Celebrating 10 years right here

In January 2018, I celebrated another milestone that didn’t cross my mind, this personal website/blog is 10 years old, having being founded and started in January 2008. This 10 years milestone completely slipped my mind until fellow photographer Joseph Goh congratulated me on LinkedIN, I login and checked and I read “Celebrating 10 years at www.tangenghui.com”.

It was like déjà vu, a bit like Star Wars: The Force Awakens (almost)! This dawned upon me that I had been writing over a period of 10 years, it was just like the blink of an eye, when I first started writing on my personal website/blog in January 2008. Looking back and reflecting on my past 10 years here, while I am celebrating my personal milestone, my personal website/blog is the less well-known websites/blogs that I currently manage. On the other hand, a lot of my most in-depth personal thoughts, views, feelings and emotions were penned down and published here.

This personal website/blog of mine is not a glamourous nor colourful or flamboyant website. It’s all about personal growth, personal development, entrepreneurship, business, finance, social media, information technology news, products and devices announcements/updates, social causes, sports science and training.

What’s next for the year ahead in 2018? I always set a personal goal to improve on my level and quality of content/topics published here inside my personal website/blog. I am going to make some changes (some subtle, some might be distinct) reflecting the growth and maturity in my writing over the past 10 years.

Celebrating 10 years right here, striving forward and marking my timeline ahead in the near future for my next milestone.

To all my readers and supporters over the past 10 years, I sincerely thank you from the bottom of my heart, for faithfully reading and supporting a “boring” personal blog/website.

Seeking my own Ikigai

At the start of the year 2018, I shared and wrote on the changes that I wanted to make for this new year 2018 and setting my goals for year 2018, after reflecting on my year 2017. On the 10th January, the day it was marked as “Another year older (Again) in 2018”, I promised myself that I wanted to get a book on that particular day, a personal goal for myself. I wanted to buy a particular book on that day since it’s a milestone day for me. I went to Kinokuniya Bugis and it was out of stock, I was determined to buy it today and I went Kinokuniya Orchard and I managed to buy it!

A new book – The little book of Ikigai : The essential Japanese way to finding your purpose in life by Ken Mogi. This is going to be a significant moment, one of my goals for year 2018, finding my purpose, finding my direction, seeking a balance in the force.

On that day, 10th January, I started my personal journey of exploration, seeking my own Ikigai (????). Googling for the diagram representing Ikigai, I found a common diagram of four circles, intersecting together. Although it was useful, easy to use and explain, I was looking for something more therapeutic and closer to my heart. In the midst of my Google search, I discovered some gorgeous landscape photographs with the word “Ikigai”.

At that moment, I knew how I wanted to share on my journeys seeking my own Ikigai, through the landscape photographs (most likely using the monochrome landscape photographs) that I took in Hokkaido, Japan.

Flipping the little book of Ikigai, there was a note to the Reader (that’s me!)

The Five Pillars of Ikigai

Pillar 1: Starting small

Pillar 2: Releasing yourself

Pillar 3: Harmony and sustainabiliyy

Pillar 4: The joy of little things

Pillar 5: Being in the here and now

My personal journey of Ikigai exploration and discovery has started; I am finding my own Ikigai.

Another Year Older (Again) in 2018

Entering into the 10th day of the month of January, it’s the time again for me, to add another digit to an existing number, another year older (again) in the year 2018.

As I aged, matured and mellowed over the decades, birthday is a quiet affair, sometimes alone, sometimes with friends, no fanciful meals, no glamourous photos shared on social media platforms, group photos of birthday gatherings were like a thing of the past since 5 to 10 years back? I don’t even know to be honest, sometimes, the pace of life and changes were so fast and furious that we lost track of our time.

Today, as I grow a year older (again) in 2018, I had a great lunch treat by my primary school friend Wendy, over a hot bowl of Hakata Ikkousha Tonkotsu Ramen, thereafter, we had kopi-o at Ya-Kun. Chatting with old friends is priceless as we aged into the middle stages of our life.

Since my birthdays are usually quiet and low key, I don’t usually get birthday gifts, however, today I received a gift it’s all about Singapore, Heritage, History and Culture. This special package is also a Christmas gift 2017, New Year 2018 gift, a 3-in-1 gift package!

