Microsoft announced new Surface Pro for Singapore

The new Surface Pro by Microsoft was unveiled in May 2017 and Microsoft recently announced that the new Surface Pro and Surface Pro Signature Type Cover are now available for pre-order in Singapore.

Starting on 20th July, they are available from the Microsoft Store, as well as authorised retailers including Best Denki, Challenger, Courts, Harvey Norman, and Newstead. Pre-order for commercial customers is also available via Authorised Device Resellers including AsiaPac Distribution Pte Ltd, Insight Technology Solutions Pte Ltd, JK Technology Pte Ltd, SoftwareOne Pte Ltd and UIC Asian Computer Services Pte Ltd.

The new Surface Pro by Microsoft has been redesigned from the inside out, giving users more performance with improved battery life. The design has been streamlined and refined via softer round edges, to cameras built to fade into the bezel. A thin, light and powerful laptop, with up to 13.5 hours of battery life.

The Surface Pro is not only a powerhouse laptop, but also a mobile creative studio with a high-resolution 12.3” PixelSense™ touch display that supports the new Surface Pen,4 the fastest pen ever. Twice as accurate as the previous version. Inking in applications across Windows 10 and Microsoft Office 3654, including the new Microsoft Whiteboard app, will unlock ways for people to use digital ink to be more creative, collaborative and productive.

“With every release of the Surface Pro, we continue to push boundaries to better serve the needs of our customers who are seeking greater mobility and power in their devices in order to stay productive. The new Surface Pro delivers the versatility of a laptop and a creative studio in one thin, lightweight device,” said Veronica Chiu, Windows and Devices Group Lead, Microsoft Singapore.

Pricing and Availability

The new Surface Pro will officially launch in market on 15 August 2017. For more information, visit www.surface.com.

Product

Suggested Retail Price

(inclusive of GST)

Surface Pro Configurations

Intel® Core™ m3, 128 GB SSD, 4GB RAM, Intel® HD Graphics 615

S$1,188

Intel® Core™ i5, 128 GB SSD, 4GB RAM, Intel® HD Graphics 620

S$1,488

Intel® Core™ i5, 256 GB SSD, 8GB RAM, Intel® HD Graphics 620

S$1,788

Intel® Core™ i7, 256 GB SSD, 8GB RAM, Intel® IrisTM Plus Graphics 640

S$2,288

Intel® Core™ i7, 512 GB SSD, 16GB RAM, Intel® IrisTM Plus Graphics 640

S$3,188

Accessories

Surface Pro Type Cover

(Available in Black)

S$199

Surface Pro Signature Type Cover

(Available in Platinum, Burgundy and Cobalt Blue)

S$249

Surface Pen

(Available in Black, Platinum, Burgundy and Cobalt Blue)

S$148

Microsoft Surface Arc Mouse

(Available in Light Gray, Burgundy, Cobalt Blue. Black available as the Microsoft Arc Mouse.)

S$118

* Information and pictures courtesy of Microsoft Singapore and IN.FOM *

 

OPPO Announced Limited Edition Red R11

OPPO recently launched the R11 smartphone in Singapore, their flagship model smartphone. I was at the launch event and had a short hands on with the OPPO R11 smartphone, more information on the OPPO R11 can be found here that I shared in an earlier article.

Now, I am going to share an exciting news with fans of OPPO, especially looking to get the OPPO R11 smartphone! OPPO announced a limited edition Red OPPO R11 smartphone, it will debut on 29th July 2017 and pre-orders start on 21st July 2017!

Let me share with you some key information on the limited edition Red OPPO R11 smartphone:

The all-new Red colour variant will be launched together with French cosmetic brand MAKE UP FOR EVER, the Official Makeup Partner of the Red R11. Consumers will receive a limited edition custom engraved red lipstick by the cult beauty label with successful purchases of the Red R11 camera phone. The launch will be accompanied by a multi-platform campaign fronted by local Instagram personalities including Daryl Yow (@darylaidenyow), Cassandra Tan (@caxs) and Sophia Chong (@sophiachong). Named ‘Caught You RED Handed’, the campaign aims to excite consumers with the creative use of the OPPO Red phone in Instagram stars’ ‘red-handed’ mugshots.

