Posts Tagged ‘phablets’

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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Galaxy Unpacked 2020: Samsung Unveils Note20 & 4 Other Devices

Wednesday, August 5th, 2020

Pre-orders / Registration of Interest for the Samsung Galaxy Note20 begins tomorrow at 10am (Singapore Time). Collection from 17 August. Prices and configurations below.

The five new devices which Samsung unveiled at Galaxy Unpacked 2020 a moment ago.

The five new devices which Samsung unveiled at Galaxy Unpacked 2020 a moment ago.

Samsung unveiled five gadgets during Galaxy Unpacked.

Singapore prices below (incl. GST). Note20 covers from S$38S$98.

  1. Galaxy Note20 (256GB)
    • Note20: S$1,398
    • Note20 5G: S$1,548
    • Note20 Ultra 5G: S$1,898
  2. Galaxy Tab
    • Tab S7 (11”, Wi-Fi/LTE): S$998S$1298
    • Tab S7+ (12.4”, Wi-Fi/5G): S$1,598/S$1,798
  3. Galaxy Watch3: S$648S$948
  4. Galaxy Buds Live: S$288
  5. Galaxy Z Fold2: S$TBA

More details below from Samsung on how to pre-order the Note20 in Singapore, as well as promotional bundles.

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New Arrival: Xiaomi Launches Redmi Note 9S In Singapore

Monday, March 23rd, 2020

The mid-tier smartphone with quad cameras will be available in Singapore from 27 March at S$299, with promotional flash sales price at S$249.

The Redmi Note 9S will be available in three colours - Interstellar Grey , Aurora Blue and Glacier White.

The Redmi Note 9S will be available in three colours – Interstellar Grey , Aurora Blue and Glacier White.

Xiaomi launched the Redmi Note 9S globally via an online stream from the company’s headquarters in China.

The Redmi Note 9S is equipped with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G chipset, which consists of an octa-core CPU with a 2.3GHz maximum clock speed, Adreno 618 GPU and 8nm process technology.

Xiaomi also launched a series of ecosystem products.The Mi Smart Compact Projector (S$699) will be available from Authorised Mi Stores and via Lazada for shoppers in Singapore starting from 20 April.

Xiaomi also launched a series of ecosystem products.The Mi Smart Compact Projector (S$699) will be available from Authorised Mi Stores and via Lazada for shoppers in Singapore starting from 20 April.

The user experience is bolstered through its AI technology and power-efficiency improvements.

More details below from the press release.

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New Arrival: Samsung Galaxy Note10 & Note10+ For Singapore

Friday, August 9th, 2019

The Samsung Galaxy Note10 (S$1,398) and Galaxy Note10+ (S$1,598/S$1,898 for 256GB/512GB respectively) will be available in Singapore from 24 August, 2019. Introductory promotions below.

 

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First looks and hands on the Samsung Galaxy Note10 and Note10+ smartphones.

Following the global unveiling at Samsung Galaxy Unpacked 2019 this morning in New York, pre-orders have commenced in Singapore at 3pm.

In Singapore, the Galaxy Note10 will be available in Aura Glow and Aura Black while the Galaxy Note10+ will be available in Aura Glow, Aura Black and Aura White.

Samsung Galaxy Note10 and Note10+ accessories and their prices.

Samsung Galaxy Note10 and Note10+ accessories and their prices.

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Samsung Unveils Galaxy Note10 & Note10+ Phablet At Unpacked

Thursday, August 8th, 2019

The Galaxy Note10 (6.8”) & Note 10+ (6.3”) will hit the shelves on 23 August with enhanced S Pen and “pro-grade” camera.

The Note10 & Note 10+ were unveiled this morning during Samsung Galaxy Unpacked 2019 in New York on 7 August at 4pm EDT.

The Note10 & Note 10+ were unveiled this morning during Samsung Galaxy Unpacked 2019 in New York on 7 August at 4pm EDT.

The Galaxy Note10 starts at US$950 while the Note10+ starts at US$1,100, slightly more expensive than the S10 smartphone which ranges between US$900 to US$1,000.

 

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First looks and hands on the Samsung Galaxy Note10 (S$1,398) and Galaxy Note10+ (S$1,598/S$1,898 for 256GB/512GB respectively) which will be available in Singapore from 24 August, 2019.

