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New Arrival: Huawei MatePad SE Tablet in Singapore (S$298)

Friday, November 11th, 2022

The Huawei MatePad SE (S$298) tablet will hit Singapore shelves on 26 November 2022. Promotions below.

The Huawei MatePad SE ships with HarmonyOS 3 which enables users to manage their devices and connections from a single place and even share devices between accounts, making cross-device collaboration easier than ever.

The Huawei MatePad SE ships with HarmonyOS 3 which enables users to manage their devices and connections from a single place and even share devices between accounts, making cross-device collaboration easier than ever.

The Huawei MatePad SE is an affordable all-rounded tablet for multitasking and entertainment.

Weighing at just 440g with a 10.4 inch display, I found the tablet comfortable to grip.

The design of its body aims to better withstand drops and extrusion, making the tablet particularly suitable for families with kids.

More details below about the Huawei MatePad SE tablet from the press release.

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IFA 2022: TCL Unveils Major Moves at IFA

Saturday, September 3rd, 2022

TV and consumer electronics maker, TCL, held a press conference at IFA Berlin 2022 (2-6 September, 2022) to announce its latest innovations. Here’s a quick summary.

TCL’s press conference and participation in IFA 2022 are based on a theme of “Inspire Greatness”.

TCL’s press conference and participation in IFA 2022 are based on a theme of “Inspire Greatness”.

Here are some news and big moves that TCL announced during the press conference at IFA Berlin 2022.

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Review: Huawei FreeBuds Pro 2 TWS Bluetooth Earbuds

Friday, August 26th, 2022

Two years after Huawei launched its first FreeBuds Pro flagship True Wireless Stereo (TWS) Bluetooth earbuds, the Chinese company has released its successor. Co-engineered with French Audio experts Devialet, the FreeBuds Pro 2 offers flagship-level audio quality, great active noise cancellation (ANC), at a mid-range price.

I’ve been trying the Huawei FreeBuds Pro 2 prior to its launch in Singapore. It is available in Silver Frost (seen here) as well as Ceramic White and Silver Blue.

I’ve been trying the Huawei FreeBuds Pro 2 prior to its launch in Singapore. It is available in Silver Frost (seen here) as well as Ceramic White and Silver Blue.

The FreeBuds Pro 2 is Huawei’s latest flagship TWS Bluetooth (5.2) earbuds.

The silicone earbud tip provides good sealing and does a good job of keeping out ambient noise even without turning on the active noise canceling mode.

The earbuds are a snug fit and didn’t fall out even when I went for a mild jog.

 

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Huawei FreeBuds Pro 2 freshly unboxed. In the box are the earbuds in the wireless charging case, three pairs of differently-sized silicone ear tips, one USB-C charging cable, as well as a Quick Start Guide and Warranty Card.

Weighing only 6.1g, it’s easy to forget they’re in the ears and I was able to wear them comfortably for long hours.

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New Arrival: Huawei Launches FreeBuds Pro 2 and FreeBuds SE

Thursday, August 25th, 2022

Huawei has launched two new True Wireless Stereo (TWS) Bluetooth earbuds – the flagship FreeBuds Pro 2 and affordable FreeBuds SE. Both will be available online from 1 September, 2022 and in Singapore from 3 September. Prices and promotions below.

Co-engineered with Devialet, the FreeBuds Pro 2 (right) features industry-leading audio quality with noise cancellation capabilities while the FreeBuds SE (left) boasts an ergonomic fit for a comfortable listening experience even after long hours.

Co-engineered with Devialet, the Huawei FreeBuds Pro 2 (right) features industry-leading audio quality with noise cancellation capabilities while the Huawei FreeBuds SE (left) boasts an ergonomic fit for a comfortable listening experience even after long hours.

The Huawei FreeBuds Pro 2 will be available on Shopee and Lazada from 1 September 2022 and at all Huawei Authorised Store locations in Singapore from 3 September.

I have been using the Huawei FreeBuds Pro 2 prior to the launch in Singapore. Check out my review of the TWS earbuds here.

I have been using the Huawei FreeBuds Pro 2 prior to the launch in Singapore. Check out my review of the TWS earbuds.

The Huawei FreeBuds SE will be available on Shopee from 1 September 2022 and on Lazada from 15 September 2022.

In Singapore, the FreeBuds SE is only available at 313@Somerset and Westgate.

The Huawei FreeBuds Pro 2 ships in Silver Frost, Ceramic White, and Silver Blue while the Huawei Freebuds SE comes in White or Blue.

