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 *

 

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 *

Singtel to deploy Massive MIMO technology at special events

The journey to 5G by Singtel continues, it’s shaping up nicely and progressing towards reaching the 5G standards. Singtel recently announced that they would be deploying massive MIMO technology at special events in Singapore, starting with National Day Parade 2017, taking place very soon on 9th August 2017!

For those who regularly visited National Day Parades over the years, whether at the parade ground itself or in the nearby vicinity, we would encountered and experienced no mobile network coverage due to the huge number of people in the area. With the deployment of the massive MIMO technology, that would relieve the issues that mobile users faced previously. I am looking forward to Singapore reaching the 5G technology standards, it would be very helpful and useful for businesses and consumers.

Let me share with you more information on Singtel to deploy massive MIMO technology at special events from the press release information:

Singtel announced plans to deploy Massive MIMO (Multiple-Input Multiple-Output) technology commercially on its LTE-Advanced mobile network, to enhance mobile data speed experience by up to 200% at special events for its customers. A precursor to 5G technology, Massive MIMO is an advanced solution used to boost network capacity in highly dense environments.

Singtel will team up with Ericsson, Huawei and ZTE to deploy Massive MIMO technology at the Marina Bay area. For a start, Singtel will roll out the network boost at the upcoming National Day celebrations, with other deployments planned for the Singapore F1 Night Race and the New Year countdown event.

Over 150,000 people are expected at the Marina Bay area to celebrate National Day. Singtel mobile customers gathered there will be able to enjoy a better data experience as they share their photos and videos of the exciting performances and fireworks on social media.

Mr Mark Chong, Group Chief Technology Officer, Singtel, said: “On the joyous occasion of our National Day celebrations, Singtel is pleased to be pairing our newly-acquired 2.5GHz spectrum with Massive MIMO technology to expand our network capacity and offer our customers an enhanced mobile experience at this and other special events. We look forward to rolling out new technologies and innovative solutions to support the anticipated growth in mobile data.”

Globally, large crowds gathered at events, such as concerts and festivals, use high volumes of data to share their experiences via real-time videos on social media. This extraordinary behaviour generates a dramatic spike in network traffic, presenting a challenge for operators to provide fast and consistent data speeds.

Singtel has identified Massive MIMO as one of the solutions to the problem. Singtel will use Massive MIMO base stations featuring a large array of 64 antennas that improve spectral efficiency and cell capacity using innovations in radio technologies. The innovative antenna system channels signals to users’ specific locations instead of broadcasting across a geographical area. This multiplies the number of data paths from the cellular base stations, thus increasing network capacity and improving user experience.

Singtel provides Singapore’s fastest nationwide mobile data speeds at 450Mbps and recently launched 800Mbps speeds in the high-traffic Orchard Road area. In addition to having the island’s widest outdoor 4G coverage as rated by IMDA1 for 10 consecutive quarters, Singtel is also ranked the fastest telco in Singapore by global metrics leader, Ookla.

For more information on Singtel’s mobile data speeds, please visit here.

* Information courtesy of Singtel Corporate Communications *

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!

NGMN Forum 2017 hosted by Singtel

In January 2017, Singtel hosted Next Generation Mobile Networks (NGMN) Forum in Singapore, held at the Mandarin Orchard Singapore. Although this article post is a bit delayed, the progress and plans for the next generation mobile networks, technology, infrastructure, usage and growth are ongoing, building and expanding towards 5G in Singapore, coming soon in a few years time.

I was at the NGMN Forum 2017 on the first day, listened to the opening address by Assistant Chief Executive and Director-General (Telecom and Postal) Ms Aileen Chia. She shared some key pointers for the participants at NGMN Forum 2017, the future and growth of mobile networks, in Singapore and around the world. While the content and topics looked like they were only for Business to Business (B2B), in reality, the journey towards 5G for Singapore and around the world affects and impacts everybody (in both good and bad ways), from the businesses to the end consumer in the society. The future of the world, also for Singapore, are about technology changes, disruption, innovation and transformation from the business organisations to the end consumers. The information communications sector, economy and society are able to embrace opportunities and challenges. The next big thing is Data, the “new oil” of the 21st century. The future digital economy, IoT (Internet of Things), devices and how we consume data, use data in our daily life and work, this is going to be massive.

