Posts Tagged ‘convertibles’

New Arrival: Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 Hybrid Smartphone/Tablet

Tuesday, September 1st, 2020

Galaxy Z Fold2 is the third folding smartphone/tablet hybrid from Samsung, following the Galaxy Fold and the Galaxy Z Flip. Available in Mystic Black and Mystic Bronze from 18 September, 2020, with pre-orders in early September. Prices TBA.

The latest member of the Galaxy Z line-up: Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2.

The latest member of the Galaxy Z line-up: Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2.

Samsung first announced the Galaxy Z Fold2 during Galaxy Unpacked 2020 in early August, with a few details on the size of the two Infinity-O displays and the two colour options available.

In “Part 2” of Galaxy Unpacked 2020 today, Samsung has just showcased Galaxy Z Fold2 in full, including detailed product specifications, availability and pre-order dates.

Essentially, the Galaxy Z Fold2 gives the user a convertible smartphone/tablet hybrid – offering the compactness of a smartphone for personal communications usage, and the extended screen real-estate of a tablet should the need arise.

Check out the details of the Galaxy Z Fold2 from the press release below.

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IT Show 2013 promotions: Panasonic notebooks and tablets

Friday, March 8th, 2013

Panasonic is at IT Show 2013 at Marina Bay Sands at Level 1, Booth 1528.

Click to view or download Panasonic promotions during IT Show 2013.

Click to view or download Panasonic promotions during IT Show 2013.

Check out Panasonic’s business notebooks and ruggedised tablets.

The FZ-G1 runs on Windows 8 while the FZ-A1 runs on Android 4.0 (S$1,499).

Their latest is the Windows 8 Pro Ultrabook CF-AX2 which debuts at IT Show 2013 at S$2,899.

The monitor flips over to convert the Ultrabook into a tablet. IT Show 2013 at Marina Bay Sands at Level 1, Booth 1528.

IT Show 2013 promotions: Lenovo desktop, notebook and AIO computers

Thursday, March 7th, 2013

Lenovo will be at IT Show 2013 at Marina Bay Sands at Level 1, Booth 1321.

Click to view or download Lenovo promotions during IT Show 2013.

Click to view or download Lenovo promotions during IT Show 2013. Caution: Large PDF file – 2.7MB containing 8 flyers.

Check out their Lenovo’s complete range of desktops, All-in-one computers, notebooks, Ultrabooks, and convertibles in IT Show 2013.

The four star products are the IdeaPad Yoga 13, IdeaPad Z400, ThinkPad X1 Carbon, and the IdeaPad Y500.

Light and svelte Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon, the Ultrabook workhorse for the mobile warrior.

Light and svelte Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon, the Ultrabook workhorse for the mobile warrior.

Lenovo has many offerings for Windows 8 but if you’re looking for a Windows 7 machine, my favourite is the ThinkPad X1 Carbon, which I used when travelling in Kyushu, Japan in December.

It’s light, slim and the battery life lasts forever. It’s also svelte and fashionable!

CES 2013: ASUS unveils Transformer AiO PC and Qube Google TV

Tuesday, January 8th, 2013

The Transformer AiO PC runs on Windows 8 and has an integral Android tablet that can be detached, while the Qube Google TV media streamer is an entertainment device with voice search and motion control.

Also unveiled were two premium monitors and a pocket router.

ASUS has unveiled a number of new innovative products during CES 2013.

ASUS has unveiled a number of new innovative products during CES 2013.

The Transformer AiO has an 18.4-inch display that doubles as a standalone tablet.

The two monitors are the PA249Q ProArt and VG248QE Fast Gaming monitors, while the WL-330NUL Pocket Router is the world’s smallest router that gives easy wireless connectivity to travelers.

In fact, the pocket router would have been exactly what I needed during my recent trip to Japan because the super-thin Ultrabook that I’d brought along didn’t have an Ethernet port and some hotel rooms had wired Internet access but no Wi-Fi.

Below are more details of the new gizmos.

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TODAY! ASUS TAICHI notebook/tablet hybrid available in Singapore

Thursday, January 3rd, 2013

The new ASUS convertible Ultrabook – featuring a display on either side of its cover – is available in Singapore from today for S$2,698.

The ASUS TAICHI tablet-cum-Ultrabook convertible has two screens - one on either side of the cover. Available from today in Singapore for S$2,698.

The ASUS TAICHI tablet-cum-Ultrabook convertible has two screens – one on either side of the cover. Available from today in Singapore for S$2,698.

The 11.6-inch Ultrabook runs on Windows 8 and features a 3rd generation Intel Core i7 processor and two back-to-back Full High Definition (FHD) IPS screens.

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SITEX 2012 promotions: Lenovo desktops, notebooks, tablets & accessories

Saturday, November 24th, 2012

Lenovo will be at SITEX 2012 at Hall 5 Booth 5C40 (Courts), and Hall 6 Booths 6C30 (Harvey Norman) and 6D30 & 6F18 (Newstead) in the Singapore EXPO.

