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New arrival: BenQ projectors & interactive flat panel

Friday, July 14th, 2017

BenQ launched in Singapore the X12000 (S$9,299) home cinema projector, the LU9715 & LU9235 laser projectors and the RP750K (S$9,999) 75-inch interactive flat panel display.

BenQ X12000 DLP 4K UHD LED Home Cinema Projector (S$9,299).

BenQ boasts that the X1200 (S$9,299) is the world’s first DLP 4K UHD LED Home Cinema Projector.

It combines exclusive CinematicColor™ technology and Philips ColorSpark™ HLD LED technology for cinema quality color in 8.3 million pixels.

BenQ LU9715 & LU9235 colour-accurate digital laser projectors.

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New arrival: LG G6 Android flagship smartphone arrives in Singapore

Wednesday, April 5th, 2017

Available starting 14 April from M1, Singtel, StarHub and LG authorised retailers at S$988. Read my review of the LG G6 here.

First unveiled at Mobile World Congress 2017 in February, the LG G6 has just been officially launched in Singapore.

Each purchase of the LG G6 comes with a free flip case worth S$58 while stocks last.

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New arrival: Samsung Galaxy A5 & A7 Android smartphones

Wednesday, January 4th, 2017

Samsung kick-starts the new year and unveils the first of its #Galaxy offerings for 2017 – the new Galaxy A series (from 21 Jan) mid-tier smartphones: 5.2-inch A5 (S$548) and 5.7-inch A7 (S$648).

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The Galaxy A5 (2017) and Galaxy A7 (2017) will be available in three stylish colours – Black Sky, Gold Sand and Peach Cloud. The Galaxy A (2017) Neon Flip Cover is available in Black, Gold, Pink and Blue at $78.

Also released today is the Black Pearl version of the Galaxy S7 edge (S$1,198) from 7 Jan.

Samsung Galaxy A3 has been excluded from the series in Singapore, probably because it’s too close to the S$398 Galaxy J7 Prime – the top end of Samsung’s entry-level series of smartphones that’s available in Singapore.

The new Samsung Galaxy A series smartphones were launched in Singapore at Cocotte, the farm-to-table French Kitchen in Little India.

The new Samsung Galaxy A series smartphones were launched in Singapore at Cocotte, the farm-to-table French Kitchen in Little India.

For the first time on the Galaxy A series, the smartphones are equipped with IP68-certified water and dust resistant capabilities, allowing it to withstand elements including rain, sweat, sand and dust.

It also enables users to enjoy versatility in its use – with a longer battery life and Fast Charging capabilities, the smartphones are ideal for active mobile lifestyles.

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Review: SuperCharged Huawei Mate 9 Android flagship phablet

Friday, December 30th, 2016

The Mate 9 is Huawei’s flagship phablet boasting the fabulous camera from P9 that was co-developed with Leica and now improved, a fast Kirin 960 processor and Android 7.0 Nougat with EMUI 5.0 user interface. Price in Singapore: S$898.

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My take: The Huawei Mate 9 is another winner from Huawei. The Android 7 flagship phablet works swiftly as a smartphone and has a fabulous camera that churns out wonderfully toned black and white snapshots. Fantastic for monochrome shooters that want Leica-like photos without any post-editing.

The 5.9-inch smartphone has dual SIM slots capable of supporting 4G and 3G networks.

The Huawei Mate 9 ships with 4GB RAM and 64GB memory, and you can use the secondary SIM card slot to add up to 256GB from a microSD card.

Have been trying out the Huawei Mate 9 since its launch & availability in Singapore last month. Was curious to see whether the camera performance of the Mate 9 had improved over the P9, which had impressed me when I tried it (see the P9 photos here).

With the demise of Samsung’s Galaxy Note7, the Huawei Mate 9 is a strong candidate to take up the mettle left by the Korean flagship phablet.

The phone sports a Type-C USB socket – an adaptor to convert into a regular mini-USB is included in the box – and has a 4000mAh battery that can be SuperCharged for a day’s usage within 20 minutes.

I brought along the Mate 9 when I went on vacation in Taiwan to put it through the grind of daily usage, and to take some photos with its fabulous camera (see the Mate 9 photos here).

