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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: 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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New Feature: Google Translate App Gets Real Time Transcribe

Wednesday, March 18th, 2020

The Google Translate app has just launched Transcribe – a new feature that enables you to translate and transcribe audio in real time.

The redesigned home screen of Google Translate (left) and options to change the settings for a comfortable read (right).

The redesigned home screen of Google Translate (left) and options to change the settings for a comfortable read (right).

Transcribe began its roll-out early this morning, and a full roll-out will be happening within the next few days.

Real time transcription in action in Google Translate.

Real time transcription in action in Google Translate.

The new feature will support any combination between the following eight languages: English, French, German, Hindi, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Thai.

Previously, Translate wasn’t well suited to translate lectures over video conferencing or in a classroom, longer discussions, or stories from grandparents who speak another language.

To address this gap, Google is introducing this new feature that transcribes audio into translated text.

While the feature is only available on Android devices currently, Google is planning to launch it on iOS in the future.

Here’s how Transcribe in the Google Translate app works:

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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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New Arrival: Listen To Web Pages On Android Phones

Thursday, March 5th, 2020

You can now ask Google Assistant to read aloud the text on a webpage – basically turning any webpage into a podcast! The new functionality is now available on all Android phones.

Check out the video about the new Read It feature for Google Assistant in Android phones.

Check out the video about the new Read It feature for Google Assistant in Android phones.

Nowadays we consume so much content on our tiny smartphone screen – news, articles, stories etc.

For older folks with failing eyesight, or anybody with visual or reading difficulties, Google Assistant can now read web articles on your smartphone browsers out loud.

I’ve always wished that I could consume web content while I’m driving.

At the moment, you can only do that if it’s a podcast, or unless you just listen to the audio of a video, because you got to keep your eyes on the road while driving.

So I listen to the news or radio, or my own music while I drive.

With the ability of Google Assistant to read aloud web pages, I don’t have to postpone perusing a web article until when I can read it myself.

I can listen to it when I’m driving, or taking a bus or train (using earphones) so that I don’t have to strain my eyes reading on a moving vehicle.

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New Arrival: Huawei nova 7i Smartphone In Singapore (S$388)

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2020

The 48-megapixel, 4200mAh Huawei nova 7i will be available for pre-order in Singapore from 5 March and hit Singapore on 14 March. RRP: S$388.

The Huawei nova 7i Android smartphone is available in Singapore in Midnight Black and Sakura Pink.

The Huawei nova 7i Android smartphone is available in Singapore in Midnight Black and Sakura Pink.

The Huawei nova 7i is equipped with a quad-camera system that supports Handheld Night Mode.

The camera system includes a 48MP Main Camera, an 8MP Ultra Wide Angle Lens, a 2MP Macro Lens and a 2MP Bokeh Lens.

Key technical specifications of the Huawei nova 7i Android smartphone.

Key technical specifications of the Huawei nova 7i Android smartphone.

Equipped with a 6.4-inch FHD+ Punch FullView Display and a big screen-to-body ratio of 90.6%, the Huawei nova 7i has a 16MP front camera on the upper left corner for selfies.

The Huawei nova 7i also features a side-mounted fingerprint power button for faster unlock.

The Huawei nova 7i has a large 4200mAh battery and Kirin 810 chipset.

With 40W Huawei SuperCharge support, the device can be charged up to 70% in 30 minutes.

Huawei AppGallery, the world’s third largest app store, is pre-installed on all Huawei mobile devices including the latest Huawei nova 7i.

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Samsung Unpacked 2020 Unveils New Galaxy S20 Models & Z Flip Foldable

Tuesday, February 11th, 2020

The global event in San Francisco unveiled the Galaxy S20, S20+ & S20 Ultra flagship smartphones, as well as the Galaxy Z Flip foldable smartphone and the Galaxy Buds+. Price & availability below.

Hands on the new Samsung Galaxy S20, S20+, S20 Ultra, and Galaxy Z Flip. The Galaxy S20 will be available in Cosmic Gray, Cloud Blue and Cloud Pink. The Galaxy S20+ will be available in Cosmic Gray, Cosmic Black and Cloud Blue. The Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G will be available in Cosmic Gray and Cosmic Black.

Hands on the new Samsung Galaxy S20, S20+, S20 Ultra, and Galaxy Z Flip. The Galaxy S20 will be available in Cosmic Gray, Cloud Blue and Cloud Pink. The Galaxy S20+ will be available in Cosmic Gray, Cosmic Black and Cloud Blue. The Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G will be available in Cosmic Gray and Cosmic Black.

The Galaxy Z Flip will be available in Singapore from 14 February 2020, Friday, from 8am on local telecommunication operators’ (M1, Singtel and StarHub) online stores and the Samsung Online Store, with a recommended retail price of S$1,998 (including GST).

The Galaxy Z Flip will be available in Mirror Purple and Mirror Black.

A black or silver leather cover for the Flip is available at S$118.

 

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Singapore will be the first market in Southeast Asia to launch the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip (left), the first in a new Galaxy Z lineup of foldable smartphones. For now, the Galaxy Fold (right) is not part of the new Galaxy Z product line.

Pre-Order / Registration of interest for the Galaxy S20 (128GB), Galaxy S20+ (128GB) and Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G (128GB) will commence from 12 February 2020, Wednesday, from 1pm.

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Google Enhances Google Pixel With Pixel Feature Drop

Tuesday, December 10th, 2019

Google has begun providing Pixel users with functionality improvements through what they call Pixel feature drops. The first one has just arrived.

These features are already rolling out and will hit all Pixel phones (Pixel 2, 3, 3a, 4) in the coming weeks. To get them, you have to update to the latest version of Android and go to the PlayStore to start downloading the updated apps.

These features are already rolling out and will hit all Pixel phones (Pixel 2, 3, 3a, 4) in the coming weeks. To get them, you have to update to the latest version of Android and go to the PlayStore to start downloading the updated apps.

The Pixel feature drop is in addition to automatic updates that Google currently already provide for fixes and minor improvements.

This first feature drop includes a new way to capture portraits, easier Duo calls and automatic call screening (for those in the US).

So for Singaporeans, what’s new with the new Google Assistant in English?

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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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