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New Arrival: Apple MacBook Pro with New M1 Pro and M1 Max Chips

Wednesday, October 20th, 2021

Unveiled during Apple’s second fall event, the new MacBook Pro (14 and 16-inch) features a 1080p camera and better connectivity than previous versions of the laptop.

Featuring a beautiful, brand new design, the 14- and 16-inch models of MacBook Pro were designed with a focus on performance and utility.

Featuring a brand new design, the 14- and 16-inch models of Apple‘s new MacBook Pro were designed with a focus on performance and utility.

Apple today unveiled the new MacBook Pro powered by the new M1 Pro and M1 Max — the first pro chips designed for the Mac.

Available in 14- and 16-inch models, MacBook Pro features a Liquid Retina XDR display, a wide range of ports for advanced connectivity, a 1080p FaceTime HD camera, and a strong audio system.

The macOS Monterey is engineered to take full advantage of M1 Pro and M1 Max to provide a great user experience.

Apple has designed the MacBook Pro for developers, photographers, filmmakers, 3D artists, scientists, and music producers/

The new MacBook Pro joins the 13-inch MacBook Pro with M1 to complete the MacBook Pro lineup.

More details below about the new Apple MacBook Pro laptop, from the press release.

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Google Unveils Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro Android 12 Phones

Tuesday, October 19th, 2021

After months of leaks and teasers, Google has officially unveiled the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro. Featuring Google’s custom-developed Tensor chip, both versions will come to Singapore early next year. Details TBA.

The new Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro are powered by the new Tensor chip and ships with Android 12.

The new Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro are powered by the new Tensor chip and ships with Android 12.

Even though the launch price of the Pixel 6 is US$100 lower than the Pixel 5, it features top-notch hardware compared to the mid-range offering of its predecessor.

The new Tensor chip is a 5nm SoC with an octa-core processor with two Cortex-X1 cores, as well as two mid-level cores and four power-efficient ones.

I’m excited that the custom image processor will bring the computational photography on the Pixel to greater levels.

Camera smarts include Magic Eraser (for removing unwanted distractions from a photo) and Face Unblur (which selects a sharp face from a few photos and puts it onto an action shot.

Portrait Mode offers better subject separation and improved skin tone rendering.

Night Mode and Astrophotography have also been enhanced.

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Event: New Apple M1 Pro & Max Chips, MacBook Pro and AirPods

Monday, October 18th, 2021

In its October 2021 Fall event from Apple Park, Apple has introduced the new M1 Pro & M1 Max chips, a new MacBook Pro based on the new chips, as well as new AirPods. Prices below.

Apple's October 2021 Fall Event

Apple’s October 2021 Fall Event

The M1 Pro and M1 Max are the most powerful chips Apple has ever built.

Powering the new MacBook Pro, the new chips feature up to a 10-core CPU, 32-core GPU, 64GB of unified memory, ProRes acceleration, and “industry-leading” power efficiency.

“M1 has transformed our most popular systems with incredible performance, custom technologies, and industry-leading power efficiency. No one has ever applied a system-on-a-chip design to a pro system until today with M1 Pro and M1 Max. With massive gains in CPU and GPU performance, up to six times the memory bandwidth, a new media engine with ProRes accelerators, and other advanced technologies, M1 Pro and M1 Max take Apple silicon even further, and are unlike anything else in a pro notebook,” said Johny Srouji, Apple’s senior vice president of Hardware Technologies.

The new MacBook Pro with M1 Pro and M1 Max offers “extraordinary performance and battery life, and features the world’s best notebook display”.

The new 14-inch MacBook Pro model starts at S$2,999, and S$2,769 for education; the 16-inch MacBook Pro model starts at S$3,749, and S$3,449 for education.

Apple has also updated Final Cut Pro 10.6 (S$448.98) and Logic Pro 10.7 (S$288.98) with new features and better performances on the MacBook Pro with M1 Pro and M1 Max.

The updates are free for existing users, while new users can purchase the software from the Mac App Store.

The new AirPods (3rd generation) feature spatial audio and longer battery life and will be available for S$269.

AirPods (2nd generation) will have a new price tag at S$199, while the AirPods Pro now come with MagSafe Charging Case at the current price of S$379.

More details about the new M1 Pro and M1 Max chips below from the press release.

