Posts Tagged ‘mobile’

New arrival: Samsung Gear S3, Galaxy A9 Pro (2016), 4 x Level mobile audio products

Tuesday, November 1st, 2016

Samsung Electronics Singapore today launched a slew of mobile products: the new Gear S3 flagship smartwatch, Galaxy A9 Pro (2016) phablet, and 4 new mobile audio products in the Level series: Level Active, Level Box Pro, Level In ANC, Level U Pro ANC. Prices below.

From left: Samsung Gear S3 smartwatch, Galaxy A9 Pro (2016) phablet, and Level U Pro ANC wireless earphones.

From left: Samsung Gear S3 smartwatch, Galaxy A9 Pro (2016) phablet, and Level U Pro ANC wireless earphones.

The new Samsung Gear S3 smartwatch offers Military-grade Protection, IP68 water and dust resistance, mobile payments, and built-in speaker and GPS.

The Gear S3 comes in two designs: the rugged Gear S3 frontier and the elegant Gear S3 classic – both are priced at S$548 and will be available in Singapore in Q4, 2016.

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The new Gear S3 smartwatch from Samsung, being launched in Singapore at Elements & Co. I like the red strap.

The Galaxy A9 Pro (2016) phablet sports a 6-inch SUPER AMOLED screen and is a timely launch to attract customers looking for an affordable big-display alternative to the ill-fated 5.7-inch flagship Note7 phablet.

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New arrival: Sony Xperia XZ & Xperia X Compact Android smartphones

Wednesday, September 28th, 2016

The two new models in the X series includes the flagship Xperia XZ (S$998, 5.2-inch display) as well as the petite Xperia X Compact (S$648, 4.6-inch display).

Both the Sony Xperia XZ (S$998) and the Sony Xperia X Compact (S$648) will hit Singapore shelves from 15 October, with pre-orders through Sony Stores and Sony Centres from 30 September to 7 October.

Both the Sony Xperia XZ (S$998, left) and the Sony Xperia X Compact (S$648, right) will hit Singapore shelves from 15 October, with pre-orders through Sony Stores and Sony Centres from 30 September to 7 October.

Sony Mobile announced the two additions to its new X series smartphones at IFA 2016 earlier this month.

The 64GB, Hybrid Dual SIM variant of the Xperia XZ will hit the shelves in Singapore island-wide at Sony Stores, Sony Centres, local telcos and authorised retailers on 15 October; and will be available in three colours – Forest Blue, stylish classics Mineral Black and Platinum.

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The Sony Xperia XZ flagship smartphone was launched in Singapore at the National Gallery of Singapore.

The 32GB Single SIM variant of the Xperia X Compact will be available only in Sony Stores and Sony Centres from 15 October 2016; and will be available in Mist Blue, Universe Black and stylish White.

More details from the press release below.

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M1 & Nokia ups cellular & Wi-Fi networks in SMRT stations

Friday, June 3rd, 2016

M1 boosts network capacity, indoor coverage with Nokia in Singapore’s busiest MRT stations.

The new Flexi Zone small cells network in Orchard MRT, Raffles Place MRT and Jurong East MRT has increased 4G LTE download speeds by up to 2 times, compared to the performance over the existing base station and antenna system.

The new Flexi Zone small cells network in Orchard MRT, Raffles Place MRT and Jurong East MRT has increased 4G LTE download speeds by up to 2 times, compared to the performance over the existing base station and antenna system.

M1 Limited (M1) and Nokia have completed the installation of indoor small cells and WiFi networks to meet the surging data demand of mobile device users at Orchard MRT station, Raffles MRT Station, as well as Jurong East MRT station.

With the high adoption of advanced smart devices in Singapore, the demand for sharing and viewing high-resolution photos and high-definition videos have been growing.

To further improve customer experience in accessing data, M1 is working to provide high quality mobile coverage in MRT stations to thousands of passengers, particularly at the crowded zones during peak hours.

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New arrival: Mophie Powerstation line of universal batteries

Tuesday, May 31st, 2016

Available in multiple battery sizes (1X, 2X, 3X, 5X, 8X), the powerstation line provides dynamic, on-the-go charging options with up to 15,000mAh. Prices below.

Users will enjoy up to 54 additional hours of talk time, 59 additional hours of web browsing, 59 additional hours of video playback, and 272 additional hours of audio time.

Users will enjoy up to 54 additional hours of talk time, 59 additional hours of web browsing, 59 additional hours of video playback, and 272 additional hours of audio time.