The highlights

  • Android 7 Nougat.
  • EMUI 5.0 user interface.
  • Latest Kirin 960 CPU for faster performance.
  • SuperCharge technology (full day’s charge in 20min).
  • 2nd gen Leica dual-lens camera with 12MP RGB sensor, and now with 20MP monochrome sensor and Hybrid Zoom, enabling 2x digital zoom.

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New arrival: Sharp Z2 & MS1 Android mid-tier smartphones

Friday, October 21st, 2016

Commtiva Technology has launched two new mid-tier Android smartphones in Singapore: Sharp Z2 (S$399) and Sharp MS1 (S$299).

The SHARP Z2 (S$399, left) comes in two colors – Gold and Silver, while the SHARP MS1 (S$299, right) is available in Hanayome White and Pure Pink.

The SHARP Z2 (S$399, left) comes in two colors – Gold and Silver, while the SHARP MS1 (S$299, right) is available in Hanayome White and Pure Pink.

The SHARP Z2 is Singapore’s first 2.3GHz deca-core smartphone, powered by MediaTek’s Helio X20 flagship processor with Tri-Cluster CPU architecture.

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Both the SHARP Z2 (S$399) and SHARP MS1 (S$299) will be available from 29 October 2016 at M1, M1 exclusive distributors, selected Challenger stores, and authorized resellers.

This 5.5-inch Z2 boasts up to 30% less power consumption for users, with fast-charge technology that allows the 3,000mAh battery to be recharged up to 50% in 30 minutes.

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New arrival: LG V20 flagship phablet with Android 7 Nougat

Wednesday, October 12th, 2016

LG has launched the V20 in Singapore, boasting strong multimedia performance for audiophiles and photographers. Available in Singapore (S$998) from 5 November.

The LG V20 uses lightweight aluminum, together with a new silicon-based material - AL6013 metal - which is found in aircraft, sailboats and mountain bikes.

The LG V20 uses lightweight aluminum, together with a new silicon-based material – AL6013 metal – which is found in aircraft, sailboats and mountain bikes.

The new LG V20 sports Hi-Fi Quad DAC, Steady Record 2.0, front and rear wide angle cameras.

LG also boasts that It is the world’s first smartphone to come preloaded with Android 7.0 Nougat OS, featuring the new Google In Apps phone search function.

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The LG V20 has a 5.7-inch main IPS Quantum Display and emphasises on multimedia performances. It was launched in Singapore at Bar on 5 in the Orchard Mandarin Hotel.

The LG V series is a premium flagship smartphone line designed to provide users with the best video and audio experience.

Key specifications of the LG V20 below.

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Samsung’s resolution for Galaxy Note7 customers in Singapore

Monday, October 10th, 2016

Singapore customers will be able to exchange their Galaxy Note7 for another device, with a refund of the price difference between devices. Alternatively, they may return their Galaxy Note7 for a refund.

Update (18 October, 2016):

More details have been released by Samsung for Galaxy Note7 users in Singapore, covering the refund value for the Note7, trade-in prices to the S7 Edge, as well as refund for original Note7 accessories.

This is in addition to earlier information Samsung Singapore had released earlier.

Update (14 October, 2016):

Samsung Electronics Singapore has announced the details of the exchange and refund options for Galaxy Note7 customers in Singapore. Details here.

Here’s what you can do if you own a Samsung Galaxy Note7 smartphone in Singapore.

Here’s what you can do if you own a Samsung Galaxy Note7 smartphone in Singapore.

These remedy options for Galaxy Note7 customers in Singapore, follows the earlier advisory from Samsung Electronics Singapore for Galaxy Note7 customers to power down and stop using the device.

The company is in close discussions with its telecommunication operator and retail partners, and details on how Galaxy Note7 customers can go about the exchange or refund will be provided soon.

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New arrival: Sony Xperia XZ & Xperia X Compact Android smartphones

Wednesday, September 28th, 2016

The two new models in the X series includes the flagship Xperia XZ (S$998, 5.2-inch display) as well as the petite Xperia X Compact (S$648, 4.6-inch display).

