Ride with Grab and Master the Force

Star Wars fans in Singapore alert! We are slowly building up and counting down towards Star Wars: The Last Jedi coming to our screens in December 2017! How would you like to be part of the Force and feel the Force when you are taking a ride across the city?

From 14th November 2017 to mid December 2017, yes you can do it, when you take rides on Grab vehicles across Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam! Users are offered the opportunity to opt-in and pick the side that they will fight for. Users who opt-in will see their app reskin to their chosen side for 5 weeks, where the Grab vehicle icon in-app will transform into Star Wars vehicles!

Are you a fan of The Resistance?

Or are you fan of the First Order?

Grab is collaborating with The Walt Disney Company Southeast Asia on Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and the campaign hopes to bring about a priceless, immersive and rewarding experience for all Grab users. For every ride they take with Grab, they will move one step closer to redeeming exclusive Star Wars: The Last Jedi premiums, tickets to the private movie screening of Star Wars: The Last Jedi and ultimately, the grand prize of an all-inclusive trip for 2 to the world’s largest privately-owned Star Wars memorabilia museum, Rancho Obi-Wan in San Francisco, California, USA.

There will also be weekly battle challenges between The Resistance and The First Order, where only the winning side will unlock special prizes  such as a Sphero Droid and Lego Set. Photo opportunities abound as Grab’s vehicles in The Resistance and First Order car wraps will also hit the streets.

The campaign runs from 14 November until mid-December, where all activities will culminate in a final battle event for everyone to pit against one another on-site and conquer fun Star Wars themed challenges. More details of the event will be announced at a later date.

Here’s a useful infographic for you to ride with Grab and master the Force!

Spread the word, Pass It On, Pay It Forward to all your fellow Star Wars fans!

May The Force Be With You when you ride with Grab! 

* Information and pictures courtesy of Grab and Teneo Strategy *

Audio House – 1st Ever Completely Cashless Showroom in SG

Today on the 11th November 2017 (11/11/17), at 1111 hrs, I am going to share a news on Singapore’s first-ever completely cashless electronics showroom in Singapore, as well as a new launch promotion starting today for 10 days from 11th November to 20th November 2017. Visit and check out Audio House for a Happy 1111 shopping!

Ladies and Gentlemen, let me introduce Audio House:

  • A homegrown electronics chain that has been in business for over 20 years. They were the first to offer “7 day Money-back guarantee” in 2004.
  • In year 2017, Audio House had made a bold move and  they are the first in the market, to challenge the market (both online and offline competitors) with this new concept – to offer electronics at up to 20% lower than the lowest prices in Singapore.
  • In a short summary – Audio House promises a price match with any competitor’s price and an additional extra $20 cash back with every $100 spent storewide.
  • Audio House is also the first in Singapore to go completely cashless, they will also revamp their entire showroom and payment system to bring forth a whole new shopping experience to their customers with a completely cashless payment concept.
  • In August 2016, Audio House downsized to just one outlet at Bendemeer Road, closing down their 50,000 sq ft store at Liang Court. With a lower operating cost and a revamped business model, converting its only flagship store at Bendemeer into a showroom offering 100% cashless payment solutions, customers of Audio House stand to benefit.
  • With these moves, Audio House is expecting to lower its operating costs significantly, in turn passing these savings on to its customers. Thus allowing Audio House to offer electronics at up to 20% lower than the lowest prices in Singapore.

New Launch Promotion

For 10 days from 11 to 20 November 2017, Audio House will be giving out free $100 vouchers to all new members who sign up at Audiohouse.com.sg. These vouchers will be given in $20 denominations, where these new members can offset each $20 voucher with every $100 spent. This $100 voucher is as good as cash as most items are easily a few hundred dollars. Audio House is looking forward to allow new customers to understand and experience the new cashless concept at Audio House.

100% Cashless Payment System

Customers can visit Audio House’s showroom to check out the latest home electronics, touch and feel them, as well as speak to the sales promoters about the specifications and more. After deciding on their purchases, customers can then make purchases via Audio House’s e-commerce platform, with arrangements of delivery and payments also completely done online.

High Efficiency with Newly Revamped Automated POS System

Audio House has invested around $500K over 3 years to create a whole new e-commerce platform that provides information on sales promotions, stock availability, delivery and more, with information feedback from its back-end system. With this platform newly launched, Audio House expects to increase staff efficiency and productivity as stocks management are more efficiently done, syncing both online, back-end as well as delivery service directly. Customers looking to shop online can also expect a more efficient and accurate experience, as stock availability, prices and promotions are reflected in real time.

Audio House challenges the market + offers up to 20% rebate

If a customer finds the same product cheaper elsewhere (be it online or offline in Singapore), they can bring the photo proof to Audio House showroom where Audio House will match that price immediately. On top of matching the lowest prices, customers are given up to 20% rebate. Check out the examples below.

Example 1: PHILIPS 49PUT5801 49” 4K UHD SLIM LED TV (Usual Price $1,099)

Audio House price (lowest in the market, else the lowest price will be matched): $698 On top of that, customers will receive $120 cash vouchers rebate after their purchase. These $120 cash vouchers are given in $20 denominations, and they offset $20 with every $100 spent in their next purchase.

Example 2: Dyson AM07 Tower Fan (Usual Price $779)

Audio House price (lowest in the market, else the lowest price will be matched): $485. If customers already have vouchers in their account e-wallet, they can directly offset $80 cash vouchers with this purchase, and pay only $405 for this product.

