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New Arrival and Review: Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro

Tuesday, February 15th, 2022

Google Pixel 6 (S$999) and Google Pixel 6 Pro (S$1,299) have arrived in Singapore. They are now available exclusively on the Google Store online, together with a selection of phone cases and accessories.

Google Singapore had sent me both the Pixel 6 Pro and the Pixel 6 to try out prior to today’s launch, so I’ve been playing with both phones for a while now.

Google Singapore had sent me both the Pixel 6 Pro and the Pixel 6 to try out prior to today’s launch, so I’ve been playing with both phones for a while now.

Both the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro ship with Android 12 installed and come with 128GB storage.

Powered by Android 12, Google has given the new phones a new user interface (UI) they call “Material Me”, which provides themed UI skins and widgets that are supposed to be highly customised to your you needs.

The Google Pixel 6 Pro is available in Stormy Black and Cloudy White with cases (S$49) in Stormy Sky, Soft Sage, Light Frost and Golden Glow.

The Google Pixel 6 Pro (S$1,299) is available in Stormy Black and Cloudy White with cases (S$49) in Stormy Sky, Soft Sage, Light Frost and Golden Glow.

The phones are powered by Google Tensor, the company’s first processor that’s basically a mobile system on a chip designed specifically around Google’s AI engine.

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New Arrival: Samsung Galaxy S22 Series and Tab S8 Series

Wednesday, February 9th, 2022

Samsung Electronics has just unveiled the Galaxy S22 Series 5G flagship smartphones (up to S$1,998) and Galaxy Tab S8 Series tablets (up to S$2,188) during the livestream of their “Unpacked 2022: The Epic Standard” event online. Prices below.

The new Galaxy S22 Series and Galaxy Tab S8 Series were unveiled during Samsung’s Unpacked 2022 event.

The new Galaxy S22 Series and Galaxy Tab S8 Series were unveiled during Samsung’s Unpacked 2022 event.

The Galaxy S22 Series 5G comprises the following variants.

  1. Galaxy S22 5G
  2. Galaxy S22+ 5G
  3. Galaxy S22 Ultra 5G

The Galaxy S22 Ultra 5G has assimilated the Note series with a built-in S Pen.

Prices, colours and configurations for Samsung Galaxy S22 Series 5G.

Prices, colours and configurations for Samsung Galaxy S22 Series 5G.

The Galaxy Tab S8 Series consists of the following variants.

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New Arrival: Oppo Reno7 Pro 5G for Portrait Shooting

Monday, January 10th, 2022

Prices and availability in Singapore for the Oppo Reno7 Pro 5G in the story below.

Oppo has also announced its partnership with local actor, Lawrence Wong (@ohohlawrence), Oppo’s first official brand ambassador in-market.

Oppo has also announced its partnership with local actor, Lawrence Wong, Oppo’s first official brand ambassador in-market.

Powered by Oppo’s new Flagship Portrait Camera System built around two flagship imaging sensors — the IMX709 and the IMX766 — the Reno7 Pro 5G promises a leap in portrait image performance, offering possibilities in photo and video at the touch of a button.

The OPPO Reno7 Pro 5G features the Oppo Glow glass on its back cover with the Laser Direct Imaging (LDI) technology.

Its “flagship-level 5G performance” is powered by the MediaTek Dimensity 1200-MAX, with a 4500mAh battery and 65W SUPERVOOC charging.

The Reno7 Pro 5G ships with Oppo’s ColorOS 12.

Check out the Prices & Availability of Oppo Reno7 Pro 5G below.

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Review: Google Nest Hub (2nd Gen) Speaker Display

Friday, December 24th, 2021

The second-generation Google Nest Hub (S$139) goes beyond being a speaker and display to monitoring your sleep with Sleep Sensing to help you get a better night’s sleep.

The Google Nest Hub (2nd gen) is available online for S$139 on Google Store, as well as Courts, Challenger, and Shopee.

The Google Nest Hub (2nd gen) is available online for S$139 on Google Store, as well as Courts, Challenger, and Shopee.

I’ve been using the first generation Google Nest Hub at home for years, and it’s brought hours of entertainment to the family.

The second-generation Google Nest Hub reprises many of these same functionalities.