Click to view or download Lenovo promotions for SITEX 2012.

Click to view or download Lenovo promotions for SITEX 2012. (Caution: Large 7MB PDF file with 6 pages)

Check out Lenovo’s promotional offers for tablets, notebooks, ultrabooks, convertibles, AIOs, desktops, and accessories.

Windows 8 Lenovo Ideapad Yoga Ultrabook-tablet convertible

Windows 8 Lenovo Ideapad Yoga Ultrabook-tablet convertible

These include the IdeaPad G480 laptop and the recently launched Windows 8 Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13 Ultrabook-tablet convertible, and ThinkPad Twist S230u convertible.

My favourite is the Yoga.

Accessories include wireless mouse, speakers, headphones/headsets, USB hubs, and accessories for ThinkPads and IdeaPads.

SITEX 2012 promotions: ASUS desktops, notebooks, tablets and monitors

Saturday, November 24th, 2012

ASUS will be at SITEX 2012 at Hall 5 (Booths 5A18, 5B10 & 5B40) and Hall 6 (Booths 6C01, 6C10, 6D30 & 6E30) in the Singapore EXPO.

Click to view or download ASUS promotions for SITEX 2012.

Click to view or download ASUS promotions for SITEX 2012. (Caution: Large 13MB PDF file with 20 pages)

Check out ASUS’ promotional offers for tablets, notebooks, ultrabooks, convertibles, AIOs, desktops, Alienware gaming machines, and monitors.

ASUS ROG - built for gamers.

ASUS ROG – built for gamers.

These include the slew of recently-launched Windows 8 computers such as the ASUS TAICHI Ultrabook-tablet convertible, Transformer Book, ZENBOOK, VivoBook, VivoTab, All-in-One PCs.

My favourite is the ASUS ROG (Republic of Gamers) gaming desktop PCs which are debuting in Singapore during SITEX 2012.

There’s also the innovative PadFone 2 smartphone-tablet hybrid.

New Windows 8 convertibles: Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga, ThinkPad Tablet 2 and Twist

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

Lenovo has announced four new convertible tablet/notebook hybrids designed for Windows 8 and Windows RT: the IdeaPad Yoga 13 Ultrabook (S$1,899, mid-Nov), Yoga 11 (S$1,199, early-Dec), ThinkPad Twist S230u (S$1,699, available today), and Tablet 2 (S$899, mid-Dec).

Both IdeaPads can be pre-ordered now.

The Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13 (left) and ThinkPad Twist S230u (right) in "Tent" mode, with the Twist and its swivel screen in the centre.

The Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13 (left) and ThinkPad Twist S230u (right) in “Tent” mode, with the Twist and its swivel screen in the centre.

The theme of the launch event at the National Library Building in Singapore was “Flip, Flex, Bend, Twist”, which describes the various ways in which you can manipulate the new convertible tablets.

Bend it like ... Yoga.

Bend it like … Beckham Yoga.

I played with the devices on display and found them responsive to the touch of the fingers.

I like the hinge design of the Yoga which allows the screen to be flipped 360 degrees onto itself to convert the Ultrabook into a flat tablet (and as a free-standing display enroute).

The 16.9mm thin Yoga 13 also felt light at only 1.54kg.

When the screen is flipped more than 180 degrees, the keyboard and trackpad is disabled to prevent accidental activation of these while holding the Yoga.

Below is a summary of the four new devices. All are Wi-Fi capable but only the Tablet 2 has an option for 3G.

Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13 – S$1,899
This convertible Ultrabook can be flipped 360 degree to become a flat tablet.

Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13 - S$1,899Boasting more than eight hours of battery life, its Motion Control technology enables users to use gestures to flip through photos, or use fingers on the ten-point multi-touch screen.

Specs: Windows 8, Intel Core i7 CPU, 13.3″ HD+ (1600×900) IPS display, 4GB RAM, 128GB SSD, 1.54kg, 16.9mm thick.

Lenovo is partnering with SingTel to offer an special edition of the IdeaPad Yoga 13 (priced at $1,799 with Intel Core i5 CPU ) with every sign up of SingTel 150Mbps Fibre BroadBand at $98 per month or 15Mbps Home BroadBand at $79.90 per month.

Available in mid-November. Can pre-order now.

Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11 – S$1,199
The Yoga 11 claims to be the world’s slimmest multi-mode PC, measuring just 15.6 mm thin.

Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11 - S$1,199Its slim design, 11.6-in screen and long 13 hour battery life make it a great convertible for mobility.

Specs: Windows RT, NVIDIA Tegra 3 CPU, 11.6″ HD (1366×768) IPS display, 2GB RAM, 64GB eMMC storage, 1.27kg, 15.6mm thick.

Available in early December. Can pre-order now.

ThinkPad Twist S230u – S$1,699
Another Ultrabook convertible with a twist.

ThinkPad Twist S230u - S$1,699This 12.5-inch powerhouse features up to Intel Core i7 CPU and is suitable for both business and personal use.

