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 *

OPPO R9s Plus

OPPO recently launched a new smartphone to their line-up, the OPPO R9s Plus. The OPPO R9s Plus is a 6-inch smartphone packed with some pretty good technical specifications and smartphone camera packed inside the smartphone. I do like the size and form of the OPPO R9s Plus smartphone with its FHD screen, bright, colourful and sharp, ideal for smartphone users who are on the move often or those who work offsite from their office.

During the recent OPPO event, I attended the launch of their OPPO R9s Plus, had a look, touch and feel of the latest OPPO smartphone, playing with its smartphone camera and viewing some of the printed photographs shot with the OPPO R9s Plus. While I had a short hands on session trying out the OPPO R9s Plus cameras, taking photographs of the event venue, I would just share my thoughts and views, that does not necessarily constitute a full and proper review.

The OPPO R9s Plus camera is not too bad, pretty good at times, without having all the advanced features that a (serious photography enthusiast) smartphone photographer would like to have built inside. A short preliminary test and my own personal thoughts and views, I would love to have a review unit and put it to my level of photography usage, testing it out in different conditions and photography themes.

Let me share more details and key information on the OPPO R9s Plus –

The 6-inch phone is the latest model to join the OPPO ‘R’ camera phone series, following the Q4 2016 launch of the OPPO R9s. The R9s Plus carries with it all the imaging technology camera hardware that made the 5.5-inch R9s a hit, with one major enhancement, an all-new OIS+ image stabilizer technology. The R9s Plus also comes along with an upgraded RAM, and larger battery capacity.

Sean Deng, Managing Director of OPPO Singapore says, “At OPPO, we are committed in making products that meet the continuously evolving needs of the market. The R9s Plus carries on the legacy of the ‘R’ camera phone series with its low light imaging solutions, while also providing users a sensible integrated solution for their mobile entertainment needs.”

Now It’s Clear: OPPO’s continued camera phone legacy

The R9s Plus retains the same hardware that made the R9s a favourite among shutterbugs, sporting an exclusive 1/2.8-inch IMX398 sensor jointly-developed with Sony, as well as its Dual PDAF (Phase Detection Autofocus) technology and an extra-wide f/1.7 aperture on its rear camera.

The R9s Plus receives a software upgrade, being the first OPPO phone to feature the OIS+ (Optical Image Stabilization Plus). The OIS+ software kicks in when it detects unwanted vibrations caused by shaky hands, and works to improve the crispness of shots by moving pieces of the optical system and compensating for even the smallest of motions. This in turn, results in crystal clear shots, even while on the move.

Taking smartphone photography up a notch, the R9s Plus adds on a dual-tone LED flash to help adjust the warmth of the picture and improve the white balance for a more accurate flesh tone. This results in photos that look more natural even with the use of flash, and reduces the chances of over exposed or washed out images.

Form Meets Function

The same elegant, “six-string” design that appeared in the R9s makes a reappearance here on the larger 6-inch model, as OPPO’s quest in bringing sophistication to its designs see it eliminate unsightly antenna bands from its phones. The R9s Plus is not just all looks – the camera phone is equipped to operate on six frequency ranges, dynamically choosing the best one for 4G and Wi-Fi signals, for uninterrupted data usage.

Meanwhile, the R9s Plus’ fingerprint reader is coated with a hydrophobic paint to ensure accessibility even in wet conditions, and its intelligent software means that the fingerprint reader learns over time to give users an exceptionally fast 0.2s touch access.

Packed with power

The OPPO R9s Plus sports a Qualcomm octa-core processor, an upgraded 6GB RAM and 64GB of onboard storage, which can be expanded by an additional 256 GB. The phone is also powered by the latest SoC (Systems on a Chip) in Snapdragon’s 6 series, the Snapdragon 653, and cruises seamlessly on ColorOS 3.0 (based on Android 6.0).

OPPO’s latest 6-inch addition is also packed with a 4,000mAh battery and OPPO’s industry-leading VOOC Flash Charge technology, a low-voltage fast charging system that promises maximum power in less time, without taxing the phone’s internals with excess heat.

Price and Availability

The OPPO R9s Plus is available in Gold and Black for SGD 779 from the following retailers. 

