum cleaner

Thursday, April 12th, 2018

The latest stick vacuum cleaner from Dyson has a smaller but lighter motor and new in-line format for linear airflow path and “point and shoot” bin emptying mechanism. Prices below.

Dyson launched its new Cyclone V10 cord-free vacuum cleaner together with the new Pure Cool purifying fan in Singapore at the ArtScience Museum.

Dyson’s new V10 digital motor boasts 20 percent more suction power than that found in the V8 cord-free vacuum.

Yet it is almost half the weight of its predecessor.

The new Dyson Cyclone V10 comes in three configurations: Fluffy (S$899), Absolute (S$999), and Absolute + (S$1,199).

Dyson’s fastest and most power-dense digital vacuum motor spins at up to 125,000 rpm.

The new battery in the V10 now adds 50 percent more juice, extending the V8’s 40min use-per-charge to 60 minutes.

More details below from the press release.

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New arrival: Fitbit Versa health & fitness smartwatch in Singapore

Tuesday, April 10th, 2018

The new Fitbit Versa smartwatch is now available globally and in Singapore at S$318, with accessories ranging from S$50 – S$140. Includes female health tracking and quick replies to mobile Android device messages (from May).

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Versa is Fitbit’s lightest smartwatch, featuring a modern design, advanced health and fitness features, 4+ day battery life, smart features and cross platform compatibility.

Beginning in May, these new Fitbit features will be available:

Quick replies

“We’re thrilled for consumers around the world to experience Versa, a beautifully designed smartwatch for all with advanced health and fitness features, access to our large global social network and smart features people find most useful at an approachable price. We believe Versa is a smartwatch that will have mass appeal, attracting new audiences and helping us capture a previously untapped segment of users in this growing wearables category,” said James Park, co-founder and CEO of Fitbit.

Android mobile device users can respond to messages on the go using Fitbit Versa and Fitbit Ionic smartwatches.

Create and send up to five custom pre-populated quick replies of 60 characters or less to text messages and messenger apps like WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger.

Female health tracking

Available to all adult users who identify as female in the Fitbit app to track their menstrual cycle and symptoms.

Makes it easier to manage their cycle with a more complete picture of health and fitness data all in one place.

Versa and Ionic users will also be able to view female health tracking information on-device.

More details below from the press release.

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New arrival: Huawei P20 & Huawei P20 Pro smartphones in Singapore

Monday, April 2nd, 2018

Pre-orders online for the two new flagship smartphones begin today. The phones will hit the shelves in Singapore from 7 April (Huawei P20 Pro in Twilight will be in stores end-April, 2018). Prices and specifications below.

In Singapore, three colours (Black, Midnight Blue & Pink Gold) will be available for the Huawei P20. There’ll also be three colours (Black, Midnight Blue & Twilight) available for the Huawei P20 Pro.

In Singapore, three colours (Black, Midnight Blue & Pink Gold) will be available for the Huawei P20. There’ll also be three colours (Black, Midnight Blue & Twilight) available for the Huawei P20 Pro.

The two flagship Android smartphones from Huawei was first unveiled in Paris, France last Tuesday.

Singapore is one of the first few countries to launch the new phones.

Below are the prices, colours and availability of the new Huawei P20 series smartphones.

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Event forecast: IFA Global Press Conference 2018 in Rome, Italy

Sunday, April 1st, 2018

IFA this year will be from 31 August – 5 September, 2018. As in previous years, the annual consumer electronics & home appliances show will be preceded by a preview cum global press conference for the media from 19-22 April.

This year’s IFA GPC will be in Rome, Italy (19-22 April, 2018). Venues in the past have included Dubrovnik in Croatia (2012), Sardinia in Italy (2013), and Belek in Turkey (2014).

This year’s IFA GPC will be in Rome, Italy (19-22 April, 2018). Venues in the past have included Dubrovnik in Croatia (2012), Sardinia in Italy (2013), and Belek in Turkey (2014).

IFA (Internationale Funkausstellung Berlin – international radio exhibition Berlin) is a global consumer electronics and home appliances show held annually in Berlin in September.

The IFA Global Press Conference (IFA GPC) that precedes the actual trade show attracts more than 300 journalists form over 50 countries.

During the IFA GPC, some of the IFA exhibitors and partners get to show a preview of their IFA offerings and pitch to the international media what their brands offer to consumers.