Audio House Information

Location: Audio House @ Bendemeer Road, 72 Bendemeer Road, Luzerne Building, #01-20/21/22, Singapore 339941

New Opening Hours: 12:30pm to 9:00pm

Website: www.audiohouse.com.sg 

* Information and details courtesy of Audio House and Brand Cellar *

 

Singtel launched Apple iPhone X

The Apple iPhone X was a highly anticipated smartphone in the Singapore market when it was first announced by Apple in California. The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus first arrived into the market, followed by the iPhone X. Although I am in the midst of upgrading from my iPhone 7 Plus, I am quite curious to see, feel and touch the iPhone X.

On the morning of 3rd November 2017, I attended Singtel’s launch of the eagerly anticipated Apple iPhone X at ComCentre, catching the official launch and the first Singtel customer to get the much coveted iPhone X from Singtel.

Mr Wang Wei Hong, 33, arrived at Singtel Shop Comcentre at 6am this morning, making history as the first Singtel customer to get the much coveted iPhone X. The bank service manager is a huge Apple fan – he has every iPhone model made and also queued up early to be third in line for the iPhone 8 Plus when it was launched two months ago in September.

Mr Wang purchased the 256GB iPhone X in Space Grey and is most excited about its “all screen” design and the “optical image stabilisation” feature on the smartphone’s cameras.  He added, “I’ve taken the day off and will spend time exploring all the features of my new iPhone X”.

There was high demand for the iPhone X among Singtel customers, with pre-order stocks snapped up in minutes. Singtel customers who pre-ordered successfully will be collecting their iPhone X at a special three-day iPhone X launch event at Singtel Shop Comcentre.

Customers who are interested in purchasing the iPhone X can check for updates on availability at www.singtel.com/iphone.

* Information courtesy of Singtel Corporate Communications *

After the official Singtel iPhone X launch was over, I stayed around for a while more with fellow tech blogger friend Hisham, to check out the features of the iPhone X, trying it out, testing the video quality, comparing the size and features of the iPhone X with my iPhone 7 Plus. Thanks to Hisham for posing with the iPhone X and helping me with holding the iPhone X and my iPhone 7 Plus together for comparisons!

I am probably going to continue and stick it out with my current iPhone 7 Plus (still working good) for now, till my 2 year Singtel contract expires next year and I shall wait for the next iPhone model.

If somebody is going to give me an iPhone X as a Christmas (December) + birthday (January) gift for me, I will accept it with open arms!

Huawei Mate 10 series launched in Singapore

The Huawei Mate 10 Series smartphones are now in Singapore! On October 26, 2017, it was officially launched in Singapore at a prestigious event at the Funan Showsuite. I had the opportunity to touch, feel and try out the Huawei Mate 10 series smartphones during the official launch, asking questions on the Huawei Mate 10 series smartphones and listening to the presentations by Cheng Jiangfei, Country Head of Huawei Singapore, Consumer Business Group (CBG) and Clement Wong, Director, Product Marketing, Huawei CBG.

Earlier, I shared about the official news on the Huawei Mate 10 series launch in my article here. For this article, I am going to share more on the pricing and availability as well as some personal views and thoughts on the Huawei Mate 10 series smartphones from my very short hands on experiences during the official launch.

One exciting news for those who are eagerly waiting for the Huawei Mate 10 series smartphones, Singapore will be the FIRST country in the world to officially launch the Huawei Mate 10 Pro for sale!

“We are dedicated to our Singapore customers, which is why they will be the first in the world to be able to purchase and experience the HUAWEI Mate 10 Pro smartphone,” said Cheng Jiangfei, Country Head of Huawei Singapore, Consumer Business Group. “With breakthroughs in AI, our customers will quickly realise why our new HUAWEI Mate 10 Series devices are the best smartphones of 2017.”

During the official launch event, we were taken through five experiential zones to explore and discover the Huawei Mate 10 Series ultimate camera, experience, power and speed.

Experience 1: Intelligent Photography

Expanding on Huawei’s partnership with Leica, the HUAWEI Mate 10 Series’ dual lens camera is now further enhanced using AI through Real- Time Scene and Object Recognition. The camera is able to detect up to 13 different objects and scenes and intelligently optimises picture settings to deliver unbelievable image clarity.

Experience 2: Intelligence Smartphone Experience

Powered by Huawei’s all-new Kirin 970 processor, the HUAWEI Mate 10 Series incorporates AI enhancements that deliver a speedier, more user-friendly mobile experience. One example is the real-time text translation across a wide range of foreign languages that does not require an Internet connection. Simply take a picture of the text and the translation will be completed without the usual delay that is attributed to a phone requiring an Internet connection.

Experience 3: Replace your PC with Easy Projection

The HUAWEI Mate 10 Series provides a ‘plug-and-play’ virtual PC experience with the Easy Projection feature1. Simply connect a display, keyboard and mouse to the Mate 10 Series smartphone, using an optional USB-C-to-HDMI cable or adapter, to recreate a seamless PC experience on-the-go. The feature is great for making presentations, sharing videos and even updating spreadsheets. During projection, personal notifications, calls and messages are kept on the smartphone device to prevent potential embarrassments and distractions.

Experience 4: Speed and Stamina with SuperCharge

The HUAWEI Mate 10 Series packs a best-inclass 4000mAh high-capacity battery and features a smart battery management system that understands user behaviour and intelligently maximises battery life. The HUAWEI SuperCharge technology ensures safe end-to-end charging and has been certified to the highest standards by TÜV Fast-Charge Safety Certification.

