Posts Tagged ‘Android’

Review: Google Pixel 6a Mid-Tier Android Smartphone with Tensor

Friday, July 22nd, 2022

The Google Pixel 6a (S$749) and Pixel Buds Pro (S$299) are now available for pre-orders in Singapore. Both will physically hit the shelves on 28 July 2022. Thanks to Google Singapore, I have been trying out the Pixel 6a for the past month. Here’s a quick 5-min review of its highlights.

The Google Pixel 6a and case freshly unboxed. I like the sage colour and glass back although none of that is visible once you slap on the phone case.

The Google Pixel 6a and case freshly unboxed. I like the sage colour and glass back although none of that is visible once you slap on the phone case.

The Google Pixel 6a ships with Android 12 and is positioned as a premium phone at a more affordable price.

It is priced higher than the previous mid-tier Pixel “a”-subseries phones (eg. the launch price for the Pixel 4a was only S$499) and sits at the top of the mid-range market in terms of price tag.

Google Pixel 6a coming to Singapore.

Google Pixel 6a coming to Singapore.

The Pixel 6a is powered by Google Tensor – the same chip behind Google’s flagship Pixel 6 phones.

Some of the features that the Pixel 6a shares with the flagship Pixel 6 Pro include Magic Eraser, Real Tone, Night Sight and live translation.

So in a sense the Pixel 6a can be also seen as Pixel 6 “Lite” ie. the starting model of a flagship model.

In reality, it straddles the gap between the flagship phone segment and the mid-range segment.

For those hesitant to purchase the Google 6 series, you can consider the Pixel 6a with slightly lower feature set, at a correspondingly lower price.

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Accessory Review: Belkin BoostCharge USB-C to USB-C Cable 100W

Saturday, July 16th, 2022

Tech-U-Can-Use (TUCU): For charging MacBooks and laptops that need greater power, get the BoostCharge USB-C to USB-C Cable 100W from Belkin.

The Belkin BoostCharge USB-C to USB-C cable 100W will allow you to charge any laptop currently in the market, and maximise the Belkin BoostCharge Pro 4-Port 108W GaN Charger (sold separately).

The Belkin BoostCharge USB-C to USB-C cable 100W will allow you to charge any laptop currently in the market, and maximise the Belkin BoostCharge Pro 4-Port 108W GaN Charger (sold separately) .

For laptops with high charging ratings eg. the 16-inch MacBook Pro with a 96W charger, you’ll need a high power rated charging cable like this BoostCharge 100W USB-C to USB-C charging cable from Belkin.

It also makes the most of the maximum 96W USB-C charging port on the Belkin BoostCharge Pro 4-Port 108W GaN Charger.

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Accessory Review: Belkin BoostCharge Pro Flex USB-C Cables

Monday, July 11th, 2022

Tech-U-Can-Use (TUCU): Need rugged and durable USB-C cables with USB-A or USB-C connectors for your Android devices or PCs? Check out these two cables from Belkin.

The Belkin BoostCharge Pro Flex USB-C to USB-A Cable (S$34.90) and USB-C to USB-C Cable (S$39.90) are available at Belkin LazMall and Belkin Shopee Mall.

The Belkin BoostCharge Pro Flex USB-C to USB-A Cable (S$34.90) and USB-C to USB-C Cable (S$39.90) are available at Belkin LazMall and Belkin Shopee Mall.

When I got the BoostCharge Pro 4-Port 108W GaN Charger from Belkin, I also got two USB-C cables along with it, for charging my Android smartphones, tablets, PCs and other gadgets like smartwatches and earbuds.

  1. Belkin BoostCharge Pro Flex USB-C to USB-C Cable (S$39.90)
  2. Belkin BoostCharge Pro Flex USB-A to USB-C Cable (S$34.90)

These cables are more durable and flexible compared to generic cables – they are supposedly up to 30x more durable and are more resistant to tangling, fraying and kinks.

They have been tested to survive more than 30 thousand bends.

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New Arrival: Samsung Galaxy S22 Series and Tab S8 Series

Wednesday, February 9th, 2022

Samsung Electronics has just unveiled the Galaxy S22 Series 5G flagship smartphones (up to S$1,998) and Galaxy Tab S8 Series tablets (up to S$2,188) during the livestream of their “Unpacked 2022: The Epic Standard” event online. Prices below.

The new Galaxy S22 Series and Galaxy Tab S8 Series were unveiled during Samsung’s Unpacked 2022 event.