OPPO Concept Stores

  • Suntec City Concept Store  @ Suntec City Mall Tower 3, #01-627 to 630, Temasek Boulevard, Singapore 038983
  • Ang Mo Kio Concept Store @ Ang Mo Kio Hub, 53 Ang Mo Kio Ave 3 #B1-10, Singapore 569933
  • Chinatown Concept Store @ People’s Park Complex, 1 Park Road, #01-22, Singapore 059108
  • Causeway Point Concept Store @ #03-26A, Woodlands Square, Singapore 738099
  • Compass One Concept Store @ #B1-33, 1 Sengkang Square, Singapore 545078
  •  Geylang Concept Store @ 333 Geylang Road, Singapore 389364
  • Jurong Point Concept Store  @ 1 Jurong West Central 2 #B1-15, Singapore 648886
  • Tampines Concept Store @ 4 Tampines Centre #03-03, Singapore 529510
  • https://www.oppostore.com.sg/products/oppo-r9s-plus

OPPO R9s Plus Specification Sheet

 OS

ColorOS V3.0.0i (based on Android 6.0.1)

Platform

Qualcomm MSM8976SG (Octa-core 1.95GHz)

Bands

GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz

WCDMA 850/900/1900/2100MHz

LTE Bands B1/3/5/7/8/20/28/TD-B38/39/40/41

Data Connectivity

LTE: 300Mbps/50Mbps

HSPA: 42Mbps/5.76Mbps

Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac

Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi Display, DLNA, BT 4.1 LE, VPN, WIFI Hotspot

Dimensions

163.63×80.8×7.35 mm

Weight

185g (with battery)

Colour

Gold, Black

Display/TP

16M AMOLED Colours, IPS TFT, 1920*1080, FHD, 6.0”, 367PPI

Camera

16.0MP Front FF Screen Flash; f/2.0 Aperture

16.0MP Rear AF; f/1.7 Aperture, Sony IMX 398, Dual-tone LED Flash, OIS+ (Optical Image Stabilization Plus)

Memory

ROM 64GB + RAM 6GB, External Memory up to 256GB

SIM Card

Dual SIM – Nano (dual standby)

Battery

4000mAh (typical)

Connectors

Micro-USB, 3.5mm Audio Jack

Multimedia

Video Player/Recorder, Audio Player

Others

GPS, G-Sensor, E-Compass

Light & Proximity Sensor

Gyro-meter

*Information and details courtesy of OPPO Singapore and Gloo PR*

HTC U Ultra and U Play Smartphones

HTC recently launched two smartphone models to their line up, the HTC U Ultra and HTC U Play smartphones. These two smartphones are designed with You (U) the smartphone user in mind. These two HTC U smartphones have things in common yet they are also distinctively different and unique, catering for different groups of users.

During a recent HTC event, I had a short hands on session with the HTC U Ultra and HTC U Play. Both smartphones have their own distinct strengths and designs. Personally, I prefer the HTC U Ultra for its HTC BoomSound, its size for me to view my documents and data and the new Dual Display.

Let me share with you more details on each of the two HTC U smartphones, their distinct features and personality.

HTC U Ultra 

Reflects U

A new, beautifully 3D contoured, liquid surface that’s designed to reflect the best you. Lustrous, symmetrical, curved glass construction1 reflects light beautifully. Color from vapored minerals layered to add depth and brilliance from every angle. As the polished surface bends and blends seamlessly into the side of the phone. Allowing it to nestle perfectly in your hand.

Learns from U

Introducing HTC Sense Companion2. The personal companion who is always learning from you. Suggesting you dress warm and leave for work earlier on a snowy day. Or reminding you to charge if it figures you need more power to last until you get home and even recommending the perfect restaurant when you’re away for the weekend. It knows you – and it’s made to evolve and get to know you better over time.3

Responds to U

Voice recognition – the most natural way to interact. HTC U Ultra can recognize your voice and respond, even if it’s asleep. Navigate your phone, take or reject calls, snooze or dismiss alarms, and more. Just say the word.

Puts U on top

Get updated, not interrupted. The new Dual Display gives you the information you need, at your fingertips. Perfect for fast, convenient access to the things you use the most. Like your favorite contacts, apps, reminders, event notifications and more. Because what’s important to you should always be right on top.

