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Event: Vivo NEX 3 Roadshow #FutureBeyondEdges

Saturday, November 9th, 2019

I popped down to the Vivo #FutureBeyondEdges roadshow at Bedok Mall today and tried out the exciting new flagship smartphone – NEX 3 – that was launched in Singapore last week.

Mediacorp Artiste Elvin Ng with Liu Hong Bin, CEO of Vivo Singapore and the new Vivo Nex 3 flagship smartphone (S$1,299) at the #FutureBeyondEdges roadshow at Bedok Mall.

Mediacorp Artiste Elvin Ng with Liu Hong Bin, CEO of Vivo Singapore and the new Vivo Nex 3 flagship smartphone (S$1,299) at the #FutureBeyondEdges roadshow at Bedok Mall.

Based on first impressions, I like the “no edges – no buttons” design of the premium phone.

The 6.89-inch POLED Waterfall Fullview Display (1080 x 2256 FHD+) extends over the curved edges on both sides and offers an immersive visual experience with the high 99.6% screen-to-body ratio.

All around the edges, there’re no buttons at all, except for the diminutive power button which is so flushed with the side that it’s hardly noticeable.

The volume up/down “buttons” on either side of the power button are totally invisible because they use embedded sensors.

The fingerprint sensor is in-display on the front, so you don’t see any fingerprint sensor at the rear.

There is also face-unlock should the fingerprint authentication fail three times.

The triple rear cameras come with a 64-megapixel main camera, as well as a 13MP wide-angle camera and 13MP telescopic camera that takes pretty impressive macro photos.

 

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The new Vivo NEX 3 showcased at the #FutureBeyondEdges roadshow at Bedok Mall in Singapore.

The front camera is a massive 16MP camera that pops out from the top of the NEX 3, accompanied by a flash.

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New Arrival: Xiaomi Launches 4 New Redmi “8” Series Phones In Singapore

Sunday, October 20th, 2019

Xiaomi has unveiled 4 new Redmi smartphone models that will be available in Singapore towards the end of October 2019. Prices and availability below.

Four new entry-level smartphones from Xiaomi for the Singapore market.

Four new entry-level smartphones from Xiaomi for the Singapore market: Redmi Note 8 Pro, Redmi Note 8, Redmi 8, and Redmi 8A. Click on the links of each model for a 1-page brochure of the smartphone.

The prices, configurations and availability of the four phone models are tabulated below.

The four models are the Redmi Note 8 Pro, Redmi Note 8, Redmi 8, and Redmi 8A.

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New Arrival: ASUS ROG Phone II in Singapore

Saturday, October 19th, 2019

ASUS boasts that the new S$1,598 gaming phone is the world’s first Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus, has the world’s first 120Hz/1ms AMOLED display and has a monster 6000mAh battery.

Republic of Gamers (ROG) today unveils the ROG Phone II, the successor to the game-changing ROG Phone.

Republic of Gamers (ROG) today unveils the ROG Phone II, the successor to the game-changing ROG Phone.

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus processor in the new ASUS ROG Phone II is clocked at 2.96GHz with Qualcomm Adreno 640 GPU.

It features the world’s first 120Hz/1ms AMOLED 10-bit HDR 6.59″ display with Delta-E <1 colour accuracy and only 49ms touch latency.

The huge 6000mAh battery with 30W ROG HyperCharge enables long stamina for gaming and fast recharging.

For gaming, the ROG Phone II has a landscape-oriented design, Dual Surrounding Vibration, front-facing stereo speakers, plus a new range of modular accessories.

More details below from the press release.

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New Arrival: OPPO Reno2 and Reno2 Z Smartphones in Singapore

Friday, October 18th, 2019

OPPO has launched the Reno2 (S$899) & Reno2 Z (S$899) Android smartphones in Singapore. OPPO also launched its first wireless noise cancelling headphones – the Enco Q1 (S$179). Available from 26 October. Introductory promotions below.

The OPPO Reno2 has 5x hybrid zoom, ultra dark mode, sunlight AMOLED screen, ultra steady video.

The OPPO Reno2 has 5x hybrid zoom, ultra dark mode, sunlight AMOLED screen, ultra steady video.