Experience 5: Porsche Design Gallery

The PORSCHE DESIGN HUAWEI Mate 10 offers the ultimate in luxury and performance. The gallery showcases Porsche Design’s legendary aesthetic craftsmanship coupled with Huawei’s mobile engineering expertise via an infinity display.

I didn’t manage to experience all the five experiential zones to discover and explore the Huawei Mate 10 Series smartphones. I went to the two experience zones that I am most interested in – Intelligent Photography and Intelligence Smartphone Experience.

Personal thoughts and views on the Huawei Mate 10 series smartphones

  • Although it was a very short hands on time with the Huawei Mate 10 Series smartphones, I reckon the AI powered Huawei Mate 10 Series smartphones would make it easier for us in our daily life, during work or leisure time.
  • From reviewing (to owning) the Huawei P9 smartphone, this was the one (for me) that sets the foundations and standards for the subsequent Huawei dual lens camera smartphone models in the Huawei P10 series and Huawei Mate 10 series. After recently reviewing the Huawei P10 Plus, I saw the improvements in the overall aspects of the Huawei dual lens camera smartphone software technology and hardware. The dual lens camera inside the Huawei Mate 10 series smartphones co-engineered with Leica, is just getting better.
  • The Porsche Design Huawei Mate 10 Pro is really sleek and beautiful, showcasing the quality and aesthetic craftsmanship of Porsche design and Huawei’s engineering expertise. However, the price is way out of my budget.
  • Personally, I would prefer the Huawei Mate 10 over the Mate 10 Pro because I can put a Micro-SD card inside the Mate 10. This would allow me to store my photographs separately without taking up my smartphone storage (from a photographer perspective).
  • It would really be nice that I have choices to upgrade from my current Huawei P9, to either the Huawei P10 Plus or Huawei Mate 10. It would be even more awesome if I can upgrade to either one of them now although I am contemplating whether I should hold it out for an AI powered Huawei P11 series smartphones (Yes, I am currently speculating into the very near future)
  • Oh yes, if you are a business user, planning to own a Huawei smartphone, the Huawei Mate 10 series is definitely worthy for your consideration!

Pricing and Availability in Singapore 

HUAWEI Mate 10:

The HUAWEI Mate 10 will be available for sale in Singapore from October 28, 2017, in two colours, Mocha Brown and Black.

HUAWEI Mate 10 Pro:

Singapore will be the first country in the world to officially launch the HUAWEI Mate 10 Pro for sale. It will be available in two colours, Mocha Brown and Midnight Blue. The Mate 10 Pro in Mocha Brown will be available in stores and online retailers from November 11, 2017, while the Mate 10 Pro in Midnight Blue will be available in stores and online retailers from November 25, 2017.

PORSCHE DESIGN HUAWEI Mate 10:

The exclusive PORSCHE DESIGN HUAWEI Mate 10 – in its signature Diamond Black finish – will be available for sale in Singapore from November 24, 2017.

Huawei Mate 10 Huawei Mate 10 Pro Porsche Design Huawei Mate 10
Colours Mocha Brown

Black

Mocha Brown

Midnight Blue

Diamond Black
Memory 64GB ROM + 4GB RAM 128GB ROM + 6GB RAM 256GB ROM + 6GB RAM
Price (Incl. Tax) S$888 S$1,098 S$2,298
Availability October 28, 2017 Mocha Brown: November 11, 2017

Midnight Blue: November 11, 2017

(previously November 25, 2017)

November 24, 2017
Where to buy Huawei Concept Stores

• Telcos: M1, Singtel and StarHub Stores Islandwide

• E-commerce: Lazada.sg

• All Major Consumer Electronic Stores (Best Denki, Courts, Harvey Norman and Sprint Cass) and Selected

Huawei Authorised Resellers

Huawei Concept Stores

• Telcos: M1, Singtel and StarHub Stores Islandwide

• E-commerce: Lazada.sg

• All Major Consumer Electronic Stores (Best Denki, Courts, Harvey Norman and Sprint Cass) and Selected

Huawei Authorised Resellers

Selected Huawei Concept Stores

• E-commerce: Lazada.sg

• Sprint Cass Outlets

Within Changi Airport Transit Areas

* Information courtesy of Huawei Consumer Business Group Singapore and Allison+Partners *

 

Dell launched new Alienware products

In an earlier Dell article, I shared about Dell launching a series of new products and I split them into two articles. Today, let me continue with Dell’s new Alienware products, that gaming enthusiasts and e-sports people would be very interested in.

Alienware now has enter into the gaming monitors and accessories segment. They have always been a market leader in gaming laptops and desktops, with a new range of gaming monitors and accessories with Alienware’s signature design, all these would make the gamers / e-sports experience much better and holistic.

Here are the information and pictures of Alienware’s new high performance PC gaming products from the press release information below:

“Our new range of peripherals bring gamers the most immersive and powerful VR experience imaginable – and it’s only through our equal passion and commitment in delivering cutting-edge innovation that we continue to exceed expectations of our fans,” said Ray Wah, senior vice president and general manager, Consumer and Small Business Product Group, Dell.

Alienware Debuts High-Performance Monitors, Keyboards & Mice

Delivering on fans’ requests, Alienware is debuting a full range of performance oriented gaming monitors and peripherals with its signature premium design and the specs and customisation that gamers demand including Alienware’s AlienFX lighting, which works with more than 150 titles, including Sid Meier’s Civilisation VI, Shadow Warrior 2 and Agents of Mayhem , for in-game lighting effects.

