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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: 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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Event forecast: Huawei to launch P20 flagship smartphone in Paris

Saturday, March 3rd, 2018

Huawei has sent out invitations to the launch on 27 March, 2018 in Paris, France.

Would be interesting to see how Huawei leverages AI in its next flagship Android smartphone.

Would be interesting to see how Huawei leverages AI in its next flagship Android smartphone.

Huawei’s next flagship Android smartphone in its P-series lineup will be the P20.

The launch in Paris, France will be one month after the MWC 2018 in February.

MWC 2018: Sony Xperia XZ2 & Xperia XZ2 Compact entertainment smartphones

Tuesday, February 27th, 2018

The flagship Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact are available globally from March 2018 and both will ship with Android 8.0 Oreo. They are expected to hit Singapore shelves from April. In the meantime, consumers can register their interest here. Prices TBA.

Update (21 March, 2018):

Sony Singapore brought in the new Xperia XZ2 & Xperia XZ2 Compact for a special preview before they are officially launched later on in April.

I’ve always been impressed with Sony’s spirit of innovation in the design of their products.

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Sony is able to draw upon their in-house expertise in other related fields of business – sensors for camera imaging, displays from their Bravia TVs, quality sound from their audio products, gaming from their PlayStation, and entertainment content from their movie studio.

They were the first to feature the Super Slow Motion video and 3D avatar features and now other major smartphone makers are following suit.

Looking forward to their production models when the new XZ2 & XZ2 Compact hit the shelves in Singapore.

The new Xperia XZ2 and Xperia XZ2 Compact flagship Android smartphones from Sony are designed for the enjoyment of entertainment on the devices.

The new Xperia XZ2 and Xperia XZ2 Compact flagship Android smartphones from Sony are designed for the enjoyment of entertainment on the devices.

Xperia XZ2 ships with extended 5.7” HDR Full HD+ display, powerful stereo speakers, and a new Dynamic Vibration System to bring content to life.

The Motion Eye camera now has world’s 1st 4K HDR Movie recording in a smartphone and Full HD 960FPS Super slow motion.

The Xperia XZ2 Compact sports an extended 5” HDR Full HD+ display, Motion Eye camera experience and Sony’s AV technologies.

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MWC 2018: Vivo unveils APEX concept smartphone

Tuesday, February 27th, 2018

The bezel-less smartphone features the world’s first half-screen in-display fingerprint scanning technology with innovations in camera, speaker and sensors.

The Vivo APEX Looks like a truly “bezel-less” (concept) smartphone, with screen-to-body ratio exceeding 98%.

The Vivo APEX Looks like a truly “bezel-less” (concept) smartphone, with screen-to-body ratio exceeding 98%.

Vivo boasts that the new concept smartphone features the world’s highest screen-to-body ratio and groundbreaking half-screen in-display fingerprint scanning technology.

Read the details about APEX in their press releases below (Chinese version included).

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New arrival: Samsung Galaxy S9 & Galaxy S9+ – Singapore prices/availability

Monday, February 26th, 2018

The Samsung Galaxy S9 & S9+ will hit Singapore shelves on 16 March, with pre-orders commencing from this Thursday on 1 March, 12pm. Local prices & availability below.

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Hands on the new Samsung Galaxy S9 and Samsung Galaxy S9+ flagship Android smartphones in Singapore.

Pre-orders can be placed with M1, Singtel, StarHub Samsung Store Online, Samsung Experience Stores, Lazada Singapore, as well as major consumer electronics & IT stores (Best Denki, Courts, GAin City, Hachi, Harvey Norman & Newstead) and their websites.

Recommended retail prices in Singapore below.

  • Galaxy S9 (64GB): S$1,198
  • Galaxy S9+ (64GB): S$1,348
  • Galaxy S9+ (256GB): S$1,498

Only the Midnight Black, Coral Blue and Lilac Purple colours are available in Singapore.

Hot off the oven – first looks at the new Samsung Galaxy S9 and Samsung Galaxy S9+ flagship Android smartphones in Singapore.

Those who purchase a Galaxy S9 or S9+ will get a free Samsung Concierge Care Pack worth S$128 and trade-in an eligible device for up to S$610, under the Samsung Trade Up programme that was announced in conjunction with the launch.

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MWC 2018: Samsung Galaxy S9 & S9+ unveiled @ Samsung Unpacked 2018

Monday, February 26th, 2018

Samsung unveils Samsung Galaxy S9 & S9+ with Super Slow-mo video, dual-aperture low light camera and AR Emoji. Available from 16 March, 2018 in select markets in 4 colour choices – Midnight Black, Titanium Gray, Coral Blue and a new hue, Lilac Purple. Prices & availability below.

Update (11am, 26 February, 2018):

Samsung has released the local pricing and availability in Singapore.

Check out the details here.

Hands on the new Samsung Galaxy S9 and Samsung Galaxy S9+ flagship Android smartphones in Singapore.