No matter what type of gift it is, I really appreciate this gift from the social media folks, Faiz, Shaun and Nicholas. Thank you very much from the bottom of my heart!

I set a goal that I wanted to get a book on my birthday today. I wanted to buy a particular book today since it’s a milestone day for me. I went to Kinokuniya Bugis and it was out of stock, I was determined to buy it today and I went Kinokuniya Orchard and I managed to buy it!

A new book – The little book of Ikigai : The essential Japanese way to finding your purpose in life. This is going to be a significant moment, one of my goals for year 2018, finding my purpose, finding my direction, seeking a balance in the force, on this day on my birthday in 2018, through this little book of Ikigai.

Adding another year (again) in 2018, I am thankful, grateful, humbled and blessed, for everything that I have in life at this juncture in time. It’s not perfect, it’s not that bad either.

Thank you to all my family, relatives and friends that stood by me, encouraged, supported me, lifted me up and pushed me from behind as I strive towards my goals.

To some of “you people”, you know who you are, I am leaving you behind and away from my life forever if I am able to.

Going to work even harder, smarter and more strategically in the year 2018! Onward!

7th January 2018 – 1st Update post for the Year

It’s been only a week since the new year 2018 kick off, while it wasn’t a big kick off style for me, more of slow and low key, I was happy with the work, flow and things that I wanted to do at the start of the year 2018. There is something that resonates with me, this phrase “some things never change” and one of the things was life is never perfect, never smooth and there is always ups and downs.

First few days of year 2018, my photography and travel website/blog was down for a few days (around 2-3 days) after my hosting and domain services company, Domains Priced Right updated and upgraded my hosting account. I thought everything was fine after that, the next thing was that my login was lost and I had to request for my friend’s Brian’s IT expertise to help me out.

Over an afternoon of troubleshooting, he managed to resolve the login for me and I am able to enter into my wp-admin backend panel. Initially, I thought it’s back to running normally, after further checking, I realised that my 11 years of hard work, my categories and tags were all gone, my photography and travel website/blog is now in a mess (the contents are still there though, feeling very thankful!). I need to return back and ask Brian for assistance again.

This “repair and recovery” phase is estimated going to take 1-2 weeks, after that, I am going to back up and transfer my domain and hosting services to my friend’s company Business Network Internet (BNI) Hub. During this time, I might find a new template for my photography and travel website/blog, time for a fresh start to year 2018, a fresh beginning with BNI Hub.

During the repair and recovery phase, I would spend time editing photographs, uploading them into my Flickr, 500px and Format photography portfolio. Meanwhile, I would work on my personal website/blog topics e.g. technology, gadgets, fin-tech, business, forex investing etc etc.

As for my photography business, personal photography and travel goals settings, I would put on hold until my photography and travel website/blog is “repaired and recovered” before publishing it.

Not the most ideal start to year 2018, it’s also not the worst start at all. Basically, I should be able to handle the hiccups being presented to me, I just have to find my ways and means, finding solutions, asking for assistance to get them back up and running properly again.

Other than my photography and travel website/blog update, I am continuing to spring clean my room and my possessions, decluttering, throwing away, giving away and keeping those things that I want. Following that, I am continuing to do spring cleaning in my home, helping, cleaning and decluttering as much as I could.

In the month of January 2018, I hope to clear some backlogs that I didn’t manage to clear in December 2017. Another area that I am keen to start writing and covering more on is on cryptocurrnecy, let’s hope this segment can help me grow something out of them.

Getting year 2018 on the correct note, staying firm, steady and stable on the ground while moving forward to grow and expand (it may and need not be the fastest) in this year 2018.

I want to make a breakthrough for this year 2018!

Setting my Goals for year 2018

I have been setting my goals for the past few years (probably 10 years or more if I recalled correctly), yet when I looked back and searched for my goal settings articles, it was like all over the place inside here, maybe under a different heading and different stages in my life and timeline.

Today, I would be writing and sharing on my personal goals settings for the year 2018, my goal settings for my photography business, personal photography and travel would not be published inside here, they should be published soon.