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New Arrival: Synology 12-Bay Tower Storage DS2422+ & DS3622xs+

Wednesday, October 13th, 2021

Synology is unveiling its newest 12-bay NAS units, the Synology DiskStation DS3622xs+ (S$4,599) and DS2422+ (S$2,939), as well as the DX1222 (S$1,799) companion expansion unit. All three models are now available from Synology resellers and partners.

The company's two biggest desktop form factor products - the Synology DiskStation DS3622xs+ (in this photo) and DS2422+ - boast computing power to match their storage potential.

The company’s two biggest desktop form factor products – the Synology DiskStation DS3622xs+ (in this photo) and DS2422+ – boast computing power to match their storage potential.

The DS2422+ promises reliable mass storage and efficient data protection for a wide range of scenarios.

Specifications for the new Synology NAS models

Specifications for the new Synology NAS models. Click to expand.

Expandable to 24 bays, the DS2422+ is suited for serving and protecting large data sets in multi-user environments.

A new processor gives it an edge over its predecessor.

A step up in capabilities, the DS3622xs+ boasts processing and ample built-in connectivity to support heavy duty applications, including as networked surveillance or backup server, or storage for virtual machine storage and direct video editing.

More details below from the press release.

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New Arrival: Xiaomi Introduces Xiaomi 11T & Xiaomi 11T Pro

Wednesday, September 15th, 2021

Xiaomi 11T & Xiaomi 11T Pro are the latest additions to the Xiaomi 11 family of flagship smartphones. A refreshed version of the Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE was also added. Global pricing below.

Update (22 March, 2012):

Xiaomi has launched the new Xiaomi 11T series in Singapore. Local prices below.

  • Xiaomi 11T Pro (12GB+256GB): S$799 (23 Sep)
  • Xiaomi 11T (8GB+256GB): S$649 (23 Sep)
  • Xiaomi 11T (8GB+128GB): S$629 (2 Oct)
  • Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE (8GB+256GB): S$549 (24 Sep)
  • Xiaomi Pad 5 (6GB+128GB): S$449 (2 Oct)
  • Xiaomi Pad 5 (6GB+256GB): S$529 (2 Oct)
  • Xiaomi Smart Pan: S$99
Both the Xiaomi 11T Pro and Xiaomi 11T come in 3 colors with a brushed finish including Meteorite Gray, Moonlight White, and Celestial Blue.

Both the Xiaomi 11T Pro and Xiaomi 11T come in 3 colors with a brushed finish including Meteorite Gray, Moonlight White, and Celestial Blue.

The naming of the new smartphones sees the replacement of the Mi xx with Xiaomi xx branding.

The Xiaomi 11T & Xiaomi 11T Pro continues the product line’s focus on creators and content creation.

Xiaomi touts the Xiaomi 11T Pro as “the ultimate flagship for cinemagic filmmaking and phenomenal performance”.

It features the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 mobile platform and Xiaomi’s proprietary 120W Xiaomi HyperCharge technology which enables a 100% charge in 17 minutes.

Like the pro version, the Xiaomi 11T features a triple rear camera with a 108MP high-resolution wide-angle, a 8MP 120° ultra-wide angle, and a 5MP 2x telemacro camera.

Both are equipped with 6.67’’ FHD+ 120Hz AMOLED display, with TrueColor, Dolby Vision and HDR10+, with over 1 billion colors, 1000 nits of peak brightness, up to 480Hz touch sampling rate and is shielded by Corning Gorilla Glass Victus.

More details below from the press release.

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Unveil: Apple iPhone 13 mini, Pro, Pro Max; iPad; iPad mini & Watch Series 7

Tuesday, September 14th, 2021

Apple’s Tuesday event unveiled a new iPhone 13 with more storage, major iPad mini upgrades and a new Apple Watch. The next date to watch is Friday, 24 September when the hardware hits the stores in major markets. Below is the sum-up of the products, their local prices, pre-order dates and more.

The anticipated Apple iPhone 13 event unveiling a slew of new devices.

The anticipated Apple iPhone 13 event unveiling a slew of new devices.

The whole slew of new iPhone 13 has been unveiled, with big changes to the iPad mini, a refreshed 10.2-inch iPad and a new Apple Watch Series 7.

The iPhone 13 series gets the new A15 Bionic chip – a six-core CPU with two high-performance cores, four high-efficiency cores and a quad-core GPU.

TL;DR; summary of new Apple devices, local prices, availability and specs from Apple’s Tuesday event.

TL;DR; summary of new Apple devices, local prices, availability and specs from Apple’s Tuesday event.