Monitors

  • Alienware 25” Gaming Monitor – With either NVIDIA G-SYNC (AW2518H) or AMD FreeSync, (AW2518HF), offers fast, responsive gameplay with virtually no input lag, at an extremely rapid 1 ms panel response time, and a native 240Hz refresh rate. With three preset display modes, full adjustability, single-diecast stand legs, and a seamless panoramic multi-monitor view with ultra-thin bezel in 1920×1080 resolution, the Alienware 25” gaming monitor is perfect for any gamer.
  • Alienware 34” Gaming Monitor – With either WQHD (3440 x 1440) resolution (AW3418HW) or WFHD (2560 x 1080) resolution, features the iconic Alienware design with custom AlienFX lighting with ultrathin bezels that elevate gameplay. The curved monitor allows for greater game immersion integrated with NVIDIA® G-SYNC™technology for smooth, tear-free gameplay.

Keyboards

  • Alienware Advanced Gaming Keyboard – Blending gamer-friendly design features and intuitive software, the Alienware Advanced Gaming Keyboard (AW568) with optional palm rest delivers a premium gaming experience at an affordable value. Featuring mechanical keys with brown switches, with more precise, responsive and consistent key strokes with five keys dedicated for macro commands that give gamers a competitive edge. Personalising the gaming experience, Alienware’s sophisticated software, Alienware Control Center, allows gamers the ability to configure all keys to desired commands.
  • Alienware Pro Gaming Keyboard – Amplifying the gaming experience, the Alienware Pro Gaming Keyboard (AW768) with optional palm rest exemplifies all the essential design components of the Advanced Gaming Keyboard, and elevates the engineering innovation with dedicated volume roller and 13 zone-based RGB AlienFX backlit lighting options. A key stroke can mean the difference between winning and losing, and onboard memory adds a new level of intelligent options for assigning key stroke combinations ultimately increasing efficiency to command and conquer opponents. 

Mice

  • Alienware Advanced Gaming Mouse – Fusing ergonomic design for increased comfort and intelligent software with gaming-grade performance, the Alienware Advanced Gaming Mouse (AW558) offers multiple configurations with on-the-fly DPI to switch between precision and speed style gameplay. Outfitted with nine unique buttons for in-game customisation.
  • Alienware Elite Gaming Mouse – Further enhancing the premium gaming experience, Alienware Elite Gaming Mouse (AW958) incorporates all the game-ready innovation of its capable sibling, and leverages advanced custom ability innovation with swappable grips, up to 13 programmable buttons, perfect for MMOs like World of Warcraft and four variable levels of weight adjustment providing ultimate control over cursor precision and movement speed to dominate opponents.

Pricing and Availability

All products are available immediately, unless otherwise stated, through Dell and its authorised partners:

Product Starting Price in SGD / Availability
Alienware 25” Gaming Monitor (AW2518H) From $1,099. Available now.
Alienware 25” Gaming Monitor (AW2518HF) From $719. Available now.
Alienware 34” Gaming Monitors In the coming months.
Alienware Advanced Gaming Keyboard (AW568) From $159. Available now.
Alienware Pro Gaming Keyboard (AW768) From $199. Available now.
Alienware Advanced Gaming Mouse (AW558) From $69. Available now.
Alienware Elite Gaming Mouse (AW958) From $149. Available now.

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

LifeProof introduced NËXT and SLAM cases for iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus & iPhone X

LifeProof is a brand that built up its reputation on stylish, ultra-protective and innovative smartphone cases. Although I had seen LifeProof in the market previously, I didn’t know too much about them until I visited an event that showcased both OtterBox and LifeProof smartphone cases for the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X.

During the recent OtterBox and LifeProof event, I had a glimpse into some of the LifeProof smartphone cases for iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X. While I am not planning to upgrade yet, the new smartphone cases are also suitable for iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus!

With both OtterBox and LifeProof offering consumers many choices to choose from, for the protection of their smartphones, along with their different designs and styles. If the opportunity arises, I would share my review experiences with some of the LifeProof smartphone cases with my readers.

Let me share with you information on the new smartphone cases for iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X by LifeProof:

“LifeProof changed the iPhone protection game with its industry-leading waterproof cases,” said LifeProof CEO Jim Parke. “Now, even those who don’t need a waterproof case can experience LifeProof protection with the introduction of NËXT and SL?M. With the features available in today’s iPhones, sometimes all you need is a thin, light case that protects from drops and dirt. NËXT delivers that in style without sacrificing the quality we’re known for.”

NËXT boasts six layers of protection in an ultra-sleek package to keep iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X safe from drops, dirt and snow. The two-piece outer shell wraps securely around the phone and delivers maximum durability and drop defense. A raised bevel bolsters drop and touchscreen protection while the display is left uncovered for direct access to the glass. A clear outer layer prevents scuffs, scrapes and scratches and an inner lining seals the case and phone from dirt. An audio-transparent mesh covers the speakers to block dust and debris while audio flows freely.

In true LifeProof fashion, NËXT protects from drops up to 2 meters, carries an IP-5X rating for blocking dirt and dust and keeps snow out. It is available in four colors – Black, Beach Pebble, Seaside and Cactus Rose – and is also compatible with iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.

With SL?M, deflecting damage never looked so good. Engineered to withstand drops of up to 2 meters while still maintaining a slim profile, SL?M combines sport, style and safety for iPhone. A transparent shell reveals iPhone’s factory finish while the perimeter flashes one of four available color options – Night Flash, Lava Chaser, Aloha Sunset & Free Flow – and is also compatible with iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.

