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Event: Vivo NEX 3 Roadshow #FutureBeyondEdges

Saturday, November 9th, 2019

I popped down to the Vivo #FutureBeyondEdges roadshow at Bedok Mall today and tried out the exciting new flagship smartphone – NEX 3 – that was launched in Singapore last week.

Mediacorp Artiste Elvin Ng with Liu Hong Bin, CEO of Vivo Singapore and the new Vivo Nex 3 flagship smartphone (S$1,299) at the #FutureBeyondEdges roadshow at Bedok Mall.

Mediacorp Artiste Elvin Ng with Liu Hong Bin, CEO of Vivo Singapore and the new Vivo Nex 3 flagship smartphone (S$1,299) at the #FutureBeyondEdges roadshow at Bedok Mall.

Based on first impressions, I like the “no edges – no buttons” design of the premium phone.

The 6.89-inch POLED Waterfall Fullview Display (1080 x 2256 FHD+) extends over the curved edges on both sides and offers an immersive visual experience with the high 99.6% screen-to-body ratio.

All around the edges, there’re no buttons at all, except for the diminutive power button which is so flushed with the side that it’s hardly noticeable.

The volume up/down “buttons” on either side of the power button are totally invisible because they use embedded sensors.

The fingerprint sensor is in-display on the front, so you don’t see any fingerprint sensor at the rear.

There is also face-unlock should the fingerprint authentication fail three times.

The triple rear cameras come with a 64-megapixel main camera, as well as a 13MP wide-angle camera and 13MP telescopic camera that takes pretty impressive macro photos.

 

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The new Vivo NEX 3 showcased at the #FutureBeyondEdges roadshow at Bedok Mall in Singapore.

The front camera is a massive 16MP camera that pops out from the top of the NEX 3, accompanied by a flash.

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New Arrival: Xiaomi Launches 4 New Redmi “8” Series Phones In Singapore

Sunday, October 20th, 2019

Xiaomi has unveiled 4 new Redmi smartphone models that will be available in Singapore towards the end of October 2019. Prices and availability below.

Four new entry-level smartphones from Xiaomi for the Singapore market.

Four new entry-level smartphones from Xiaomi for the Singapore market: Redmi Note 8 Pro, Redmi Note 8, Redmi 8, and Redmi 8A. Click on the links of each model for a 1-page brochure of the smartphone.

The prices, configurations and availability of the four phone models are tabulated below.

The four models are the Redmi Note 8 Pro, Redmi Note 8, Redmi 8, and Redmi 8A.

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New Arrival: ASUS ROG Phone II in Singapore

Saturday, October 19th, 2019

ASUS boasts that the new S$1,598 gaming phone is the world’s first Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus, has the world’s first 120Hz/1ms AMOLED display and has a monster 6000mAh battery.

Republic of Gamers (ROG) today unveils the ROG Phone II, the successor to the game-changing ROG Phone.

Republic of Gamers (ROG) today unveils the ROG Phone II, the successor to the game-changing ROG Phone.

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus processor in the new ASUS ROG Phone II is clocked at 2.96GHz with Qualcomm Adreno 640 GPU.

It features the world’s first 120Hz/1ms AMOLED 10-bit HDR 6.59″ display with Delta-E <1 colour accuracy and only 49ms touch latency.

The huge 6000mAh battery with 30W ROG HyperCharge enables long stamina for gaming and fast recharging.

For gaming, the ROG Phone II has a landscape-oriented design, Dual Surrounding Vibration, front-facing stereo speakers, plus a new range of modular accessories.

More details below from the press release.

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New Arrival: OPPO Reno2 and Reno2 Z Smartphones in Singapore

Friday, October 18th, 2019

OPPO has launched the Reno2 (S$899) & Reno2 Z (S$899) Android smartphones in Singapore. OPPO also launched its first wireless noise cancelling headphones – the Enco Q1 (S$179). Available from 26 October. Introductory promotions below.

The OPPO Reno2 has 5x hybrid zoom, ultra dark mode, sunlight AMOLED screen, ultra steady video.

The OPPO Reno2 has 5x hybrid zoom, ultra dark mode, sunlight AMOLED screen, ultra steady video.

