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Event: Huawei Launches Mate Xs 2 & Health/Fitness Wearables

Wednesday, May 18th, 2022

Huawei has launched online the new Mate Xs 2 folding phablet, as well as a slew of health and fitness wearables.

The new Huawei Mate Xs 2 folding phablet has a 7.8-inch True-Chroma foldable display and weighs only 255g.

The new Huawei Mate Xs 2 folding phablet has a 7.8-inch True-Chroma foldable display and weighs only 255g.

The following new products were launched by Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei’s Consumer Business Group.

  1. Huawei Mate Xs 2
  2. Huawei Watch GT3 Pro
  3. Huawei Watch Fit 2
  4. Huawei Band 7
  5. Huawei Watch D
  6. Huawei S-Tag

A sneak peek of the four health and fitness wearables in the list were showcased to select media earlier this month.

Which of the six gadgets launched today will be available in Singapore?

A slew of new devices from Huawei, from the Mate Xs 2 folding phablet to a range of health/fitness wearables.

A slew of new devices from Huawei, from the Mate Xs 2 folding phablet to a range of health/fitness wearables.

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Opening: Xiaomi’s Eighth Authorised Store at Waterway Point

Saturday, May 14th, 2022

Xiaomi has opened its eighth authorised store in Singapore at Waterway Point, with launch promotions of up to 50% off selected AIoT products.

Xiaomi’s 140-square-metre store is situated in Waterway Point, a family and lifestyle shopping mall in Punggol. It is located at B1-41/42 (East Wing) and is open everyday from 11am to 9pm.

Xiaomi’s 140-square-metre store is situated in Waterway Point, a family and lifestyle shopping mall in Punggol. It is located at B1-41/42 (East Wing) and is open everyday from 11am to 9pm. Photo credit: Xiaomi Singapore.

In the store, consumers can physically try out Xiaomi’s smartphones and the array of AIoT (Artificial Intelligence of Things) products Xiaomi sells, as well as accompanying accessories.

As part of the store’s launch, a series of special promotions are available from 14 – 16 May 2022, while stocks last.

New Store Launch Promotions

To celebrate the store launch, customers can enjoy exclusive discounts and promotions today as well as over the weekend.

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Review: Huawei P50 Pocket Fashionista Folding Smartphone

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2022

The Huawei P50 Pocket is part of the latest flagship P-series lineup of smartphones from the Chinese phone maker. The folding smartphone offers a large display when unfolded yet offers a compact form factor when folded into half.

When folded, the Huawei P50 Pocket becomes compact and fits snugly in the trouser pocket or a ladies purse.

When folded, the Huawei P50 Pocket becomes compact and fits snugly in the trouser pocket or a ladies purse.

The design of top-end smartphones is fraught with trade-offs between desirable characteristics that tend to contradict each other in terms of manifestation.

Most of us desire a large display and long battery life yet baulk at the resultant bulkiness and weight.

My Take

The Huawei P50 Pocket is a head-turning flagship smartphone that offers a large display when unfolded and a compact form factor when folded – along with a stunning design that befits any fashionista.

We desire powerful performance and beautiful design yet keel over at the higher price tag.

So the design process by the phone maker and the buying decision often comprises a set of trade-offs between the things we desire in a smartphone.

The Huawei P50 Pocket removes the need for some of these trade-offs.

It offers a large 6.9-inch display when unfolded yet folds into a compact form factor that fits snugly in the trouser pocket without poking at uncomfortable places and threatening to slip out.

At 190g, it is not particularly heavy and has a large 4000mAh battery with 40W Huawei SuperCharge capability. Only wired charging is supported.

And as a flagship smartphone, has top-tier hardware for top-notch performance, including Huawei’s forte in smartphone cameras.

 

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Freshly unboxed Huawei P50 Pocket. Even the box is exquisitely designed.

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New Arrival and Review: Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro

Tuesday, February 15th, 2022

Google Pixel 6 (S$999) and Google Pixel 6 Pro (S$1,299) have arrived in Singapore. They are now available exclusively on the Google Store online, together with a selection of phone cases and accessories.

Google Singapore had sent me both the Pixel 6 Pro and the Pixel 6 to try out prior to today’s launch, so I’ve been playing with both phones for a while now.