In addition to Instagram celebrations, OPPO will transform part of the OPPO Suntec City concept store into a picture-worthy experience zone, where consumers will be able to try out first-hand the Red R11’s camera capabilities against stunning backdrops – guaranteed to attract more Instagram likes. Consumers will also have the exclusive opportunity to experience beauty products by MAKE UP FOREVER in their Red R11 photoshoots.

The perfect accessory for fashion enthusiasts, the R11 features a sleek and streamlined appearance and boasts the world’s first 20MP front camera and 20MP+16MP rear dual camera, allowing fashionistas to capture their #OOTD’s and everyday moments in greater clarity. Makeup aficionados can also master the art of clear and beautiful portraits with the R11, thanks to the foreground bokeh effect, the automatic HDR function, and intelligent skin tone beautification technology that ensure every shot is captured to perfection.

The limited edition Red R11 retails at S$699 and is available for preorder from 21 to 28 July at all OPPO concept stores and online at the official OPPO Singapore website at https://www.oppostore.com.sg/.

For more information about the R11, visit http://www.oppo.com/sg/.

* Information and pictures courtesy of OPPO Singapore and MSLGROUP *

Paradigm Persona Series

For those music lovers, I would like to share with you a series of elegant, beautiful and powerful speakers suitable for your own home entertainment system. This post is a bit late since I attended the event during last week of April, to view and listen to this amazing series of music speakers, the Persona series by Paradigm Electronics. Having a Persona series setup can transform your home into a mini theatre, without having to visit the cinema to catch your movies.

The Persona series is the flagship lineup of Paradigm Electronics, entirely developed, designed, engineered and crafted in Canada, over a period of five years. At the Paradigm Persona series event organised by Hwee Seng Electronics, there were demonstrations and testing of the Persona series, it’s simply amazing, the excellent and sharp sound quality, the feel of the solid bass from the Persona series speakers.

The Persona series are currently priced out of my reach and I don’t have my own home at this time too. I do not mind going for their Paradigm Wireless Series with DTS Play-Fi, a lot more affordable for me! However, if you have the capital, home space and you are an avid music/movies lover, do check out the Paradigm Persona series!

Let me share some key information and details on the Paradigm Persona series from the press release information:

“We were able to transform what began as a bold concept speaker into a renaissance for the brand,” said Paul Grove, SVP Global Sales and Marketing for Paradigm. “After receiving rave reviews about our Concept 4F, which debuted at Munich High End 2015, we knew we had something special, and the foundation to create the best sounding speakers we’ve ever produced.”

  • The World’s 1st speakers to use 99% pure Beryllium for its tweeters and midrange drivers
  • Perforated Phase-Aligning (PPA ) Driver Lenses ­ A patent pending technology for Beryllium tweeter and mid-range drivers, this exclusive design actively blocks out-of-phase frequencies to smooth output without coloring the sound.
  • Ultra-High-Excursion X-PAL Woofer Drivers ­ Mounted in a dual-directional array within isolated chambers, efficiently damped to eliminate internal standing waves.
  • Paradigm’s patented  Active Ridge Technology (ART ) Surrounds ­With ART Surrounds, Persona drivers generate a 3dB gain in distortion-free output (50 per cent greater output).
  • Elegantly Curved Waveguide Cabinet ­ Designed, engineered and Crafted in Canada, this heavy duty, non-resonant cabinet is an intricate system of rigid enclosures, braced and damped to defeat vibrations and internal standing waves.

Persona is comprised of 7 models:

Persona 9H Flagship – S$25,000/each

Hybrid Floorstanding Loudspeaker, with Four 8.5” Active Bass Drivers & Anthem Room Correction (ARC™).

Persona 7F – S$18,000/each

Passive Floorstanding Loudspeaker, with Two 8.5” Bass Drivers.

Persona 5F – S$12,500/each

Passive Floorstanding Loudspeaker, with Three 7” Bass Drivers.

Persona 3F – S$7,250/each

Passive Floorstanding Loudspeaker, with Two 7” Bass Drivers.

Persona B – S$5,100/each

Passive Bookshelf / Stand-Mount Loudspeaker.

Persona C – S$10,800/each

Passive Center Channel Loudspeaker.

Persona SUB – S$10,000/each

Six 8” Driver Subwoofer with 1700W Continuous / 3400W Peak Power.