Over the past month, December 2017, I did quite a fair bit of personal reflection, preparing myself what I wanted to do and achieve for my goals in the year 2018. Some of my goals were more inner and personal goals than monetary or achievement goals.

  • Healthy and active sporting lifestyle (Disciplined exercise regime) – No excuses for myself, I had been lazy, slacking and ill-disciplined in this aspect. I need to get my lazy self up and exercising regularly and consistently again. With a healthy mindset, body, mind and soul, it would assist me in taking on all the challenges, stress and pressure of running a small photography business in an era of highly disruptive and competitive economy. Not to forget mentioning that being healthy and active is something that money can’t buy.
  • Read more books – Reading helps to soothe my mind, heart and soul, as well as adding knowledge, skills and understanding of things/matters in different industries, societies and people. I haven’t been reading more than I would love to. Moving forward in the year 2018, I want to read more books from a diverse nature and genres.
  • FOREX / Alternative Investments / Trading – These alternative investments areas were something that I embarked upon a few years back, however, I didn’t have the persistency and discipline to maintain and continue the journey due to a different direction and goals settings during that period of time. Thanks to Pro Traders Academy in 2017, I am back, revising and preparing to enter into these alternative investments again, building up a side income and funds for my future.
  • Learn new skills and knowledge – Learning is a lifelong philosophy and we must keep on learning and gaining new skills and knowledge, changing and adapting in this climate of constant and highly disruptive economy and society. I started using SkillsFuture in 2017 and I would continue to find new courses to learn new skills and knowledge, adding them to my existing skills and knowledge setup.
  • Avoid and stay away from negative and nasty people – I had seen my fair share of negative and nasty people, who just have a knack for imposing everything of themsleves on other people. There are times whereby they don’t want you to succeed, they want you to fail, their words are nasty and hurting. These type of people really affect me, while people beside me can easily said that I can don’t listen to them and let them affect me, I still got infected and got affected by them, resulting in some hindrance in my journey. The time has come to protect myself from the negative and nasty people by avoiding and staying away from them.
  • Decluttering + Minimalist – It didn’t occur to me how therapeutic it can be for me, decluttering the many physical items in my life. Sometimes, the human race is chasing a lot of physical goods and commodities, there’s no internal and emotional fulfillment at times. Decluttering started in mid 2017, when I did spring cleaning of my room, re-arranging of my cabinets before helping to rearrange some of the cabinets in my living room. There’s some progress, there’s still a lot of work to be done. Next up is Minimalist, would I ever be able to achieve it? I don’t know, to be honest. It’s like an utopia somehow, however, it can be done, the question is, do I want to achieve it?
  • Embrace change and disruption – Although I mentally, emotionally and psychologically prepared myself for change in 2017, the huge waves of changes and disruptions were even more higher and powerful than I initially prepared myself for. Year 2017 became another learning curve for me, I am telling myself and preparing myself again, to embrace change and disruption (reminder that it might even get bigger, higher and powerful than previous editions)
  • STOP Overthinking – It’s one of my flaws that I personally and publicly acknowledged. Taking the steps to stop overthinking, it might not be easy and I am taking the first step.
  • STOP Putting Myself Down – Many a times, I let the words of negative and nasty people into my head, mind and soul, the Bad Wolf started to eat me up inside, transforming into thoughts that made me put myself down. The time also come for me to put a STOP to this.
  • Ikigai – ????, this is something that I am going to discover myself and search for it, the reason.
  • The subtle art of not giving a f*@k – There are a few, maybe a number of people out there that I will not be giving a damn of what you say, comment, feedback or criticize. It’s not that I can’t take criticisms, feedbacks or comments. It’s not the same at all.

To some of you, this may not be the “standards” of goals settings. It’s not for you, this is for me and myself only.

Happy New Year 2018!

1st January 2018, the first day of a brand new year. It’s time for me to start a new chapter, a fresh new beginning, a fresh new start to the year 2018. With all the things that happened in years 2016 to 2017, it’s now over.