Listens to U

Every person’s inner ear is as unique as their fingerprint HTC USonic4 analyzes your inner ears with a sonar-like pulse, and then adapts to you. Like having a sound engineer in your phone. Tiny microphones listen for the sonic reflection in your ears. One in the left ear, one in the right. Analyzing the reflected tone to optimize the headset just for you. Now you can hear the details you were missing. Whether you’re in a library or at a party, you can adapt your headset to suit noise levels around you.

HTC BoomSoundTM

Hi-Fi edition speakers deliver pulse-pounding audio. Featuring separated sound design like leading acoustic systems Tweeter above, woofer below, while four omnidirectional mics capture positional sound Recording 360-degree immersive audio that’s just like being there. At the rock show. In the concert hall. Anywhere you want.

Captures U

Every phone camera claims to take great photos. Ours is rated the industry’s best. The 12MP UltraPixel main camera delivers less blur, faster focus, better photos at night. Because every photo is important to you, anytime, anywhere.

Pick the Best U

Take brilliant selfies anyway you like, easily switch between 16MP and UltraPixelTM in the front camera5, so you can choose between unparalleled light sensitivity* of UltraPixel, perfect for candlelit dinners, or the high resolution of 16MP, when you want the biggest shot with the most detail.

HTC U Play

Reflects U

Shine on with the 5.2” smartphone designed to reflect the best you. A new, beautifully 3D contoured, liquid surface. Lustrous, symmetrical, curved glass construction1 reflects light beautifully. Color from vapored minerals layered to add depth and brilliance from every angle

Learns from U

HTC U Play comes with HTC Sense Companion2. The personal companion who is always learning from you. It even comes with voice recognition built-in. So it’s able to respond to your voice – Just say the word to navigate your phone, take or reject incoming calls, snooze or dismiss an alarm, send messages and even begin hands-free navigation. It knows you – and it’s made to evolve and get to know you better over time.3

Listens to U

Every person’s inner ear is as unique as their fingerprint HTC USonic4 analyzes your inner ears with a sonar-like pulse, and then adapts to you. Like having a sound engineer in your phone. Tiny microphones listen for the sonic reflection in your ears, One in the left ear, one in the right. Analyzing the reflected tone to optimize the headset just for you. Now you can hear the details you were missing. Whether you’re in a library or at a party, you can adapt your headset to suit noise levels around you.

Captures U

Take brilliant selfies anyway you like, easily switch between 16MP and UltraPixelTM in the front camera5. So you can choose between unparalleled light sensitivity* of UltraPixel or the high resolution of 16MP for whatever meets your need. The 16MP main camera delivers less blur, faster focus, better photos at night. Because you never want to miss that perfect moment.

The HTC U Ultra and HTC U Play caters for different groups of smartphone users, which of the two suits you better? Head over to HTC website, would you like the HTC U Ultra or HTC U Play?

* Information and pictures courtesy of HTC *

LG announced V20

LG recently announced a new model to their premium flagship smartphone family, the LG V20. I attended their launch event in Singapore and had a short hands (probably 30mins) on with the LG V20 smartphone. I would share some thoughts from my short 30mins hands on experiences with the LG V20 smartphone –

  • A good balance between a fun lifestyle smartphone with pretty good camera capabilities/features
  • Wide angle lens capability
  • Good audio experience packed inside with B&O Play features and a pair of B&O Play earphones
  • High quality screen (QHD IPS Quantum Display)
  • Sleek, beautiful and sophisticated build quality

If the opportunity allows, I would request for a review unit when they are available for the Singapore market in November 2016 and share with my readers here on my experiences with the LG V20.

Let me share with you more information and details of the LG V20 from the press release information –

LG Electronics (LG) unveiled the V20, the latest in its V series of smartphones, delivering the highest multimedia capabilities available in a mobile device. The V20 boasts new features including Hi-Fi Quad DAC, HD Audio Recorder, Steady Record 2.0 and front and rear wide-angle lens cameras to deliver best-in-class performance. It is also the world’s first smartphone to come preloaded with Android 7.0 Nougat OS and the new Google In Apps phone search function.

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The LG V series is a premium flagship smartphone line designed to provide users with the best video and audio experience. LG looked at the customers of the V10 and examined what they wanted and needed and determined that the V20 is geared towards the prosumers — discerning users who want convenient access to cutting-edge features.