Personal Thoughts and Views

Such elegance, beauty and excellent music and sound quality produced by the Persona series, if you have the capital (due to its expensive pricing) and your home space allows, you can consider the Persona series by Paradigm Electronics and transform your home into a mini theatre.

* I would like to thank Hwee Seng (Electronics) Pte Ltd and Brand Cellar for the invitation to the Paradigm Persona series launch *

 

Impact Hub Singapore partners Google for Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurs and start-up companies in Singapore or planning to setup in Singapore, this would be of great news and of great interest to you. Impact Hub Singapore, the largest co-working and entrepreneur building community, recently announced its partnership with Google for Entrepreneurs, becoming the company’s first tech hub partner in Southeast Asia.

I visited Impact Hub Singapore once, when I attended Huawei Founders Friday, listening to Scott Bales a leading digital and innovation executive sharing on driving innovation. It was a great sharing session, knowledge and tips shared would be applicable for me as I embarked on my photography business and the challenges that I am facing!

Collaboration, partnerships and networking with different professionals and expertise from different industries, helping each other to grow and succeed, this is the modern era that we are living in and how we should and must do business, growth, change, innovation and development in the new IoT/digital/social media era ahead.

Let me share more key information and details with my readers here from the press release information:

Impact Hub Singapore is home to a vibrant entrepreneurial community with a strong track record in supporting companies as they build and scale their businesses. Member startups have raised more than $180 million USD ($250 million SGD) since Impact Hub Singapore opened it’s doors. Impact Hub Singapore comprises more than 650 entrepreneurs, professionals and freelancers, and has partnerships with 50 corporate, university and government-linked organisations. The five year-old Impact Hub is home to Singapore’s largest community of creatives, entrepreneurs, and technologists. Impact Hub Singapore takes a holistic approach to encouraging startups by providing everything from co-working space to resources and tools early stage businesses need to grow.

As members of the Google for Entrepreneurs network, Impact Hub Singapore and the greater Singapore startup community will have access to new resources including training and mentorship opportunities and access to Google programs and products including:

  • Google for Entrepreneurs global programs: Hubbers can now apply to the incredible programs Google runs for entrepreneurs, including Google for Entrepreneurs Exchange, a series of week-long, vertically-specific global immersion programs aimed at helping startups gain access into new markets and insights, and Google Demo Day an event that brings together a diverse group of startups from around the world to showcase their technology and meet top investors and mentors in Silicon Valley.
  • A global network: Hubbers will join 50 other organizations with a global footprint in more than 135 countries, including six Campuses, which are Google-owned and operated spaces for entrepreneurs. Impact Hub members are now connected to the Google for Entrepreneurs Passport program, which allows members to access more than 20 Google partner spaces the world over, from Seoul to San Francisco.
  • Google resources: Relevant startups will be eligible for Google product offers and have access to local and international mentorship from Google advisors.

In addition to all of these great offerings from Google for Entrepreneurs, Impact Hub Singapore, inspired by Google’s Campus’, will also start providing more opportunities for collaboration:

  • 30 new coworking seats: From August onwards, Impact Hub Singapore will open 30 free coworking seats per day in the coworking area be even more inclusive and welcoming to the tech-curious as well as to current and aspiring entrepreneurs.

* Information courtesy of Redhill Communications and Impact Hub Singapore *

Dell Explores Next Era of Human-Machine Partnerships

One of the information technological topics/advancements that companies and brands are talking about right now and in the near coming future, is Internet of Things (IoT). I took a strong interest in this area ever since my overseas trip to Canon EXPO Shanghai conference in 2016 and learning first hand on IoT from a company’s perspective, as well as visiting Greenwave Systems during CommunicAsia 2016 and CommunicAsia 2017.

Most recently in 2017, I also attended The Future Workplace with Dell and a seminar on F1 Technology and The Impact on Healthcare, adding on to my reading and understanding on the subject matter IoT. Although I am not a subject expert, I do have a keen interest on how IoT is going to impact and affect how we humans use and consume technology in the future. The future of IoT can help us live and work better, it can also affect us with the possibility of replacing our jobs.

