Archive for the ‘tablets’ Category

New arrival: Fred Technologies launches luxury smart mirror

Monday, April 10th, 2017

Simply called the Mirror, the luxury smart mirror is available online for S$2,700. Only 500 pieces available worldwide.

A smart mirror for a smart home.

A smart mirror for a smart home.

This smart mirror is like a giant smartphone screen which can function as a plain reflective mirror or as a giant Android tablet.

The mirror has a slim profile encased within a champagne gold frame, and can be installed anywhere in the home – be it the living room or in the bathroom.

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New arrival: Wacom launches 2017 lineup of graphics tablets & stylus in Singapore

Tuesday, February 28th, 2017

The new slew of graphics tablets and stylus include the Bamboo Fineline Stylus, Bamboo Slate smartpad, Bamboo Folio smartpad, Intuos Pro and Cintiq Pro 13 & 16. Prices below.

Anti-clockwise from top right (not to scale):

  • Bamboo Fineline smart Stylus (S$89)
  • Bamboo Slate Smartpad (A5: S$199, A4: S$229)
  • Bamboo Folio Smartpad (A5: S$229, A4: S$299)
  • Intuos Pro Paper Edition (medium: S$579, large: S$799)
  • <Not shown here – Intuos Pro (medium: S$499, large: S$709)>
  • Cintiq Pro 13 (S$1,499) & 16 (S$2,199)

The new lineup caters to a whole range of users, from professional graphics artists requiring high performance and precision, to the man in the street, looking for user-friendliness and enhanced productivity.

Below are the models that were launched in Singapore and their prices.

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tech4xmas Review: Xiaomi Mi Max entry-level Android phablet

Friday, November 18th, 2016

There’s been much excitement surrounding the launch of the entry-level Xiaomi Mi Max phablet some six months ago. Oliver Ong Chor Yew bought one online to review it below.

Editor’s note

Xiaomi’s reputation for selling well-spec’ed phones at super low prices manifests itself in the Mi Max, offering huge value to the consumer.

I tried out the phablet too and found it was indeed slightly unwieldy to use one-handed.

But its huge and bright screen is great for reading ebooks, watching videos and surfing the Web.

And the battery life is the longest I’ve encountered – only the ASUS Zenfone Max is comparable.

You won’t get the same quality and feature set of the Samsung’s unfortunate flagship Galaxy Note7 – but at only a fraction of the price, Xiaomi’s Mi Max presents itself as an extremely value-for-money alternative to grab part of the market share vacated by the Note7.

Hence, I’ve included the Xiaomi Mi Max in the tech4xmas gift list.

Read Oliver Ong Chor Yew’s review below.

The Xiaomi Mi Max fresh out of the box (left), and the home screen (right).

The Xiaomi Mi Max fresh out of the box (left), and the home screen (right).

My Mi Max is a 6.44inch large-screen phablet with android 6.0 and MIUI 8.0 interface.

Overall verdict

With the $259 price tag and the huge screen size, the Mi Max is a good budget phone for every use.

The camera image quality is quite good.

Fingerprint sensor is extremely responsive and the device build quality makes this phone worth buying.

It is powered by a 4850mAh non-removable Li-Ion battery which is a standard for mid-range to high end phone nowadays.

The Mi Max has a Qualcomm snapdragon 650 chipset with Hexa-core processor (4 x 1.4GHz Cortex-A53 & 2 x 1.8GHz Cortex-A72) and 3GB RAM.

This model I am reviewing is the 32GB variant which costed me S$259 on Qoo10 at the time of this review was written.

There is a 64GB variant with Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 Octa-Core processor.

First impressions

The device is quite huge and it is quite difficult to use with one hand.

The build quality is quite sturdy and it feels like I am holding a premium device.

Sample shot of the cloudy blue sky, taken using the Xiaomi Mi Max.

Sample shot of the cloudy blue sky, taken using the Xiaomi Mi Max.

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New arrival: ASUS ZenBook 3, Transformer 3 Pro, ZenWatch 3 & ZenPad 3

Thursday, October 13th, 2016

ASUS unveiled its 3rd Generation mobile computing products at its Zenvolution launch event in Singapore. Prices & availability below.

Clockwise from upper left: ASUS Transformer 3 Pro, ZenWatch 3, ZenBook 3, ZenPad 3. Not shown to scale.

Clockwise from upper left: ASUS Transformer 3 Pro, ZenWatch 3, ZenBook 3, ZenPad 3. Not shown to scale.

The ZenBook 3 is an ultra light 910g Ultrabook with an ultra-thin 11.9mm profile made from premium aerospace-grade all-aluminum unibody construction with the latest high-performance 7th generation Intel® Core™ i7 processors, 16GB RAM, up to 512GB PCIE SSD and an innovative cooling system.

ASUS claims that the Transformer 3 Pro is the world’s first and only 2-in-1 detachable notebook with 7th generation Intel® Core™i5/i7 processors that can function as a competent tablet, laptop, music station or even a high performance gaming PC with an optional ROG XG Station 2 that acts as an external discrete graphics card.

