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New arrivals: ASUS MeMo Pad 8 and Fonepad 8 Android tablets

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

The new ASUS MeMo Pad 8 (S$499) and Fonepad 8 (S$299) tablets feature the next generation 64-bit Intel Atom ‘Moorefield’ quad-core processor and ASUS ZenUI interface. Avaialble in Singapore from 10 October, 2014.

Both the ASUS MeMo Pad 8 (S$499) and Fonepad 8 (S$299) run Android 4.4 KitKat operating system and ASUS ZenUI interface, which features more than 200 software tweaks over previous ASUS interfaces.

Both the ASUS MeMo Pad 8 (Left, S$499) and Fonepad 8 (Right, S$299) run Android 4.4 KitKat operating system and ASUS ZenUI interface, which features more than 200 software tweaks over previous ASUS interfaces.

The interface sports a new visual design with modern ‘flat’ icons, customisable vivid colour themes that match the tablets’ colour, as well as a cleaner layout that clearly presents all necessary information at one glance.

Despite its larger display, the ASUS Fonepad 8 has almost the same width as the previous generation 7-inch Fonepad.

Despite its larger display, the ASUS Fonepad 8 has almost the same width as the previous generation 7-inch Fonepad.

Weighing at just 299g, ASUS boasts that the 8-inch MeMO Pad 8 (ME581CL) is the world’s lightest 8-inch tablet with Long-Term Evolution (LTE).

It features the next generation 64-bit Intel Atom Z3560 1.8GHz quad-core processor, and ultra-fast connectivity with 802.11ac Wi-Fi and wireless Near-Field Communications (NFC).

The ASUS Fonepad 8 (FE380CG) delivers powerful mobility with the next generation 64-bit Intel Atom Z3530 1.3GHz quad-core processor and 3G phone functions.

With its narrow bezel measuring just 5.06mm and a 72.2% screen-to-body ratio, ASUS claims that the 8-inch ASUS Fonepad 8 has the largest viewing area for any 8-inch phablet in the market.

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New arrivals: ASUS ZenFone 5 LTE smartphone in Singapore on 30 August

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

The highly-affordable 5-inch Android 4.4 smartphone will be priced at S$249 (1GB RAM, 8GB memory), S$269 (2GB RAM, 8GB memory) and S$299 (2GB RAM, 16GB memory).

The ZenFone 5 LTE will be available in Charcoal Black, Pearl White, Cherry Red and Champagne Gold colours (Champagne Gold will be available for only 16GB model). The purple colour shown above is not available in Singapore.

The ZenFone 5 LTE will be available in Charcoal Black, Pearl White, Cherry Red and Champagne Gold colours (Champagne Gold will be available for only 16GB model). The purple colour shown above is not available in Singapore.

ASUS officially launched its ZenFone 5 LTE in Singapore today at Suntec Convention Centre.

What catches the attention is the affordable price tag. ASUS boasts that the sub-S$300 phone gives consumers the best value-for-money market.

And I can believe that.

Shipping with the latest Android 4.4 KitKat, the phone is smooth and responsive, and more than enough for what most people use their smartphones for – making calls, sending messages, taking photos, checking social media status, and surfing the Web.

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New arrivals: 5-inch HTC One (E8) Android smartphone unveiled

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

The 5-inch Android HTC One (E8) will be available in Singapore from Saturday, 26 July with SingTel, StarHub, M1 and selected retailers. RRP for 16GB HTC One (E8): S$658.

The HTC One (E8) will be available in Polar White, Electric Crimson and Misty Gray.

The HTC One (E8) will be available in Polar White, Electric Crimson and Misty Gray.

The HTC Dot View case for the HTC One (E8) will be available in Grey at S$59.

The smartphone ships with Motion Launch, HTC BoomSound, 5-megapixel front camera and 13MP rear camera. Both cameras support full 1080p HD video recording.

Powered by a 2,600mAh battery, the HTC One (E8) has 2GB RAM and 16GB onboard memory with expandable microSD storage capacity up to 128GB..

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Samsung GALAXY S5 LTE arrives in Singapore from 11 April

Friday, April 4th, 2014

Pre-ordered units can be collected on 11 April, Friday, as the new Samsung GALAXY S5 LTE (S$1,068 without contract) hits Singapore shelves from 12 April, Saturday onwards.

