Posts Tagged ‘smartphone’

New arrivals: New ASUS PadFone Infinity available from 9 Nov in Singapore

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

The New ASUS PadFone Infinity will be available in Singapore from 9 November in Platinum White. The 16GB (S$898) and 32GB (S$998) versions are available from StarHub, M1 and authorised retailers.

The New PadFone Infinity Station is available separately for an additional S$328. The Titanium Black colour will be available later.

The Android New ASUS PadFone Infinity docked into its Station. Available from 9 November 2013 in Singapore in Platinum White.

The Android New ASUS PadFone Infinity docked into its Station. Available from 9 November 2013 in Singapore in Platinum White.

Both mobile operators will offer the hybrid device at a range of attractive mobile price plans that allow customers to connect to the respective LTE / DC-HSPA+ mobile networks.

The New ASUS PadFone Infinity runs Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean and measures 143.5 x 72.8 x 8.9 mm, weighs 145g and has a 2400mAh battery.

The docking station measures 264.6 x 181.6 x 10.6 mm, weighs 532g and includes a 5000mAh battery.

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ASUS PadFone Infinity available in Hot Pink & Champagne Gold

Saturday, August 17th, 2013

ASUS PadFone Infinity is now available in Singapore in Hot Pink and Champagne Gold versions, in addition to the current Titanium Gray.

The 32GB (S$898) and 64GB (S$998) versions are available at StarHub, M1, and authorised retailers. The tablet station is sold separately at S$368.

The ASUS FonePad Infinity is now available in Singapore in Hot Pink, Champagne Gold and Titanium Gray.

The ASUS FonePad Infinity is now available in Singapore in Hot Pink, Champagne Gold and Titanium Gray.

First unveiled in Singapore in May, the ASUS PadFone Infinity has a 5-inch Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) display (441 pixels per inch) running Android 4.1 on a 1.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 quad-core processor.

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Skoolbo releases Zalairos Adventures for iPads for free

Monday, May 20th, 2013

Skoolbo today announced the release of the special edition of Zalairos Adventures for the iPads for free. The collection contains all 25 audio books with more than 12 hours of enthralling content.

The 25 audio books in Skoolbo's Zalairos Adventures Collection for iPad is now available for free.

The 25 audio books in Skoolbo’s Zalairos Adventures Collection for iPad is now available for free.

The eBooks have been designed to foster a love of stories amongst children aged from four to eleven.

“We had so much fun creating the Zalairos and we’re absolutely delighted to share them. We believe that every child should be given opportunities to improve their reading skills,” said Shane Hill, Founder and CEO of Skoolbo.

Through extraordinary adventures, the Zalairos collection teachs children important values such as teamwork, respect and kindness, having an active mental and physical lifestyle as well as good triumphing over bad.

Young readers are able to expand their vocabulary and reading skills while enjoying stunning illustrations and lively narration.

In addition, there are quizzes at the end of each audio book to help children improve their comprehension skills.

Children also benefit by listening to expert narration and storytelling.

The twenty-five titles that make up the collection are:

  1. The Vanishing Icebergs
  2. The Island of Giants
  3. Funbo Mayhem
  4. Troubles in the Amazon
  5. The Bo Lake Mystery
  6. Bubblegum Moon
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CES 2013 roundup: Sony reveals new large TVs and smartphone

Tuesday, January 8th, 2013

Here is a round-up of Sony’s new electronic gadgets for 2013, as released today during the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2013 in Nevada, Las Vegas, USA.

Imagine a Sony Bravia KD-65 LED TV in your living room.

Imagine a Sony Bravia KD-65 LED TV in your living room.

This year’s line-up includes new models to Sony’s Cyber-Shot, Handycam, Walkman, Xperia and BRAVIA range of products, as well as wireless speakers.

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ASUS launches PadFone 2 smartphone tablet hybrid with StarHub Singapore

Thursday, November 15th, 2012

The LTE-capable ASUS PadFone 2 is an Android 4 smartphone with a 4.7” display, with a 1.5 GHz Snapdragon quad-core processor, along with a 13MP camera. Slot it behind the docking Station and the combo becomes a 10.1” tablet.

Pre-orders begin tomorrow with deliveries on 22 November, either from StarHub or retailers. Prices range from S$848 (32GB phone) to S$1,239 (64GB phone + Station).

Update (11 January, 2013):

The Pearl White model will be available in Singapore from 12 January at the prices listed below.

ASUS will also be rolling out the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update for PadFone 2 on the same day. The update will be made over the air, with users prompted to receive the Jelly Bean update.

The PadFone 2 has also just won the CES Innovations Award 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA during CES 2013.

ASUS PadFone 2 - hybrid smartphone/tablet for the best of both form factors.

ASUS PadFone 2 – hybrid smartphone/tablet for the best of both form factors.