A Sonorous Audio Experience by B&O PLAY

Hi-Fi Quad DAC

The V20 is the world’s first smartphone to feature a 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC, powered by ESS Technology, designers of high-performance audio products. Powered by ESS SABRE ES9218, the Quad DAC in the V20 delivers clearer sound by minimizing distortion and ambient noise by up to 50 percent. With 75-stage fine volume and L/R balance controls as well as support for lossless music formats including FLAC, DSD, AIFF and ALAC, the V20 delivers high-quality sound to any pair of earphones. 

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HD Audio Recorder

The HD Audio Recorder represents the next level of sound recording. This feature lets users capture studio quality audio with a wider dynamic frequency range using three high AOP microphones to record incredible sound that surpass audio recordings on conventional smartphones. With Studio Mode, users can manually control sound with easy-to-use keys similar to ones found in video cameras and use Music Recorded to create high quality audio suitable for auditions by recording singing voices over existing music.

In an effort to further enhance audio functions and design; LG continues its collaboration with B&O PLAY. The result in the LG V20 is a natural, balanced sound, reflecting B&O PLAY’s acoustic engineering philosophy. LG V20 will come bundled with a special pair of B&O PLAY earphones worth $198. With the bundled B&O PLAY earphones, you can start enjoying the ultimate audio experience right away.

Delivering Share-worthy, Crisp, Clear Videos

Steady Record 2.0

The LG V20, powered by the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 820 processor with X12 LTE, introduces Steady Record 2.0, leveraging Qualcomm Technologies’ electronic image stabilization (EIS) 3.0 to record sharper video footage while neutralizing shaky images. The gyro-based EIS improves sync accuracy between the image and the gyro by reducing sync latency to only 50 milliseconds. EIS is complemented by digital image stabilization (DIS) which further improves video quality in post-processing by adjusting objects across frames and minimizing distortion caused by rolling shutter for smoother action.

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Hi-Fi Video Recording

LG V20 owners can record Hi-Fi videos and manually control the settings for perfect audio quality using options such as Low Cut Filter (LCF) that removes unwanted background noise and Limiter (LMT) that sets recording distance. The LCF reduces background noise while the LMT zeroes in on voices the user wants to record. The V20 also captures audio using 24-bit / 48 kHz Linear Pulse Code Modulation (LPCM), the same format used in professional video equipment. 

Capture It All and More

Front/Rear Wide Angle Lens

The wide angle capabilities of the front and rear cameras allow consumers to capture more background without having to physically step back to widen the shot. The 5MP front camera with a 120-degree lens expands the wefie experience so that more friends can be included in the frame.

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The dual-lens rear camera comprises of a 16MP with 75-degree large aperture standard angle lens, and a 8MP with 135-degree lens, the widest available in any smartphone. The wide angle feature makes it perfect for taking pictures in front of a gorgeous vista or inside a gigantic stadium.

Auto Shot

The Auto Shot Function on the front camera produces perfect selfies with its face detection feature, which triggers the shot when the subject is ready and smiling. There is no need to press the shutter button, which usually increases camera shake and the likelihood of a blurred shot.

Hybrid Auto Focus

The V20’s Hybrid Auto Focus (HAF) ensures a sharp picture every time. A fast and stable auto focus is delivered in any environment by integrating three AF mechanisms – Laser Detection AF, Phase Detection AF and Contrast AF – for both videos and photos. The V20 determines if LDAF or PDAF is best for a particular shot and then refines the focus with Contrast AF. Users can take full advantage of the V20 when capturing sharp images of friends or family in action, in any lighting conditions. 

Gives You More of What You Love

Second Screen

The popular Second Screen feature that was first introduced on the V10 has improved in visibility. With double the brightness and 50 percent larger font size compared to the V10, the smaller display located above the main display allows users to easily view notifications and alerts in outdoor situations at a glance.

Now with the Expandable Notifications feature, users can tap a button on the Second Screen to enlarge notifications in order to check long messages at a glance and quickly send a reply or share information.

LG UX 5.0+

The LG V20 comes with the mobile user interface LG UX 5.0+ to make it easier to use the multimedia functions tailored to customer needs. The LG UX 5.0+ is an upgraded version of the LG UX 5.0 first introduced on the LG G5. It is also the world’s first smartphone interface to run on Android 7.0 Nougat.