What is the next era of Human-Machine partnerships? How is it going to be like? Are you afraid or are you excited? Will your job still be there in the next 5 to 10 years or will it be replaced by technology and machines? Last but not least, are you ready for IoT to be even more integrated in your work and home in the coming near future (IMHO, it might be as early as 5-10 years away) ?

Dell has partnered with the Institute for the Future (IFTF) and 20 global experts to study the changing relationship between people and technology and how the relationship will manifest itself in society, business and work over the next decade. Dell is sharing the results today from the report titled ‘The next era of human machine partnerships.’

While I am reading up on the reports, their views and analysis, I am also sharing key information and links here for the readers, from the press release below:

Dell Technologies commissioned the study to help companies navigate an uncertain world and prepare for the future. Today, digital disruption is ruthlessly redrawing industries. For the first time in modern history, global leaders can’t predict how their industry will fare further down the line. According to Dell’s Digital Transformation Index,61% of APJ business leaders have experienced significant disruption to their industries as a result of digital technologies. And more than half of businesses believe there’s a possibility their company will become obsolete within the next three to five years.

The report forecasts that emerging technologies, supported by massive advancements in software, big data and processing power, will reshape lives. Society will enter a new phase in its relationship with machines, which will be characterized by:

  • Even greater efficiency and possibility than ever before, helping humans transcend our limitations
  • Humans as “digital conductors” in which technology will work as an extension of people, helping to better direct and manage daily activities
  • Work chasing people, in which by using advanced data-driven matchmaking technologies, organizations can find and employ talent from across the world
  • People learning “in the moment,” as the pace of change will be so rapid that new industries will be created and new skills will be required to survive

Other report highlights include:

  • In 2030 humans’ reliance on technology will evolve into a true partnership with humans, bringing skills such as creativity, passion and an entrepreneurial mindset. This will align with the machines’ ability to bring speed, automation and efficiencies, and the resulting productivity will allow for new opportunities within industries and roles.
  • By 2030 personalized, integrated artificial intelligence (AI) assistants will go well beyond what assistants can do now. They’ll take care of us in predictive and automated ways.
  • Technology won’t necessarily replace workers, but the process of finding work will change. Work will cease to be a place but a series of tasks. Machine learning technologies will make individuals’ skills and competencies searchable, and organizations will pursue the best talent for discrete tasks.
  • An estimated 85 percent of jobs in 2030 haven’t been invented yet. The pace of change will be so rapid that people will learn “in-the-moment” using new technologies such as augmented reality and virtual reality. The ability to gain new knowledge will be more valuable than the knowledge itself.

Additional and useful links for further reading

Personal Thoughts and Views

No matter how we want to look at IoT, we cannot avoid it, even if some of you don’t want to look at it or ignore it. The future of IoT is going to impact us in both good and bad ways. Like the Scout’s motto, “Be Prepared”, we have to be prepared, for the upcoming changes, to change, adapt, innovate, learn and re-learn, adopt, move on and grow together with IoT. If not, you might become obsolete and be left behind.

* Information courtesy of Dell Technologies and Cohn & Wolfe Singapore *

Logitech to Acquire ASTRO Gaming

Gaming and eSports fans/enthusiasts, this news would be of interest to you! Logitech has agreed to acquire ASTRO Gaming, adding Console Gaming Headsets to its Position as the #1 Maker of PC Gaming Gear. This would allow Logitech to be in an even stronger position in the gaming and eSports industry.

More information and details are in the press release information below:

Logitech International?(SIX: LOGN) (Nasdaq: LOGI) announced that it has agreed to acquire ?ASTRO Gaming?, a leading console gaming brand with a history of producing award-winning headsets for professional gamers and enthusiasts. ?Logitech and ASTRO, together, is the number one maker of headsets, mice, keyboards and streaming webcams for PC and console gamers.

“ASTRO is the leading player for premium console headsets and is the preferred headset for console e-sports athletes,” said Ujesh Desai, ?vice president and general manager of Logitech G?. “It’s a perfect complement to Logitech G’s focus on PC gaming and we couldn’t be more excited; we love the team, the brand and the products. Together, we want to make game play even more fun for gamers everywhere.”

Jordan Reiss, co-founder and president of ASTRO, added, “The whole team at ASTRO has always held Logitech and Logitech G products in the highest regard, so I’m ecstatic we are joining forces. ASTRO’s brand strength combined with Logitech G’s unrivaled technology and global distribution network is going to bring our products to even more gamers around the world.”