After listening to the opening address, I had a tour around some of the partners showcase of their 5G technology and infrastructure. Singtel is making a lot of progress in their 5G journey in Singapore and during an earlier event in August 2016 organised by Singtel that I attended – Singtel and Ericsson were the first to showcase 5G in Southeast Asia. The changes, impacts and opportunities with 5G are coming soon to us in Singapore, on both the B2B and B2C level.

On the B2B level, the partners exhibiting their 5G infrastructure and application of the 5G technology, I saw drones in action that could be activated during natural disaster, robotics obeying the commands of the human hand movement, traffic light control, security and surveillance, all of them powered by the upcoming 5G technology networks.

On the B2C level, as the consumer on the street, what do you think? How would 5G change the way you consume data, communicate with family, relatives and friends? How would 5G help, impact or even affect your work?

5G in Singapore is arriving in a few years time, the groundwork and infrastructure are being prepared and it’s building up speed and momentum.

5G in Singapore by year 2020, maybe it might even be earlier?

Huawei P9 Review

The Huawei P9 smartphone, recently launched in May 2016, garnered a lot of attention around the world with their dual camera lens system in collaboration with Leica. When I first read about the announcement about the Huawei P9 smartphone, I was excited with their dual lens system and their collaboration with Leica, a world famous camera brand.

Recently, I got an opportunity to review the Huawei P9 smartphone camera and I am thankful for the two weeks plus that I had with this smartphone. What happened was that my iPhone 6 had a very bad apps crash and it kind of damaged my rear facing camera and flashlight. Therefore, I wasn’t able to do any live updates with photographs and my Instagram became Latergram. The Huawei P9 provided me with the opportunity to do my mobile phone photography during that two weeks plus review period.

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For this review post, I would concentrate on the overall aspects of the Huawei P9 smartphone except for the smartphone camera review that will be in another separate article post.

The Huawei P9 model that I got for my review was the EVA-L19 model, the 3GB RAM + 32GB ROM with global dual sim slots. First and foremost, the white colour box was in the form of simplicity and minimalism. Upon opening the box and taking out the Huawei P9 smartphone, the feeling was great. It was premium, elegant and stylish, state-of-the-art industrial design. The feel of the Huawei P9 is really good, smooth finishing and solid smartphone body, thanks to Huawei’s superior-grade 2.5D glass and aerospace-class aluminium.

Huawei P9 is equipped with power and speed, powered by their new Kirin 955 2.5GHz 64 bit ARM-based processor along with a 5.2-inch 1080p display and the 3,000mAh high density battery. Running on Android version 6.0, the operating system is stable, the user interface is very similar to iOS. This resulted in a combination of the iOS user interface features running on an Android platform inside the Huawei P9. For an iPhone user like me who doesn’t have too much experiences with an Android smartphone (even though I own Android smartphones), the experience and transition to use Huawei P9 makes it really fast and smooth. Given the powerful specifications inside the Huawei P9, there were times

The dual sim card slots are most welcome for some of us here, who either have two mobile phone lines or we have to travel overseas for business trips. The first sim card slot is the main sim card slot, micro-sim that is 2G/3G/4G ready while the second sim card slot is nano sim card and it is only for 2G networks. This slot is also where I placed my MicroSD card to let me store my photographs, data and files that I need to work on. During my review period with the Huawei P9, I placed my MicroSD card inside sim card slot 2 and my photographs that were taken were stored directly into my MicroSD card and not on the phone memory.

Therefore, the sim card slot 2 is a combination of nano sim card and MicroSD card slot together. This might be an issue for users who travel overseas and they plan to buy another local sim card into slot 2 together with their main mobile line sim card in sim card slot 1 and their sim card slot 2 is taken up by their MicroSD card.