The ZenWatch 3 is a stylish and customisable wearable device powered by Android Wear with HyperCharge technology.

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Head on down to the ASUS Zenvolution Roadshow from 14 to 16 October 2016 to experience the “3” series products at the different experiential zones and stand to win attractive prizes worth up to $5,000. In addition, cash vouchers will be given away for the purchase of Transformer 3 Pro and ZenBook 3 products during the roadshow.

The ZenPad 3 has a thickness of only 7.57mm and goes for a classy look with its luxurious leather rear panel with 2K high-resolution touchscreen and Qualcomm® hexa-core processor.

More details (including technical specifications) from the press release below.

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Sony Electronics opens sixth store in Singapore @ Wisma Atria

Friday, September 30th, 2016

The new store is the second store along Orchard Road in Singapore, and is located on the 3rd floor (#03-01/01A) of the popular mall Wisma Atria.

Sony Store Wisma Atria is the brand’s sixth retail outlet in Singapore.

Sony Store Wisma Atria is the brand’s sixth retail outlet in Singapore.

The new store will showcase the latest consumer electronics from the Japanese company.

A photo posted by John Tan (@tech4tea) on

Sony Store Wisma Atria will be opened to the public from 1 October 2016, from 10:30am to 9:30pm daily.

These include the recently announced top-of-the-line Z9D series of BRAVIA 4K TVs, as well as the new flagship range of Signature Series High-Resolution Audio (HRA) products.

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Review: ASUS Transformer Book T100HA 2-in-1 detachable laptop

Friday, June 24th, 2016

The Transformer Book T100HA is an ideal laptop-cum-tablet hybrid companion for the mobile warrior looking for good performance, portability, connectivity and long battery life – all at an affordable price of S$499.

The ASUS Transformer Book T100HA 2-in-1 hybrid features the latest quad-core Intel® Atom™ x5 ‘Cherry Trail’ processors, Windows 10 (64-bit) operating system with Cortana, the voice-powered personal assistant, and support for Windows 10 Continuum adaptive interface technology.

The ASUS Transformer Book T100HA 2-in-1 hybrid features the latest quad-core Intel® Atom™ x5 ‘Cherry Trail’ processors, Windows 10 (64-bit) operating system with Cortana, the voice-powered personal assistant, and support for Windows 10 Continuum adaptive interface technology.

I used the Transformer Book T100HA from ASUS for two weeks as I went about between meetings and events on the road, to see how usable the hybrid 2-in-1 laptop-cum-tablet would be for someone constantly on the move.

Lighter & thinner than predecessors, the tablet measures 265 x 175 x 8.45mm physically and weighs 580g, while the keyboard dock measures 265 x 175 x 10mm and weighs 470g.

Lighter & thinner than predecessors, the tablet measures 265 x 175 x 8.45mm physically and weighs 580g, while the keyboard dock measures 265 x 175 x 10mm and weighs 470g.

I found the device ideally suited as a workhorse for the typical mobile warrior – it’s compact and therefore highly portable, and its battery easily lasts an entire workday before you put it to charge when you retire for the night back at home or at the hotel.

For leisure, you can simply pull the screen off the keyboard dock and use it as a tablet.

Typically, a compact machine like this – and even those super-thin but larger Ultrabooks – suffer from a dearth of connectivity ports.

But the tablet/screen portion of the T100HA comes with 1 x Micro USB port, 1 x Type-C USB 3.1 Gen 1 port, 1 x Micro HDMI, 1 x Micro SD card slot and 1 x headphone/mic combo jack.

The ASUS Transformer Book T100HA sports a durable aluminium-clad lid available in four colours: Rouge Pink, Aqua Blue, Silk White and Tin Grey.

The ASUS Transformer Book T100HA sports a durable aluminium-clad lid available in four colours: Rouge Pink, Aqua Blue, Silk White and Tin Grey.

The keyboard dock has an additional full-sized USB 2.0 port.

This means you can connect a mouse, an external hard disk drive and a mobile device all at the same time if you need/want to.

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New arrivals: Microsoft Surface Pro 4 tablet-laptop hybrid in Singapore

Wednesday, November 25th, 2015

Microsoft has launched the new Surface Pro 4 tablet computer in Singapore. Available now starting from S$1,399 – online & in stores. Prices below.

Microsoft touts the Surface Pro 4 as “the tablet that can replace your laptop”. This version has gotten thinner, lighter and faster.

Microsoft touts the Surface Pro 4 as “the tablet that can replace your laptop”. This version has gotten thinner, lighter and faster.

Microsoft has announced retail availability of Surface Pro 4 in Singapore.

“Surface Pro 4 brings together the performance of a laptop and the full power of Windows 10 with the portability of tablet. Surface has transformed the category by focusing on productivity, creating a highly versatile device that people love to use,” said Arthur Huang, Director, Consumer Channels Group, Microsoft Singapore.

The newest in the Surface lineup, Surface Pro 4 takes what people love about Surface Pro 3 and makes it better, packing more power and performance into the thinnest, lightest Surface Pro yet.