ASTRO, is a pioneer in gaming audio and lifestyle products and has a strong leadership position in the premium end of the global console gaming headset market. ASTRO is best known for its iconic A40 and A50 headsets designed for pro gamers and core enthusiasts. ASTRO’s recently introduced A10 expands the company’s reach in the console headset market, offering the essence of what makes their headsets premium, but at a more broadly accessible price point.

Expected impact on financial results for Fiscal Year 2018

L?ogitech will purchase ASTRO for $85 million in cash, and the acquisition is expected to close in early August. With the addition of ASTRO, we’re investing in an adjacent gaming market — the console gaming market — to help accelerate the long-term growth of our gaming business. In FY 2018, we expect the acquisition of ASTRO to add approximately two points of growth to the to?p line, and to be slightly dilutive to the bottom line in the first year, as we integrate the business and invest to expand ASTRO internationally.

* Information and picture courtesy of Logitech and SPRG *

Double Rainbow spotted on 8th July 2017

A rainbow, a beautiful sight on Earth, one of the many wonders by our Mother Nature. I was able to spot rainbow a number of times over the years at different locations in Singapore, it’s always a blessing to be able to see a rainbow.

A double rainbow, is much harder to spot and I haven’t personally spot a double rainbow since the year 2012, check out my previous post here when I shared about my double rainbow story!

On 8th July 2017, I was at the Marina Bay area, on the Esplanade side, photographing National Day Parade (NDP) 2017 rehearsal, this was the National Education 2 (NE2) show. While photographing the pre-parade performances around the Marina Bay, a rainbow appeared above and behind the skyline of Marina Bay Sands! The sight was really gorgeous! A lot of the visitors present around Marina Bay were probably photographing away the view of the rainbow!

As the time quickly progressed, a faint second rainbow appeared at the side of the main rainbow! Finally, I managed to spot a double rainbow again! I quickly turned my attention to the double rainbow, photographing and capturing this wonderful image down on my cameras and my memories. This photograph, was a perfect theme for my number 5,000th post on Instagram, a personal milestone for me, a perfect fit with this double rainbow!

It’s not easy at all to spot a double rainbow and this is a blessing for me, considering the difficult and tough times for my photography business. I am glad that I managed to capture this with the Huawei P10 Plus, a smartphone that I am reviewing currently!

This article titled “Journey with me along with Huawei P10 Plus“, is a prelude to my review articles and photographs that I would be sharing at the end of the Huawei P10 Plus review. For the next few weeks, walk with me, through my eyes, thoughts, views and journeys with the Huawei P10 Plus.

I am also taking this opportunity to constantly remind myself again and again, in this post that I wrote … it’s time to return back to creating quality content with my photographs and stories, through my own vision and direction.

Concentrating and focusing on this area, I can let the toxic and bad wolfs stay away from my brain, heart and soul. I must and I need to let go of the toxic and nasty people around me.

The Huawei P10 Plus smartphone review set is like a lucky star for me, spotting the double rainbow and re-igniting the photography and creative spark inside me again.

You’ll Never Walk Alone! Onward!

OPPO launched flagship model R11 smartphone

OPPO, a leading global camera phone brand, recently launched the OPPO R11, its flagship model smartphone. The OPPO R11 smartphone is packed with the world’s first 20MP front and 20MP + 16MP rear dual cameras and that is something that caught my attention.

 

At the recent OPPO R11 launch event, I had a short time to hold, feel and touch the latest OPPO flagship smartphone. My initial impression was on that weight of the R11, it was very lightweight and easy to carry. The OPPO R11 ergonomic design and slim feature got my attention too! The screen resolution is FHD, the quality and colours are sharp and good.

Being a photographer and avid mobile phone photography person, the smartphone camera always get my most attention and time (of the limited time at the event to test the smartphone) during any smartphone launch event. During the launch event, I took snapshots of the surroundings and landscapes using the OPPO R11, viewed it from the smartphone, I looked at them and think to myself, it’s pretty good.

Sean Deng, Managing Director of OPPO Singapore, said: “OPPO is committed to bringing the best technology enhancements in camera phones to Singaporeans.”