In line with its tradition of innovation, the ASUS PadFone 2 offers the portability of a smartphone and the larger screen estate of a tablet when the phone is docked in.

RRP for Open Channels 32GB 64GB
PadFone 2 + PadFone 2 Station S$1,099 S$1,239
PadFone 2 S$848 S$988
PadFone 2 Station S$328

The Station only works with the phone docked in and serves to provide a larger screen and additional battery power.

ASUS PadFone 2 Android smartphone will be available in Singapore on 22 November.

ASUS PadFone 2 Android smartphone will be available in Singapore on 22 November.

The Android 4 Ice Cream Sandwich can be upgraded to Jelly Bean.

Pre-order promotion

To pre-order, register your interest at the ASUS Singapore Facebook page or StarHub website.

Registered customers who purchase the device can receive a 2-in-1 Stylus Pen (worth S$28) and PadFone 2 Station Sleeve (worth S$68) for free.

This promotion is only valid from 16 to 20 November, while stocks last.

It runs on a 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro Krait (Cortex-A15 class) quad-core processor with Adreno 320 Graphics.

The PadFone 2 comes with either 32GB or 64GB eMMC Flash, 2GB LPDDR2 RAM, and 2years of 50GB ASUS WebStorage.

Available only in black, the phone accepts a Micro SIM and has a 4.7-inch (1280 x 720 pixels) display at 312 ppi resolution, and 500 nits brightness Super IPS+.

ASUS PadFone 2
OS Android 4.0 (ICS)
Screen (phone) 4.7″ Super IPS+
Resolution (phone) 1280 x 720
Screen (Station) 10.1″ IPS
Resolution (Station) 1280 x 800
Battery (phone & Station) 2,140 & 5000 mAh
Processor 1.5 GHz quad-core
Features LTE, NFC, Micro SIM
Camera Rear: 13 MP
Front: 1.2, 1.3MP
Video 1080p HD
Memory RAM: 2 GB
Int: 32 or 64 GB
Ext: Nil
Size /mm (phone) 137.9 x 68.9 x 9
Weight (phone) 135 g
Size /mm (Station) 263 x 180.8 x 10.4
Weight (Station) 514 g
Price see other table

The docking Station has a 10.1-inch IPS display (1280 x 800 pixels) at 149 ppi resolution.

Both displays use scratch-resistant Corning Fit Glass with anti-fingerprint coating.

Imaging-wise, both share the massive 13-megapixel rear camera on the phone, while the phone and the Station has 1.2MP and 1MP front cameras respectively.

The f/2.4 aperture rear camera can shoot up to 100 shots at 6 fps in burst mode, while simultaneously recording 1080p HD video.

The phone and the Station has 2140mAh and 5000mAh batteries respectively.

At just 649g, the combined weight of both PadFone 2 and PadFone 2 Station is lighter than most tablets in the market.

StarHub is the only Telco offering the PadFone 2, as was the case with the original PadFone.

Authorised retailers will also begin selling the devices (without line) at the time as StarHub, on 22 November.

This will allow existing subscribers of other Telcos to purchase the PadFone 2 at the same time as StarHub subscribers.

Both StarHub and ASUS are accepting pre-orders from tomorrow.

The launch event for the ASUS PadFone 2 in Singapore.

 

this WEEK in TECH – a selection of interesting events

Sunday, November 11th, 2012

Here’s a selection of interesting tech events happening this week (11-17 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?

This is a really quiet week in the region, partly due to a public holiday (Deepavali) in Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia.

ASUS is launching the PadFone 2 smartphone with tablet dock 2-in-1 device, while Sennheiser is partying in Zouk come end of the week.

Otherwise all’s quiet, before the madness of SITEX 2012 rolls into town next week.

Below is the event listing for the week.

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Samsung rolls out locally developed edutainment apps

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012

Samsung has rolled out more than 40 new interactive edutainment apps in partnership with Singapore developers. These apps will be available on Samsung smart mobile devices.

Overview of content strategy and edutainment apps by Winston Goh, Senior Product Marketing Manager, Mobile Communications, Samsung Asia

Overview of content strategy and edutainment apps by Winston Goh, Senior Product Marketing Manager, Mobile Communications, Samsung Asia

The 40 new apps are entertaining, intuitive, social and visual in nature and allows users to engage in self-learning experiences, whether at home or on-the-go.

The suite of edutainment apps includes:

  • Mandarin Speaking Skills for Kids: comprises speech interactive exercises to build Mandarin speaking skills for kids from Primary 1 to 6.
  • Zalairos Adventures: comprises 25 e-books for kids aged between 5-10 years old to improve vocabulary, reading and comprehension skills.
  • Skoolbo Core Skills: comprises more than 50,000 questions designed for kids aged between 4-10 years old to improve mathematics and language skills.
  • PREPTEST: standardized self-assessment modules and admission guidelines for GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test), SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) and more.