Update (11 April, 2014):

Fans who successfully pre-ordered the Samsung GALAXY S5 LTE (32GB) collected their brand new devices from M1, SingTel, StarHub and Samsung Experience Stores today.

Photos here.

Samsung GALAXY S5 LTE hits Singapore on 11 April 2014.

Samsung GALAXY S5 LTE hits Singapore on 11 April 2014.

The GALAXY S5 LTE (32GB) will be available in shimmery WHITE and charcoal BLACK at all telecommunication operators, major consumer electronics stores and Samsung Experience Stores.

Consumers who had registered their interest or pre-ordered can collect their devices from their respective mobile operators and Samsung Experience Stores from 11 April 2014, Friday.

Consumers who have not registered their interest or pre-ordered will be able to purchase the GALAXY S5 LTE from the mobile operators and Samsung Experience Stores from 12 April 2014, Saturday.

The GALAXY S5 LTE is compatible with a range of Samsung wearable devices and accessories.

These will be available at the launch of GALAXY S5 LTE.

  • Gear 2 (available in charcoal BLACK and gold BROWN) – S$398
  • Gear 2 Neo (available in charcoal BLACK, mocha GRAY and wild ORANGE) – S$298
  • Gear Fit (available in charcoal BLACK) – S$268
  • S View Cover (available in Black, White, Rose Gold, Pink, Green ) – S$78
  • Flip Wallet (available in Black, White, Rose Gold, Pink, Green) – S$58

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PayPal & Samsung collaborate on GALAXY S5 LTE for secure/simpler shopping

Friday, March 28th, 2014

Samsung GALAXY S5 LTE users can easily and securely shop password-free online on the new smartphone using its new fingerprint authentication feature, with millions of merchants that accept PayPal.

Samsung GALAXY S5 LTE users will be able to shop more securely and simply with the fingerprint authentication feature on the new smartphone.

Samsung GALAXY S5 LTE users will be able to shop more securely and simply with the fingerprint authentication feature on the new smartphone.

The collaboration between Samsung and PayPal enables Samsung GALAXY S5 LTE users to be the first to be able to login and shop at any merchant that accepts PayPal on mobile and in-stores using only their fingerprint as authentication.

“We are very excited to partner PayPal to provide consumers with a seamless and secure experience in online shopping and payments on our new Samsung GALAXY S5 LTE,” said Irene Ng, Vice President, Marketing, Samsung Asia Pte Ltd.

The new secure, biometric feature means GALAXY S5 LTE users will no longer need to remember passwords or login details across millions of PayPal merchants.

PayPal will be the first global payment company to support Samsung’s mobile fingerprint authentication technology.

PayPal provides a secure wallet in the cloud and doesn’t store personal information on the device.

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New arrivals: Samsung GALAXY S5 smartphone and Gear smartwatches launched in Singapore

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

Samsung Singapore has just announced the launch of the GALAXY S5 LTE smartphone, as well as the Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo and Gear Fit smartwatches.

These are available for pre-order from tomorrow (prices below) with delivery expected over the next few weeks (exact dates yet to be announced).

From left: Samsung Gear Fit (S$268); GALAXY S5 LTE (S$1,068); Gear 2 Neo (S$298); Gear 2 (S$398).

From left: Samsung Gear Fit (S$268); GALAXY S5 LTE (S$1,068); Gear 2 Neo (S$298); Gear 2 (S$398).

The GALAXY S5 smartphone and Gear smartwatches were unveiled globally at MWC in Barcelona back in end February with worldwide availability in some 150 countries expected on 11 April.

Samsung RRP (SGD)
GALAXY S5 LTE S$1,068
S View Cover S$78
Flip Wallet S$58
Gear 2 S$398
Gear 2 Neo S$298
Gear Fit S$268

Samsung Singapore brought in the hardware in mid-March for a media preview.

Check out the first look for these new devices here.

They have just been launched in Singapore this evening with pre-orders beginning tomorrow (28 March).

Pre-order / Registration of interest

Registration of interest with SingTel, StarHub and M1 for the Samsung GALAXY S5 LTE will start on 28 March 2014, 1200 hours.

