Posts Tagged ‘4G’

New arrivals: Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 Android tablet in Singapore

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015

The new Galaxy Tab S2 comes in 9.7-inch and 8-inch form factors as well as 4G+ and Wi-Fi configurations, with 32GB memory and microSD support up to 128GB.

Prices range from S$598 to S$798 (see below). Black available from 7 August while Gold will be in later August.

At just 5.6mm thin and weighing only 389g (9.7”) and 265g (8.0”), Samsung claims that the Galaxy Tab S2 is the thinnest and lightest tablet of its size in the market, and is packed with powerful performance features to offer enhanced usability, whether for productivity and multitasking, or simply enjoying immersive content anytime, anywhere.

At just 5.6mm thin and weighing only 389g (9.7”) and 265g (8.0”), Samsung claims that the Galaxy Tab S2 is the thinnest and lightest tablet of its size in the market, and is packed with powerful performance features to offer enhanced usability, whether for productivity and multitasking, or simply enjoying immersive content anytime, anywhere.

Samsung is targeting users looking for a premium tablet for multimedia entertainment and personal use.

The 4G+ LTE Category 6 capability (for the 4G+ versions) promise users faster Internet access for browsing and downloading content.

Prices and detailed descriptions from the press release below.

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New arrivals: Samsung GALAXY ALPHA 4G+ Android smartphone

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

Samsung’s latest addition to the GALAXY series promises superior connectivity with up to 300 Mbps 4G+ LTE-Advanced networks. Available in Singapore at S$948 from 13 September.

The GALAXY ALPHA 4G+ will be available in Singapore in Charcoal Black and Dazzling White from 13 September and in Frosted Gold from end September.

The GALAXY ALPHA 4G+ will be available in Singapore in Charcoal Black and Dazzling White from 13 September and in Frosted Gold from end September.

The GALAXY ALPHA 4G+ features a compact body with a metal frame and finish, with curved corners and a tactile soft back cover.

At 6.7mm thick, the GALAXY ALPHA 4G+ is one of the slimmest GALAXY devices.

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SingTel launches Singapore’s 1st commercial 150Mbps 4G service

Thursday, May 9th, 2013

Mobile Broadband 150 will be offered with a mobile WiFi modem from 11 May and a USB dongle modem from 18 May. Price plans within.

SingTel launches commercial 150Mbps 4G service with

SingTel launches commercial 150Mbps 4G service with “Mobile Broadband 150.

Singapore Telecommunications today announced the launch of Mobile Broadband 150.

“Our customers can look forward to a 150Mbps service for smartphones and tablets in the coming months when handsets compatible with these speeds become available in Singapore,” said Johan Buse, SingTel’s Vice President of Consumer Marketing.

It is the first 4G mobile broadband service in Singapore to offer speeds of up to 150Mbps, which is two times faster than conventional 4G services.

Customers can enjoy these speeds at outdoor locations nationwide, as well as popular indoor locations such as Jurong Point, Raffles City, Tampines Mall, Bishan Junction 8, Bugis Junction and Changi Airport.

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SingTel launches Singapore’s first 4G service for tablets

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

SingTel today announced that it will launch Singapore’s first 4G service for tablets on 28 August. Two models will be offered: Asus Transformer Pad TF300TL and Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 (LTE). Details of price plans within.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 (LTE) and Asus Transformer Pad TF300TL will be available at launch from 28 August.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 (LTE) and Asus Transformer Pad TF300TL will be available at launch from 28 August.

The service will offer tablet users theoretical download speeds of up to 75Mbps and typical download speeds between 3.4Mbps and 12Mbps.

It will provide mobile Internet access that is more than three times faster than existing 21Mbps 3G tablet services, with one-fifth of the network latency.

Tablet model

ASUS Tranformer Pad TF300TL

Samsung GALAXY Tab 8.9 (LTE)

4G tablet price plan

Prestige 75

Monthly subscription

$64.90

$49.90

$64.90

$49.90

Tablet price

$429

$549

$329

$449

Data bundle

10GB

Excess usage and data cap

$5.35 per GB (w GST) 1 July to 31 Dec 2012
$10.70/GB (w GST) from 1 Jan 2013
$94(w GST) cap applies

Contractual period

24 months

Two Android tablets will be available at launch from SingTel with the new Prestige 75 plans. Existing 4G smartphone customers can also purchase the tablets with a multi-SIM plan.

SingTel will launch the mio TV Play app for Android tablets on 28 August.

Model

Asus Transformer Pad TF300TL (LTE)

Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 (LTE)

Operating system

Android 4 (Ice Cream Sandwich)

Android 3.2 (Honeycomb)

Screen size

10.1″ WXGA(1280 X 800) LED Backlight screen with IPS

8.9″ WXGA TFT technology

Internal memory

32GB, 1GB RAM

16GB, 1GB RAM

Expandable memory

Up to 64GB

Up to 32GB

Camera specs

8MP, Front 1.2MP

3MP

Other features

Nvidia Tegra 3 Quad-Core 1.2Ghz

Qualcomm Snapdragon APQ8060, 1200 MHz

This app will offer an extensive library of on-demand movies, including new release Hollywood blockbusters and the latest titles from around the world.