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Huawei unveils new P20 series flagship Android smartphones

Tuesday, March 27th, 2018

Huawei has unveiled in Paris, France the new P20 and P20 Pro smartphones. These two new flagship models promise to continue Huawei’s focus on camera prowess in collaboration with Leica.

Update (2 April, 2018):

Singapore is one of the first few countries to launch the new phones. The prices, colours and availability of the Huawei P20 and Huawei P20 Pro in Singapore has been released. Read the details here.

The P20 and P20 Pro includes improvements to Huawei’s AI engine for enhanced camera functionality while the P20 Pro features the new Leica triple camera.

The P20 and P20 Pro includes improvements to Huawei’s AI engine for enhanced camera functionality while the P20 Pro features the new Leica triple camera.

Key features of the Huawei P20 series include the following.

  • The Huawei P20 Pro features a camera that promises to capture more light and detail with the new Leica triple camera, boasting what the company claims the smartphone industry’s highest pixel count.
  • The Huawei P20 features a new Leica dual camera.
  • Both includes Master AI which includes AI-driven professional photography settings and Huawei AIS – its AI stabilisation technology.
  • Thin bezel, with new colours including a dynamic gradient finish.
  • Features Kirin 970 processor with a dedicated NPU and EMUI 8.1 based on Android 8.1 for a premium and smooth user experience.

In addition to the P20 and P20 Pro, Huawei also unveiled the Porsche Design Huawei Mate RS (Race Sport).

Singapore will be one of the first few countries in the world to launch the Huawei P20 and Huawei P20 Pro in early April 2018.

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New arrival: PopSockets mobile phone grip-&-stand in Singapore

Monday, March 26th, 2018

Popsockets launches officially in Singapore as its maker sets up regional HQ in Singapore while it expands in Asia-Pacific.

PopSockets: the mobile phone grip-and-stand which started off as an indie Kickstarter project in 2012 sold over 35 million units last year is now available here and in the region.

The multi-functional PopSocket Grip can be used to stabilise selfie shots, act as a kickstand for watching YouTube and can even be mounted on walls and cars for easy viewing.

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For avid Harry Potter fans, especially those “from” the house of Slytherin, this is the PopSocket for you!

Double PopSocket Grips are good for competitive mobile gamers who want a solid grip on the base of their phone to put their twin thumbs into action.

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New arrival: Huawei nova 2 lite entry Android smartphone

Wednesday, March 14th, 2018

The black Huawei nova 2 lite (S$298) will debut in Singapore at the IT Show on 15 March, while the blue version will be available from end-March 2018.

The nova 2 lite is Huawei’s entry-level Android smartphone, priced at S$298.

The nova 2 lite is Huawei’s entry-level Android smartphone, priced at S$298.

The HUAWEI nova 2 lite features an 8-megapixel (MP) front camera with selfie toning flash, as well as a dual-lens rear camera.

The HUAWEI nova 2 lite introduces Face Unlock – a high-precision facial recognition technology that is powered by an AI algorithm to automatically detect up to 1,024 points on the human face and perform high-accuracy mapping.

This feature lets users unlock their screens in less than 900 milliseconds using facial recognition.

The HUAWEI nova 2 lite also has a party trick for singing enthusiasts – Karaoke Mode.

This feature enables users to hear their own voice when singing into the microphone on their headsets, akin to being in a recording studio.

Considering the entry-level price, the specs looks more like a mid-tier smartphone.

Would be curious to check out its performance level.

More details in the press release below.

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New arrival: Garmin Forerunner 645 Music GPS smart watch

Tuesday, March 13th, 2018

The Garmin Forerunner 645 Music is a GPS running watch with integrated music and features Garmin Pay contactless payment solution. RRP: S$669 (without integrated music: S$599). IT Show 2018 promotions below.

Garmin Forerunner 645 Music & Forerunner 645 GPS smart watch.

Garmin Forerunner 645 Music & Forerunner 645 GPS smart watch.

The integrated music gives athletes the freedom to enjoy their favorite tunes on a run or during a workout without having to take a phone along.

Need to buy a bottle of water or a quick bite after a workout?

Garmin Pay contactless payment solution lets users pay for purchases with the Forerunner 645 Music.

In addition to 24/7 heart rate monitoring, the smart watch includes advanced running dynamics, performance monitoring tools, connected features and thousands of ways to customise with free watch faces, widgets, data fields and apps through the Garmin Connect IQ store.

More details from the press release below.

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