The new Galaxy S22 Series and Galaxy Tab S8 Series were unveiled during Samsung’s Unpacked 2022 event.

The Galaxy S22 Series 5G comprises the following variants.

  1. Galaxy S22 5G
  2. Galaxy S22+ 5G
  3. Galaxy S22 Ultra 5G

The Galaxy S22 Ultra 5G has assimilated the Note series with a built-in S Pen.

Prices, colours and configurations for Samsung Galaxy S22 Series 5G.

Prices, colours and configurations for Samsung Galaxy S22 Series 5G.

The Galaxy Tab S8 Series consists of the following variants.

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tech4xmas Review: PRISM+ Q65 Quantum Edition Pro Android TV

Tuesday, December 7th, 2021

tech4xmas 2021: The Q Series Quantum Edition (QE) Pro series are the flagship Android TVs by Singapore brand PRISM+. I tried the Q65-QE Pro and found that it indeed offered excellent value-for-money. Quality that’s almost as good as the flagship of established brands – but at a fraction of the price.

 

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The PRISM+ Q65-QE Pro standing pretty in front of my Samsung 55-inch TV. The image quality isn’t far behind but the price is like half. Super value-for-money.

Appearance-wise, the Q65-QE Pro looks really smart with almost no bezel on three edges – left, right and top sides.

Along the bottom of the TV is a 1-cm bezel as well as the brand logo and LED status light on a thin extension below the centre of that bezel.

Excluding the stand, the panel measures 1447 x 827 x 85 mm with a weight of 19.9kg

Including the stand which is very stable, the TV measures 1447 x 904 x 290 mm, with a weight of 20.15kg.

The TV can also be mounted on the wall with a mounting measuring 400 x 200mm.

Picture quality-wise, Dolby Vision’s HDR technology provides good natural colours, with better tone definition, contrast management and greater detail.

The IPS panel accords a wide viewing angle (178 degrees), while the Quantum Color backlit technology of the series further enhances overall brightness and contrast, as well as greater colour volume and accuracy than similarly priced TVs.

Compared to its predecessors (Q-series), the Q65-QE definitely offers a wider colour gamut and higher dynamic range.

In fact, I find the image quality quite almost as good as my own Samsung 55” TV, which is priced roughly twice the Q65-QE Pro.

Audio wise, I find the 2 x 10W output adequate – I don’t think an external soundbar is necessary, except perhaps to boost the bass.

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Review: Xiaomi Mi 11T Android Smartphone

Monday, December 6th, 2021

Xiaomi 11T, together with the Xiaomi 11T Pro and a refreshed Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE, is the latest addition to the Xiaomi 11 family of flagship smartphones. Overall, you get a mid-range smartphone with flagship-level features at a reasonable price.

The Xiaomi 11T comes in 3 colors: Meteorite Gray, Moonlight White, and Celestial Blue.

The Xiaomi 11T comes in 3 colors: Meteorite Gray, Moonlight White, and Celestial Blue.

The Xiaomi 11T & Xiaomi 11T Pro are the company’s first smartphones to do away with the Mi prefix and branding.

Both phones continue the product line’s focus on creators and content creation.

There are two configurations available for the Xiaomi 11T, both with 8GB RAM:

  • 8GB + 256GB (S$649)
  • 8GB + 128GB (S$629)

With only S$20 separating the two configurations, it’s a no-brainer to go for the version with 256GB storage.

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New Arrival: Oppo First to Launch Android 12 with ColorOS 12

Monday, October 11th, 2021

Oppo has officially launched the global version of its ColorOS 12 which is based on Android 12. The new ColorOS brings a clean, inclusive UI with smoother performance.

Aiming to provide users a seamless experience that is closer to stock Android 12, ColorOS 12 introduces a user interface with smoother performance and rich features that boost everyday productivity.

Aiming to provide users a seamless experience that is closer to stock Android 12, ColorOS 12 introduces a user interface with smoother performance and rich features that boost everyday productivity.

As one of the first OEMs with phones that run on Android 12, the new OS will first be rolled out on the Find X3 Pro in Indonesia, Thailand, and Malaysia

Oppo plans on expanding to more models covering more countries and regions in the coming months.

More details below from the press release.

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New Arrival: Xiaomi Introduces Xiaomi 11T & Xiaomi 11T Pro

Wednesday, September 15th, 2021

Xiaomi 11T & Xiaomi 11T Pro are the latest additions to the Xiaomi 11 family of flagship smartphones. A refreshed version of the Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE was also added. Global pricing below.