The back cameras have been upgraded with wider apertures and new video features, including a Cinematic mode, which transits in-shooting focus smoothly from one subject to another.

There is also a macro lens, and smarter software to recognise skin tones to enable adjustments in tone and warmth filters.

Apple boasts that the iPhone 13 will have a longer battery life than its predecessor, despite its faster chip, 5G, better cameras and new features.

It is also intelligent enough to conserve power consumption by switching to LTE “when 5G speeds aren’t needed”.

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New Arrival: Huawei MateView & MateView GT Monitors in Singapore

Sunday, August 29th, 2021

For Huawei fans in Singapore, the new MateView (S$998) & MateView GT (S$798) will be available exclusively online in Shopee Huawei Official Store from 1 September, 2021.

A striking, sports car-inspired design bolsters Huawei MateView GT’s presence on the desk, making it an impressive centrepiece on any gaming setup.

A striking, sports car-inspired design bolsters Huawei MateView GT’s presence on the desk, making it an impressive centrepiece on any gaming setup.

First unveiled globally in early July, the Huawei MateView standalone display and MateView GT gaming desktop monitor will be available for Singapore customers from 1 September.

In addition, the company will also be launching Huawei Display 23.8”, a TÜV Rheinland eye comfort-certified Full-HD panel with narrow bezels.

All three monitors will be available exclusively online in Shopee Huawei Official Store.

More details below from Huawei Singapore.

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Review: Huawei FreeBuds 4 Open-Fit Wireless Earbuds with ANC

Saturday, July 17th, 2021

Huawei launched the FreeBuds 4 TWS (True Wireless Stereo) earbuds for APAC less than two weeks ago and I’ve been trying it out since then. Pre-orders for the earbuds are now open from today till 23 July, 2021 before it hits Singapore shelves on the 24 July.

 

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Here’s my Silver Frost version of the new Huawei FreeBuds 4. Also available is Ceramic White.

I like the physical design for the FreeBuds 4, especially the chrome shiny metallic Silver Frost colourway.

The other colour available is the Ceramic White version, which looks similar to Apple AirPods.

In the box are the earbuds, the charging case, a USB-C cable and the regular documentation that includes a quick-start guide, safety information, warranty card and warranty certificate.

Currently only the wired charging version of the FreeBuds 4 has been launched.

There is a slightly more expensive wireless charging version that is not available yet.

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New Arrival: Huawei FreeBuds 4 Wireless Earbuds in Singapore

Wednesday, July 14th, 2021

First launched online for APAC last week, the new Huawei FreeBuds 4 open-fit wireless earbuds will hit the shelves in Singapore on 24 July, 2021. Pre-order (S$178) from 17-23 July with promotional discounts and freebies below.

The Huawei FreeBuds 4 is available in Silver Frost and Ceramic White.

The Huawei FreeBuds 4 is available in Silver Frost and Ceramic White.

The Huawei FreeBuds 4 is the company’s first open-fit earphones to feature Adaptive Ear Matching (AEM) technology for optimal noise-cancellation effect.

The open-fit design allows environmental sounds to be heard for safety, and also provides a more comfortable wearing experience even after long hours of use.

 

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Here’s my Silver Frost version of the new Huawei FreeBuds 4. Also available is Ceramic White.

Here are the specifications for the new Huawei FreeBuds 4 wireless earbuds.

More details below about the Huawei FreeBuds 4 from the press release.

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Unbox: Huawei FreeBuds 4 Open-Fit Wireless Earbuds with ANC

Wednesday, July 7th, 2021

So Huawei launched a slew of new products for APAC in its online event last night. They’ve sent over the FreeBuds 4 this morning.

 

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Unboxing the new Huawei FreeBuds 4 open-fit TWS earbuds.

Having been launched for the APAC region last night, I expect the Huawei FreeBuds 4 to hit Singapore shelves within the fortnight.

Unboxing the new Huawei FreeBuds 4, I like the shiny metallic design of the wireless earbuds.

 

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Here’s the new Huawei FreeBuds 4 open-fit wireless earbuds, alongside another flagship product – the Huawei Watch 3 Pro.

Mine is called the Silver Frost. Another colourway is the Ceramic White.

Stay tuned for the sales and pre-order details when Huawei Singapore releases the information, as well as promotional offers.

Here are the specifications for the new Huawei FreeBuds 4 wireless earbuds.

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