“Our flagship model R11, the latest model in our R-series of high performance camera phones, is a step forward in mobile technology to bring users a powerful product that delivers on innovation, speed, state-of-the-art design and an exceptional camera that dramatically improves picture clarity,” he said.

At the OPPO R11 launch event, there were portraits shot with the OPPO R11, printed and mounted on frames for us to view the quality of portraits shot with the OPPO R11. The photos looked impressive, coming from a smartphone camera. I hope to share more on this if there is an opportunity to review the OPPO R11 smartphone in the future.

 

In my personal humble opinion, the OPPO R11 targets the young and sophisticated users, with its slim and ergonomic smartphone factor, a lifestyle fashionable smartphone powered with its 20MP front and 20MP + 16MP rear dual cameras.

Let me share some key information on the OPPO R11 smartphone cameras from the press release:

R11 takes clearer portraits with hardware and software upgrades 

With comprehensive hardware and software upgrades, the OPPO R11 brings a brand-new user experience for portrait shooting.

For its hardware, the R11 is equipped with a 20MP front camera and a 20MP+16MP rear dual camera, the foundation for its excellent photography capabilities. Besides the cameras, OPPO worked jointly with Qualcomm to customize a flagship image processor, namely the 14-bit Qualcomm Spectra™ 160 ISP for the R11, and optimized its performance on the Snapdragon™ 660 Mobile Platform.

Together with its IMX398 sensor and an f/1.7 big aperture, the R11 boasts a faster focus speed than the earlier R9s model, with more vivid colours and also better photographing capabilities in low light.

With new software enhancements, the R11’s rear dual camera provides a more natural bokeh effect. The R11 intelligently adjusts exposure levels between the portrait subjects and the background by automatically identifying more than 100 daily scene settings, which allows users to shoot clear and bright portraits in very different environments. It all can be realized by simply activating the “Portrait” function on the camera, without any complicated manual settings.

For those who love taking selfies:

R11 can now provide refreshing photos with nude makeup effects, thanks to the foreground bokeh effect, the automatic HDR function, and intelligent skin tone beautification technology. Every portrait, either shot by the front camera or the rear camera, is now stunningly beautiful.

Now, let me share more information on the ergonomic and design aspects of the OPPO R11 from the press release information:

Futuristic, fluid design gives R11 a slimmer and ergonomic touch

The body of the OPPO R11 encompasses all-new antenna lines 2.0 by using customized tungsten blades flowing from the arcs to the top of the phone. The visibly fluid design of all new ultra-fine antenna lines 2.0 reduces the previous three antenna lines to two, while maintains its functionality with 4G signal enhancer and 2×2 MIMO WiFi, leading to faster and smoother surfing on the phone. The smooth base curves of the R11 is produced with new forging and pressing technology, making this streamlined object firm to the touch and yet a sight to behold.

Brains meets brawn in a smartphone that moves with life

The OPPO R11 boasts a 5.5-inch high-definition display screen on a 1.6mm frame, giving users an outstanding visual display. The 4GB RAM and 64GB ROM memory supports a 256GB micro SD card. The solid-state lightning-fast fingerprint identification makes unlocking the phone more precise for the user. Furthermore, the R11 is fitted with a massive 3000mAh battery and OPPO’s patented low-voltage VOOC flash charge technology, achieving two hours of talk time in just five minutes.

Pricing and Availability

The OPPO R11 camera phone is available to purchase in Singapore from Official OPPO Store Singapore for SGD 699.

OPPO R11 Technical Specifications and Information

Dimensions/Weight

Size: 154.5×74.8×6.8mm

Weight: 50g (with BATT)

Basic Parameters

Colour: Gold, Black

Operating System: ColorOS 3.1, Android 7.1

Processor: Qualcomm SDM 660, Octa-core (4 x2.2GHz, 4 x1.9GHz)

RAM: 4 GB

Storage: 64 GB (Support microSD card up to 256GB)

Battery: 3000mAh (Typical Value) Li-Po Battery (unremovable)

Charger: VOOC Flash Charge mini

Display

Size: 5.5”

Type: AMOLED (PPI 401)

Resolution: FHD (1920 by 1080 pixels)

Colors: 16 million colors

Touchscreen: Multi-touch, Corning® Gorilla® Glass 5

Camera

Rear Camera: 16M (f/1.7) + 20M (f/2.6)