Movies will be offered from $2.99, and users can charge purchases to their SingTel bill or credit card.

mio TV Play will be available for free download at the Google Play app store, and also pre-loaded into the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 (LTE).

BlackBerry reveals 4G LTE PlayBook

Thursday, August 2nd, 2012

RIM has unveiled the new 4G LTE PlayBook. Available in Canada on 9 August with 32GB and a more powerful 1.5GHz dual-core CPU. Prices TBA.

The new PlayBook comes with much needed cellular connectivity.

The new PlayBook comes with much needed cellular connectivity.

The 4G LTE version of the BlackBerry PlayBook will make its debut in Canada next Thursday, with availability in other countries in the following months.

Cellular connectivity
LTE 700, 1700 MHz
HSPA+ 100, 1900, 1700, 800, 900 MHz

Given the incompatibility of 4G networks in different countries, it could be some time before a version compatible with your country becomes available.

In the meantime, the new PlayBook will at least bring much needed cellular connectivity (on 3G) for users from countries which do not have a 4G network yet (or who have incompatible networks).

Available in Canada on 9 August, 2012.

Available in Canada on 9 Aug.

Research In Motion (RIM) had announced earlier that the PlayBook will eventually run on BlackBerry 10 OS.

So the 4G LTE should be upgradeable from the current BlackBerry Tablet OS when BB10 becomes available next year.

Apart from the 4G LTE connectivity and CPU speed-up, the hardware for the new PlayBook remains the same – which is a testimony of how advanced it was to begin with when the original PlayBook was launched last year.

Putting the mobile Internet to the test

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

During CommunicAsia2012, I had the chance to speak with Nigel V. Wright and Gene Zhang of Spirent Communications about the face of things to come as countries in Asia begin rolling out 4G LTE networks.

Spirent is a multinational telecommunications and network testing company headquartered in the United Kingdom.

Spirent is a multinational telecommunications and network testing company headquartered in the United Kingdom.

Wright is the Vice President for Wireless Product Marketing & Corporate Marketing at Spirent, while Zhang is the VP & General Manager for Asia Pacific at the company.

Spirent is a global provider of performance analysis and service assurance solutions that enable the development and deployment of next-generation networking technologies.With LTE rollouts in Asia-Pacific now progressing at an aggressive pace, and the region set to surpass 120 million LTE connections by 2015, operators are competing to become the first to offer 4G services in this high-growth subscriber market.

SingTel, for instance, had just officially launched its 4G LTE services in Singapore this month.

Wright delivered a presentation during CommunicAsia2012 about the future of LTE in Asia, providing insights on:

  • The major concerns that operators face in implementing LTE.
  • The potential pitfalls in IMS/VoLTE deployment.
  • The challenges and solutions in deploying VoLTE.
  • How mobile devices can be designed to ensure that costly, inconvenient fixes are not required after device deployment.

Samsung GALAXY S II LTE for SingTel 4G

Tuesday, June 5th, 2012

The Samsung GALAXY S II LTE is now available at SingTel (S$298).

Samsung GALAXY S II LTE is now available at SingTel (S$298)

Samsung GALAXY S II LTE is now available at SingTel (S$298)

SingTel officially launched its 4G services for smartphones in Singapore yesterday. From today, customers who purchase a 4G-enabled handset with a SingTel Flexi and iFlexi plan can enjoy the 4G service.

The Samsung GALAXY S II LTE (S$298) is one of three handsets available at launch. The other two 4G smartphones are the HTC One XL (S$318) and the LG Optimus LTE (S$198).

The specifications of the Samsung GALAXY S II LTE can be viewed or downloaded below.

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SingTel launches 4G service for smartphones

Monday, June 4th, 2012

SingTel officially launches Singapore’s first 4G service for smartphones and reins in data usage by reducing 12GB data limit.

Mr Yuen Kuan Moon, SingTel’s CEO Consumer Singapore briefing on the launch of the 4G services for smartphones.

Mr Yuen Kuan Moon, SingTel’s CEO Consumer Singapore briefing on the launch of the 4G services for smartphones.

SingTel is also introducing new Flexi and iFlexi plans with reduced data bundles from 1 July 2012.

From tomorrow (5 June 2012), customers who purchase a 4G-enabled handset with a SingTel Flexi and iFlexi plan will be able to enjoy the 4G service.

Three handsets will be available at launch: HTC One XL, LG Optimus LTE and Samsung Galaxy S2 LTE.

4G LTE network

SingTel’s 4G service will provide mobile Internet access that is up to five times faster than existing 3G-based smartphone services, with one-fifth of the network latency.

“We need to break away from the traditional one-size-fits-all approach, which is not sustainable in the long term. Today, 64 per cent of mobile data on our network is consumed by 10 per cent of our subscribers. This prevents the remaining 90 per cent from enjoying the full benefits of the network. With our tiered pricing model, subscribers will pay for what they use, and this ultimately allows us to keep prices for our plans the same over time despite rising network costs,” explained Yuen Kuan Moon, SingTel’s CEO Consumer Singapore.Users can enjoy theoretical download speeds of up to 75Mbps and typical download speeds between 3.4Mbps and 12Mbps.