Google Singapore had sent me both the Pixel 6 Pro and the Pixel 6 to try out prior to today’s launch, so I’ve been playing with both phones for a while now.

Both the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro ship with Android 12 installed and come with 128GB storage.

Powered by Android 12, Google has given the new phones a new user interface (UI) they call “Material Me”, which provides themed UI skins and widgets that are supposed to be highly customised to your you needs.

The Google Pixel 6 Pro is available in Stormy Black and Cloudy White with cases (S$49) in Stormy Sky, Soft Sage, Light Frost and Golden Glow.

The Google Pixel 6 Pro (S$1,299) is available in Stormy Black and Cloudy White with cases (S$49) in Stormy Sky, Soft Sage, Light Frost and Golden Glow.

The phones are powered by Google Tensor, the company’s first processor that’s basically a mobile system on a chip designed specifically around Google’s AI engine.

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New Arrival: Samsung Galaxy S22 Series and Tab S8 Series

Wednesday, February 9th, 2022

Samsung Electronics has just unveiled the Galaxy S22 Series 5G flagship smartphones (up to S$1,998) and Galaxy Tab S8 Series tablets (up to S$2,188) during the livestream of their “Unpacked 2022: The Epic Standard” event online. Prices below.

The new Galaxy S22 Series and Galaxy Tab S8 Series were unveiled during Samsung’s Unpacked 2022 event.

The new Galaxy S22 Series and Galaxy Tab S8 Series were unveiled during Samsung’s Unpacked 2022 event.

The Galaxy S22 Series 5G comprises the following variants.

  1. Galaxy S22 5G
  2. Galaxy S22+ 5G
  3. Galaxy S22 Ultra 5G

The Galaxy S22 Ultra 5G has assimilated the Note series with a built-in S Pen.

Prices, colours and configurations for Samsung Galaxy S22 Series 5G.

Prices, colours and configurations for Samsung Galaxy S22 Series 5G.

The Galaxy Tab S8 Series consists of the following variants.

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New Arrival: Huawei P50 Pro & Huawei P50 Pocket in Singapore

Thursday, January 13th, 2022

Huawei has launched the P50 Pro (S$1,548, from 22 January) and P50 Pocket (S$TBA, from 14 February) Premium Edition in Singapore. Promotions below.

Huawei Singapore launched the P50 Pro and P50 Pocket at the National Gallery in Singapore.

Huawei Singapore launched the P50 Pro and P50 Pocket smartphones at the National Gallery in Singapore.

Both the Huawei P50 Pro and P50 Pocket introduce a new True-Form Dual-Matrix camera system with a double ring set up appearance that is designed to be visually striking.

Both devices are equipped with advanced imaging processors, Huawei XD Optics and XD Fusion Pro Image Engine for improved image clarity, high dynamic range and intelligent computational photography.

The Huawei P50 Pro and P50 Pocket are powered by EMUI 12 which comes with an improved Control Panel which users can access through a swipe.

 

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The latest flagship smartphones from Huawei: the P50 Pro and the P50 Pocket, together with other products from the company’s ecosystem.

Its distributed security features enable password and facial recognition across multiple devices, ensuring safe and verified access to data.

The HUAWEI P50 Pro and P50 Pocket also come pre-installed with AppGallery, the official app store for Huawei devices.

Users can download from a growing selection of apps and enjoy exclusive giveaways, rebates and coupons from seasonal campaigns on AppGallery.

As of date, a majority of popular and local apps are available in AppGallery including ComfortDelGro, TADA, Grab, RYDE, TraceTogether, Singpass, OneMap, and many more.

More details below from the press release.

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New Arrival: Oppo Reno7 Pro 5G for Portrait Shooting

Monday, January 10th, 2022

Prices and availability in Singapore for the Oppo Reno7 Pro 5G in the story below.

Oppo has also announced its partnership with local actor, Lawrence Wong (@ohohlawrence), Oppo’s first official brand ambassador in-market.

Oppo has also announced its partnership with local actor, Lawrence Wong, Oppo’s first official brand ambassador in-market.