The previous Note9 has a 6.4-inch display while the current S10 is around the same size as the 6.3” Note10 with slightly less screen size.

The new phablets charge via a USB-C port which doubles up as an audio port as the 3.5mm headphone jack is gone.

The Note10 has four cameras (1 front and 3 rear) – the three rear cameras comprising a 16MP ultra wide (123°), a 12MP wide-angle (77°) and a 12MPtelephoto (45°).

The front camera has 10 megapixels at 80° field of view.

The Note10+ has one extra rear camera (1 front and 4 rear) – the DepthVision camera.

The other cameras are the same in both versions.

The key specs for the Note10 and Note10+ are summarised below.

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tech4xmas 2017 gift ideas review: Google Pixel 2 XL phablet

Thursday, November 2nd, 2017

The new Google Pixel 2 XL phablet in the tech4xmas 2017 gift list not just because it’s the latest, but mostly because it’s up there among the best, and whoever you’re giving this to as a X’mas present is going to be absolutely delighted. Available in Singapore from 15 November, 2017.

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My take:

“The Google Pixel 2 XL has one of the best cameras I’ve tried among the flagship models of other smartphone makers and it does it with a single lens!”

Made by Google, the Pixel 2 XL ships with Google organic apps installed and most significantly, the phone will be the first in the market to receive Android updates from Google.

Having tried out the phablet, it truly has a superb camera.

The rear camera has a 12.2-megapixels sensor with f/1.8 lens while the front camera has 8 megapixels and a f/2.4 lens. Measuring 6.2 x 3 inches, the phablet comes in just black or black & white.

In fact, it has the highest DxOMark of 98 for its camera performance – higher than all other smartphone cameras today – and it does it with a single lens!

Photos turned out crisp and clear even in low light.

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The aluminum unibody of the Google Pixel 2 XL makes it water/dust resistant IP67 standards. That means the Pixel 2 XL – like the Apple iPhone X, iPhone 8 & 8 plus – can withstand immersion in water up to one meter for 30 minutes.

It offers the popular Portrait Mode, boasting background blur if you keep the background relatively far behind the subject you’re shooting.

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New arrival: Sony Xperia XZ1, XZ1 Compact & XA1 Plus smartphones

Thursday, September 28th, 2017

Recently announced at IFA 2017, Sony Mobile is launching the Xperia XZ1 (S$898), Xperia XZ1 Compact (S$668) & Xperia XA1 Plus (S$498) in Singapore on 7 Oct, 2017.

5.2-inch Sony Xperia XZ1 Android 8.0 Oreo smartphone. S$898, 3D scanning, 19-megapixel Motion Eye camera for predictive photos & super slow motion videos, Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 CPU, 4GB RAM, 64GB memory, front-facing stereo speakers, 2700mAh battery. 2 colours: White Silver, Black.

All three Android smartphones can be pre-ordered from now to 6 October.

The 5.2-inch Xperia XZ1 and 4.6-inch XperiaXZ1 Compact are top tier smartphones and will be among the first smartphones in the world to ship with Andoid 8.0 Oreo.

The Xperia XZ Premium remains the Xperia flagship in Sony’s smartphone product line.

Media preview for the new Xperia XZ1, Xperia XZ1 Compact & Xperia XA1 Plus Android smartphones in Singapore. In the photo, Sony Mobile staff is doing a 3D scan of the model’s head using the new Xperia XZ1.

The two phones will feature continue the Motion Eye camera for capturing detail and super slow motion video, as well as a new capability to capture 3D scans of faces and objects.

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New arrival: Apple iPhone 8 & iPhone 8 Plus in Singapore

Friday, September 22nd, 2017

Apple’s iPhone 8 & iPhone 8 Plus have arrived in Singapore. Telcos in Singapore saw long queues forming with customers vying to be the first to get their hands on the latest smartphones from Apple.

The first 10 Singtel customers to get their new iPhones.

Singtel, the largest Telco in Singapore, held its launch at Marina Bay Sands Exhibition Hall C.