The tablet is designed to run Microsoft Office and Windows in conjunction with Windows Hello, Surface Pen and Microsoft Edge.

Customers can buy the Surface Pro 4 Intel Core m, Core i5, and Core i7 models in Singapore at microsoftstore.com, select retailers including Challenger, Courts, Harvey Norman and Newstead, as well as authorised commercial resellers.

Prices and of the various Surface Pro 4 configurations and accessories are listed below.

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New arrivals: Transformer Book T100HA & Transformer Book Flip TP200

Wednesday, November 18th, 2015

Both the Transformer Book T100HA and Transformer Book Flip TP200 will be available at S$499 from today onwards at all ASUS authorised retailers and ASUS brand stores.

Both the Transformer Book T100HA (left) and Transformer Book Flip TP200 (right) will come pre-installed with the latest Microsoft Windows 10 operating system.

Both the Transformer Book T100HA (left) and Transformer Book Flip TP200 (right) will come pre-installed with the latest Microsoft Windows 10 operating system.

The Transformer Book T100HA sports an aluminium-clad lid and is available in four new colours – red, blue, white and grey.

It ships with the latest quad-core Intel® Atom™ x5 ‘Cherry Trail’ processors, hardware support for Windows 10 Cortana and Continuum, plus USB Type-C ports.

Transformer Book Flip TP200 is the world’s first 11.6-inch Windows 10 convertible laptop with USB Type-C port.

It is slim and light – only 18.45mm thin and weighs 1.2kg – with up to 8 hours battery life.

Its robust 360-degree hinge with multi-gear alloy steel construction enables the screen to flip and to be used securely at any angle.

More details in the press release below.

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New arrivals: Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 Android tablet in Singapore

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015

The new Galaxy Tab S2 comes in 9.7-inch and 8-inch form factors as well as 4G+ and Wi-Fi configurations, with 32GB memory and microSD support up to 128GB.

Prices range from S$598 to S$798 (see below). Black available from 7 August while Gold will be in later August.

At just 5.6mm thin and weighing only 389g (9.7”) and 265g (8.0”), Samsung claims that the Galaxy Tab S2 is the thinnest and lightest tablet of its size in the market, and is packed with powerful performance features to offer enhanced usability, whether for productivity and multitasking, or simply enjoying immersive content anytime, anywhere.

At just 5.6mm thin and weighing only 389g (9.7”) and 265g (8.0”), Samsung claims that the Galaxy Tab S2 is the thinnest and lightest tablet of its size in the market, and is packed with powerful performance features to offer enhanced usability, whether for productivity and multitasking, or simply enjoying immersive content anytime, anywhere.

Samsung is targeting users looking for a premium tablet for multimedia entertainment and personal use.

The 4G+ LTE Category 6 capability (for the 4G+ versions) promise users faster Internet access for browsing and downloading content.

Prices and detailed descriptions from the press release below.

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Events: Lenovo #LightAndSeek spotlights Singapore artists – 17 April 2015

Friday, April 10th, 2015

Lenovo has launched a new community campaign – #LightAndSeek – weaving technology and creativity to ignite the Singapore landscape. 10 local artists will use the Lenovo YOGA Tablet 2 Pro to create and project artworks around Arab Street.

#LightAndSeek - happening on Friday, 17 April, 2015 in the Arab Street area in Singapore. Click to view enlarged map of the locality.

#LightAndSeek – happening on Friday, 17 April, 2015 in the Arab Street area in Singapore. Click to view enlarged map of the locality.

For one night only on April 17 this year, Singapore will come alive with an art exhibition that will change the way we see the local art landscape.

The event will bring together ten of Singapore’s rising artists to create a series of artworks that will come to life across ten locations spaces around Arab Street and be projected by the Lenovo YOGA Tablet 2 Pro.

As the facilitator to all these voices and visuals, Lenovo aims to engage the growing local art community at large and give true local DO-ers a chance to project themselves like never before, and for the public to immerse themselves with art through a truly memorable experience.

A new way to watch and hear – Lenovo YOGA Tablet 2 Pro

Throughout the course of this one-night-only event, the YOGA Tablet 2 Pro will be used to showcase creative pieces by the local artists – allowing the blend of a canvas and space through an interactive medium.

The artists will be creating and projecting their artworks using the Lenovo YOGA Tablet 2 Pro.

The artists will be creating and projecting their artworks using the Lenovo YOGA Tablet 2 Pro.

Promoting interactivity and versatility like never before, the tablet comes enabled with the new Pico projector that projects a 16:9 high resolution image onto any surface for an instant 50-inch theatre experience.

Featuring a 13.3-inch QHD (2560×1440) IPS display for life-like images, the multimode also comes equipped with up to 15 hours of battery.

Slimmer than your average magazine at just 3.7mm thin and 950 grams, the Platinum-colored tablet also comes enabled with an 8 watt sound system that enables impromptu displays and performances anytime and anywhere.

#LightAndseek ‘Snap N Win’ Contest

In conjunction with the #LightAndSeek event, a ‘Snap N Win’ contest will also be held throughout the day of April 17, and will be open to the public till midnight.

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