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New Arrival: Google Pixel 4a [and Pixel 4a (5G) & Pixel 5]

Monday, August 3rd, 2020

Google has launched the Pixel 4a (S$499) which will be available online from 10 September. Pre-orders for the mid-tier smartphone in Singapore begins tomorrow.

The Pixel 4a has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G Mobile Platform, Titan M security module for on-device security, 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage with an even bigger battery that lasts all day. To the right is a sneak peek at the Pixel 4a (5G) and Pixel 5.

The Pixel 4a has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G Mobile Platform, Titan M security module for on-device security, 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage with an even bigger battery that lasts all day. To the right is a sneak peek at the Pixel 4a (5G) and Pixel 5.

The Pixel 4a comes in Just Black with a 5.8-inch bezel-less, OLED display, with a 3.5mm headphone jack, increased storage space of 128GB and 6GB of RAM.

The Google Pixel 4a will ship with the following key features.

  • The same camera features from the Pixel 4 – including Live HDR+ Night Sight with astrophotography, Portrait Mode, and Top Shot.
  • Note that the Pixel 4a will not have the rear telephoto lens in the Pixel 4.
  • A Recorder app which automatically transcribes speech and lets you search across your audio recordings.
  • Longer battery life based on Adaptive Battery that adapts to the way users use their apps, and reduces power to apps that are rarely used.
  • Live Caption for phone calls.

Together with the launch of the Pixel 4a comes the Pixel 4a knit fabric cases, which combine beauty, lightweight protection and recycled materials.

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New Arrival: Samsung Family Hub Smart Fridge in Singapore

Friday, July 24th, 2020

The new line-up of Family Hub Smart Fridge is now available in Singapore on Samsung Online Store and major consumer electronics & IT stores. Prices & promotions below.

The Samsung Family Hub is a perfect enhancement for all kitchen spaces, with its modern and premium built-in look, elegant flat doors, recessed handles, and fingerprint-resistant finish.

The Samsung Family Hub is a perfect enhancement for all kitchen spaces, with its modern and premium built-in look, elegant flat doors, recessed handles, and fingerprint-resistant finish.

The Family Hub line-up includes two new stylish side-by-side refrigerator models at more affordable price points.

Consumers can look forward to expanded storage with SpaceMax Technology, which utilises thinner walls to create extra storage space whilst ensuring optimal insulation and without increasing external dimensions.

Prices and more details below from the press release.

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New Arrival: ASUS Republic of Gamers Launches ROG Phone 3 Series

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2020

The 3rd-gen gaming smartphone series ships with the latest Snapdragon 865 Plus, 144Hz / 1ms AMOLED display and huge 6000mAh battery. Prices below.

Featuring the uprated GameCool 3 cooling system, the ROG Phone 3 is engineered to deliver non-stop, ultrasmooth performance for the ultimate mobile gaming experience.

Featuring the uprated GameCool 3 cooling system, the ROG Phone 3 is engineered to deliver non-stop, ultrasmooth performance for the ultimate mobile gaming experience.

The series includes the flagship ROG Phone 3 and the ROG Phone 3 Strix Edition.

The ROG Phone 3 is the most powerful ROG Phone ever, using the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Plus 5G Mobile Platform with advanced 5G mobile communications and Qualcomm Snapdragon Elite Gaming capabilities.

Prices and more details below from the press release.

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New Arrival: Ruark Audio Launches R3 for Singapore

Thursday, July 16th, 2020

Priced at S$1,299, the Ruark R3 will be available in Singapore in Rich Walnut and Soft Grey colours from mid-August 2020 onwards.

Ruark Audio R3: stylish and compact music system with expansive sound.

Ruark Audio R3: stylish and compact music system with expansive sound.

Equipped with a high-fidelity two-channel Class A-B amplifier and enclosed in hand-crafted wood cabinets, the R3 promises a dynamic performance akin to larger sound systems while doubling as a modern piece of furniture for the home.

The R3 all-in-one music system joins Ruark Audio’s luxury sound systems – the R7, R5, MR1 and MRx – which were launched in Singapore earlier this year.

More details below from the press release.

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New Arrival: Xiaomi Announces Ecosystem of IoT Products

Wednesday, July 15th, 2020

Xiaomi today announced new additions to their IoT-connected smart hardware range. The global online launch also included the presentation of Redmi 9, Redmi 9A and Redmi 9C.

The Mi Smart Band 5 is part of the slew of new smart IoT gadgets that Xiaomi launched globally.

The Mi Smart Band 5 is part of the slew of new smart IoT gadgets that Xiaomi launched globally.

The new smart products launched by Xiaomi include the following.

  • Mi Smart Band 5
  • Mi Electric Scooter Pro 2
  • Mi Electric Scooter 1S
  • Mi True Wireless Earphones 2 Basic
  • its first-ever Mi TV Stick
  • Mi Curved Gaming Monitor 34”

The local sales info and prices in Singapore of these smart devices will be announced when those products are available.

More details below from the press release.

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New Arrival: Huawei MateBook X Pro Pre-Orders in Singapore

Tuesday, July 14th, 2020

The new Huawei flagship notebook – MateBook X Pro (S$2,698) – will be available for pre-orders in Singapore from 18 – 24 July. Promotions below.

MateBook X Pro: Huawei’s flagship laptop with FullView experience.

MateBook X Pro: Huawei’s flagship laptop with FullView experience.