The power technical specifications and the built quality of the Huawei P9 smartphone are factors that make this smartphone strong. Collaborating with Leica, a world renowned and iconic camera brand, the rear facing dual cameras co-engineered with Leica makes the Huawei P9 smartphone highly desirable, for both work and smartphone photography. When they said the Huawei P9 is reinventing smartphone photography, and after reviewing it for two weeks plus, I agree with the messages that they are sending across. In my earlier sharing on the Huawei P9 press release article, you can read more in depth on their photography system co-engineered by Huawei and Leica packed inside the Huawei P9 smartphone.

For the Huawei P9 smartphone camera review, it is inside another review article dedicated to the photography system by Huawei and Leica, that is on my photography blog. I am very impressed by the smartphone camera capabilities and quality especially the monochrome mode photographs. That is also why I gave it a dedicated camera review. Check out the photographs shot with the Huawei P9 smartphone camera review unit on my Flickr collection.

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To me, as a photographer, a technology gadgets enthusiast, a person on the move handling marketing and social media, the Huawei P9 is an excellent smartphone choice that I am most likely going to own it down the road. While it would not replace my iPhone 6, it would most likely to co-exist with my iPhone when I decide to work with 2 mobile phone numbers, one for work and one for personal using a combination of one iOS smartphone and one Android smartphone, capturing the best of both worlds.

I would like to thank Huawei Singapore and Ogilvy Public Relations for giving me the opportunity to review the Huawei P9 smartphone camera.

*Note: The Huawei P9 camera review would be up in the next few days on my photography website*

The Performance Series Race 2 @ Jurong Lake

The second instalment of 5 running events from the The Performance Series, it’s race 2 @ Jurong Lake on Sunday 26th June 2016. This location is not too far away from my home and it’s a beautiful place with lush greenery, Jurong Lake, Japanese Garden and Chinese Garden, making it a good place for exercising and running!

I chose the 10km distance, a running distance that I am comfortable and happy with. The running route at Jurong Lake was pretty tight and narrow thus, there were quite a fair bit of runners traffic jam and that was totally understandable. Nonetheless, if a runner is planning on beating their personal best 10km timing, it might be a bit tricky navigating and overtaking fellow runners! The event was ran and managed pretty well by the organisers. Prior to the run on Sunday, there were quite a lot of rain over the past few days and it made some parts of the event ground wet and muddy. After my run and upon returning home, it was washing the mud off my Asics GT-2000 3 orange running shoes!

In the lead up and preparation towards race 2 at Jurong Lake, I could have and should have done better. Clocking a running time of 1hr 16mins 48s (from my Runkeeper App), it’s an improvement from my race 1 timing of 1hr 28mins 29s (from my Runkeeper App). For this race 2, I added CompresSport Calf Sleeve R2 to my running gear setup, I looked really colourful, orange colour Asics GT-2000 3 running shoes, black colour CompresSport socks, green colour CompresSport Calf Sleeve R2 and the pink colour event running shirt! The CompresSport Calf Sleeve R2 does aid in my running and recovery. I would share more about my views, review and thoughts on the CompresSport running accessories at a later time. I decided not to take a selfie of my whole running attire, I would just share my running shoes and accessories setup instead!

During my article write up on race 1, the organisers had done a good job on social media engagement with the runners and the running event itself. For race 2, they kept it up and good job to the organising and event folks from The Performance Series!

Time to sign up for Race 3 @ Gardens By The Bay! Next target is to improve on my timing from Race 2!

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Huawei P9 and P9 Plus

A smartphone that recently made the headlines among the smartphone users and photographers, it is a smartphone equipped with dual lens technology from a world famous iconic camera brand, Leica Camera AG. The Huawei P9 and P9 Plus are the latest flagship devices from Huawei, with this special partnership with Leica, I personally think they would be a good fit together and attract the mobile phone photography users to these two models.

Being a smartphone / mobile phone photographer myself, this is an attractive smartphone that I can use for both work/leisure and mobile phone photography. The opportunity to take monochrome photographs from the Huawei P9 and P9 Plus smartphone, is pretty exciting and attractive for me! I am keen to own the Huawei P9, let’s hope there is a chance in the near future to test it out too!