The new Samsung Galaxy S9 and Samsung Galaxy S9+ flagship Android smartphones.

The new Samsung Galaxy S9 and Samsung Galaxy S9+ flagship Android smartphones.

For the US, the direct purchase price from Samsung of a SIM-free Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ will cost US$719.99 and US$839.99 respectively – local pricing for other countries are yet to be revealed.

Key specs of the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+. Click on image to enlarge.

Key specs of the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+. Click on image to enlarge.

More details from the press release below.

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MWC 2018: Nokia introduces 5 new smartphones

Sunday, February 25th, 2018

HMD Global has announced four new Android smartphones (Nokia 8 Sirocco, Nokia 7 Plus, new Nokia 6, and Nokia 1); and reloaded the iconic Nokia 8110 in 4G. Prices and availability below.

The five new phones introduced by Nokia: Nokia 8 Sirocco, Nokia 7 Plus, new Nokia 6, Nokia 1, reloaded Nokia 8100 with 4G.

The five new phones introduced by Nokia: Nokia 8 Sirocco, Nokia 7 Plus, new Nokia 6, Nokia 1, reloaded Nokia 8100 with 4G.

The reloaded Nokia 8110 will ship with 4G connectivity, apps including Google Assistant, Google Maps, Google Search, Facebook and Twitter, and the return of the slider phone.

Three of the four new Nokia Android smartphones will join the Android One family – the Nokia 8 Sirocco, Nokia 7 Plus and the new Nokia 6.

With a pure Android installation, these phones avoid unnecessary UI changes or hidden processes that eat up battery life or slow them down.

Each of the new phones comes with a limited number of pre-installed apps so that users will get more storage space.

By shipping with Android Oreo out of the box, the phones will have the latest features, including Picture-in-Picture for multitasking, Android Instant Apps to discover and run apps with minimal friction, 60 new emojis and battery-maximising features like limiting background app use.

These phones will be updated over time with the latest AI powered innovations and security patches from Google.

Below are more details from the press release about the five new Nokia phones.

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New arrival: Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra Android smartphone

Saturday, February 24th, 2018

The mid-range “dual selfie” camera smartphone will hit Singapore shelves on 26 February. The S$598 Xperia XA2 Ultra are available in Black, Blue or Gold.

Sony first announced the Xperia XA2 Ultra at the Consumer Electronic Show (CES) 2018.

Sony first announced the Xperia XA2 Ultra at the Consumer Electronic Show (CES) 2018.

Engineered specifically for selfies, the Xperia XA2 Ultra ships with two front cameras: a 16MP camera with Optical Image Stabilisation, and a 8MP 120° super wide-angle camera.

Together with the Smart Selfie Flash, the cameras promises clear shots regardless of lighting or environment and accomodate more friends and and the surrounding into selfies.

An optional accessory for the Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra is the Style Cover Stand that comes in Black or Grey.

An optional accessory for the Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra is the Style Cover Stand that comes in Black or Grey.

The rear camera has 23 megapixels, and a large 1/2.3” Exmor RSTM for mobile sensor that is capable of ISO 12800 sensitivity for better low-light photography.

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tech4xmas 2017 Giveaway: LifeProof NËXT iPhone 8 Plus phone case

Monday, November 13th, 2017

This transparent LifeProof NËXT phone case boasts six layers of protection in a sleek package to keep your iPhone 8 Plus or iPhone 7 Plus safe from drops, dirt and snow.

Worth S$119, you may just get one free by participating in the tech4xmas 2017 giveaway over on Instagram here.

Update (17 November, 2017):

A big Thank You to all of you who participated in this tech4xmas2017 giveaway. The LifeProof NEXT phone case goes to @coldkohmew.  Congratulations!

For the other participants, not to worry – there will be more phone cases coming up for grabs. In the meantime, I have started the next tech4xmas2017 giveaway back at @tech4tea. So hop over and try your luck.

You might just win yourself a 1-year’s license for the newly launced ESET Internet Security 2018 (worth S$45.90) – for yourself or for a friend as a X’mas present! So see you over at @tech4tea!

To try your luck, do the following:
1. Follow @tech4teaReviews Instagram account.
2. Comment on this Instagram post (ON INSTAGRAM) by typing one of the three things that this NËXT phone case protects your iPhone from.
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I will pick one commenter (at random) on Friday (17 November) to be the recipient for the giveaway. I will contact you via Instagram Direct Message to arrange collection instructions.

The two-piece outer shell of the LifeProof NËXT phone case wraps securely around the iphone 8 Plus or iPhone 7 Plus and offers maximum durability and drop defence.

A raised bevel bolsters drop and touchscreen protection while the display is left uncovered for direct access to the glass.

A clear outer layer prevents scuffs, scrapes and scratches and an inner lining seals the case and phone from dirt.

An audio-transparent mesh covers the speakers to block dust and debris while audio flows freely.

NËXT protects from drops up to 2 meters, carries an IP-5X rating for blocking dirt and dust and keeps snow out.

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