Powered by Oppo’s new Flagship Portrait Camera System built around two flagship imaging sensors — the IMX709 and the IMX766 — the Reno7 Pro 5G promises a leap in portrait image performance, offering possibilities in photo and video at the touch of a button.

The OPPO Reno7 Pro 5G features the Oppo Glow glass on its back cover with the Laser Direct Imaging (LDI) technology.

Its “flagship-level 5G performance” is powered by the MediaTek Dimensity 1200-MAX, with a 4500mAh battery and 65W SUPERVOOC charging.

The Reno7 Pro 5G ships with Oppo’s ColorOS 12.

Check out the Prices & Availability of Oppo Reno7 Pro 5G below.

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Event: Huawei Flagship Product Launch with P50 Pocket

Thursday, December 23rd, 2021

Huawei launched a series of new products, headlined by its folding clamshell smartphone – the P50 Pocket – a direct competitor to Samsung’s Galaxy Z Flip 3.

Huawei joined forces with prominent haute couture designer, Iris Van Herpen, in a cross-industry collaboration to create the Huawei P50 Pocket Premium Edition.

Huawei joined forces with prominent haute couture designer, Iris Van Herpen, in a cross-industry collaboration to create the Huawei P50 Pocket Premium Edition.

The global launch event saw Huawei unveil a slew of new products in defiance to the two-year-old ban by the US which has deprived the Chinese company access to critical semiconductor chips and software.

The products launched include the following – all part of a smart and fully connected ecosystem based on Huawei’s HarmonyOS – the company’s substitute for Google’s Android OS.

  • P50 Pocket
  • Watch D
  • Huawei Eyewear
  • MateBook X Pro notebook
  • AITO M5 electric vehicle

More details below from the press release, on the Huawei P50 Pocket.

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Event: Huawei APAC Autumn Product Launch 2021

Thursday, October 28th, 2021

Huawei unveils the MateBook 14s, Watch GT 3 and nova 9 during its APAC Autumn Product Launch online. The MateBook 14s and Watch GT 3 will hit Singapore shelves soon but there are currently no plans to bring the nova 9 to Singapore. Prices TBA.

The Huawei MateBook 14s and Watch GT 3 will hit Singapore shelves soon but there are currently no plans to bring the nova 9 to Singapore.

The Huawei MateBook 14s and Watch GT 3 will hit Singapore shelves soon but there are currently no plans to bring the nova 9 to Singapore.

The Huawei MateBook 14s features a sleek and portable body frame, weighing approximately at 1.43kg.

It has a 2520 x 1680, 213 ppi Huawei FullView Display and a 90 Hz refresh rate with a ratio of 3:2, to create an immersive visual experience.

Powered by the 11th Generation Intel Core processors, the Huawei MateBook 14s is capable of handling intensive tasks and multi-tasking needs.

Delivering an upgraded, more powerful, and convenient user experience, the new Huawei Watch GT 3 is more dynamic and intelligent.

On top of its fashionable appearance, comprehensive upgrades, and new interface design, it also comes with accurate health and fitness monitoring with TruSeenTM 5.0+, 14-day battery life with new design, and an Intelligent Dynamic Adjustment Plan.

Huawei nova series aims to be the most popular smartphone for young people.

More details below from the press release.

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Google Unveils Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro Android 12 Phones

Tuesday, October 19th, 2021

After months of leaks and teasers, Google has officially unveiled the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro. Featuring Google’s custom-developed Tensor chip, both versions will come to Singapore early next year. Details TBA.

The new Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro are powered by the new Tensor chip and ships with Android 12.

The new Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro are powered by the new Tensor chip and ships with Android 12.

Even though the launch price of the Pixel 6 is US$100 lower than the Pixel 5, it features top-notch hardware compared to the mid-range offering of its predecessor.

The new Tensor chip is a 5nm SoC with an octa-core processor with two Cortex-X1 cores, as well as two mid-level cores and four power-efficient ones.

I’m excited that the custom image processor will bring the computational photography on the Pixel to greater levels.

Camera smarts include Magic Eraser (for removing unwanted distractions from a photo) and Face Unblur (which selects a sharp face from a few photos and puts it onto an action shot.

Portrait Mode offers better subject separation and improved skin tone rendering.

Night Mode and Astrophotography have also been enhanced.

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