Huawei P9

Let me share with you more information regarding the Huawei P9 and P9 Plus from the press release information below:

Huawei Consumer Business Group launched the Huawei P9 and P9 Plus, the first smartphones co-engineered with the global iconic brand, Leica Camera AG. The P9’s dual-lens camera takes smartphone photography to the next level, allowing people to capture both vivid colours, as well as striking black and white images.

“Huawei is excited to give P9 users the best smartphone photography experience by leveraging the unrivalled capabilities of Leica, the leader in the world of imaging for more than 100 years,” said Richard Yu, CEO, Huawei Consumer Business Group. “Consumers around the world use their smartphones to take billions of pictures each year, making photography critical to the user experience. P9 users can now capture images with unmatched clarity, richness and authenticity, with a masterfully designed and powerful smartphone that looks and feels incredible.”

Reinventing Smartphone Photography
Integrating the design values and engineering excellence of both Huawei and Leica in a smartphone photography system co-engineered by the two companies, the P9 brings together best-in-class hardware and software, from optical lenses and sensors, to image processing algorithms, empowering users to capture the highest-quality images.

Key to the P9’s superlative imaging capabilities is a dual-camera design that fully unleashes the power of Leica’s optical lenses, renowned for precision and attention to detail, and subject to the industry’s most stringent quality screening requirements. The RGB camera on the P9 specialises in capturing colour, while the monochrome camera is outstanding at acquiring picture detail. The two rear cameras of the P9 work in tandem to enable users to create images of superior detail, depth and colour. The P9 truly excels in low-light conditions, as the dual-camera design guarantees that more light and detail can be captured.

Each picture taken by the P9 carries the unique emotional resonance and timelessness that are the hallmarks of Leica, as users may choose between three film modes: Standard, Vivid Colors, and Smooth Colors, depending on their personal preferences. With meticulous calibration of the P9’s camera parameters, each film mode faithfully renders the authentic color and style of Leica. By selecting the monochrome mode, P9 users can use their devices as a true monochrome camera to capture powerful and evocative black-and-white images of superior quality.

Deploying Huawei’s Hybrid Focus technology, the P9 captures images with superior speed, accuracy and stability. The P9 supports camera focusing based on three methodologies – laser, depth calculation, and contrast – and automatically selects the one that yields the best result in any given environment.

The wide-aperture photography feature on the P9 allows users to experiment with innovative visual effects to create unique images and content. The P9 makes it easy to adjust the camera aperture to create bokeh and other depth-of-field effects, while keeping the main object in sharp focus.

“Leica and Huawei share an uncompromising commitment to imaging excellence, and our partnership will put outstanding photography into the hands of more consumers around the world,” said Oliver Kaltner, CEO, Leica Camera AG. “We are deepening our collaboration to give users a more optimal smartphone photography experience.”

Taking Industrial Design to a Higher Level

The P9 is a masterpiece of state-of the-art industrial design, with the same minimalist design DNA as earlier products in Huawei’s acclaimed flagship P-series premium smartphones. Each P9 device is a perfect construct of superior-grade 2.5D glass and an aerospace-class aluminium, with diamond-cut edges rounded out by carefully balanced curvatures.

The 64GB version of the P9 comes in a stunning and unique Haze Gold finish, setting new industry standards in industrial design, with the use of techniques including brushed hairlines and metal polishing at micron-level precision to create a translucent metal surface. The 32GB version comes in Mystic Silver, Titanium Grey and Prestige Gold, offering a myriad of choices to consumers.

Power and Performance

The P9 is equipped with the power, connectivity and speed that today’s high-end smartphone user expects from Huawei. With a 5.2-inch 1080p display, the P9 is powered by the new Kirin 955 2.5GHz 64-bit ARM-based processor for class-leading mobile performance. The 3,000mAh high-density battery offers P9 users outstanding mobility and battery life.

