Posts Tagged ‘Xperia’

New arrivals: Sony Xperia Z1 debuts in Singapore 4 October

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

The Sony Xperia Z1 will be available in Singapore (S$998 without contract) on 4 October. SingTel will accept pre-orders for the waterproof Android smartphone from 2 October.

The Xperia Z1 is available in white, black and purple, from Sony stores, Sony centres, Xperia concept stores, authorised outlets as well as all telco operators.

The Xperia Z1 is available in white, black and purple, from Sony stores, Sony centres, Xperia concept stores, authorised outlets as well as all telco operators.

First announced at IFA 2013 in Berlin in early September, the Xperia Z1 includes Sony’s “G Lens” with a 27mm wide angle and bright F2.0 aperture.

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POTD: Beach party and fashion shows at Tanjong Beach Sentosa

Saturday, August 3rd, 2013

Photo of the Day: Xperia by SONY presented Fashion TV Beach Festival at Tanjong Beach Club in Sentosa.

Xperia by SONY presents Fashion TV Beach Festival at Tanjong Beach Club in Sentosa, Singapore.

Xperia by SONY presents Fashion TV Beach Festival at Tanjong Beach Club in Sentosa, Singapore. Photo credits: All photos in this post are taken by Andrew Ng.

The festival is one of the biggest and most luxurious beach party in Singapore.

Xperia by SONY presents Fashion TV Beach Festival at Tanjong Beach Club in Sentosa.Xperia by SONY presents Fashion TV Beach Festival at Tanjong Beach Club in Sentosa.
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Sony Android Xperia Tablet Z to debut in Singapore on 6 June

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

The 10.1-inch Android tablet is water and dust resistant and is the world’s slimmest 10” tablet. Both the LTE and Wi-Fi versions will be available in Singapore on 6 June, in black or white. Prices TBA.

Update (31 May, 2013):

Here are the prices for the Xperia Tablet Z in Singapore.

Model Suggested Retail Price
16GB Wi-Fi S$688
16GB Wi-Fi S$788
16GB LTE S$988
Sony Xperia Tablet Z will be available in Singapore on 6 June - in black or white.

Sony Xperia Tablet Z will be available in Singapore on 6 June – in black or white.

First announced in Japan in January this year and then during the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona back in February, the Xperia Tablet Z will debut in Singapore next Thursday.

It is the first tablet to run on Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro asynchronous quad core processor.

Sony’s S-Force Front Surround 3D, promises good audio performance alongside Sony’s Clear Audio+ mode and the use of two in-built speakers with four ‘speaker halls’ on the left and right corners delivers “amazing” sound no matter how it is held.

Xperia Tablet Z also includes Battery STAMINA mode, Sony’s battery management technology for improving standby time.

The WiFi variant also offers up to 64GB of storage with an optional mircoSD card.

For easy connectivity, the NFC-enabled Xperia Tablet Z includes Sony’s One-Touch functions that let users transfer content seamlessly from HD tablet to TV, tablet to speaker or phone to tablet just by touching them together.

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TODAY: Sony Xperia ZL Android smartphone debuts in Singapore

Friday, April 12th, 2013

The Xperia ZL is available in black or white at an RRP of S$868 (without contract).

Xperia ZL from Sony Mobile Communications hit the shelves today at RRP S$868 without contract.

Xperia ZL from Sony Mobile Communications hit the shelves today at RRP S$868 without contract.

The Xperia ZL is a design variant of Sony Mobile’s flagship smartphone Xperia Z.

The Xperia ZL has a Full HD (1080 x 1920) 5-inch Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2, running on a 1.5 GHz asynchronous quad-core Snapdragon S4 processor with 2GB RAM.

It sports a 13-megapixel Fast Capture camera with Exmor RS for mobile, HDR video, Superior Auto and Noise Reduction to capture sharp pictures and videos under any conditions.

A STAMINA battery mode promises to improve standby times at least fourfold.

The Xperia ZL also offers easy and fast One-touch functions to wirelessly share music, photos and videos across devices.

New Android smartphones: Sony Xperia SP and Xperia L

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

Xperia SP offers a high quality HD experience, LTE 4G and easy connectivity while the Xperia L comes in a stylish design boasting good camera quality with HDR for both photos and videos.

Both smartphones will be available ( in white, red or black.) in selected markets in SE Asia from Q2 2013. Prices TBA.

Sony Xperia SP and Sony Xperia L are will both be available in white, black or red.

Sony Xperia SP and Sony Xperia L are will both be available in white, black or red.

The two new smartphones join Sony’s Spring 2013 lineup and come with a high quality screen, the latest camera features, NFC connectivity for One-touch function, Battery STAMINA Mode for extended battery life, and Sony’s media apps for enjoying photos, music, and games on the go.

Sony’s One-touch functions, allowing the user to easily and instantly enjoy music and photos across an array of devices, such as Sony’s SRS-BTV5 speaker and latest range of NFC-enabled BRAVIA TVs, with just a single touch.

Sharing is made easy with no wires, cables, or fiddling with settings. Below are more details on the two new smartphones.

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Cheerful Chinese New Year colours in Chinatown

Saturday, February 2nd, 2013

It’s the Lunar New Year period and Chinatowns all over the world are abuzz with decorations and festival sales in anticipation of Chinese New Year.

This couple reads

This couple reads “Welcoming the new spring and happiness” to the right, and “Prosperity through Harmony” to the left. I snapped this picture with the Sony Xperia Ion Android smartphone.