Special promotional prices are available at S$268 (U.P. S$298) for FreeBuds Pro 2 and from S$48 (U.P. S$88) for FreeBuds SE.

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New Arrival: Xiaomi Launches AIoT Devices for Smart Homes

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2022

Xiaomi showcased in Singapore a slew of smart appliances for the smart home. The company boasts AIoT technology that enhances smart living in the modern home. Early bird promotions below.

The Smart Home Solutions showcase is a partnership between Xiaomi and M.SPACO, a one-stop home solutions provider and experiential gallery. Here’s the new Xiaomi TV A2 58-inch AIoT television.

The Smart Home Solutions showcase is a partnership between Xiaomi and M.SPACO, a one-stop home solutions provider and experiential gallery. Here’s the new Xiaomi TV A2 58-inch AIoT television.

The AIoT (Artificial Intelligence of Things) devices which Xiaomi showcased in Singapore include the following.

The usual retail prices and the early bird prices from 6 August are listed below.

  • Xiaomi TV A2 Series
    • 58” (UP: S$999)
    • 43” (UP: S$499, 6 Aug: S$429)
    • 32” (UP: S$329, 6 Aug: S$279)
  • Xiaomi TV P1E Series
    • UP: S$1,299, 6 Aug: S$999
  • MI Smart Air Fryer 3.5L (S$139)
    • UP: S$139, 6 Aug: S$109
  • Xiaomi Smart Pet Feeder
    • UP: S$169, 6 Aug: S$139
  • Xiaomi Smart Pet Fountain
    • UP: S$99, 6 Aug: S$89
  • Xiaomi Smart Air Purifier 4 Compact
    • UP: S$159

The highlights of the showcase were the 58-inch Xiaomi TV A2 and the 65-inch Xiaomi TV P1E.

The A2 serves as a home hub with fully voice-automated AIoT connectivity, high-end audio and visual specs, and built-in access to the latest content worldwide.

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Event: Huawei Unveils Flagship PCs & Tablets for Smart Office

Wednesday, July 27th, 2022

Huawei Consumer Business Group held its Huawei APAC Smart Office Launch 2022 in Thailand today. Pre-orders will start from 5 August 2022 in Singapore. Local pricing and availability TBA.

The Huawei APAC Smart Office Launch 2022 took place in Bangkok, Thailand.

The Huawei APAC Smart Office Launch 2022 took place in Bangkok, Thailand.

Huawei showcased a wide range of Smart Office products for the APAC market including the following.

  1. Huawei MateBook X Pro flagship laptop
  2. Huawei MatePad Pro 11 flagship tablet
  3. Huawei MateBook D 16 notebook
  4. Huawei MateBook 16s notebook
  5. Huawei MateView SE monitor
  6. Huawei WiFi Mesh3 router
  7. Huawei WiFi AX3 Pro router
  8. Huawei FreeBuds Pro 2 earbuds
  9. Huawei Stylish Backpack
  10. Huawei Wireless Mouse
  11. Huawei nova Y90 smartphone

More details below from the press release.

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Review: Philips Hue Play HDMI Sync Box for Immersive Surround Lighting

Wednesday, July 13th, 2022

Having jazzed up my home entertainment space with smart accented lighting by two Philips Hue Play light bars, I decided to up the ante to sync the lighting effects with the movies that I was watching on my TV, as well as my music and gaming – to achieve a more immersive experience.

The Philips Hue Play HDMI Sync Box is a fantastic way to liven up your entertainment space for movies, gaming and music. Before (bottom) and After (top). Note how the corresponding coloured light leaps off the TV onto the surroundings.

The Philips Hue Play HDMI Sync Box is a fantastic way to liven up your entertainment space for movies, gaming and music. Before (bottom) and After (top). Note how the corresponding coloured light leaps off the TV onto the surroundings.

We are all familiar with surround sound, where the sound is expanded beyond a mono or stereo speakers to encapsulate the listener for a more immersive audio experience.

Signify is offering surround lighting with its Philips Hue Play HDMI Sync Box (RRP: S$419) – extending the visual experience from the confines of the television (or computer monitor) to beyond the display itself to the surroundings.

What you’ll need to set up a synchronised surround lighting from scratch (sold separately): Philips Hue Play HDMI Sync Box, Philips Hue Play light bars, Philips Hue Bridge. You’ll also need the free Philips Hue app and Philips Hue Sync apps to set up and program the lights and synchronisation.

