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Huawei Global Launch: P40 Series, Watch GT2e, Sound X, Gentle Monster Eyewear

Thursday, March 26th, 2020

At its online global launch event, Huawei has just launched its latest flagship P40 line-up and three new devices. Local Pricing & Availability will be announced at the Singapore launch tomorrow. Stay tuned.

Richard Yu, CEO, Huawei Consumer Business Group launches the anticipated flagship P40 series 5G smartphones and three other new devices - Sound X speaker, Watch GT2e, and Gentle Monster Eyewear.

Richard Yu, CEO, Huawei Consumer Business Group launches the anticipated flagship P40 series 5G smartphones and three other new devices – Sound X speaker, Watch GT2e, and Gentle Monster Eyewear.

As expected, the P40 Series offers 5G and pushes the frontier in smartphone photography, with its Leica camera system and AI engines.

The series comprises three models:

  1. Huawei P40 (799 Euros, 8GB+128GB, 7 April)
  2. Huawei P40 Pro (999 Euros, 8GB+256GB, 7 April)
  3. Huawei P40 Pro+ (1,399 Euros, 8GB+512GB, June)

A new smart photography feature enables users to easily remove passers-by and reflections in a photo.

The Huawei P40 series pushes the envelope for mobile phone photography.

The Huawei P40 series pushes the envelope for mobile phone photography.

Bolstered by Huawei’s largest CMOS sensor yet and intelligent AI capabilities, the Huawei P40 Series offers its most advanced smartphone camera to date.

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New Arrival: Montblanc MB 01 Smart Travel Over-Ear Headphones

Thursday, March 26th, 2020

The luxury maison added the new MB 01 wireless over-ear headphones to its range of tech gadgets, enhancing its tech travel offering for business and leisure travel. RRP: S$925.

“We set out to create headphones that would strike the ideal balance between advanced technology, sophisticated design and comfort, because that’s what really matters to Montblanc travelers, whether they are aboard a long-haul flight, on a conference call at the airport or simply trying to recharge while on the road,” says Nicolas Baretzki, Montblanc CEO.

“We set out to create headphones that would strike the ideal balance between advanced technology, sophisticated design and comfort, because that’s what really matters to Montblanc travelers, whether they are aboard a long-haul flight, on a conference call at the airport or simply trying to recharge while on the road,” says Nicolas Baretzki, Montblanc CEO.

The new over-ear wireless Montblanc headphones includes the following features.

  • Active noise cancelling technology.
  • Advanced technology for impressive sound quality.
  • Ergonomic design for greater comfort.
  • Fine materials and quality craftsmanship for durability.
  • Google Assistant for a more personalized on-the-go experience featuring.
  • Voice-activated device control and commands.
  • Functions across a broad range of Bluetooth devices, including iOS & Android.

More details below from the press release.

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New Arrival: Xiaomi Launches Redmi Note 9S In Singapore

Monday, March 23rd, 2020

The mid-tier smartphone with quad cameras will be available in Singapore from 27 March at S$299, with promotional flash sales price at S$249.

The Redmi Note 9S will be available in three colours - Interstellar Grey , Aurora Blue and Glacier White.

The Redmi Note 9S will be available in three colours – Interstellar Grey , Aurora Blue and Glacier White.

Xiaomi launched the Redmi Note 9S globally via an online stream from the company’s headquarters in China.

The Redmi Note 9S is equipped with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G chipset, which consists of an octa-core CPU with a 2.3GHz maximum clock speed, Adreno 618 GPU and 8nm process technology.

Xiaomi also launched a series of ecosystem products.The Mi Smart Compact Projector (S$699) will be available from Authorised Mi Stores and via Lazada for shoppers in Singapore starting from 20 April.

Xiaomi also launched a series of ecosystem products.The Mi Smart Compact Projector (S$699) will be available from Authorised Mi Stores and via Lazada for shoppers in Singapore starting from 20 April.

The user experience is bolstered through its AI technology and power-efficiency improvements.

More details below from the press release.

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Review: Adidas FWD-01 Wireless In-Ear Sports Headphones

Sunday, March 22nd, 2020

Co-created by athletes, the in-ear headphones has been designed specifically for runners and is now available in Singapore (S$249).

“Wired wireless” in-ear sports earphones from adidas: FWD-01.

“Wired wireless” in-ear sports earphones from adidas: FWD-01.

Launched jointly by adidas and Stockholm-based Zound Industries – the earphones combines the latter’s audio technology with the former’s knowhow in sports ergonomics.

My Take

A little bit pricey, the adidas FWD-01 is a pair of solid wireless in-ear headphones for runners, boasting decent audio quality, a long 16-hour battery life and the ability to quick-charge. What I liked a lot was its IPX4 rated sweat resistance.

On first looks, I like the ergonomic and minimalist design of the sweat-proof FWD-01, which weighs 26g and has a tangle-free cable that’s 47.5cm long.