The LG V20 also features Multi-window to display two apps at once in a split screen allowing users to drag text, images, and files from one app to another. The combination of these advancements together with the 5.7-inch main IPS Quantum Display offers the best in multitasking capabilities.1

In Apps

The LG V20 is the world’s first phone to showcase Google’s In Apps. The new search mode featured in the Google app, helps users find content not only from built-in apps including contacts, emails, text messages and photos, but also from user-installed apps. It also enables users to discover recently accessed apps, people to get in touch with, messages to read or activity across apps without having to type a query. 

Premium Design for A Sophisticated Look

Premium Materials

To achieve both a sophisticated look and solid durability, LG uses lightweight aluminum, together with a new silicon-based material. AL6013 metal, found in aircraft, sailboats and mountain bikes, was selected to cover the back of the phone due to its sturdy but light properties. the top and bottom of the phone are made by Silicone Polycarbonate (Si-PC).

“The LG V20 is designed to offer customers a more dynamic experience by building on the most popular video and audio features of the V series,” said Mr. David Yoh, Mobile Communications Business Director of LG Electronics Singapore. “With the LG V20, we are giving our customers more of everything they love and less of anything they don’t need to set a new standard for premium smartphones.”

Available from November 5, 2016, in Silver and Titan, the LG V20 will retail for S$998 at all M1, Singtel, StarHub and authorized LG Mobile retailers. Each purchase comes with a mobile casing premium pack worth $88 while stocks last.

For more information, please visit http://www.lg.com/sg/mobile-phones/lg-V20.

Key Specifications:

  • Chipset: Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 820 Processor
  • Display: Main 5.7-inch QHD IPS Quantum Display (2560 x 1440 / 513ppi) / Secondary IPS Quantum Display (160 x 1040 / 513ppi)
  • Memory: 4GB LPDDR4 RAM / 64GB UFS ROM / microSD (up to 2TB)
  • Camera: Front 5MP with F1.9 Aperture (Wide Angle) / Rear 16MP with F1.8 Aperture OIS (Standard Angle) and 8MP with F2.4 Aperture (Wide Angle)
  • Battery: 3200mAh (removable)
  • Operating System: Android 7.0 Nougat
  • Size: 159.7 x 78.1 x 7.6mm
  • Network: LTE-A 3 Band CA
  • Connectivity: X12 LTE (up to 450 Mbps LTE Category 9 with 3x Carrier Aggregation) / Wi-Fi (802.11 a, b, g, n, ac) / USB Type-C / Bluetooth 4.2 BLE / NFC
  • Colors: Titan / Silver
  • Others: Hi-Fi Video Recording / Steady Record 2.0 / HD Audio Recorder / Studio Mode / High AOP Mic / Second Screen / 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC / In Apps / B&O Collaboration / Finger Print Scanner / Qualcomm® Quick Charge™ 3.0

* Information and pictures courtesy of LG Electronics Singapore and Brand Cellar *

Blackberry DTEK50 – World’s most secure Android smartphone

Blackberry, a global leader in mobile communications recently launched an android smartphone, the Blackberry DTEK50, world’s most secure android smartphone. The Blackberry DTEK50 would definitely interest smartphone users that are looking for a secure smartphone for their work and leisure use.

Blackberry enterprise management solutions are well known around the world and owners of the Blackberry DTEK50 would be find them inside this smartphone. This would be great especially for business/work users.

Let me share with you more information and details of the Blackberry DTEK50 from the press release information –

BlackBerry Limited, a global leader in mobile communications, announced that DTEK50TM, the world’s most secure Android smartphone, is now available in Singapore. Fully equipped with Android Marshmallow 6.0, DTEK50 combines BlackBerry’s unique security, privacy and productivity with the full Android experience in an all-touch design, at a price point that’s accessible for consumers and ideal for enterprise fleet deployment. From today, the BlackBerry DTEK50 is available from M1, Singtel and StarHub as well as leading retail stores partners of Ingram Micro Mobility Singapore for RRP $428, inclusive of GST.

