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Digital Well-Being Tips For International Day Of Happiness

Friday, March 20th, 2020

Here are some tips from Google on digital wellbeing and how our devices can contribute to our daily happiness.

The first step toward digital wellbeing is often understanding more about how you interact with technology in the first place. Tools like the Digital Wellbeing Dashboard in Android 9 Pie and YouTube’s Time Watched offer ways to keep you more informed about your habits.

The first step toward digital wellbeing is often understanding more about how you interact with technology in the first place. Tools like the Digital Wellbeing Dashboard in Android 9 Pie and YouTube’s Time Watched offer ways to keep you more informed about your habits.

Despite being one of the wealthiest nations globally, research has shown that Singaporeans are amongst the unhappiest people in the world.

Disconnect when you need to. Take advantage of tools that help make it easier to take a break from your devices, and switch off at the end of each day.

Disconnect when you need to. Take advantage of tools that help make it easier to take a break from your devices, and switch off at the end of each day.

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New Arrival: Oppo Launches FindX2 Pro 5G & Reno3 Series Phones

Friday, March 13th, 2020

Oppo has launched in Singapore its first 5G smartphone – the Find X2 Pro SG. The flagship is accompanied by the the launch of Reno3 series comprising Reno3 and Reno3 Pro phones. Prices & promotions below.

The Oppo Find X2 Pro 5G and Reno3 will be available in Singapore from 28 March, while Reno3 Pro will arrive on 10 April.

The Oppo Find X2 Pro 5G (in this photo) and Reno3 will be available in Singapore from 28 March, while Reno3 Pro will arrive on 10 April.

The Find X2 series was first introduced on 6 March at Oppo’s global online launch event.

The Find X2 Pro 5G comes in Black (Ceramic) and Orange (Vegan Leather) with 12BG RAM and 512GB ROM and is priced at S$1,699.

“OPPO is dedicated to delivering the best products to enhance the lives of our users. With the Find X2 Pro we are looking to provide users with a holistic 5G experience that we believe will set a new standard for flagship smartphones,” shared Mr Moon Yue, CEO, OPPO Singapore.

The phone will be available for pre-order from Saturday, 14 March to 27 March on OPPO’s Shopee Flagship Store and at all OPPO Concept Stores.

The phone will be available island wide from Saturday, 28 March at Singtel, Starhub and M1 stores, OPPO Concept Stores, OPPO Shopee and Lazada Flagship Stores and is covered by OPPO’s international warranty.

Customers who pre-order the Find X2 will receive a NESCAFE Dolce Gusto Lumio Coffee Machine worth S$219, a pair of OPPO Enco Free Headphones worth S$189.

The Reno3 will be available in Midnight Black and Sky White with 8GB RAM and 128 ROM and will be priced at S$499.

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New Arrival: Huawei Mate Xs 5G Foldable Phone In Singapore

Thursday, March 12th, 2020

The Huawei Mate Xs will hit the shelves in Singapore from 21 March, 2020 at S$3,788.

The HUAWEI Mate Xs runs on EMUI10.0.1, an Android Open Source Project-based operating system which offers enhanced performance, improved security and better mobile customization.

The HUAWEI Mate Xs runs on EMUI10.0.1, an Android Open Source Project-based operating system which offers enhanced performance, improved security and better mobile customization.

HUAWEI’s 5G foldable Mate Xs builds on its predecessor Mate X with a more powerful SoC and unique mechanical hinge design.

“We are thrilled to launch the HUAWEI Mate Xs in Singapore. It is the ultimate product of Huawei’s mission to present an unparalleled user experience with powerful 5G connectivity and cutting edge design,” said Phil Xu, Managing Director of Huawei Consumer Business Group Singapore.

The HUAWEI Mate Xs in Interstellar Blue will be available in all Huawei Concept stores, selected M1 and StarHub shops; consumer electronic stores and official online stores with Lazada and Shopee.

Customers are get 1-year warranty coverage that comes with a one-time screen replacement at 50% fees waived within the first year from date of purchase. Terms and conditions apply.

Purchasers will also receive a free HUAWEI envelope leather case worth S$238 and a pair of HUAWEI FreeBuds 3 worth S$238 with every purchase of the HUAWEI Mate Xs, while stocks last.

More details below from the press release.

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New Arrival: Huawei nova 7i Smartphone In Singapore (S$388)

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2020

The 48-megapixel, 4200mAh Huawei nova 7i will be available for pre-order in Singapore from 5 March and hit Singapore on 14 March. RRP: S$388.

The Huawei nova 7i Android smartphone is available in Singapore in Midnight Black and Sakura Pink.

The Huawei nova 7i Android smartphone is available in Singapore in Midnight Black and Sakura Pink.

The Huawei nova 7i is equipped with a quad-camera system that supports Handheld Night Mode.

The camera system includes a 48MP Main Camera, an 8MP Ultra Wide Angle Lens, a 2MP Macro Lens and a 2MP Bokeh Lens.

Key technical specifications of the Huawei nova 7i Android smartphone.

Key technical specifications of the Huawei nova 7i Android smartphone.

Equipped with a 6.4-inch FHD+ Punch FullView Display and a big screen-to-body ratio of 90.6%, the Huawei nova 7i has a 16MP front camera on the upper left corner for selfies.

The Huawei nova 7i also features a side-mounted fingerprint power button for faster unlock.

The Huawei nova 7i has a large 4200mAh battery and Kirin 810 chipset.

With 40W Huawei SuperCharge support, the device can be charged up to 70% in 30 minutes.

Huawei AppGallery, the world’s third largest app store, is pre-installed on all Huawei mobile devices including the latest Huawei nova 7i.

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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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