The knitted fabric gives the earphones a nice shoelace appearance consistent with the fabric on some of adidas’ sports shoes.

The control buttons on the cord is easy-to-find and enables full control of all the basic functionalities of the earphones viz. play/pause, volume up/down, answer/end phone calls, power on/off or pair.

 

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Three control buttons on the right and an Action button on the left of the adidas FWD-01 wireless in-ear headphones.

An Action button is programmable (using the companion app) as a shortcut for up to three different actions, triggered by either 1, 2, or 3 clicks.

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New Arrival: Synology Disk Station DS220j Backup & Streaming

Monday, March 16th, 2020

The new DS200j (S$269) is an entry-level 2-bay network-attached storage (NAS) unit built for data consolidation and management.

Personal cloud storage made simple, with easy data backup and multimedia streaming.

Personal cloud storage made simple, with easy data backup and multimedia streaming.

The new Synology Disk Station DS220j enables automatic photo backups on your mobile device for easy management of content.

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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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Review: Audi TT Coupé 2.0 TFSI S tronic Luxury Sports Car

Sunday, March 8th, 2020

Having test-driven the Audi TT Coupé 2.0 TFSI S tronic for the past week – courtesy of Audi Singapore – I found the luxury sports car a thrilling ride suited for urban roads of Singapore. This is the conclusion of a two-part review following the test drive.

The Audi TT Coupé 2.0 TFSI S tronic hits 100kph in 5.9 seconds.

The Audi TT Coupé 2.0 TFSI S tronic hits 100kph in 5.9 seconds.

The front-wheel driven car is powered by a bigger 2.0-litre turbocharged engine that puts out 227bhp and 370Nm of torque, which is plenty light 1,285kg that the facelift weighs.

 

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The ride for the Audi TT Coupé 2.0 TFSI S tronic is firm, while the steering is light but precise.

Mid-drive acceleration is responsive especially in Sport mode with the maximum 370Nm at 1,600rpm.

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Test Drive: Audi TT Coupé 2.0 TFSI S tronic in Singapore

Saturday, March 7th, 2020

Tried out the Audi TT Coupé 2.0 TFSI S tronic last week to check out the latest facelift for the luxury sports car. This is the first half of the review, which concludes tomorrow.

It's been more than 25 years since the Audi TT concept car was first showcased in 1995 at the IAA in Frankfurt. The first Coupé premiered in 1998, with the 2nd generation in 2006 and the 3rd gen in 2014.

It’s been more than 25 years since the Audi TT concept car was first showcased in 1995 at the IAA in Frankfurt. The first Coupé premiered in 1998, with the 2nd generation in 2006 and the 3rd gen in 2014.

This latest update to the Audi TT Coupé sees the new direct injection 2.0 TFSI engine with 230hp replacing the previous 180hp 1.8 TFSI.

It’s been more than 25 years since the Audi TT concept car was first showcased in 1995 at the IAA in Frankfurt.

 

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The design vocab of the Audi TT Coupé comprises geometric shapes, circles and strong lines. Managed to find matching environs to shoot the car.

The first Coupé premiered in 1998, with the second generation in 2006 and the third generation in 2014.

The latest Audi TT Coupé is now more masculine, progressive and sportier.

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New Arrival: LG Gram 2020 Laptops Arrive In Singapore

Friday, March 6th, 2020

First announced at CES2020, LG’s latest gram series – comprising the LG gram 17 (model 17Z90N), LG gram 15 (model 15Z90N) and LG gram 14 (model 14Z90N) hits Singapore shelves on 9 March 2020. Prices of various configurations below.

From Left: LG gram 14, LG gram 15, LG gram 16 (not to scale).

From Left: LG gram 14, LG gram 15, LG gram 16 (not to scale).

The 2020 lineup of LG gram notebooks maintains the focus on being lightweight, compact and having a long battery life.

At the heart of the new series is the 10th Generation Intel Core processor with Iris Plus graphics and up to 24GB of dual-channel DDR4 memory.

“The LG gram series continues to lead the industry in delivering beyond expectations when it comes to portability without sacrifice. Customers often have to choose one feature preference among performance, portability and battery life. LG gram is proof that this adage is no longer true,” said Lee Chang Ha, Home Entertainment Product Director of LG Electronics Singapore.

With double the graphics processing power of last year’s gram models and a larger RAM, content creators will enjoy having the speed and power to edit 4K videos on-the-go while video game lovers can marvel at smooth, uninterrupted gaming with Iris Plus built-in.

The large 80Wh battery in both the 17Z90N and 15Z90N allows users to enjoy hours (up to 18.5hours per charge) of true portability without having to worry about finding a charging point.

The new LG grams also come with Wi-Fi 6 ensuring enhanced wireless connectivity, better efficiency and lower battery consumption.

Coupled with the Mega Cooling System, the LG grams are kept running cool and quiet under all usage scenarios.

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