FR? will carry on the tradition of true four-proof protection. The two-piece shell cloaks iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus in 360 degrees of security. A built-in screen guard keeps the display free of scratches while the phone is fully sealed from water to 6.6 feet for up to an hour. FR? for iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are drop tested to 2 meters and block out dirt and snow. It will be available in six colors.

NËXT for iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are available now. To learn more or to sign up for product notifications for FR? and SLAM visit www.lifeproof.asia

LifeProof cases are available in a majority of the following Singapore retail locations: Best Denki, EpiCentre, GK Global, iStudio, Nubox, and XGear. For the most complete case selection, visit lifeproof.com.

For more information, visit www.lifeproof.asia #LiveLifeProof

* Information courtesy of LifeProof and Brand Cellar *

New Logitech Slim Combo for iPad Pro

The Apple iPad Pro is one of the technological devices available in the market today that represents the future generation of personal computing in both professional and leisure segments. They are popular and other brands in the market have design peripheral devices to complement the Apple iPad Pro.

Logitech announced the new Logitech Slim Combo for iPad Pro that users can consider to add on to their iPad Pro, turning into a personal computer on the move.

Let me share with you more information and pictures on the new Logitech Slim Combo for iPad Pro from the press release information:

“In the past, you were bound to a workspace with a PC, and used your tablet for quick messages or entertainment when you weren’t in the office; that’s not the case anymore,” said Moninder Jain, head of Video Collaboration for Logitech Asia Pacific and managing director for ASEAN. “To be a pro today, you need the power of the PC, but more easily available whether you’re on a train, at the park, in a meeting or wherever you need to be. The Slim Combo unleashes the power of iPad Pro to bring you the future of personal computing; a future that’s easier, faster and more fun.”

Key Features
Four versatile modes: The Slim Combo provides versatility through its four use modes — Typing, Viewing, FaceTime and Reading. You can comfortably shoot off an email using the full-size keyboard, pop off the detachable keyboard to sketch out an idea with your Apple Pencil, switch to portrait and take an incoming video call or just sit back and get lost in an e-book without distractions.

Laptop-like typing: Full-size backlit keys, smart iOS shortcuts provide the most laptop-like typing experience on the iPad Pro. Punch out emails – or an entire novel – on a backlit keyboard with carefully-crafted well-spaced and full-size concave keys. Three levels of adjustable backlighting keep you productive even in low light. And when you don’t need to type, simply detach the keyboard and enjoy the beautiful iPad Pro screen with nothing standing in the way. This is the future of personal computing.

Connect like a Pro: Batteries aren’t included, because you’ll never need them. Slim Combo connects to iPad Pro through the Smart Connector, meaning you will never have to pair or charge your keyboard again. Just click in and type away.

Pro-styled perfection: The Slim Combo provides 360 degrees of protection in an incredibly slim keyboard and case combo. The case is built to provide the right angle for every situation – and it’s not always 90 degrees. Two micro hinges ensure that Slim Combo smoothly reclines within a 50-degree range and stays in place once you’ve found the perfect viewing angle.

A home for Apple Pencil: The Apple Pencil brings a whole new creative experience to your iPad Pro, and the Slim Combo has an Apple Pencil holder to makes sure it’s always by your side. Slide your Apple Pencil into the holder– where it won’t get lost, or in the way.

Product Specifications

Product dimensions for 10.5-inch iPad Pro:

  • Height: 258 mm
  • Width: 184 mm
  • Depth: 27 mm
  • Weight: 528g

Product dimensions for 12.9-inch iPad Pro:

  • Height: 310.5 mm
  • Width: 230 mm
  • Depth: 26 mm
  • Weight: 640g

Warranty

  • 1-year limited hardware warranty

Pricing and Availability

Price:

  • SGD$219 for 10.5-inch iPad Pro
  • SGD$249 for 12.9-inch iPad Pro

Availability:

  • October 2017
  • Available at www.logitech.com
  • Colour: Blue

* Information and pictures courtesy of Logitech and SPRG *

Dell launched new Inspiron 7000 series, Gaming Laptop & XPS 13

Dell recently launched a number of new products to their line-up, I am sharing them over two articles. For this article, it’s on their new Inspiron 7000 series, gaming laptop and XPS 13. Dell also launched a number of new products in their Alienware and gaming segment, keep a lookout for my upcoming article!

Their new Inspiron 7000 series got my most attention because I am searching for a 2-in-1 laptop for my business and investment trading requirements, something that suits my mobile multi-tasking workflow and movement. The new Inspiron 7000 series look pretty good for its quality and technical specifications.

The Dell Exclusive shop in Plaza Singapura has went through some revamp, with Dell’s commercial products such as the Latitude and OptiPlex range are made available. For end consumers who would like commercial level products, visit Dell Exclusive Shop and check it out.

Here are the information and pictures of Dell new Inspiron 7000 series, gaming laptop and XPS 13-

Dell Inspiron 13 7000 2-in-1

Designed for the mobile multi-tasker or multi-user household, the new Inspiron 13 7000 2-in-1, brings stunning visuals and powerful performance in a small footprint. Enjoy an immersive, visual experience with a narrow border and FHD IPS touch display supporting active pen for digital drawing, writing and note taking. With the new Inspiron 13 7000 2-in-1, consumers can watch movies or video chat uninterrupted thanks to SmartByte streaming technology co-engineered by Dell that prioritises streaming and conferencing above other network activities. It also offers longer battery life and quieter performance with standard SSDs or optional PCIe NVMe SSDs.

“From our Inspiron range to the renowned XPS 13 powered by 8th Generation Intel Core processors, the launch of these cutting-edge devices at our revamped Dell Exclusive Store reinforces our commitment to customers,” said Jarebb Chua, country manager, Consumer Business, Malaysia & Singapore, Dell.