Rear Sensor: IMX398 + IMX376

Front Camera: 20M (f/2.0)

Flash: Supported

Connectivity

GPS: Supported

Bluetooth: 4.2 LE

Wi-Fi: 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac

NFC: No

OTG: Supported

Sensors: E-compass, G-sensor, Gyro-meter, Light and Proximity Sensor

* Information and pictures courtesy of OPPO Singapore and MSLGROUP *

Looking back at H1 2017

Time flies so fast sometimes, today marks the start of the second half of year 2017. Exactly a year ago, I also wrote something similar, with the title “Looking back at H1 2016” and there were so much anguish, hurt and disappointment at that point in time. I was down and stuck in the bottom of a rut, recovering and slowly getting myself out of all the things that happened to me.

It had not been easy at all, it was a very difficult period for me, I learnt a lot of life lessons and lessons taught by the society and economy. Thus, my route to recovery wasn’t as fast as I would like it to be. Taking small steps at a time to get myself back on track, I met with the loss of extended family members and close friends. I got a little bit shaken and deviated off slightly on my recovery journey.

Today, as I looked back on the first half of 2017, there wasn’t so much of anguish, hurt and disappointment. Instead, it’s a physically and emotionally tiring journey since I decided to start my own small business in photography services, a journey that maybe 80% or 90% of the friends/people around you that will not step in, whether to start a small business or enter into the photography business industry.

Being a one person business owner / photographer / story teller/ accountant/ administrative / marketing / social media / public relations, there are times whereby no words can further describe everything that you have to carry on the shoulders. Basically, I have to do everything myself until the business is stable.

Moreover, with the amount of disruptions and technological changes to our living and economy, things are constantly changing, sometimes too fast and too furious. On the other hand, changes and disruptions are incoming in the months and years ahead. Marketing directions change, styles and engagements change.

Over the past 6 months of year 2017, it had been a journey of building up the foundations and processes. Thus these affect earning revenue, not to mention how tough and challenging the current economic climate is and in the near future. Even though, the business is still in its infancy stage, I am trying my best to get it up and flying high.

Partnerships and collaborations, are two areas that I am looking at for the future, in this modern world of disruptions and changes, businesses need to help out each other more than ever before. Although not all businesses may see it this way, due to competition or products/services similarity, this would be helpful and ideal for different businesses to collaborate and partnership together in handling projects, business deals. This is the real Win-Win situation for all, helping each other to grow and expand their businesses and networks.

During the past 6 months, while there weren’t anger, anguish or disappointment that clouded me in H1 of 2016, this period had been at times very exhausting and stressful because I am running a one person small business. I am grateful for the help and support some of my friends gave me, from accounting/book keeping advice, business operations to networking.

I am also more appreciative of the surroundings, from family, partnerships, collaborations and friendships. I may not have the wealth and money, I always tell myself and remind myself to be down to earth, be humble and appreciative of the family, relatives and friends (only those that deserve your love, friendship and appreciation) around you. The loss of two relatives from my extended family in the past 8 months shaped me up most recently.

Life is precious, time is limited, treasure your loved ones. As the saying goes, YOLO ~ You Only Live Once, therefore, giving it all out and striving ahead. Whether I succeed or fail, the very least is that I have taken the first step since January 2017 where many many are afraid and will not even take the first step.

The first half of 2017 is now over, the second half of 2017 starts now. My journey is still a very very steep mountain to climb. Taking step by step, even if the future remains uncertain on all fronts, I must still continue moving forward, learning new knowledge and skills, gaining more experiences.

During a recent chat with my friend, she gave me this quote:

“Keep Calm and Keep Shooting”

Indeed very true and this brought me back to where I started off this year, why and what I wanted to start this journey.

Now to continue adding more photography works to photography business portfolio website at Tan Geng Hui Photography.

Jaybird X3 Review

The Jaybird family of wireless sports buds, I first knew about them when I first tested and reviewed the Jaybird Freedom wireless buds a few months back. Once I put it on, did a review on it, my view was that Jaybird family had excellent wireless sports buds, in both aesthetic design and excellent sound quality system.

When the Jaybird X3 wireless sports headphones arrived in Singapore, I had an opportunity to review them and I was excited since I reviewed the Jaybird Freedom wireless buds!