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Review: SuperCharged Huawei Mate 9 Android flagship phablet

Friday, December 30th, 2016

The Mate 9 is Huawei’s flagship phablet boasting the fabulous camera from P9 that was co-developed with Leica and now improved, a fast Kirin 960 processor and Android 7.0 Nougat with EMUI 5.0 user interface. Price in Singapore: S$898.

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My take: The Huawei Mate 9 is another winner from Huawei. The Android 7 flagship phablet works swiftly as a smartphone and has a fabulous camera that churns out wonderfully toned black and white snapshots. Fantastic for monochrome shooters that want Leica-like photos without any post-editing.

The 5.9-inch smartphone has dual SIM slots capable of supporting 4G and 3G networks.

The Huawei Mate 9 ships with 4GB RAM and 64GB memory, and you can use the secondary SIM card slot to add up to 256GB from a microSD card.

Have been trying out the Huawei Mate 9 since its launch & availability in Singapore last month. Was curious to see whether the camera performance of the Mate 9 had improved over the P9, which had impressed me when I tried it (see the P9 photos here).

With the demise of Samsung’s Galaxy Note7, the Huawei Mate 9 is a strong candidate to take up the mettle left by the Korean flagship phablet.

The phone sports a Type-C USB socket – an adaptor to convert into a regular mini-USB is included in the box – and has a 4000mAh battery that can be SuperCharged for a day’s usage within 20 minutes.

I brought along the Mate 9 when I went on vacation in Taiwan to put it through the grind of daily usage, and to take some photos with its fabulous camera (see the Mate 9 photos here).

The highlights

  • Android 7 Nougat.
  • EMUI 5.0 user interface.
  • Latest Kirin 960 CPU for faster performance.
  • SuperCharge technology (full day’s charge in 20min).
  • 2nd gen Leica dual-lens camera with 12MP RGB sensor, and now with 20MP monochrome sensor and Hybrid Zoom, enabling 2x digital zoom.

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tech4xmas Review: Xiaomi Mi Max entry-level Android phablet

Friday, November 18th, 2016

There’s been much excitement surrounding the launch of the entry-level Xiaomi Mi Max phablet some six months ago. Oliver Ong Chor Yew bought one online to review it below.

Editor’s note

Xiaomi’s reputation for selling well-spec’ed phones at super low prices manifests itself in the Mi Max, offering huge value to the consumer.

I tried out the phablet too and found it was indeed slightly unwieldy to use one-handed.

But its huge and bright screen is great for reading ebooks, watching videos and surfing the Web.

And the battery life is the longest I’ve encountered – only the ASUS Zenfone Max is comparable.

You won’t get the same quality and feature set of the Samsung’s unfortunate flagship Galaxy Note7 – but at only a fraction of the price, Xiaomi’s Mi Max presents itself as an extremely value-for-money alternative to grab part of the market share vacated by the Note7.

Hence, I’ve included the Xiaomi Mi Max in the tech4xmas gift list.

Read Oliver Ong Chor Yew’s review below.

The Xiaomi Mi Max fresh out of the box (left), and the home screen (right).

The Xiaomi Mi Max fresh out of the box (left), and the home screen (right).

My Mi Max is a 6.44inch large-screen phablet with android 6.0 and MIUI 8.0 interface.

Overall verdict

With the $259 price tag and the huge screen size, the Mi Max is a good budget phone for every use.

The camera image quality is quite good.

Fingerprint sensor is extremely responsive and the device build quality makes this phone worth buying.

It is powered by a 4850mAh non-removable Li-Ion battery which is a standard for mid-range to high end phone nowadays.

The Mi Max has a Qualcomm snapdragon 650 chipset with Hexa-core processor (4 x 1.4GHz Cortex-A53 & 2 x 1.8GHz Cortex-A72) and 3GB RAM.

This model I am reviewing is the 32GB variant which costed me S$259 on Qoo10 at the time of this review was written.

There is a 64GB variant with Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 Octa-Core processor.

First impressions

The device is quite huge and it is quite difficult to use with one hand.

The build quality is quite sturdy and it feels like I am holding a premium device.

Sample shot of the cloudy blue sky, taken using the Xiaomi Mi Max.

Sample shot of the cloudy blue sky, taken using the Xiaomi Mi Max.

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