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New Arrival: Three New ASUS ZenBooks in Singapore Built for Brilliance

Friday, November 20th, 2020

ASUS has just launched in Singapore three new ZenBooks with 11th Generation Intel Core processors – ZenBook Flip S, ZenBook 14 Screenpad, ZenBook 14 Ultralight. Price & Availability below.

Emma Ou, ASUS Singapore Country Manager, at Built for Brilliance online launch event.

Emma Ou, ASUS Singapore Country Manager, at Built for Brilliance online launch event.

The new ZenBook series notebooks were launched at a virtual online event called “Built for Brilliance”.

  1. ASUS ZenBook Flip S (UX371)
    S$2,498 (today)
  2. ASUS ZenBook 14 ScreenPad (UX435)
    S$2,198 (11 Dec 2020)
  3. ASUS ZenBook 14 Ultralight (UX435EGL)
    S$2,398 (4 Dec 2020)

ASUS boasts that the ZenBook Flip S is the world’s thinnest OLED convertible laptop and the first ASUS laptop to be verified on the Intel Evo platform for laptop design.

The ZenBook 14 ScreenPad is ASUS’s smallest 14-inch laptop with ScreenPad while the ZenBook 14 Ultralight is the lightest 14-inch ZenBook yet – weighing only 990 g.

More details below from the press release.

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Review: Trek iSSD 4-in-1 Portable Wireless Storage Server cum Power Bank

Thursday, November 19th, 2020

Once in a while, you come across a device that does it all – and does it well. When it comes to a mobile storage companion, Trek iSSD ticks the check boxes of all the functionalities that I’ve always wanted in a single device.

In the box: Trek iSSD, USB Type-C data cable, user manual, microSD card adaptor, pouch.

In the box: Trek iSSD, USB Type-C data cable, user manual, microSD card adaptor, pouch.

Three of biggest problems holding back a mobile worker on the move are: storage space, battery power and the ability to share.

With the limited storage space on notebooks, tablets and mobile phones, workers on the move quickly run out of storage space on their mobile devices, especially if their work require huge media files that they have to present at meetings and discuss with their clients.

 

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The Trek iSSD measures 120 x 75 x 15mm and weighs 230g. It has an aluminum alloy frame with glass cover.

At home, the easy solution is to buy a desktop hard disk drive (HDD) with a huge capacity eg. 6-12TB – but it is not something you can bring on the road.

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New Arrival: Jabra Elite 85t True Wireless Earbuds

Tuesday, November 17th, 2020

The Jabra Elite 85t (S$348) enables users to control how much noise to cancel and block.

The Jabra Elite 85t true wireless earbuds.

The Jabra Elite 85t true wireless earbuds.

With five levels of Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) and five levels of Hear Through, the user can select up to 11 levels of noise filtration – with about 3dB difference between each level.

A dedicated ANC chip drives the noise cancellation for the Jabra Elite 85t, supported by six microphones and wind protection for clear audio and voice call quality in any environment the user may be in.

The new semi-open design for the earbuds offers better comfort while keeping the fit secure.

The Elite 85t provides up to 5.5 hours of battery life with up to 25 hours in compact charging case – with ANC on.

More details below about the Jabra Elite 85t true wireless earbuds, from the press release.

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New Arrival: Xiaomi Mi 10T & Mi10T Pro Launched in Singapore

Thursday, November 12th, 2020

Xiaomi’s latest flagship smartphones are in Singapore – the Mi 10T (S$649: 8GB + 128GB) and Mi 10T Pro (S$749: 8GB + 256GB). Prices and introductory promotions below.

The latest Mi 10T and Mi 10T Pro flagships phones from Xiaomi have been launched in Singapore.

The latest Mi 10T and Mi 10T Pro flagships phones from Xiaomi have been launched in Singapore.

The Mi 10T and Mi 10T Pro from Xiaomi offers impressive cameras, AdaptiveSync display, powerful processors and long-lasting battery.

Purchases are covered with 24-month warranty and 6-month Screen Protection Guarantee.

The two Android phones were first unveiled earlier at the end of September this year.

Both devices will be available for purchase starting from this Saturday, 14 November 2020.

The phones can be purchased,at Authorized Mi Stores, Xiaomi’s official telecommunications partners including M1, Singtel and StarHub, as well as official online channels such as Lazada, Shopee and Qoo10.

Gifts come in limited units and are on a first-come-first-served basis only. Standard terms and conditions apply. Click to enlarge.

Gifts come in limited units and are on a first-come-first-served basis only. Standard terms and conditions apply. Click to enlarge.

The Xiaomi Mi Smart Speaker has also been unveiled – priced at S$79.90, it will be available in Singapore at a later date.

The Xiaomi Mi Watch will also be available in Singapore at a later date, with pricing to be announced later.

 

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Nicholas Shi, General Manager of Singapore and Malaysia, Xiaomi, launched the Mi 10T Pro and Mi 10T in the Grand Ballroom of JW Marriott Hotel at South Beach in Singapore.

More details below about the Xiaomi Mi 10T and Mi 10T Pro, from the press release.

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New Arrival: Apple Introduces 3 New Macs Based on M1 Chip

Wednesday, November 11th, 2020

Apple has launched a new MacBook Air, the 13-inch MacBook Pro, and Mac mini – powered by its latest in-house developed M1 chip. Price & Availability below.

Apple says that with M1, things users do every day on the Mac feel noticeably faster and smoother.

Apple says that with M1, things users do every day on the Mac feel noticeably faster and smoother.

The new M1 SoC (Systen on a Chip) is the first in a family of chips designed by Apple specifically for the Mac.

With M1 and Big Sur, users get access to the biggest collection of apps for Mac.

All the new Macs come with Big Sur, the latest version of Apple’s desktop operating system.