SingTel will also introduce its Priority Pass traffic priority feature for the 4G service next year.

This will provide subscribers with priority for their data traffic when the network is loaded, thus ensuring smoother streaming and downloads.

Islandwide rollout of SingTel’s 4G network is expected to be completed in early 2013.

In areas where 4G has not yet been deployed, users will fallback to 3G connectivity with download speeds of up to 42Mbps.

Check the coverage diagrams at the end of this post to see when you will be enjoy LTE coverage.

Data bundle cutback

Data bundles for most of SingTel’s Flexi plans have been reduced drastically from 12GB to a range of 2GB to 12GB, although the number of bundled SMS has been increased.

“At the same time, heavy users will benefit from the significantly reduced excess usage rates. Data traffic on our mobile networks has been growing at 62 percent each year since 2010 due to the tremendous growth of smartphones, tablets and mobile content. By encouraging fair usage of the network, we will be able to deliver consistently high-quality services for our customers,” Yuen said.Charges for data usage beyond bundled allowances have been revised to $5.35 per gigabyte from 1 July to 31 December 2013, and subsequently to $10.70/GB from 1 January 2013.

Approximately 10 per cent of SingTel’s subscribers who are heavy SMS users will save from the new improved SMS bundles.

The plans will be available to all new and re-contracting customers from 1 July 2012, and will replace existing 3G Flexi and iFlexi plans.

So if you don’t want to relinquish the existing 12GB data bundle, you can let the existing contract run in perpetuity – but you’ll have to forego the handset subsidies that come with re-contracting.

Mr Yuen noted that based on current usage patterns, 90 per cent of subscribers should not incur higher charges, as their data consumption does not exceed the new bundles.

Read about StarHub’s response to SingTel’s launch below.

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New Android smartphone: LG Optimus True HD LTE

Monday, June 4th, 2012

The 4G LTE smartphone from LG will be launched in Singapore on 7 June 2011. With an RRP of S$898 (without line), those interested can purchase it from SingTel at S$198, to start enjoying 4G speeds.

LG Optimus True HD LTE will be available from 7 June at S$898 (without line) and S$298 with a SingTel contract.

LG Optimus True HD LTE will be available from 7 June at S$898 (without line) and S$298 with a SingTel contract.

SingTel officially is launching its 4G services for smartphones in Singapore today.

From tomorrow, customers who purchase a 4G-enabled handset with a SingTel Flexi and iFlexi plan can begin enjoying the 4G service.

The LG Optimus True HD LTE (S$198) is one of three handsets available at launch. The other two 4G smartphones are the HTC One XL (S$318) and the Samsung GALAXY S II LTE (S$298).

The LG Optimus True HD LTE has a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor, running on the Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS platform, which is upgradeable to the Android 2.4 Ice Cream Sandwich OS platform.

The 4.5-inch 1280 x 720 (16:9 ration) True HD IPS display gives users sharp and crisp images with 2.76 million (1280 x 720 x 3 RGB) sub-pixels.

“Singapore’s 4G LTE mobile networks are taking shape, making the arrival of the LG Optimus True HD LTE in Singapore timely,” said Mr. Scott Jung, Managing Director of LG Electronics Singapore.Content on the smartphone can also be shared through HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface) and DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance).

Each purchase of the LG Optimus True HD LTE will come with an Audio Technica headset worth S$168, while stocks last.

The phone has a 1830mAH battery. The specifications of the LG Optimus True HD LTE can be viewed or downloaded below.

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New Android smartphone: HTC One XL

Friday, May 25th, 2012

HTC is the first handset maker to unveil a 4G LTE smartphone for the impending launch of the 4G LTE network in Singapore. The HTC One XL will be available in early June 2012 at an RRP of S$998 (without line).

Update (4 June 2012):

The HTC One XL (S$318) is one of three handsets available at the launch of SingTel’s 4G service on 4 June. The other two 4G smartphones are the LG Optimus True HD LTE (S$198) and the Samsung GALAXY S II LTE (S$298).

The original HTC One X was first launched on 30 March this year and hit the shelves in Singapore on 2 April.

The original HTC One X was first launched on 30 March this year and hit the shelves in Singapore on 2 April.

SingTel is expected to officially launch its 4G LTE service in Singapore in June 2012. The HTC One XL offers to combine the superb camera and audio qualities of HTC’s premium One series with the blazing speeds of next generation 4G LTE networks.

The HTC One XL is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor with up to 1.5GHz dual-core CPU and a 1,800 mAh embedded battery, alongside software enhancements that promises improved battery performance by 50 percent.

The HTC One XL comes with Android 4.0 (ICS) and HTC Sense 4, the maker’s user interface.

The HTC One XL will be available in Polar White and Glamour Grey.

The main technical specs for the HTC One XL is listed below.

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