Mobile battery case maker Mophie has launched its next generation powerstation lineup of universal battery solutions for mobile devices.

This marks the release of mophie’s slimmest collection of universal power products to date.

These quick-charging devices sport an aluminum finish, and integrate with the company’s mobile power management app, mophie Power.

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Also showcased at the launch in Suntec City in Singapore was this waterproof batterycase from Mophie. The JuicePack H2PRO for iPhone 6 & iPhone 6 plus are now available in black for S$189 in Singapore. Waterproof, dropproof, dustproof, dirtproof. 2,750mAh battery, for 14hrs additional talk time, 10hrs additional web browsing, 11hrs additional video playback, 50hrs additional music playback.

The mophie Power app allows users to concurringly monitor and manage the battery life of their smartphone and bluetooth-enabled powerstation units (5x and 8x models only).

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New arrivals: Ultimate Ears UE MEGABOOM wireless mobile speaker

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

The new UE MEGABOOM from Logitech is expected to be available in Singapore in July 2015 for S$399.

The UE MEGABOOM from Logitech Ultimate Ears come in an assortment of bright colours.

The UE MEGABOOM from Logitech Ultimate Ears come in an assortment of bright colours.

The new UE MEGABOOM portable wireless speaker from Ultimate Ears promises more power, more sound and more bass.

The UE MEGABOOM works standing upright and lying down.

The UE MEGABOOM works standing upright and lying down.

Similar to UE’s first mobile speaker, UE BOOM, the new UE MEGABOOM blasts 360-degree sound with heart-pounding bass.

The UE MEGABOOM is waterproof – IPX7 certified – with stain-resistant acoustic skin, and a durable grab-and-go design.

The portable speaker weighs less than 900 grams, features a 20-hour rechargeable battery life and 100-foot wireless Bluetooth range.

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Review: ASUS Fonepad 8 (FE380CG) Android phablet

Monday, February 16th, 2015

The ASUS Fonepad 8 is one of the largest and most affordable phablet on the market. At only S$299, it provides you with all the features and functionality that you need out of a tablet/phone combo.

ASUS designed the Fonepad series with affordability in mind. The Fonepad 6 and Fonepad 7 were released in 2013, while the Fonepad 8 were launched in late 2014.

ASUS designed the Fonepad series with affordability in mind. The Fonepad 6 and Fonepad 7 were released in 2013, while the Fonepad 8 were launched in late 2014.

The dual-SIM gives you much needed flexibility especially when you’re travelling and wants to slot in a cheap local SIM, but still wants to remain contactable on your regular number.

Two features which impressed me was the dual-SIM capability and long battery life of the ASUS Fonepad 8 phablet.

It is easy to slot in/out the two micro-SIM cards as both slots are in a special compartment on the left side of the phablet, along with the microSD card slot, that allows you to expand the 8 or 16GB internal storage of the Fonepad 8 by up to another 64GB.

Top right corner of the Fonepad 8.

Top right corner of the Fonepad 8.

The phone supports 3G for both SIM cards but not 4G/LTE.

I found usage of dual SIM straightforward like in other dual-SIM Android phones.

The internal, non-removable 4,000mAh battery provided long hours of usage without worry of running dry.

Even with intense usage and video viewing, the Fonepad 8 easily lasted an entire day and then some.

On my more typical day, there was usually at least 20-30 percent battery left at the end of the day.

Fonepad 8 is available in four colors—black, white, red and gold. White and gold models include white bezels, while the black and red models feature a black fascia. Out of the box, the pre-loaded ZenUI color scheme matches the device’s back cover color, which is plastic and features a non-slip diamond-pattern coating.

Fonepad 8 is available in four colours—black, white, red and gold. White and gold models include white bezels, while the black and red models feature a black fascia. Out of the box, the pre-loaded ZenUI color scheme matches the device’s back cover color, which is plastic and features a non-slip diamond-pattern coating.

ASUS rates the battery life to 14.2 hours of Wi-Fi Web browsing, 12 hours of HD video playback, and 21 hours of 3G talk time.

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Adobe Lightroom mobile now available for Android phones

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

Adobe today announced the availability of Lightroom mobile for Android phones. Lightroom mobile is a companion app to Lightroom 5 desktop software, available as part of Adobe Creative Cloud.

Edit and organise images on your iPad, iPhone or Android phone/tablet with Adobe Photoshop Lightroom mobile.

Edit and organise images on your iPad, iPhone or Android phone/tablet with Adobe Photoshop Lightroom mobile.