What you’ll need to set up a synchronised surround lighting from scratch (sold separately): Philips Hue Play HDMI Sync Box, Philips Hue Play light bars, Philips Hue Bridge. You’ll also need the free Philips Hue app and Philips Hue Sync apps to set up and program the lights and synchronisation.

You can set this up by emplacing Philips Hue smart lights around the TV and then syncing the colours and intensities of these lights to whatever is displayed on the TV screen.

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Review: Philips Hue Play Light Bars for Instant Smart Lighting

Tuesday, July 12th, 2022

Want to jazz up your home or entertainment space with smart accented lighting that enhances the ambience and atmosphere? The Philips Hue Play light bars transform your living space instantly and easily provide immersive lighting to better enjoy your movies, games and music.

The Philips Hue Play light bars are an easy way to set up smart accented lighting to enhance the ambience of your entertainment space. Before (bottom) and After (top).

The Philips Hue Play light bars are an easy way to set up smart accented lighting to enhance the ambience of your entertainment space. Before (bottom) and After (top).

I’d installed a 65-inch Android TV from Prism+ in my living room a few months back and had been enjoying the big screen experience at home.

The basic box set for the Philips Hue Play light bar comes in a pack of two at an RRP of S$209. Currently selling online at S$146.

The basic box set for the Philips Hue Play light bar comes in a pack of two at an RRP of S$209. Currently selling online at S$146.

But that living space was a tad boring with the TV sitting on a plain cabinet against a blank wall – even though the yellow wall had been painted with an arty sponge effect.

To add some coloured ambient lighting, I got a pair of Philips Hue Play light bars and stood them on either side of the TV, atop the TV cabinet.

The light bars were really easy to set up and took all of five minutes: simply plug each light into the smart plug that came with the Hue Play light bar double pack, stick that plug into the power socket and switch on.

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New Arrival: Signify Launches WiZ Smart Lighting in Singapore

Friday, July 8th, 2022

Signify, formerly known as Philips Lighting, is launching in Singapore a new smart lighting product line under the brand WiZ.

 

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WiZ is a new line of plug-and-play smart lighting system that Signify is introducing into the Singapore market.

Based on Wi-Fi connectivity, the WiZ platform is in addition to the existing Zigbee-based Philips Hue smart light ecosystem.

“When people think smart homes, they think smart lighting. Lighting is the top device that they want to control with voice. With the intuitive, relevant and accessible WiZ product range, Signify is making it effortless for consumers to get started on their smart home adventure and ushering them into new realms of connectivity, control and convenience,” said Jitender Khurana, Country Head and Managing Director, Signify Singapore.

The plug-and-play WiZ Connected portfolio comprises modern bulbs, portable lights, ceiling lights, downlighters, lightstrips and accessories, enabling users to easily inject smart, connected lighting to every corner of their home.

Designed for hassle-free set-up over Bluetooth and connectivity over existing Wi-Fi networks, WiZ comes with multiple control options including the WiZ app, voice control, smart switches and motion sensors to make daily living smarter, easier and more comfortable.

It is a multi-protocol smart lighting system built on an open Internet of Things (IoT) platform to give users the ultimate smart lighting experience.

More details below from the press release.

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Review: Huawei Sound Joy Wireless BT Speaker with Devialet

Monday, July 4th, 2022

Huawei has just launched its latest wireless Bluetooth speaker in Singapore. Co-engineered with audio expert Devialet, the Sound Joy offers good punchy sound, long playback battery life and IP67 waterproofing/dustproofing rating to deploy the speaker in the fun outdoors.

The Huawei Sound Joy will be launching exclusively on Lazada at an introductory promotion of S$168 (U.P. S$188). Available from 11 July 2022.

The Huawei Sound Joy will be launching exclusively on Lazada at an introductory promotion of S$168 (U.P. S$188). Available from 11 July 2022.

The Huawei Sound Joy is targeted at the young who are active outdoors and need a portable and chic wireless speaker that produces powerful sound and which can withstand the elements.

The Sound Joy comes in two colours, the boring Obsidian Black and the lovely Spruce Green which I prefer.

 

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The coloured light circle on top of the Sound Joy jazzes up the wireless speaker and complements the vibrating passive radiators.

With a length of 202mm and diameter of 73mm, and mass of 680g — the speaker is about the size and weight of a water bottle.

Co-engineered with Devialet, it features the audiohouse’s 2-way speaker system and its Devialet SAM technology which produces good sound quality for any audio type.

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