For those who prefer a traditional laptop, the new Inspiron 7000 laptops are the perfect travel companion with the slim, light and thin-bezel design in Platinum Silver or Pink Champagne?. Available in 15 inches, the Inspiron 7000 offers a brilliant FHD IPS display for a crisp, detailed picture, viewable from a wide range of angles without sacrificing image quality. The laptops take advantage of the outstanding performance, responsiveness and hardware enabled security built into the 8th Generation Intel Core processor.

With the new Inspiron range, consumers can now experience exceptional performance and immersive experiences with new 8th Generation Intel Core processors, DDR4 memory; and flexible connectivity options with USB Type-C with support for DisplayPort and Power Delivery.

New Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming Laptop

“Dell’s global leadership in innovation and gaming across personal computing is driving the very best gaming experiences for every level of gamer. We are supporting the growth of eSports and making gaming a global cultural phenomenon,” said Ray Wah, senior vice president and general manager, Consumer and Small Business Product Group, Dell. “With the new Inspiron 7000 series, we deliver an incredible video and audio experience and exceptional gaming performance – all at an affordable price.”

The new Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming Laptop offers NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 discrete graphics and NVIDIA Max Q Design technology, 7th Gen Intel quad core CPU options and dual fans to keep the system cool and quiet while powering through challenging games. Anti-glare IPS wide viewing angle FHD display provides excellent visual clarity while Waves MaxxAudio Pro software delivers precise audio. The laptop’s new 2×2 WiFi antenna design provides great wireless performance, while the SmartByte software prioritises gaming and video content to keep games and videos smooth even during large file downloads. A new quick-charge battery gets up to 80% capacity within an hour and the Thunderbolt 3 multi-use port connects multiple devices (including support for up to two 4K displays) to the laptop with transfers up to 40Gbps.

Award-winning XPS 13 now up to 44% more Powerful

Carrying the tradition of delivering the best computing experience, the XPS 13 now offers up to 44% more performance with the latest 8th Generation Intel Core i7 processors and Dynamic Power Mode[1]. With the new 8th Gen processors, with four cores versus two, experiencing exceptional performance while multi-tasking and running multiple applications is possible. The XPS 13, the smallest 13.3 inch laptop[2] on the planet, also boasts a stunning viewing experience with optional Quad HD+ InfinityEdge (optional touch) display, with sharp visuals and vivid and accurate color.

[1] Based on a July 2017 internal testing using BAPCo’s SYSmark 2014 SE performance benchmark, comparing an XPS 13 9360 with 8th Generation Intel Core processor with Dell Dynamic Power Mode versus similarly configured systems with 7th Generation Intel Core processors without Dynamic Power Mode, which offers a blended view of performance in productivity, media creation, data/financial analysis and responsiveness scenarios.  Actual results will vary. For more information, please refer to https://bapco.com/products/sysmark-2014-se/Based on Principled Technologies

[2] Report of April 2017, the smallest refers total surface area of the notebooks. http://www.principledtechnologies.com/Dell/XPS_13_comparison_0417.pdf

Pricing and Availability:

 All products are available immediately, unless otherwise stated, through Dell and its authorised partners:

Product Starting Price in SGD / Availability
Inspiron 13 7000 2-in-1 (7373) From $1,599. Available now.
Inspiron 15 7000 (7570) From $1,599. Available now.
Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming (7567) From $1,599. Available now.
XPS 13 (with 8th Gen Intel Core processor) Available by end October.

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

OtterBox Cases for iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus & iPhone X

OtterBox, a brand that I am quite familiar with, provides different solutions for the protection of various smartphone models in the market over the years. I used a few OtterBox cases (Symmetry , Preserver and Defender series) for my previous iPhone models and they were pretty good.

At a recent OtterBox event, I had a glimpse into some of the OtterBox smartphone cases for iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X. While I am not planning to upgrade yet, the new smartphone cases are also suitable for iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus!

The OtterBox Symmetry designs are pretty nice and stylish for iPhone users, providing ample protection to your smartphone without making it too big, thick and bulky. For the OtterBox Defender designs, it’s a more rugged and robust overall protection for your iPhone, ideal when you are more outdoors. For non iPhone users, don’t fret, visit OtterBox website and check out the smartphone cases for other smartphone models!

I am going to share more information on the line up of OtterBox cases for the current Apple iPhone models iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X and if you are currently using the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, take a look at them too!

Do you know that OtterBox has protected every single Apple iPhone since they arrived in 2007? Starting with Defender Series, OtterBox has innovated 26 different case styles for iPhone over the past decade. Case designs have evolved to be more sleek and to accommodate an ever-increasing number of features, but one thing has remained the same: trusted protection.

“OtterBox is proud to be the only case company that’s protected every single iPhone,” said OtterBox CEO Jim Parke. “While other products have come and gone, OtterBox has stood the tests of time and protected every single generation of iPhone, so you can count on us to keep iP hone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X safe from the hazards that life throws your way.”

