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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: 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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Samsung Unveils Galaxy Note10 & Note10+ Phablet At Unpacked

Thursday, August 8th, 2019

The Galaxy Note10 (6.8”) & Note 10+ (6.3”) will hit the shelves on 23 August with enhanced S Pen and “pro-grade” camera.

The Note10 & Note 10+ were unveiled this morning during Samsung Galaxy Unpacked 2019 in New York on 7 August at 4pm EDT.

The Note10 & Note 10+ were unveiled this morning during Samsung Galaxy Unpacked 2019 in New York on 7 August at 4pm EDT.

The Galaxy Note10 starts at US$950 while the Note10+ starts at US$1,100, slightly more expensive than the S10 smartphone which ranges between US$900 to US$1,000.

 

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First looks and hands on the Samsung Galaxy Note10 (S$1,398) and Galaxy Note10+ (S$1,598/S$1,898 for 256GB/512GB respectively) which will be available in Singapore from 24 August, 2019.

The previous Note9 has a 6.4-inch display while the current S10 is around the same size as the 6.3” Note10 with slightly less screen size.

The new phablets charge via a USB-C port which doubles up as an audio port as the 3.5mm headphone jack is gone.

The Note10 has four cameras (1 front and 3 rear) – the three rear cameras comprising a 16MP ultra wide (123°), a 12MP wide-angle (77°) and a 12MPtelephoto (45°).

The front camera has 10 megapixels at 80° field of view.

The Note10+ has one extra rear camera (1 front and 4 rear) – the DepthVision camera.

The other cameras are the same in both versions.

The key specs for the Note10 and Note10+ are summarised below.

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New Arrival: Huawei P30 and Huawei P30 Pro Android Smartphone

Tuesday, March 26th, 2019

China phone maker Huawei launched the new P30 (128GB/8GB – S$998) and P30 Pro (256GB/8GB – S$1,398) in Paris. The two phones will hit the shelves in Singapore on 6 April, 2019.

For Singapore, both the Huawei P30 and P30 Pro (256GB) will come in colours of Breathing Crystal, Aurora and Black while the P30 Pro (512GB) will be available in Aurora.

For Singapore, both the Huawei P30 and P30 Pro (256GB) will come in colours of Breathing Crystal, Aurora and Black while the P30 Pro (512GB) will be available in Aurora.

The new phones feature Huawei’s SuperSpectrum Sensor, an optical Huawei SuperZoom lens, a new Time of Flight (TOF) camera, and better OIS and AIS image stabilisation technology.

Customers can head down to VivoCity, Central Court Level 1, from 10am to 10pm over the weekend (6 April) and receive a gift set worth up to S$470 with every purchase of the Huawei P30 or P30 Pro, while stocks last.

Preorders will be available online to customers from 27 March (Wed), 12am SGT, through local telecommunication operators and at Huawei Official Store with Lazada.

The upsized variant of the HUAWEI P30 Pro with 512GB storage (S$1,698) will also be on sale exclusively for shoppers on Lazada, with limited quantities available.

More details below from the press release.

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