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First look: Samsung GALAXY S5 in Singapore

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

Samsung Singapore brought in the GALAXY S5, Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo and Gear Fit for a media preview today.

* All pictures in this post taken with a Samsung GALAXY Note 3 phablet.

The new Samsung GALAXY S5 viewed from its left side, showing the volume rocker.

The new Samsung GALAXY S5 viewed from its right side, showing the volume rocker.

Many of the existing features have been enhanced eg. the 16MP camera which now features faster autofocus (0.3 sec) with the hybrid phase detection cum contrast detection autofocus mechanism, realtime-HDR and simulated Lytro-like post-shot selection of focal point.

First impressions:

At the end of the hour-and-a-half session, the impression was that the GALAXY S5 was loaded with features.

There is a feature to help you with anything you may need to do in your daily life.

You may only need 20 percent of the features available, but no matter what is it you need, chances are, there’s a feature for it.

The autofocus did feel really fast when I switched the focus from near to far and back and from light to dark etc.

The perforated design for the finish of the rear panel is a fresh change from the smooth surface of the S4.

I’ve already heard favourable comments from a number who have seen the design physically or on the Web.

The S5 is also dust and water resistant, while the fingerprint scanner worked smoothly to unlock the phone, although you can use that to make online payments using PayPal in Singapore.

View of the Samsung GALAXY S5 from its right.

View of the Samsung GALAXY S5 from its left.

There’s also the ultra power saving mode that extends the life of the battery to as much as 24 hours when its life has dropped to 10 percent.

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Samsung unveils three new GEAR smartwatches at MWC 2014

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

Samsung has just unveiled at Mobile World Congress 2014 in Barcelona its GALAXY S5, as well as the Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo and Gear Fit.

Worldwide release on 11 April 2014 in almost 150 countries. Prices TBA.

Samsung has just unveiled the Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo and Gear Fit together with the GALAXY S5 at the MWC 2014 in Barcelona this morning.

Samsung has just unveiled the Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo and Gear Fit together with the GALAXY S5 at the MWC 2014 in Barcelona this morning.

All of the new Samsung GEAR smartwatches have foregone the Android OS used in the original Gear and gone for the Tizen – the Linux-based operating system by Intel and Samsung.

Samsung GALAXY GEAR 2 comes with camera, microphone and speaker on the phone itself instead of the strap, allowing the latter to be interchangeable.

Samsung Gear 2 comes with camera, microphone and speaker on the phone itself instead of the strap, allowing the latter to be interchangeable.

And they come with a HOME button to get back to the start screen.

Samsung claims the new smartwatches last 3 times as long, with 3 days of typical usage and six days of low usage.

The Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo have 1.63-inch, 320 x 320 Super AMOLED displays and run on 1GHz dual-core processors.

Screen size has therefore remained the same, with a slightly faster processor, viz the 800MHz in the original Gear.

The 2-megapixel camera, speaker and mic are now on the bezel of the smartwatch so you can change the straps, which comes in six colours.

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Samsung unveils GALAXY S5 at MWC 2014 in Barcelona

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

Samsung has just unveiled at Mobile World Congress 2014 in Barcelona its GALAXY S5, as well as the Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo and Gear Fit.

Worldwide release on 11 April 2014 in almost 150 countries. Prices TBA.

The new Samsung GALAXY S5 comes in 4 colours: charcoal Black, shimmery White, electric Blue and copper Gold.

The new Samsung GALAXY S5 comes in 4 colours: charcoal Black, shimmery White, electric Blue and copper Gold.

New features of the GALAXY S5 include a heart rate monitor, fingerprint scanner and IP67 water resistance.

The GALAXY S5 has a 5.1" Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels.

The GALAXY S5 has a 5.1″ Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels.

It has a 5.1-inch Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, runs on a 2.5GHz Snapdragon quad-core processor with 2GB RAM, powered by a 2,800 mAh battery and ships with Android 4.4 KitKat.

The GALAXY S5 now has a 16-megapixel rear-facing camera and a 2-megapixel front-facing camera.

It will also come with NFC, LTE, Bluetooth 4.0 and 16GB or 32GB storage.

The smartphone will come in four colours: charcoal Black, shimmery White, electric Blue and copper Gold. It now comes with “perforated” plastic covers.

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