If you are thinking about which OtterBox case is suitable for you, this information below would be useful:

OtterBox offers a broad suite of cases, because iPhone users are as diverse and complex as their phone features. There’s an OtterBox case for everyone (prices can be found in the table below):

  • The fashionable Symmetry Series is sleek with a raised, beveled edge that provides extra protection for the touchscreen during facedown drops. Available in classic solids, trendy graphics, fully clear and clear graphics, it’s the perfect fashion statement.
  • Pursuit Series guards against drop, dust, dirt and snow intrusion, perfect for an outdoor adventure or average day in the office.2 This two-piece case snaps around each device for a perfect fit. The open-face design seals directly to the display and the case includes an optional lanyard.
  • Defender Series is the original protective case for iPhone with 10 years of design and development behind it. The rugged multi-layer case features a shell and outer slipcover to absorb and dissipate shock.
  • Two form-fitting layers combine to create the thin, protective Commuter Series. The outer shell and inner slipcover combine to pull shock away from the device, and port covers keep debris out.
  • Strada Series Folio offers a luxurious 100 percent genuine leather cover and trusted protection. The folio front clasps securely closed with a magnet to guard the display from scratches and includes a card slot.
  • The uniVERSE Case System features a slim, protective OtterBox case with a modular rail mount on the back that allows attachment of a variety of accessories. OtterBox has partnered with other industry leaders to enhance uniVERSE with accessories like a contactless card reader, additional storage, bike mounts, tripods, wallets and more.
  • Keep the touchscreen brilliant with Alpha Glass fortified screen guards. Compatible with Symmetry Series, Pursuit Series, Commuter Series, Strada Series Folio and uniVERSE Case System, these screen guards block out scratches and complete device protection.

Symmetry Series, Pursuit Series, Defender Series, Commuter Series, uniVERSE Case System, Strada Series Folio and Alpha Glass screen guards are available now for iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus.3 These cases, available in exciting new colors and designs, are also compatible with iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. Cases for iPhone X are coming soon and include Symmetry Series, Pursuit Series, Defender Series, Commuter Series and Strada Series Folio. For more information, visit otterbox.asia .

The OtterBox are also available in retails stores here in Singapore, they can be found at Best Denki, EpiCentre, GK Global, iStudio, Nubox, and XGear. For the most complete case selection, visit otterbox.com.

Huawei launched Huawei Mate 10 Series

Huawei recently launched the Huawei Mate 10 Series, a highly anticipated powerful smartphone that is going to make some waves in the smartphone market with its Artificial Intelligence (AI) features, newest Android 8.0, EMUI 8.0 and of course, the next biggest factor that got me into Huawei smartphones are the Leica powered lenses – New Leica Dual Camera with SUMMILUX-H lenses, with both featuring an aperture of f/1.6, and intelligent photography including AI-powered Real-Time Scene and Object Recognition and AI-powered Bokeh Effect.

My journey with Huawei smartphone began with the Huawei P9, a smartphone that blew me away with their Leica dual camera lenses, the quality, accuracy and capabilities of the Huawei P9. After my review (Huawei P9 tech review and Huawei P9 camera/photography review), I decided to add a second smartphone, the Huawei P9 to my setup, using the Huawei P9 as my business line smartphone.

Most recently, I got the opportunity to review the Huawei P10 Plus and I am even more impressed with the upgrades and updates of the Huawei smartphone technology. During my review of the Huawei P10 Plus, I had the experiences of running the EMUI version 5.0 and I really like the user interface and experience on the Huawei P10 Plus. From a photography perspective, the upgrades and improvements to the Leica Dual Lenses on the Huawei P10 Plus really make me impressed. Personally, I do hope to upgrade my Huawei P9 if the opportunity arises (to Huawei P10 Plus or maybe Huawei Mate 10 if I get to review it?)

With EMUI 8.0 inside Huawei Mate 10, I would be interested to see how the OS works out for the Huawei Mate 10 as well as my favourite smartphone camera, the Leica powered SUMMILUX-H lenses on the Huawei Mate 10 Series. If the opportunity arises to review the Huawei Mate 10, I would share my thoughts, views and of course the photographs shot with the Huawei Mate 10 Series.

Let me share with you more information and pictures on the Huawei Mate 10 Series from the press release information:

“As we enter the age of intelligence, AI is no longer a virtual concept but something that intertwines with our daily lives. AI can enhance user experience, provide valuable services and improve product performance,” said Richard Yu, CEO, Huawei Consumer Business Group. “The HUAWEI Mate 10 Series introduces the first mobile AI-specific Neural-Network Processing Unit, launching a new era of intelligent phones.”

A New, Mobile AI Computing Architecture for Intelligent Mobile Experiences

The HUAWEI Mate 10 and HUAWEI Mate 10 Pro are the first devices powered by the new Kirin 970 processor, delivering AI enhancements for a faster, more customised mobile experience. The Kirin 970 is built using an advanced TSMC 10nm semiconductor manufacturing process, featuring an octa-coreARM Cortex CPU, a first-to-market Mali G72 12-core GPU and the first NPU designed specifically for a mobile device. The Kirin 970 also has a new dual ISP for AI-powered intelligent photography.

The specialised NPU, combined with Huawei’s innovative HiAI mobile computing platform, means the Kirin 970 delivers 25x better performance and 50x greater energy efficiency for AI-related tasks, compared to four Cortex-A73 cores. 1 The HUAWEI Mate 10 Series is also the world’s fastest smartphone supporting super-fast LTE connectivity and download speeds. The device comes with the world’s first dual 4G SIM support and dual VoLTE connections.

By combining individual and collective intelligence for on-device AI, the new HUAWEI Mate Series delivers real-time responses to users, including AI-powered Real-Time Scene and Object Recognition and an AI-Accelerated Translator. The Kirin 970 is an open, mobile AI computing platform for third parties to create new and imaginative AI applications, extending Huawei’s processing capabilities to the entire value chain.