Specs: Windows 8 Pro, Intel Core i5 or i7 CPU, 12.5″ HD IPS display, up to 8GB RAM, 500GB HDD, 1.58kg, 20mm thick, 7 hours battery life.

The ThinkPad Twist S230u is available now.

ThinkPad Tablet 2 – S$899
ThinkPad Tablet 2 - S$899This tablet is designed for Windows 8 and powered by an Intel Atom processor.

The ThinkPad Tablet 2 supports 5-finger multi-finger touch, pen input or connection to the ThinkPad Tablet 2 keyboard and dock for a PC-like computing experience.

Both the Pen/Digitizer and keyboard are optional.

ThinkPad Tablet 2 - S$899The ThinkPad Tablet 2 includes a host of IT manageability, security and corporate-level service and support to help IT managers easily deploy in their business environments.

Specs: Windows 8 or Windows 8 Pro, Intel Atom CPU, 10.1″ HD (1366×768) IPS display, up to 2GB RAM, 64GB SSD, up to 600g, 9.8mm thick.

Available in mid-December.

this WEEK in TECH – a selection of interesting events

Sunday, October 28th, 2012

Here’s a selection of interesting tech events happening this week (28 October – 3 November 2012). It is not an exhaustive list and represents only a sampling of events that gives a taste of the tech pulse in Singapore.

What are some of the more interesting tech events happening in Singapore this week?

What are some of the more interesting tech events happening in Singapore this week?

Lenovo is showing off its exciting lineup of convertible notebook/tablet hybrids for Windows 8 this week. I played with some of the models during the Windows 8 launch in Singapore last week, and they are amazing. Watch this space for the hands-on.

This week sees Microsoft move its focus from the launch of Windows 8 to the formal launch of Windows Phone 8, which shares a common core with its bigger sibling.

Will the Metro-based new smartphone operating system increase its market share from a meagre 3.5% (for the second quarter according to IDC).

Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android dominate with 17% and 68% respectively. Windows Phone 8 smartphones announced thus far include Nokia Lumia 920 and Lumia 820, HTC 8S and 8X, and Samsung ATIV S. We might actually see the HTC models showcased in Singapore this Friday!

Midweek, Brother is launching a new printer while A*STAR Data Storage Institute will show off the world’s thinnest 2.5-inch 5mm hybrid drive for consumer and business devices.

Oracle Day 2012: Simpor Ballroom, Level 4, Marina Bay Sands Exhibition and Convention Centre

For those interested in the latest trends in Cloud, Mobile, Social and Big Data, be sure to register for Oracle Day 2012 at Marina Bay Sands. Get the hottest updates on critical business drivers, meet Oracle experts and experience their latest technologies at the Demo booths.

And for photography buffs, the Singapore leg of Canon’s annual PhotoMarathon Asia 2012 takes place at the Marina Bay Sands this Saturday. To be guaranteed a participation slot do register online prior to the event.

Below is the events listing for the week.

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Event: ASUS showcases new Windows 8 desktops, notebooks and tablets

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

Two days before General Availability of Microsoft Windows 8, ASUS unveils its lineup of new Windows 8 touch-enabled devices, which includes full gaming desktops, All-in-Ones, notebooks, tablets – as well as notebook/tablet convertibles/transformers. Prices within.

Update (17 January, 2013):

The ASUS VivoTab Smart detachable tablet will be available in Singapore from 18 January onwards at S$699 for the WiFi model.

Update (9 January, 2013):

The ASUS VivoTab RT 3G is now available in Singapore from 9 January for S$1,049.

ASUS has unveiled a comprehensive lineup of Windows 8 computers ranging from powerful gaming desktops, All-in-One desktops, notebooks, tablets, as well as convertible and transformer notebook/tablethybrids.

ASUS has unveiled a comprehensive lineup of Windows 8 computers ranging from powerful gaming desktops, All-in-One desktops, notebooks, tablets, as well as convertible and transformer notebook/tablethybrids.

Among the major computer manufacturers, I consider Asus as one of the most innovative.

Innovative pioneers

The Taiwanese company created the Netbook genre with its Eee PCs back in 2007.

The Transformer Book continues the line of transformer notebook/tablet hybrids popularised by ASUS.

ASUS Transformer Book

Asus also the pioneered the tablet/notebook hybrid with the Asus Transformer TF101 – offering a hardware keyboard that the Android tablet could be docked into for serious work that involves typing – plus added battery life and connectors.

Now every other major computer maker offers notebook/tablet hybrids in their lineup.

Either as a “Transformer” hybrid where the keyboard can be totally detached.

Or in a “Convertible” format where the keyboard cannot be detached but can be manipulated such that the machine can be held as a tablet or used like a traditional laptop.

Asus has continued its innovation with products such as the Transformer Padfone and now the Taichi – a convertible with dual screens.

Below is a summary of the new Windows 8 lineup unveiled by ASUS.

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