First released for iPad and iPhone, Lightroom mobile offers capabilities to edit, organize and share images anywhere and anytime.

Built on a cloud sync architecture, Lightroom mobile provides an efficient way to manage and edit images across desktop, mobile devices and the Web.

Key Lightroom mobile capabilities include:

  • Sync edits, metadata and collection changes to the Lightroom catalog on a Mac or Windows computer.
  • Automatically import images from the smartphone gallery and sync back to the Lightroom catalog on the desktop.
  • Edit images using familiar Lightroom tools and presets, including non-destructive processing using Smart Previews.
  • Quickly flag and reject photos.

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CES 2015: Sony SmartWear wearables – SmartWatch 3, Lifelog Web & Smart B-Trainer

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

Sony Mobile today announced at CES 2015 new products, partners and experiences to its evolving SmartWear range.

SmartWatch 3 from Sony Mobile.

SmartWatch 3 from Sony Mobile.

Highlights include a sleek stainless steel edition of SmartWatch 3, new Lifelog collaborations, and concept wearable devices, including Sony’s Smart B-Trainer prototype – a multi-sensor, waterproof headset prototype designed for optimising performance and providing real time insight on the running track.

Sony SmartWatch 3

Sony SmartWatch 3

Along with the stainless steel edition of SmartWatch 3, Sony also unveiled a new SmartWatch 3 holder, allowing users and partners alike to customise the SmartWatch 3 with any standard 24mm watch strap.

Golfshot and iFit are two developers already creating Android Wear experiences with SmartWatch 3’s standalone capability, for both performance on the course and track respectively.

Reflecting Sony’s strategy to bring new functionality and features to Lifelog, users can now access the application through their browser at lifelog.sonymobile.com.

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Travel Tip #3: Use Skype for overseas calls while travelling

Sunday, December 28th, 2014

In addition of making overseas calls from your home country, you can also use Skype to call family, friends and colleagues who back in your home country on their landline or mobile – when you are travelling overseas. All you need is Wi-Fi access or mobile broadband on your smartphone, and some Skype credits.

Check out Skype as an additional affordable means of voice/SMS communication when you travel overseas.

Check out Skype as an additional affordable means of voice/SMS communication when you travel overseas.

When I first arrived at Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok, while waiting at the customs, I logged on to the free Wi-Fi network in the airport and used Skype to call a local sight to make enquiries and make reservations for a day trip to a wildlife rescue centre in Petchaburi.

The Suvarnabhumi Airport serving Bangkok provides a pretty decent free Wi-Fi to travellers in its terminals – good enough to make VoIP calls using Skype.

First you need to register in the login page for the AOT network in the airport and you get to use the network for free for up to 2 hours a day.

Don’t bother to memorise the complicated userid and password they issue you, the next time you use the network – which is probably when you leave Thailand – you can register as a new user again and use a new set of userid and password.

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Travel Tip #2: Bringing along a Dual-SIM phone overseas

Sunday, December 14th, 2014

A dual-SIM phone allows you to stay contactable to your regular contacts yet enables you to take advantage of more affordable local data/voice rates to avoid expensive overseas roaming charges – without having to carry two separate mobile phones.

The Motorola Moto G (2nd Generation) is one of the increasing number of smartphones that support a dual-SIM capability.

The Motorola Moto G (2nd Generation) is one of the increasing number of smartphones that support a dual-SIM capability.

Nowadays, it is increasingly easy to get a local SIM card when one travels overseas for work or leisure.

The local SIM allows you to make/receive calls at affordable local rates and more significantly, to stay connected via mobile broadband – without chalking out a huge bill.

But most mobile phones allow only one SIM card to be installed – so if you put in the local SIM card, you’ll have to remove your regular SIM card and become uncontactable to those who call you on your regular number, unless you forward those calls to your local number.

Otherwise, you’d carry a second single-SIM card phone, which is a hassle.

I brought along a Motorola Moto G (2nd Generation) dual-SIM card phone during my short break to Thailand and it was such a blessing.

There are two micro-SIM card slots so I could keep my regular SIM card in one slot and plug in the prepaid local SIM card that I bought at Suvarnabhumi Airport in the other.

The guy at the True Move counter did all the set up for me.

So after five minutes of queueing and five minutes of installation and payment, I was as connected in Thailand as I was at home back in Singapore.

I could receive roaming calls on my regular number from my friends back in Singapore and other parts of the world, while at the same stay connected on email and social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram via the mobile broadband on the local SIM card.

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