“We take our customers’ privacy seriously. That’s why we’re proud to have all the security and privacy functionality that is built in our newest Android smartphone. DTEK50 merges the unique security and connectivity features BlackBerry is known for with the rich Android ecosystem,” said Ralph Pini, Chief Operating Officer and General Manager, Mobility Solutions, BlackBerry. “DTEK50 adds to BlackBerry’s lineup of secure smartphones, providing choices to our customers with different price points on both BlackBerry 10 and Android platforms.”

Android Security at the Forefront

In a recent survey1 of Android smartphone users, BlackBerry found that 50 percent believe their smartphone is only somewhat secure, and what’s more, despite data security fears, one in six Android users don’t know about Android security patches.

“With an increase in cybercrime on smartphones, people need to recognize that the private details of their lives – where they live, their bank info, pictures of their kids – are at risk on their personal device. You wouldn’t leave the doors of your house unlocked at night. Having a smartphone that doesn’t take your privacy seriously is the equivalent,” said David Kleidermacher, Chief Security Officer, BlackBerry. “It’s equally important for businesses to protect their sensitive data from cyberattacks at all points of their mobile environment – from the device to the network and servers.”

DTEK50 was designed to address the security and privacy needs of today’s uncompromising Android users. With BlackBerry’s unique built-in hardware security, DTEK50 encrypts all users’ information, including business critical data and personal data such as pictures, videos and contacts. Malware protection is also built-in along with back-up, wipe and restore capabilities. BlackBerry also delivers security patches on the same day that Google publicly releases information about them, while many popular Android smartphones put the users’ private information at risk of being hacked due to slow security updates

Features that make DTEK50 the most secure Android smartphone, include:

  • Rapid Security Patching: BlackBerry has a record of being the quickest to deliver security patches, setting the bar in incident response and patch management to protect your device from malicious threats.
  • DTEK™ by BlackBerry App: Enables users to automatically monitor their OS and apps to know when their privacy could be at risk and to take action to improve it. The DTEK app also tracks applications and notifies you when someone is: taking pictures or videos without your knowledge, turning your microphone on, sending a text message, or accessing your contacts or location.
  • Hardware Root of Trust: BlackBerry’s manufacturing process uses a proprietary technique that adds security from the start, allowing for the tracking, verification and provisioning of DTEK50.
  • Secure Boot Process: Starting with the root of trust, each stage of DTEK50’s secure boot chain must first verify that the next component is fully intact before proceeding, ensuring your device has not been tampered with since the last restart.
  • Android OS hardening: BlackBerry provides additional security patches, zygote ASLR and pathtrust to make it more difficult for attackers to target a device by scrambling application/system memory.
  • FIPS 140-2 Compliant Full Disk Encryption: Protects your private information, like pictures or bank information, from being stolen if you were to lose your phone.

Ready to Work

DTEK50 combines BlackBerry’s enterprise management solutions to produce a powerful device capable of powering any work day. Key features include:

  • Full Enterprise Mobility Management Support: DTEK50 supports BlackBerry’s powerful suite of EMM applications and secure productivity solutions, including: WatchDox by BlackBerry for secure file-sharing, Good Work for business-class email and collaboration tools, Strong Authentication by BlackBerry as a VPN solution, SecuSUITE for Enterprise for secure voice and instant messaging communication, BBM Protected for encrypted messaging and BES12 for secure cross-platform management.

Design Meets Function

DTEK50, BlackBerry’s thinnest device ever, represents the best of BlackBerry with Android to make users more productive and responsive, pairing security with intelligent design. Key features include:

  • Customizable BlackBerry Convenience Key: With the press of a button, the Convenience Key provides quick access to your most used applications and more.
  • Dazzling Camera: DTEK50 is engineered to deliver professional-looking photos with an 8MP front facing camera and a 13MP auto-focus rear camera. Plus, features like Phase Detection Auto Focus and a dual-tone LED flash are designed to help the camera focus instantly and accurately for a blur-free, realistic looking photos, even in low light.

For more information on DTEK50, go to BlackBerry.com/DTEK50. Follow all updates related to DTEK50 on the Inside BlackBerry blog here and on our YouTube BlackBerry Channel here.

Survey was administered to 8,000 Android smartphone users between 35 and 54 years old in the US by using Google Consumer Surveys. Responses were collected from April 8 to 13, 2016. 

* Information courtesy of Blackberry Singapore and Ogilvy Public Relations *