The OPPO Reno2 (S$899) comes in Luminous Black and Sunset Pink with 8GB RAM and 256GB storage.

Editor’s Comments

The mid-range phones bring enhancements to OPPO’s Reno series phones in improved Wi-Fi connectivity, photography and video recording.

An interesting feature I tried is the real-time video bokeh where the background is blurred. It’s the video equivalent of the portrait mode in smartphone still photography.

The more affordable OPPO Reno2 Z (S$599) comes in Luminous Black and Sky White with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage.

The OPPO Enco Q1 Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones (S$179) in Midnight Black and Sunny Orange will be available from 26 October 2019 at OPPO concept store and OPPO official online store on Lazada, Qoo10 and Shopee.

More details below from the press release.

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New Arrival: Vivo NEX 3 Flagship Android Smartphone

Thursday, October 17th, 2019

As part of the NEX 3 launch in Singapore, Vivo will hold a #FutureBeyondEdges event from 6–12 November at Bedok Mall. Customers who purchase the NEX 3 (S$1,299) at the event will receive a FREE DJI OSMO Mobile 3 Combo (worth S$189) and Folio Case (worth S$29.90) – while stocks lasts.

The new Vivo NEX 3 will be available from 2 November 2019 through major local telcos. Exclusive promo deals – worth over $200 will also be available at their #FutureBeyondEdges event at Bedok Mall from 6-12 November 2019.

The new Vivo NEX 3 will be available from 2 November 2019 through major local telcos. Exclusive promo deals – worth over S$200 will also be available at their #FutureBeyondEdges event at Bedok Mall from 6-12 November 2019.

The Vivo NEX 3 will be available through the telcos M1, Singtel and StarHub.

Highlights of the NEX 3 includes the following.

  • Borderless Screen – A 6.89-inch notch-free POLED Waterfall FullView Display that extends along the edges and provides an immersive visual experience with a 99.6% screen-to-body ratio
  • Triple Camera Setup – A 64MP main camera, 13MP wide-angle camera and a 13MP telescopic camera that allow users to seamlessly switch between wide-angle, telescopic and macro capabilities with a single touch. A 16MP Elevating Front Camera to capture the perfect selfies.
  • Reliable and Powerful Performance – Powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus and UFS 3.0 high-speed flash memory for top computing performance and smooth multitasking capabilities. A massive 4500mAh battery for a long-lasting experience.
  • Superior Audio – The AK4377A independent audio chip drives the vivo Hi-Fi experience, allowing users to enjoy a more immersive music experience.

More details below from the press release.

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New Arrival: Google Pixel 4 And Other MadeByGoogle Products

Wednesday, October 16th, 2019

After much anticipation, Google Pixel 4 has arrived in Singapore, together with other #MadeByGoogle hardware, such as the upgraded Nest Mini speaker and Nest Wifi system. Singapore won’t be getting the Pixelbook Go or the Pixel Buds though. Prices and availability below.

Google Pixel 4, Pixel 4 XL, Nest Mini and Nest Wifi launched in Singapore.

Google Pixel 4, Pixel 4 XL, Nest Mini and Nest Wifi launched in Singapore.

Following the Made by Google event in New York City, Google today announced the launch of its Google Pixel 4 flagship smartphone in Singapore.

From 24 October, Singaporeans will be able to purchase their new devices through official carrier partner, StarHub, retailers COURTS and Challenger as well as the Google Store. Pre-orders begin today.

 

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This Google staff, Nim, kindly did the unboxing of the Pixel 4 XL for me.

The phone will be available in three colours – Just Black, Clearly White and the limited edition Oh So Orange – and in two sizes.

The 64GB variant of the 5.7-inch Pixel 4 and 6.3-inch Pixel 4 XL will be priced at S$1,119 and S$1,319 respectively, while the 128GB models will retail for S$1,269 and S$1,469 respectively.

 

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Google Nest Mini and Google Nest Wifi in Singapore.

Apart from the Pixel 4, two additional devices will soon be available in Singapore as well.