Update (23 September, 2021):

Xiaomi has launched the new Xiaomi 11T series in Singapore. Local prices below.

  • Xiaomi 11T Pro (12GB+256GB): S$799 (23 Sep)
  • Xiaomi 11T (8GB+256GB): S$649 (23 Sep)
  • Xiaomi 11T (8GB+128GB): S$629 (2 Oct)
  • Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE (8GB+256GB): S$549 (24 Sep)
  • Xiaomi Pad 5 (6GB+128GB): S$449 (2 Oct)
  • Xiaomi Pad 5 (6GB+256GB): S$529 (2 Oct)
  • Xiaomi Smart Pan: S$99
Both the Xiaomi 11T Pro and Xiaomi 11T come in 3 colors with a brushed finish including Meteorite Gray, Moonlight White, and Celestial Blue.

Both the Xiaomi 11T Pro and Xiaomi 11T come in 3 colors with a brushed finish including Meteorite Gray, Moonlight White, and Celestial Blue.

The naming of the new smartphones sees the replacement of the Mi xx with Xiaomi xx branding.

The Xiaomi 11T & Xiaomi 11T Pro continues the product line’s focus on creators and content creation.

Xiaomi touts the Xiaomi 11T Pro as “the ultimate flagship for cinemagic filmmaking and phenomenal performance”.

It features the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 mobile platform and Xiaomi’s proprietary 120W Xiaomi HyperCharge technology which enables a 100% charge in 17 minutes.

Like the pro version, the Xiaomi 11T features a triple rear camera with a 108MP high-resolution wide-angle, a 8MP 120° ultra-wide angle, and a 5MP 2x telemacro camera.

Both are equipped with 6.67’’ FHD+ 120Hz AMOLED display, with TrueColor, Dolby Vision and HDR10+, with over 1 billion colors, 1000 nits of peak brightness, up to 480Hz touch sampling rate and is shielded by Corning Gorilla Glass Victus.

More details below from the press release.

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New Arrival: PRISM+ Launches Q Series Pro Android TVs in Singapore

Thursday, July 22nd, 2021

Homegrown PRISM+ has launched its new 4K UHD TVs with sizes of 86-inch (S$2,999), 65-inch (S$1,199), and 55-inch (S$999).

PRISM+’s premium range of 4K UHD TVs comes with new features such as hands-free voice control, Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos and a list of pre-installed content provider apps.

PRISM+’s premium range of 4K UHD TVs comes with new features such as hands-free voice control, Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos and a list of pre-installed content provider apps.

The Q86 PRO Quantum Edition, Q65 PRO Quantum Edition and the Q55 PRO Quantum Edition are now available for purchase at its online store and official Lazada store.

In addition to the smart features associated with its earlier Android TVs, the Q Series Pro will come with Hands Free Voice Control via Google Assistant, Dolby Vision HDR, Dolby Atmos immersive audio as well as improved Quantum Color backlight technology for a cinematic experience.

 

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Launch of PRISM+ Q Series Pro TVs at ParkRoyal Collection Hotel at Marina Bay in Singapore.

The TVs will include free subscriptions with meWATCH (12 mths) and Viu (3 mths).

More details below from the press release.

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New Arrival: Huawei MatePad 10.4-inch 2K Tablet with Wi-Fi 6

Tuesday, May 18th, 2021

Huawei has launched in Singapore the MatePad – a 2K FullView tablet with Wi-Fi 6 and EMUI 10.1 (based on Android 10.0). Available in Singapore from 22 May at S$498 (128GB) or S$398 (64GB), with gift bundles (up to S$180).

The lightweight design of the new Huawei MatePad enables those on the go to enjoy reading the news, browsing the Internet, watching movies, editing notes or sketching on the tablet.

The lightweight design of the new Huawei MatePad enables those on the go to enjoy reading the news, browsing the Internet, watching movies, editing notes or sketching on the tablet.

The Huawei MatePad is targeted at both entertainment and productivity.

The tablet has a quad-channel speaker system powered by Harman Kardon, while the display comes with TÜV Rheinland Low Blue Light certification to help minimise exposure to harmful blue light.

Available as either 64GB (LTE) and 128GB (Wi-Fi 6) versions, the storage can be expandable with microSD cards of up to 512GB.

More details below from the press release.

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