 

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Unboxing the Google Nest Hub (2nd Gen).

It is a speaker/display to stream music/videos from music services such as Spotify and YouTube Music, and shows from Netflix and Disney+ etc; or to cast music/videos from the smartphone.

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tech4xmas Review: PRISM+ Q65 Quantum Edition Pro Android TV

Tuesday, December 7th, 2021

tech4xmas 2021: The Q Series Quantum Edition (QE) Pro series are the flagship Android TVs by Singapore brand PRISM+. I tried the Q65-QE Pro and found that it indeed offered excellent value-for-money. Quality that’s almost as good as the flagship of established brands – but at a fraction of the price.

 

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The PRISM+ Q65-QE Pro standing pretty in front of my Samsung 55-inch TV. The image quality isn’t far behind but the price is like half. Super value-for-money.

Appearance-wise, the Q65-QE Pro looks really smart with almost no bezel on three edges – left, right and top sides.

Along the bottom of the TV is a 1-cm bezel as well as the brand logo and LED status light on a thin extension below the centre of that bezel.

Excluding the stand, the panel measures 1447 x 827 x 85 mm with a weight of 19.9kg

Including the stand which is very stable, the TV measures 1447 x 904 x 290 mm, with a weight of 20.15kg.

The TV can also be mounted on the wall with a mounting measuring 400 x 200mm.

Picture quality-wise, Dolby Vision’s HDR technology provides good natural colours, with better tone definition, contrast management and greater detail.

The IPS panel accords a wide viewing angle (178 degrees), while the Quantum Color backlit technology of the series further enhances overall brightness and contrast, as well as greater colour volume and accuracy than similarly priced TVs.

Compared to its predecessors (Q-series), the Q65-QE definitely offers a wider colour gamut and higher dynamic range.

In fact, I find the image quality quite almost as good as my own Samsung 55” TV, which is priced roughly twice the Q65-QE Pro.

Audio wise, I find the 2 x 10W output adequate – I don’t think an external soundbar is necessary, except perhaps to boost the bass.

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Google Unveils Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro Android 12 Phones

Tuesday, October 19th, 2021

After months of leaks and teasers, Google has officially unveiled the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro. Featuring Google’s custom-developed Tensor chip, both versions will come to Singapore early next year. Details TBA.

The new Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro are powered by the new Tensor chip and ships with Android 12.

The new Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro are powered by the new Tensor chip and ships with Android 12.

Even though the launch price of the Pixel 6 is US$100 lower than the Pixel 5, it features top-notch hardware compared to the mid-range offering of its predecessor.

The new Tensor chip is a 5nm SoC with an octa-core processor with two Cortex-X1 cores, as well as two mid-level cores and four power-efficient ones.

I’m excited that the custom image processor will bring the computational photography on the Pixel to greater levels.

Camera smarts include Magic Eraser (for removing unwanted distractions from a photo) and Face Unblur (which selects a sharp face from a few photos and puts it onto an action shot.

Portrait Mode offers better subject separation and improved skin tone rendering.

Night Mode and Astrophotography have also been enhanced.

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New Arrival: Oppo First to Launch Android 12 with ColorOS 12

Monday, October 11th, 2021

Oppo has officially launched the global version of its ColorOS 12 which is based on Android 12. The new ColorOS brings a clean, inclusive UI with smoother performance.

Aiming to provide users a seamless experience that is closer to stock Android 12, ColorOS 12 introduces a user interface with smoother performance and rich features that boost everyday productivity.

Aiming to provide users a seamless experience that is closer to stock Android 12, ColorOS 12 introduces a user interface with smoother performance and rich features that boost everyday productivity.

As one of the first OEMs with phones that run on Android 12, the new OS will first be rolled out on the Find X3 Pro in Indonesia, Thailand, and Malaysia

Oppo plans on expanding to more models covering more countries and regions in the coming months.

More details below from the press release.

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New Arrival: Xiaomi Introduces Xiaomi 11T & Xiaomi 11T Pro

Wednesday, September 15th, 2021

Xiaomi 11T & Xiaomi 11T Pro are the latest additions to the Xiaomi 11 family of flagship smartphones. A refreshed version of the Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE was also added. Global pricing below.