Samsung is working with the developer community to promote the creation of interesting educational content.

The company commits the tools, resources, technical content and support that app developers require, to create rich applications optimised for its GALAXY range of tablets and smartphones, as well as the GALAXY Note.

The local app developers that Samsung is working with for this range of edutainment apps are B-Secure Technologies, Prep Zone, iQ-hub and Skoolbo.

Some of these apps, such as those developed by B-Secure Technologies and Prep Zone will be made exclusively available on Samsung mobile devices.

The launch was held at Samsung’s store at Vivocity.

I tried out some of the apps during the launch and it’s quite impressive what our local developers are capable of.

Also launched at the event were Samsung’s two new GALAXY smartphones.

These are the GALAXY beam (S$648) and the GALAXY Ace 2 (S$438).

Both are based on Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) and will be available this month.

The list of Edutainment Applications and their availability date are listed below.

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Camera-less BlackBerry Curve 9360 arrives in Singapore

Monday, June 18th, 2012

The camera-less BlackBerry Curve 9360 is now available in Singapore. Suitable for those who need a camera-less smartphone for use in an environment where security concerns forbid the use of cameras or devices with cameras – such as military camps and installations.

The camera-less BlackBerry Curve 9360 is now available in Singapore.

The camera-less BlackBerry Curve 9360 is now available in Singapore.

The BlackBerry Curve 9360 was first unveiled in August last year and launched in Singapore in October.

The Curve 9360 comes equipped with the BlackBerry 7 OS and enables users to connect to the Internet, play games, BBM and be socially connected at all times.

New smartphone: Nokia 808 PureView

Wednesday, June 6th, 2012

Nokia’s monster-imager smartphone hits the shelves (S$839) in Singapore tomorrow, in Black and White.

The Nokia 808 PureView runs on Nokia Belle (Symbian OS 10.1) and features a camera with a 41-megapixel sensor, complete with Carl Zeiss optics.

Nokia 808 PureView will be available in Singapore tomorrow (S$839), in Black and White.

Nokia 808 PureView will be available in Singapore tomorrow (S$839), in Black and White.

The smartphone is available in Black and White and will will debut at the PC Show 2012 tomorrow at the booths of Nokia and all three major local Telcos SingTel, StarHub and M1.

41-megapixel camera sensor

41-megapixel camera sensor

The Nokia 808 PureView was first unveiled in February this year at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, together with a slew of other phones from Nokia.

The Nokia 808 PureView shoots photos at default 5MP resolution and Full HD 1080p videos. Pixel over-sampling technology is used to process image information (details, sharpness and colour) captured in the 41MP sensor into the final high-quality 5MP photo that is saved to memory.

The camera outputs photos at 2, 3, 5, 8, 34 and 38 megapixels resolution and comes with a powerful Xenon flash and LED video light.

The high-performance Carl Zeiss optics gives three times lossless zoom for stills, and 1080p full high-definition (HD) video recording with up to four times lossless zoom, giving you a smooth and completely silent zoom experience.

Black and White

Black and White

The Nokia 808 PureView’s camera activates in less than a second, and photos and full HD videos can be sent straight to Facebook or Flickr for sharing – at the touch of a button.

Photos and videos can be sent to another NFC-enabled phone with a simple tap. The phone can also be hooked up to a HDTV via HDMI or wireless streaming to view the phone’s contents on the big screen.

The new Nokia 808 PureView is the world’s first device to include Rich Recording that enables distortion-free audio recording at CD-like levels of up to 140 dB, which was previously only possible with advanced external microphones.

Nokia Belle OS

Nokia Belle OS

This promises faithful sound recording from the lowest base levels to the highest trebles – whether you are at a concert or at a cozy recital!

The phone also features Dolby Headphone, which is exclusive to Nokia smartphones.

With Dolby Headphone, you can get Dolby surround sound playback from any stereo headphone, so you can enjoy superb surround sound quality with movies, music, and even YouTube videos for an amazing entertainment experience everywhere.

The specifications of the Nokia 808 PureView can be viewed and downloaded below.

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Samsung GALAXY S II LTE for SingTel 4G

Tuesday, June 5th, 2012

The Samsung GALAXY S II LTE is now available at SingTel (S$298).

Samsung GALAXY S II LTE is now available at SingTel (S$298)

Samsung GALAXY S II LTE is now available at SingTel (S$298)

SingTel officially launched its 4G services for smartphones in Singapore yesterday. From today, customers who purchase a 4G-enabled handset with a SingTel Flexi and iFlexi plan can enjoy the 4G service.

The Samsung GALAXY S II LTE (S$298) is one of three handsets available at launch. The other two 4G smartphones are the HTC One XL (S$318) and the LG Optimus LTE (S$198).

The specifications of the Samsung GALAXY S II LTE can be viewed or downloaded below.

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