Big Sur is engineered, down to its core, to take full advantage of all the capability and power of M1, delivering a boost in performance, battery life, and stronger security protections.

The new MacBook Air, 13-inch MacBook Pro, and Mac mini with M1 are available to order today on apple.com/sg and in the Apple Store app.

They will begin arriving to customers and will be in select Apple Store locations and Apple Authorised Resellers starting next week.

More details below about the three new M1-based Apple Macs from the press release.

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New Arrival: Livinguard Masks Against COVID-19 SARS-COV-2 Virus

Saturday, November 7th, 2020

Livinguard has brought its reusable face masks in Singapore. Three versions for different levels of protection (and breathability) are available online at Shopee, Lazada and ORO. Prices below.

 

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Here are the Street (2 layers) and Pro (3 layers) of the Livinguard masks.

I tried out the Street and Pro versions and liked them.

It feels light, fitting and doesn’t clog up the nostrils when you breathe.

There are three versions for different levels of protection and breathability, in 4 colours and 3 sizes.

Each mask can be rinsed once a week for up to 30 times – so that works out to 210 days of usage.

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How to Sign up for Apple One – Available in Singapore Now

Wednesday, November 4th, 2020

Apple One is now available in Singapore, enabling subscribers to access four Apple subscription services including Apple Music, Apple TV+, Apple Arcade, and iCloud storage. Price & Availability below.

Access four services Apple Music, Apple TV+, Apple Arcade, and iCloud storage with a single Apple One subscription.

Access four services Apple Music, Apple TV+, Apple Arcade, and iCloud storage with a single Apple One subscription.

First announced in Cupertino in mid-September, users in over 100 countries and regions can now sign up and choose a plan that is right for them or their whole family.

You can sign up for Apple One on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Apple TV running iOS 14, iPadOS 14, or tvOS 14.

Later this fall, you’ll also be able to sign up on Mac running macOS Big Sur.

In addition, when you sign up for individual Apple services, the right Apple One plan is automatically recommended if it’s a better value, taking into account any services you already pay for.

Prices and availability for Apple One below.

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New Arrival: realme C17 Budget Smartphone with Large Battery

Sunday, October 25th, 2020

Despite being priced at S$299, the 6.5-inch realme C17 sports a 5000mAh battery, 90Hz punch-hole display with 120Hz sampling rate, and AI Quad camera.

realme C17 has two different visual styles: Navy Blue is a reflective dark with a highlighted effect, and Lake Green is a light blue with an AG frosted effect.

realme C17 has two different visual styles: Navy Blue is a reflective dark with a highlighted effect, and Lake Green is a light blue with an AG frosted effect.

The realme C17 has a quad-camera with a 13-megapixel primary camera with f/2.0 large aperture, and a 119° ultra-wide-angle lens.

It also has a 4cm Macro lens, and B&W Portrait lens.

The phone has a Super Nightscape mode low-light and night photography.

The realme C17 has a Snapdragon 460 octa-core processor and comes with 6GB RAM and 128GB ROM.

It supports two Nano SIM cards and a maximum of 256GB SD card expansion.

Continuing the ultra-long battery of realme’s C series, the realme C17 boasts a 5000mAh mega battery and 18W Quick Charge.

It provides a total of 34-day standby and 35.7-hour calls and can charge 33% in just 30 minutes.

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Review: Suunto 7 Stunningly Beautiful Sporty Smartwatch

Saturday, October 24th, 2020

If you want to make a fashionable statement about your sporty lifestyle, the Suunto 7 offers you a Google Wear OS smartwatch along with sporty DNA from the Finnish watchmaker.

I have the all black version - Suunto also offers the Black Lime, Graphite Copper, Sandstone Rosegold and White Burgundy colours. Here you can see the watches displaying various modes and screens.

I have the All Black version – Suunto also offers the Black Lime, Graphite Copper, Sandstone Rosegold and White Burgundy colours. Here you can see the watches displaying various modes and screens.

Suunto is a Finnish adventure instrument maker known for its design and innovation in sports watches, compasses and dive computers since 1936.

The 84-year-old brand makes the rugged, adventure-proof Suunto 3, Suunto 5, Suunto 7 and Suunto 9 for casual, enthusiast and professional sportsmen and women.

 

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Really love the beautiful heatmap watchface of the Suunto 7 sports smartwatch. Been using it since its debut in Singapore back in September.

These watches are design tested in Finland to be shock-proof, water-proof, and dirt-proof.

Its Suunto 3, 5 and 9 emphasizes autonomy and sports features that do not require connection to the Internet.

Powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon WEar 3100 platform, the Suunto 7 offers connectivity to the Web via Google Wear OS to enable lifestyle smartwatch features that its brethren do not enjoy – namely Music, payments and an app platform.

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New Arrival: Prism+ Launches Smart 4K Android TVs in Singapore

Friday, October 23rd, 2020

Homegrown Prism+ attains Android TV certification and launches three new affordably-priced TVs measuring 55” (S$699), 65” (S$99), and 75” (S$1,599). Available online from today.

New Prism+ Q-series Android TVs launched in Singapore (from left): 55”, 75”, 65”.

New Prism+ Q-series Android TVs launched in Singapore (from left): 55”, 75”, 65”.

Having just entered the smart TV market last November with their inaugural E-series (32”, 43”, 55”), Prism+ is now launching their second generation of smart TVs that are Android TV certified.

That means that the new Q series Android TVs ships with the Android TV 9.0 operating system, more than 5,000 apps on Google Play, Google Assistant to voice control the TV, and built-in Chromecast to cast photos and videos from the phone or computer to the TV.

And the TVs are affordably priced because Prism+ sells directly to the consumer and removes the extra layer of middlemen mark-up that other makers have to price into their TVs.

More details below from the press release.

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