The HUAWEI Mate 10 and HUAWEI Mate 10 Pro will launch with Huawei’s all-new EMUI 8.0 powered by Android™ 8.0. Features include an AI Engine to fully leverage the capabilities of the Kirin 970, an AI-Accelerated Translator to deliver faster and more accurate interactive translation for a smoother communication experience, an easy projection feature to connect the new Huawei Mate Series to a larger screen and support for a full desktop experience – either mirroring or extending the smartphone display like a PC.

Design Qualities for New Levels of Sophistication and Comfort

With an all-new HUAWEI FullView Display, the HUAWEI Mate 10 features a stunning 5.9-inch screen with a 16:9 display, barely-there-bezel and HDR10 to support vivid colours. The 6-inch HUAWEI Mate 10 Pro features an 18:9 OLED display, high screen-to-body ratio and HDR10 for dynamic video viewing.

The iconic devices feature a 3D glass body, beautifully and symmetrically curved on all sides for an ergonomic hold.

The HUAWEI Mate 10 Pro is also IP67 Water and Dust Resistant.

New Leica Dual Camera and AI-powered Battery Management for the Next Era of Smartphone Use

Huawei has again partnered with Leica to co-engineer the dual lens camera for the HUAWEI Mate 10 and HUAWEI Mate 10 Pro. They combine 12-megapixel RGB + 20-megapixel monochrome sensors, Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS), dual lenses with the world’s largest aperture of f/1.6, AI-powered bokeh effect and AI-powered digital zoom. The new AI-powered Real-Time Scene and Object Recognition feature, which automatically chooses camera settings based on the object and scene, supports an advanced AI-powered digital zoom function with AI motion detection for clearer and sharper pictures.

The HUAWEI Mate 10 and HUAWEI Mate 10 Pro pack a 4000 mAh high-density battery featuring a smart battery management system that understands user behaviour and intelligently allocates resources to maximise battery life. It supports 4.5V / 5A low-voltage fast charging, powering the device from 1 per cent to 20 per cent in 10 minutes, and 1 per cent to 58 per cent in 30 minutes.2

Additionally, HUAWEI SuperCharge is the world’s first fast charging technology to receive the TÜV Fast-Charge Safety Certification, ensuring safe end-to-end charging.

HUAWEI Mate 10 Series Key Features:

  • Kirin 970, the world’s first AI processor for smartphones with a dedicated Neural-Network Processing Unit (NPU).
  • A 3D glass body featuring a barely-there-bezel, HUAWEI FullView Display and HDR10-supported technology for intensely vivid and bright colours.
  • HUAWEI SuperCharge, the world’s first fast charging technology to receive the TÜV Fast-Charge Safety Certification, and 4000 mAh battery with AI-powered battery management.
  • New Leica Dual Camera with SUMMILUX-H lenses, both featuring an aperture of f/1.6, for intelligent photography including AI-powered Real-Time Scene and Object Recognition and AI poweredbokeh effect.
  • An all-new, simplified EMUI 8.0 based on Android™ 8.0.

New Accessories

  • Huawei also launched three HUAWEI Mate 10 accessories: the EnVizion 360 Camera, SuperCharge™ Power Bank, and Smart Scale.
  • The EnVizion 360 Camera can shoot 5K photos and 360-degree 2K videos with multiple viewing modes for users to share across their social media channels.
  • Huawei’s SuperCharge™ Power Bank supports a 4.5V / 5A low-voltage fast charge.
  • The Smart Scale can monitor and analyse health information such as body fat percentage and Body Mass Index through a mobile app.

Singapore Pricing and Availability

The new HUAWEI Mate 10 will be available in two colours, Mocha Brown and Black, in late October in Singapore. The HUAWEI Mate 10 Pro will also be available in two colours, Mocha Brown and Midnight Blue, in late-November. The exclusive PORSCHE DESIGN HUAWEI Mate 10 will be available in Diamond Black colour in early December.

Device

 

 

Memory Singapore Price (includes tax) Availability

 

HUAWEI Mate 10

 

64GB ROM +

4GB RAM

 

S$888 28 October 2017

 

HUAWEI Mate 10 Pro 128GB ROM +

6GB RAM

 

To be announced on

26 October 2017

 

To be announced on 26

October 2017

PORSCHE DESIGN

HUAWEI Mate 10

 

256GB ROM +

6GB RAM

 

To be announced on 26

October 2017

 

To be announced on

26 October 2017

Full details on Singapore pricing and availability will be made available on 26 October 2017.

Registration of Interest (ROI) and Preorder on Lazada and Huawei Concept Stores

ROI Duration

 

17 October 2017 onwards
Available Model Mate 10: (64GB ROM + 4GB RAM)

Mate 10 Pro: (128GB ROM + 6GB RAM)

PORSCHE DESIGN Mate 10: (256GB ROM + 6GB RAM)

 

Available Colours Mate 10: Black & Mocha Brown

Mate 10 Pro: Midnight Blue and Mocha Brown

PORSCHE DESIGN Mate 10: Diamond Black

 

ROI Website http://consumer.huawei.com/sg/

Preorder on Lazada & Huawei Concept Stores for Mate 10

Preorder Duration

 

17 October 2017 to 23 October 2017

 

Available Model Mate 10: (64GB ROM + 4GB RAM)

 

Available Colours Black & Mocha Brown
Retail Price S$888 SGD (Mate 10)

 

Promotion Free wireless keyboard & USB Type C to HDMI (First 500 customers only)

 

Website https://www.lazada.sg/huaweimate10

* Information and pictures courtesy of Huawei Consumer BG Singapore and Allison+Partners *