Huawei is also unveiling the P9 Plus, featuring a 5.5-inch Press Touch display and a larger 3,400mAh battery. The P9 Plus also offers dual-IC Rapid Charge, giving users six hours of talk time after a 10-minute charge.

Leveraging Huawei’s industry-leading capabilities in telecommunications, the P9 and P9 Plus offer unrivaled new features including a virtual-triple-antenna architecture, designed for users who need robust and seamless connectivity to cellular and Wi-Fi networks to fully harness the power of the mobile Internet no matter where they are in the world.

The P9 and P9 Plus also protect users’ privacy and information security with Huawei’s world-leading biometric fingerprint recognition technology. The enhanced fingerprint sensor allows users to personalize and safeguard their devices by significantly lowering the possibility of fraudulent or accidental device access, while also ensuring users can quickly and securely access their smartphone.

Dedicated After-Sales Care

The Huawei P9 and P9 Plus comes with Huawei HiCare – a first-of-its-kind service specially designed for Huawei’s customers in Singapore. Huawei HiCare offers a suite of premium after-sales services to Huawei customers, as a further commitment from Huawei in unparalleled end-to-end consumer experience. These services include access to the warranty status of your Huawei device via the Huawei HiCare application, 24-month product warranty for your Huawei handsets, as well as hassle-free door-to-door repair pickup and delivery for selected Huawei devices.

All Huawei handsets launched after November 2015 are covered under Huawei HiCare – CLASSIC pack, which entitles the users to;

  • Extended assurance with 24-month warranty
  • Peace-of-mind with three-day repair promise – Users who sent in their phones (under warranty) for repair will be issued a loan phone. If their phone is not repaired within three days, a brand new phone will be given as a replacement.
  • Hassle-free data transfer – All Huawei users can enjoy data transfer service from our friendly staff at the Huawei Customer Service.
  • One-stop convenience with Huawei HiCare App – Huawei users can download the Huawei HiCare app that gives users access to the warranty information of their Huawei device/s. This app also provides a convenient platform for users to feedback to Huawei Customer Service, locate Huawei Service Centres, and find Huawei Hotline numbers.

The Huawei Mate and P-series range of handsets launched after November 2015, with exception of the Huawei P9 Lite, are covered under Huawei HiCare – PRESTIGE pack. This pack offers the full suite of services from Huawei HiCare – CLASSIC pack as well as the following privileges;

  • Hassle-free door-to-door delivery – Users may dial in to Huawei’s after-sale hotline to have your device repaired and delivered back to their preferred pick-up location
  • Free screen replacement – Users may enjoy a one-time free screen replacement within the first year of purchase at no charge.

Huawei handsets covered under Huawei HiCare – PRESTIGE: Mate S, Mate 8, P9 Plus and P9.

Huawei Flagship store and Customer Service Centre is located at Plaza Singapura, 68 Orchard Road, #03-78, Singapore 238839, operating from 11a.m. to 8p.m. daily, except Public Holidays.

  • Service Hotline: 800 852 666 (9a.m. – 9p.m., daily)
  • Web Chat: http://consumer.huawei.com/sg/support
  • Huawei HiCare App

Pricing and Availability:

Models Version Colours Price
P9 4GB + 64GB (Deluxe version) Haze Gold SGD888
3GB + 32GB Prestige Gold, Titanium Grey and Mystic Silver SGD768
P9 Plus 4GB + 64GB Haze Gold and Quartz Grey SGD998

P9 (Deluxe version) will be available from 12 May 2016 for pre-order at Lazada.sg. As part of the pre-order & launch special, an exclusive Leica leather phone case is available while stocks last.

P9 (32GB) will be available in Huawei Flagship Store (Plaza Singapura), all telecommunication outlets and selected of the Telecommunication’s Exclusive Partner store. It is also available in selected mobile, computer and electronics stores. Huawei smart cover will be available while stocks last as a launch special.

P9 Plus will be available in Singapore from late June 2016.

*Information courtesy of Huawei Singapore and Ogilvy Public Relations*