Both the Sony Xperia XZ (S$998) and the Sony Xperia X Compact (S$648) will hit Singapore shelves from 15 October, with pre-orders through Sony Stores and Sony Centres from 30 September to 7 October.

Both the Sony Xperia XZ (S$998, left) and the Sony Xperia X Compact (S$648, right) will hit Singapore shelves from 15 October, with pre-orders through Sony Stores and Sony Centres from 30 September to 7 October.

Sony Mobile announced the two additions to its new X series smartphones at IFA 2016 earlier this month.

The 64GB, Hybrid Dual SIM variant of the Xperia XZ will hit the shelves in Singapore island-wide at Sony Stores, Sony Centres, local telcos and authorised retailers on 15 October; and will be available in three colours – Forest Blue, stylish classics Mineral Black and Platinum.

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The Sony Xperia XZ flagship smartphone was launched in Singapore at the National Gallery of Singapore.

The 32GB Single SIM variant of the Xperia X Compact will be available only in Sony Stores and Sony Centres from 15 October 2016; and will be available in Mist Blue, Universe Black and stylish White.

More details from the press release below.

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New arrival: SanDisk Ultra Dual Drive m3.0 from Western Digital

Monday, September 26th, 2016

The SanDisk Ultra Dual Drive m3.0 provides additional storage space for OTG-enabled Android smartphones and tablets. Available on Lazada, the drive comes in capacities of 16GB (S$12), 32GB (S$16), 64GB (S$30) and 128GB (S$59).

The SanDisk Ultra Dual Drive m3.0 comes with 5-year warranty, and is now available in Singapore exclusively on Lazada.

The new SanDisk Ultra Dual Drive m3.0 comes with 5-year warranty, and is now available in Singapore exclusively on Lazada.

The SanDisk Ultra Dual Drive m3.0 features a retractable design with both a micro-USB and USB 3.0 connector, providing a convenient way for users to manage their files between different devices.

The device’s USB 3.0 connector offers speeds up to 150MB/s for transferring files.

The SanDisk Ultra Dual Drive m3.0 helps Android users quickly transfer files between their device and a computer or free up space on their phone.

The SanDisk Ultra Dual Drive m3.0 helps Android users quickly transfer files between their device and a computer or free up space on their phone.

The SanDisk Ultra Dual Drive m3.0 flash drive is designed to fit nicely on a key chain, making it an easily accessible way to expand storage or share content in an instant.

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New arrival: Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Android smartphone (S$1,168)

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016

The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 will be available in Singapore from 20 August at S$1,168. Pre-orders / registration of interest (with M1, Singtel, StarHub) begin today with delivery on 19 August. Free Note 7 Lens Kit (S$198) for pre orders.

The newest flagship phablet from Samsung has a 5.7-inch Quad HD Dual Edge SUPER AMOLED display with 2560 x 1440 (518ppi). The Galaxy Note 7 ships with Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow.

The newest flagship phablet from Samsung has a 5.7-inch Quad HD Dual Edge SUPER AMOLED display with 2560 x 1440 (518ppi). The Galaxy Note 7 ships with Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow.

The Galaxy Note series skips a number and goes directly from Note 5 to Note 7.

The latest flagship model is now in line with the Galaxy S7 to reduce confusion among consumers.

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The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is available in Black Onyx, Gold Platinum, or Silver Titanium.

More importantly, Samsung is probably hoping that some of the success of the S7 will rub off on the Note 7 and continue turning around the fortunes of the Korean phone maker.

So the most “eye-catching” – forgive the pun – new feature must be the iris-scanner, another security to ensure only the right eyes get to eyeball the contents of the Note 7.

I tried it during the launch and it’s mighty fast and responsive, removing my initial reservation that it might be slow and wonky.

The S Pen also gets enhanced, software wise.

New functionalities include Screen Off Memo, Smart Select function, Air Command and Samsung Notes, as well as the ability to create and share GIF animations.

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The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 comes with Dual SIM support, where one of the two nano-SIM slots can be used to accept a microSD memory card (up to 256GB) instead. This will extend the 64GB internal memory that comes with the phone.

Also, the Galaxy Note 7 and its S Pen are now both IP68-certified water and dust resistant, so you can now use them underwater – if you want/need to.

More details and technical specifications in the press release below.

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