Made for productivity and mobility, the flagship Ultra FullView MateBook X Pro offers a borderless experience to consumers.

The HUAWEI MateBook X Pro features a CNC machined metallic unibody with a premium sandblasted finish that gives the exterior a smooth hand-feel.

Huawei’s latest flagship notebook is portable at only 14.6mm thick and weighing 1.33kg.

With slim bezels on all sides, the Ultra FullView Display in 3K resolution gives an edge-to-edge, expansive viewing experience with 91 percent screen-to-body ratio.

The HUAWEI MateBook X Pro in Space Gray is available to pre-order in Singapore from 18 – 24 July 2020 at all Huawei Concept Stores, online official stores in Lazada and Shopee. as well as authorised retailers. Each pre-order comes with a gift bundle worth S$1,161.

The HUAWEI MateBook X Pro in Space Gray is available to pre-order in Singapore from 18 – 24 July 2020 at all Huawei Concept Stores, online official stores in Lazada and Shopee. as well as authorised retailers. Each pre-order comes with a gift bundle worth S$1,161.

The display adopts an unconventional 3:2 aspect ratio targeted at productivity and content creation compared to mainstream widescreens.

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Review: Soul ST-XS2 True Wireless Earbuds for Sports

Saturday, July 11th, 2020

Ideal wireless earbuds for the fitness-conscious. Pretty design, snug fit, great sound quality. These were the earbuds of choice that saw my wife through the COVID-19 months and accompanied her on her morning jogs.

 

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The Soul ST-SX2 is the earbuds-of-choice when it comes to true wireless earphones for the sporty – delivering good sound quality, a snug fit and easy usability.

With COVID-19 lockdown all around the world, the only workout we’re getting nowadays are the weights and rowing machine at home, and the jogs around the neighbourhood.

No more swims or visits to the gym.

 

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I gave my wife the Soul ST-SX2 true wireless earbuds as a Mother’s Day gift – and she loves it!

I gave the Soul ST-XS2 to my wife as a Mother’s Day gift and she’s been stuck on them ever since – during her morning jogs.

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New Arrival: Canon Launches New Full-Frame Cameras & Lenses

Thursday, July 9th, 2020

Canon has just launched two new full-frame mirrorless cameras in the EOS R lineup: the EOS R5 and EOS R6; as well as three RF-mount prime lens and its first super-telephoto L zoom lens. Price & Availability below.

Shoot high-resolution, professional-level still images and HDR PQ HEIF 10-bit video with the Canon EOS R5 and EOS R6.

Shoot high-resolution, professional-level still images and HDR PQ HEIF 10-bit video with the Canon EOS R5 and EOS R6.

The EOS R5 and EOS R6 are aimed at advanced amateurs and professionals, and are designed to provide a high-quality, high-speed shooting experience.

The four RF-mounted lenses are:

  • RF85mm f/2 IS STM
  • RF600mm f/11 STM
  • RF800mm f/11 IS STM
  • RF100-500mm f/4.5-7.1L IS USM

The three RF-mount prime lenses are fixed focal length lenses which will appeal to advanced amateurs, especially those focusing on wildlife or portrait photography.

The super-telephoto L zoom lens allows users to shoot even further with its focal length of 500mm.

Price & Availability below.

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New Arrival: Xiaomi Releases Entry-Level Redmi 9 in Singapore

Wednesday, July 8th, 2020

Redmi 9 will be available from July 10 for S$218 (4GB + 64GB), at official Xiaomi stores on Lazada, Shopee and Qoo10, as well as through online and offline stores of Singtel, Authorised Mi Stores and other official offline retailers in Singapore.

Redmi 9 will be available in three color variants: Carbon Grey, Ocean Green, and Sunset Purple

Redmi 9 will be available in three color variants: Carbon Grey, Ocean Green, and Sunset Purple

The entry-level Redmi 9 touts major upgrades from its predecessor, including an all-purpose AI quad-camera set up, 6.53’’ FHD+ Dot Drop display, powerful chipset and edgy design.

Xiaomi boasts that the Redmi 9 is the first entry-level Redmi smartphone to feature an all-purpose quad-camera setup – able to take a quick snap, wide-angle group shot, close-up with details or portrait photos.

More details below from the press release.

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New Arrival: LG Launches 2020 XBOOM Go Portable Speakers in Singapore

Monday, July 6th, 2020

The new portable Bluetooth speakers of the LG XBOOM Go PL series comprises models PL7 (S$299), PL5 (S$209) and PL2 (S$109) and is now available in Singapore at all authorised retailers.

Although compact in size, the portable Bluetooth speakers have long battery lives necessary for convenient use anywhere. From Left: LG XBOOM Go PL5, PL2, PL7 wireless Bluetooth speakers.

Although compact in size, the portable Bluetooth speakers have long battery lives necessary for convenient use anywhere. From Left: LG XBOOM Go PL5, PL2, PL7 wireless Bluetooth speakers.

The three new speakers in the series boast well-balanced sound, enhanced usability and a stylish new design.

Equipped with Meridian’s advanced audio technology, the XBOOM Go PL speakers promise high quality sound with deep bass, rich treble and clear vocals.

For a wider soundstage with detail across the higher frequencies, the PL7 employs dual tweeters, while all models promise good bass with the inclusion of Dual passive radiators.

More details below from the press release.

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