The OPPO Reno2 (S$899) comes in Luminous Black and Sunset Pink with 8GB RAM and 256GB storage.

Editor’s Comments

The mid-range phones bring enhancements to OPPO’s Reno series phones in improved Wi-Fi connectivity, photography and video recording.

An interesting feature I tried is the real-time video bokeh where the background is blurred. It’s the video equivalent of the portrait mode in smartphone still photography.

The more affordable OPPO Reno2 Z (S$599) comes in Luminous Black and Sky White with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage.

The OPPO Enco Q1 Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones (S$179) in Midnight Black and Sunny Orange will be available from 26 October 2019 at OPPO concept store and OPPO official online store on Lazada, Qoo10 and Shopee.

More details below from the press release.

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New Arrival: Vivo NEX 3 Flagship Android Smartphone

Thursday, October 17th, 2019

As part of the NEX 3 launch in Singapore, Vivo will hold a #FutureBeyondEdges event from 6–12 November at Bedok Mall. Customers who purchase the NEX 3 (S$1,299) at the event will receive a FREE DJI OSMO Mobile 3 Combo (worth S$189) and Folio Case (worth S$29.90) – while stocks lasts.

The new Vivo NEX 3 will be available from 2 November 2019 through major local telcos. Exclusive promo deals – worth over $200 will also be available at their #FutureBeyondEdges event at Bedok Mall from 6-12 November 2019.

The new Vivo NEX 3 will be available from 2 November 2019 through major local telcos. Exclusive promo deals – worth over S$200 will also be available at their #FutureBeyondEdges event at Bedok Mall from 6-12 November 2019.

The Vivo NEX 3 will be available through the telcos M1, Singtel and StarHub.

Highlights of the NEX 3 includes the following.

  • Borderless Screen – A 6.89-inch notch-free POLED Waterfall FullView Display that extends along the edges and provides an immersive visual experience with a 99.6% screen-to-body ratio
  • Triple Camera Setup – A 64MP main camera, 13MP wide-angle camera and a 13MP telescopic camera that allow users to seamlessly switch between wide-angle, telescopic and macro capabilities with a single touch. A 16MP Elevating Front Camera to capture the perfect selfies.
  • Reliable and Powerful Performance – Powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus and UFS 3.0 high-speed flash memory for top computing performance and smooth multitasking capabilities. A massive 4500mAh battery for a long-lasting experience.
  • Superior Audio – The AK4377A independent audio chip drives the vivo Hi-Fi experience, allowing users to enjoy a more immersive music experience.

More details below from the press release.

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New Arrival: Samsung Galaxy A10s And Galaxy A30s Refresh

Saturday, October 5th, 2019

Samsung has launched the refreshed devices for the Galaxy A series smartphones. Available in Singapore from today. Prices below.

The Samsung Galaxy A10s (S$198) is available in black while the Samsung Galaxy A30s (S$328) is available in Prism Crush Black or Prism Crush Green.

The Samsung Galaxy A10s (S$198) is available in black while the Samsung Galaxy A30s (S$328) is available in Prism Crush Black or Prism Crush Green.

These entry-level smartphones Galaxy A10s (S$198) & Galaxy A30s (S$328) enjoy enhanced everyday features, combining affordability and versatility, offering consumers a holistic user experience.

The Galaxy A10s has a 6.2-inch HD+ TFT Display while the A30s sports a 6.4-inch HD+ Super AMOLED Infinity-V Display.

Both have a long-lasting 4,000mAh battery, with the Galaxy A30s equipped with fast charging capability.

The Galaxy A10s sports dual rear cameras – a 13MP Main (F1.8) and 2MP Depth Camera (F2.4) – and an 8MP front camera.

The Galaxy A30s comes with triple rear cameras: an improved 25MP (F1.7) main camera and an 8MP 123o FOV Ultra Wide Camera, and a new 5MP depth camera.

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New Arrival: Samsung Galaxy Fold Hybrid Tablet Smartphone

Wednesday, September 4th, 2019

The Samsung Galaxy Fold will be available in Korea on 6 September, and in Singapore from 18 September, in Cosmos Black and Space Silver. Prices & specs below.