Update (23 September, 2021):

Xiaomi has launched the new Xiaomi 11T series in Singapore. Local prices below.

  • Xiaomi 11T Pro (12GB+256GB): S$799 (23 Sep)
  • Xiaomi 11T (8GB+256GB): S$649 (23 Sep)
  • Xiaomi 11T (8GB+128GB): S$629 (2 Oct)
  • Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE (8GB+256GB): S$549 (24 Sep)
  • Xiaomi Pad 5 (6GB+128GB): S$449 (2 Oct)
  • Xiaomi Pad 5 (6GB+256GB): S$529 (2 Oct)
  • Xiaomi Smart Pan: S$99
Both the Xiaomi 11T Pro and Xiaomi 11T come in 3 colors with a brushed finish including Meteorite Gray, Moonlight White, and Celestial Blue.

Both the Xiaomi 11T Pro and Xiaomi 11T come in 3 colors with a brushed finish including Meteorite Gray, Moonlight White, and Celestial Blue.

The naming of the new smartphones sees the replacement of the Mi xx with Xiaomi xx branding.

The Xiaomi 11T & Xiaomi 11T Pro continues the product line’s focus on creators and content creation.

Xiaomi touts the Xiaomi 11T Pro as “the ultimate flagship for cinemagic filmmaking and phenomenal performance”.

It features the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 mobile platform and Xiaomi’s proprietary 120W Xiaomi HyperCharge technology which enables a 100% charge in 17 minutes.

Like the pro version, the Xiaomi 11T features a triple rear camera with a 108MP high-resolution wide-angle, a 8MP 120° ultra-wide angle, and a 5MP 2x telemacro camera.

Both are equipped with 6.67’’ FHD+ 120Hz AMOLED display, with TrueColor, Dolby Vision and HDR10+, with over 1 billion colors, 1000 nits of peak brightness, up to 480Hz touch sampling rate and is shielded by Corning Gorilla Glass Victus.

More details below from the press release.

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New Arrival: PRISM+ Launches Q Series Pro Android TVs in Singapore

Thursday, July 22nd, 2021

Homegrown PRISM+ has launched its new 4K UHD TVs with sizes of 86-inch (S$2,999), 65-inch (S$1,199), and 55-inch (S$999).

PRISM+’s premium range of 4K UHD TVs comes with new features such as hands-free voice control, Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos and a list of pre-installed content provider apps.

PRISM+’s premium range of 4K UHD TVs comes with new features such as hands-free voice control, Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos and a list of pre-installed content provider apps.

The Q86 PRO Quantum Edition, Q65 PRO Quantum Edition and the Q55 PRO Quantum Edition are now available for purchase at its online store and official Lazada store.

In addition to the smart features associated with its earlier Android TVs, the Q Series Pro will come with Hands Free Voice Control via Google Assistant, Dolby Vision HDR, Dolby Atmos immersive audio as well as improved Quantum Color backlight technology for a cinematic experience.

 

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Launch of PRISM+ Q Series Pro TVs at ParkRoyal Collection Hotel at Marina Bay in Singapore.

The TVs will include free subscriptions with meWATCH (12 mths) and Viu (3 mths).

More details below from the press release.

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New Arrival: Huawei MatePad 10.4-inch 2K Tablet with Wi-Fi 6

Tuesday, May 18th, 2021

Huawei has launched in Singapore the MatePad – a 2K FullView tablet with Wi-Fi 6 and EMUI 10.1 (based on Android 10.0). Available in Singapore from 22 May at S$498 (128GB) or S$398 (64GB), with gift bundles (up to S$180).

The lightweight design of the new Huawei MatePad enables those on the go to enjoy reading the news, browsing the Internet, watching movies, editing notes or sketching on the tablet.

The lightweight design of the new Huawei MatePad enables those on the go to enjoy reading the news, browsing the Internet, watching movies, editing notes or sketching on the tablet.

The Huawei MatePad is targeted at both entertainment and productivity.

The tablet has a quad-channel speaker system powered by Harman Kardon, while the display comes with TÜV Rheinland Low Blue Light certification to help minimise exposure to harmful blue light.

Available as either 64GB (LTE) and 128GB (Wi-Fi 6) versions, the storage can be expandable with microSD cards of up to 512GB.

More details below from the press release.

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