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New Arrival: Samsung Galaxy A10s And Galaxy A30s Refresh

Saturday, October 5th, 2019

Samsung has launched the refreshed devices for the Galaxy A series smartphones. Available in Singapore from today. Prices below.

The Samsung Galaxy A10s (S$198) is available in black while the Samsung Galaxy A30s (S$328) is available in Prism Crush Black or Prism Crush Green.

The Samsung Galaxy A10s (S$198) is available in black while the Samsung Galaxy A30s (S$328) is available in Prism Crush Black or Prism Crush Green.

These entry-level smartphones Galaxy A10s (S$198) & Galaxy A30s (S$328) enjoy enhanced everyday features, combining affordability and versatility, offering consumers a holistic user experience.

The Galaxy A10s has a 6.2-inch HD+ TFT Display while the A30s sports a 6.4-inch HD+ Super AMOLED Infinity-V Display.

Both have a long-lasting 4,000mAh battery, with the Galaxy A30s equipped with fast charging capability.

The Galaxy A10s sports dual rear cameras – a 13MP Main (F1.8) and 2MP Depth Camera (F2.4) – and an 8MP front camera.

The Galaxy A30s comes with triple rear cameras: an improved 25MP (F1.7) main camera and an 8MP 123o FOV Ultra Wide Camera, and a new 5MP depth camera.

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New Arrival: Huawei Mate 30 Series Flagship Smartphones

Thursday, September 19th, 2019

The new handset features Huawei’s flagship Kirin 990 5G SoC, quad camera system with SuperSensing Cine Camera & Halo Ring design. It does not include Google’s suite of apps and services. Price & availability in Singapore TBA.

The Huawei Mate 30 handsets come in various colour variants and materials: Emerald Green, Space Silver, Cosmic Purple, Black, while Forest Green and Orange are available in vegan leather.

The Huawei Mate 30 handsets come in various colour variants and materials: Emerald Green, Space Silver, Cosmic Purple, Black, while Forest Green and Orange are available in vegan leather.

Huawei today unveiled its new Huawei Mate 30 Series smartphones in Munich, Germany.

The 6.62-inch Mate 30 has a 40-megapixel SuperSensing Camera + 16MP Ultra Wide Angle Lens + 8MP Telephoto Lens.

The 6.53-inch Mate 30 Pro has a 40-megapixel Cine Camera + 40MP SuperSensing Camera + 8MP Telephoto Lens + 3D Depth Sensing Camera.

The Huawei Horizon Display curves at an angle of 88 degrees to maximise the display area to provide an edge-to-edge immersive experience.

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Apple Unveils iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, Watch Series 5 & iPad 2019

Wednesday, September 11th, 2019

Singapore customers can begin pre-ordering the phones from Friday, 13 September, with prices that start from S$1,149. The phones will hit the stores next week from 20 September.

The iPhone 11 comes with six colour options while the iPhone 11 Pro has three.

The iPhone 11 comes with six colour options while the iPhone 11 Pro has three.

The basic iPhone 11 comes with dual-cameras with prices at US$700 compared to the US$750 price of its single-camera predecessor.

The additional camera enhances the background blur effect in portrait mode, and allows the mode for non-human subjects..

The two flagships iPhone Pro (US$1,000) and iPhone Pro Max (US$1,100) will have more than four hours of extra battery life. Their prices are maintained at last year’s levels.

Both iPhone Pro now comes with triple lens – one more than last year’s flagships) – while all models this year include the new ultrawide lens, like the one in the Samsung Galaxy S10 earlier this year.

Two lens good, three lens better.

Two lens good, three lens better.

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IFA 2019: Huawei Announces FreeBuds 3, 5G SoC & P30 Pro New Colours

Saturday, September 7th, 2019

During the opening of IFA 2019 in Berlin, Huawei announced a range of technologies and products presented by Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei Consumer Business Group.

Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei Consumer Business Group (CBG), delivered a keynote speech titled

Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei Consumer Business Group (CBG), delivered a keynote speech titled “Rethink Evolution” at the IFA.

Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei Consumer Business Group (CBG) unveiled the following at IFA 2019.

  • Kirin 990 Series SoC
  • FreeBuds 3
  • New colours for P30 Pro

Details below from the respective press releases.

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