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Samsung finally the Galaxy Fold.

Other countries shipping the Samsung Galaxy Fold after Korea include France, Germany, UK and US.

When the Galaxy Fold is closed, you can access your essentials on the cover display with one hand.

When opened, you can multitask, watch videos, play games, and more, on its 7.3-inch Infinity Flex Display.

Samsung says the Galaxy Fold features improved design and construction.

During the past several months, Samsung has rethought the entire consumer journey.

Originally planned to be launched on 26 April in the US, Samsung delayed the launch for more than four months after reviewers reported problems which included cracked and bulging screens with their review units.

Details below from the press release.

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New Arrival: Parallels Desktop 15 for Mac

Thursday, August 15th, 2019

Parallels Desktop 15 for Mac is now ready for macOS Catalina (10.15) and moves to Apple Metal API with support for DirectX 11 for better speed and graphics for users. Prices below.

Parallels Desktop 15 for Mac also features Sidecar support with full Apple Pencil integration, including tilt, and a new Touch Bar pane for Apple Pencil 2 double-tap.

Parallels Desktop 15 for Mac also features Sidecar support with full Apple Pencil integration, including tilt, and a new Touch Bar pane for Apple Pencil 2 double-tap.

Highlights of Parallels Desktop 15 include the following.

  • DirectX 11 support: This brings more windows programs and PC games to Mac. Parallels Desktop 15 users can now run many Windows programs and PC games which didn’t run on prior version.
  • Play any Xbox Game in a Windows 10 Virtual Machine: Bluetooth Low Energy support in Parallels Desktop 15 enables Xbox Controller, Logitech Craft, IRISPen and some IoT devices (such as smart home appliances and smart bands) to be used with a Mac.
  • Seamless Mac and Windows Integration: Enhanced integration features that provide the best of both worlds on one computer so users can experience new levels of productivity.
  • Improved Performance: Users can enjoy up to 80% faster Microsoft Office application startup, 15% faster 3D graphics improvements, and a more responsive Parallels Desktop user interface.

The recommended retail price (RRP) of Parallels Desktop 15 for Mac is US$79.99 for an annual subscription, or US$99.99 for Parallels Desktop 15 for Mac Pro Edition and Mac Business Edition.

More details below from the press release.

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Arlo Announces Apple Homekit Compatibility

Sunday, August 11th, 2019

Certified to work with Arlo’s most popular base station models that support Arlo Pro and Pro 2 cameras, users can now add HomeKit automations, allowing automatic interactions across supported devices.

Existing Arlo Pro and Pro 2 security camera users whose cameras are paired with either the VMB4000 or VMB4500 base station models will now be able to receive notifications on the Apple Home app when motion is detected.

Existing Arlo Pro and Pro 2 security camera users whose cameras are paired with either the VMB4000 or VMB4500 base station models will now be able to receive notifications on the Apple Home app when motion is detected.

HomeKit, Apple’s smart home platform, is now supported on Arlo Pro and Arlo Pro 2 Security Camera Systems that are paired with Arlo’s most popular base station models, VMB4000 and VMB4500.

While Arlo users can already control their Pro or Pro 2 cameras via the Arlo app, HomeKit compatibility will provide added convenience for iPhone and iPad users.

More details below from the press release.

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New Arrival: Samsung Galaxy Note10 & Note10+ For Singapore

Friday, August 9th, 2019

The Samsung Galaxy Note10 (S$1,398) and Galaxy Note10+ (S$1,598/S$1,898 for 256GB/512GB respectively) will be available in Singapore from 24 August, 2019. Introductory promotions below.

 

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First looks and hands on the Samsung Galaxy Note10 and Note10+ smartphones.

Following the global unveiling at Samsung Galaxy Unpacked 2019 this morning in New York, pre-orders have commenced in Singapore at 3pm.

In Singapore, the Galaxy Note10 will be available in Aura Glow and Aura Black while the Galaxy Note10+ will be available in Aura Glow, Aura Black and Aura White.

Samsung Galaxy Note10 and Note10+ accessories and their prices.

Samsung Galaxy Note10 and Note10+ accessories and their prices.

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