I was walking in Chinatown Singapore and came across this corridor outside the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple that brightly decorated with these floral wreaths and Chinese well-wishing couplets.

New Android smartphone: Sony Xperia Z showcased in Singapore

Tuesday, January 15th, 2013

Unveiled only last week at CES 2013 in Las Vegas, the new flagship for Sony Mobile’s Xperia smartphones was showcased in Singapore to the regional media.

The Xperia Z and its smaller variant (Xperia ZL) will be available globally in Q1 2013. Prices are yet to be announced.

Update (7 February, 2013):

The Xperia Z will debut in Singapore on 1 March 2013. RRP: S$988 without contract.

You can pre-order at  the Xperia Store, Sony Stores and Sony Centres from 15-24 February and get a gift.

Xperia Z will be available in the above stores on 1 March and from all telco operators from March 2nd onwards, in black or white. The purple Xperia Z will be available one week after on 8 March.

Sony Mobile's new flagship smartphone - Xperia Z. Available Q1 2013.

Sony Mobile’s new flagship smartphone – Xperia Z. Available Q1 2013.

The Xperia Z embodies leading edge technology that Sony had developed over the years for its wide range of electronic devices.

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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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Travel: Planning an impromptu 2-week vacation in Japan – one week before

Saturday, December 1st, 2012

So we decided that there was a 2-week window to grab a quick break. But that’s like one-week away. Is it possible to plan the usual DIY self-drive holiday at such short notice?

Aerial view of Fukuoka, our gateway to Kyushu.

Aerial view of Fukuoka, our gateway to Kyushu.

The answer is yes, with the advent of the Internet. Here’s a recap of what I did for my own holiday.

First the obvious, decide how long you’ve got and where you want to go. In my case, we’ve long wanted to visit Kyushu in Japan, and the window of opportunity available was roughly two weeks.

If you’re thinking of visiting Japan, I recommend this site called japan-guide.com. It has comprehensive descriptions of popular tourist spots all over Japan, as well as travel tips for Japan.

Even more useful is its forum where vacation planners get their queries answered in detail with advice from a community of fellow travelers, as well as useful links to resources – such as timetables, rates etc – outside of the website.

Next book the air tickets. The availability and price of last-minute tickets usually determine whether your vacation destination will become a reality.

I use Zuji.com to get a feel of the airlines plying Singapore and the possible stops and the price range, then if there’s time, check competing sites or the airline’s website for better rates.

For Kyushu, it was pretty straightforward, only Singapore Airlines fly directly there from Singapore – to Fukuoka. It’s straightforward until you hit the SIA website. For a premier airline, it sure has a terrible website for bookings and reservations – plenty of long waits.

Next is the car rental. I use ToCoo car rental. It helps you check the rates for multiple car rental companies with cars available in the cities where you intend to pick up and drop off the car. But you’ve got to compare rates manually yourself.

Computing on the go

For computing, I’m bringing along the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Ultrabook, a BlackBerry PlayBook, and the Seagate 1TB Backup Plus.

The X1 Carbon is sleek in design, wonderfully thin and light, yet powerful enough for surfing Web and running Photoshop and Dreamweaver CS6 for photo-editing and blogging back in the hotel room.

The 7-inch PlayBook keeps the children entertained with game apps, and serves as an e-book reader. Its biggest bugbear is that it’s the Wi-Fi version and does not have 3G, but I don’t use 3G data in Japan anyway.

To store and back up the 40MB RAW photo files generated by the D800, I brought along the 1TB Seagate Backup Plus Portable Drive. The 2.5-inch plug-and-play drive constantly backs up the hard disk and makes posting photos online a breeze.

Usually, I pick up the car at the airport, drive off to the first destination and return the car at the airport I’m flying off from. If the pick-up and drop-off locations are different, check if a surcharge is levied and how much it is.

Finally, book the hotels. I know some Japanese so I used to browse Japanese booking websites and hotel websites directly, calling them on the phone for enquiries and reservations.

This time round, I discovered that my favourite accomodation-booking website for Europe holidays – booking.com – now has quite extensive list of hotels in Japan. Enough to find hotels that fit your budget in most places in Japan.

I like booking.com because of its clear information and easy booking. So even if you don’t know ANY japanese, you can still find and book accommodation easily.

Another website that I tried last year – hotels.com – seems to be only beginning to move into Japan, with poor selection and high prices. I’m hoping there coverage and pricing will improve over time.

Once you’ve gotten the flight, car and hotel bookings out of the way, what remains is the physical packing for the big day.

SITEX 2012 promotions: Sony Mobile Android smartphones

Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

Sony Mobile will be at SITEX 2012 at Hall 5, Booth 5A01. There will be discounts for their smartphones, including the latest Xperia SL.

The new Xperia SL and Xperia ion are among the Android smartphones that Sony Mobile is retailing at SITEX 2012.

The new Xperia SL and Xperia ion are among the Android smartphones that Sony Mobile is retailing at SITEX 2012.

Purchase either the Xperia J (S$398) or Xperia acro S (S$698) and get a pair of Raine Yang concert tickets (worth S$156) free.

Sony Mobile SITEX 2012 Usual Discount
Xperia SL SG$498 SG$598 SG$100
Xperia neo L SG$298 SG$368 SG$70
Xperia tipo dual SG$198 SG$198 SG$0
Xperia go SG$368 SG$468 SG$100
Xperia ion SG$598 SG$798 SG$200

Above are the discounts for other Sony Mobile Android smartphones. Follow the links to read the details for each model.