Upon opening up the Jaybird X3 wireless headphones, I spotted something different in their packaging. The silicone ear fins were already attached nicely inside the box, helping users who might be confused initially on how to attach the silicone ear fins properly onto the Jaybird wireless buds!

First and foremost, let me share my thoughts and views on the aesthetics of the Jaybird X3 wireless sports headphones before sharing on the sound quality and standards of the Jaybird X3 wireless headphones.

Tough and durable material

When I opened up the Jaybird X3 box and took out the earphones, I had a feel of the material and its built quality. It’s made of tough and durable (high quality plastic) material that can withstand the rugged outdoor conditions and handling lots of sweat during intensive exercise, thanks to the hydrophobic nano coating.

Silicone ear fins

In my personal humble opinion, the silicone ear fins are another feature that makes the Jaybird X3 wireless earphones unique. For a start, users might take some time before they get used to the design and fit inside the ear. You can choose to wear your Jaybird Freedom over-ear sport-fit with fins or over-ear sport-fit without fins or under-ear with fins or under-ear without fins. It’s your personal choice whether you want to have the ear-fins or without ear-fins. There are 4 different ear fins sizes (XS, S, M, L) inside the package and they fit in nicely for sporty/outdoors lifestyle e.g. running, biking, trekking.

Silicone ear tips and Comply ear tips

There are 2 types of ear tips, they come in 3 different sizes for each type of ear tips, to suit your needs and requirements.

Cable

The length of the Jaybird X3 wireless earphones cable is pretty good in my opinion, not too long in length if not it would dangle down and get caught on to other objects. There are cord clips available to shorten the cable behind the neck, you can adjust the length to your liking and preference. Jaybird also gives customers another additional accessory option, a shirt clip is inside the package, that allows the user to attach the cable to their shirt, ideal when going for sports/outdoor activities.

Comfort, Fitting and Balance

The micro-size and secure fit design of the Jaybird X3 make this wireless buds a well balanced, lightweight and tight (yet comfortable) fitting earphones for the avid sports or outdoor adventure user. Users do not need to worry too much on the Jaybird X3 dropping out from the ears or feeling imbalanced because these 2 factors had been taken care of in this Jaybird X3 design.

Bluetooth connection

The bluetooth connection between the earphones and devices are smooth, easy to setup and connect.

Battery life

The battery life of the Jaybird Freedom wireless buds is 8 hours and this would be ideal for extended training sessions, outdoor activities and even doing long distance runs.

MySound App

This app is a perfect complement for your Jaybird wireless headphones, the features, functionalities and capabilities of the Jaybird X3 can be utilised and customised to your music/listening needs/preferences. If you are an owner of a Jaybird wireless buds, you have to download and use it!

  • Nice and easy to user user interface
  • Presets available for you to choose and add to the app dashboard
  • Customise your own preset
  • Battery life indicator on app

Sound

Finally, the segment on the sound quality of the Jaybird X3 wireless sports earphones. The design and aesthetics of the Jaybird X3 are really good, well thought out, planned and designed. The next key factor for any earphones review will be on the sound quality.

The pair of Jaybird X3 have enhanced 6mm speaker drivers, giving users a larger sound that can be felt through stronger and sharper bass levels. Some might like it strong and enhanced, some users might not, it’s a personal preference. The treble produced by the Jaybird X3 is clear and strong. Do take note that the Jaybird X3 wireless buds snug into your ears more closely and firmer, thus the user might feel a bit more “overwhelmed” due to the enhanced and more powerful 6mm speaker drivers. Based on your own listening preferences, you can make adjustments on the MySound App, tune it to your own liking and preference.

Disclaimer: I do not claim to be audiophile expert or musician, I like listening to music, bringing along for my runs and exercises or traveling between locations.

Final Thoughts and Views

The Jaybird X3 wireless headphones is not just ideal for active sports users, it’s highly suitable and highly recommended for users into extreme sports and outdoor action (Jaybird X3 is tough and rugged!). If you fit into either or both categories, I highly recommend the Jaybird X3, the durability and pretty good sound quality packed inside this pair of wireless headphones.

* I would like to thank Logitech Singapore for the opportunity to review the Jaybird X3 wireless sports headphones *