I would share briefly on my goals and plans for this year 2018 in another article, coming soon. Due to the amount of disappointments, failures, difficulties and challenges that I faced in 2016 to 2017, I must be nimble, ready for change and adapt as fast as I can.

I just want to wish everybody Happy New Year 2018, with compliments from my cute, adorable and fat family dog (I didn’t head out and take New Year Eve Countdown fireworks on 31st December 2017).

Happy New Year folks! Good luck and all the best in the year 2018!

2 zines for reading and inspiration

Many years ago, when I first started learning photography, I only thought of capturing moments through my photographs, I didn’t think beyond that. Likewise when I started writing/blogging in the blogsphere and social media platforms as the internet evolves in the past 10+ years, I didn’t think beyond publishing my articles/stories beyond the digital space.

During the journeys inside the blogging/social media/digital landscape, I learned new things, knowledge, skills and unearth my talents that I do not thought that I possessed. Meeting and knowing talented creatives in their own respective fields such as music, writing, photography … ete etc … opened up new adventures into a few new worlds.

One of the new worlds that I was opened to was in the world of publishing and printing. I am still learning and finding my way around it, some years back, I had a plan to convert my blog posts/articles into an e-magazine, somehow or another, due to lack of knowledge, fear, inadequate resources (I am a one person operation) and know how, I didn’t embark on it and this plan didn’t materalise. Fast forward a few years later after that, I visited Hokkaido during November 2014 and I came back, wanting to do more with my travel photographs. An inspiration and a huge personal goal was set, to produce my own photo book. This maiden journey was very exciting (stressful too) and very humbling, while the layout may not be the most “professionally” done, it was my through my hard work and determination, with some help from friends in the photography curation.

With this achievement, I was planning to advance further. Life sometimes never makes things easy for everyone of us, circumstances and life situation changes from 2016 to 2017. These two years were some of the toughest life lessons that I ever have till date. If you had been following my articles here, you would know what happened between 2016 and 2017.

Walking down this lonely road from 2016 to 2017, I picked myself up from the rock bottom and decided to move on, learn more, improve more and challenge myself more (it wasn’t a smooth journey at all, it was slow, difficult and tough). Along the way, I saw posts by creative industry friends based in Tokyo, Japan, on publishing their zines. I followed their updates and developments, soon, I am going to fulfill my goal of publishing my own zines, most likely photography zines. Some years back, I did have a goal of publishing my own zine, something that I did not embark upon.

In the blink of an eye, I got 2 zines from Craig Atkinson and Fernando Gros, in front of me right now, giving me the inspiration on how I want to go about producing and publishing my own zine in year 2018. The style, flow, type of my zine is still in the midst of planning, I won’t be revealing or announcing much as stage in time.

Let me present to you the 2 zines that I just received

By Craig Atkinson

Website

Twitter

Instagram

By Fernando Gros

Website

Twitter

Instagram

If you are into self publishing and zines, do check out their works by my 2 friends!

Looking forward to year 2018 with one of my goals is to publish my own zines.

OPPO launched R11s and R11s Plus

OPPO, a world leading camera phone brand, recently launched the OPPO R11s and R11s Plus in Singapore. I had experience with the OPPO R series smartphone, I did a camera phone review on the OPPO R11 smartphone and you can check out the photos in my Flickr collection that I shot with the OPPO R11 along with the link to my review article!

During the launch event for the OPPO R11s and R11s Plus smartphone in Singapore, I had a short hands on with both OPPO R11s and R11s Plus, I really like the slim and sleek factor of both smartphones as well as the full screen display. With 16MP and 20MP cameras on the OPPO R11s and R11s Plus, it does pack a power punch to their photography capabilities, an area to look into if/when the opportunity arises.

If you are keen to check out the OPPO R11s and R11s Plus camera phones, you can visit OPPO interactive and fun pop-up store at Wisma Atria main entrance till 25the December 2017 from 12pm to 10pm daily. The OPPO pop-up store theme is “The Playground”, visitors can go in explore the OPPO R11s and R11s Plus camera phones, play with the new OPPO camera phones, take photos using the latest OPPO smartphones and have fun at the OPPO playground. You might bring back some gifts from there, I shall leave it to you, to visit and explore!

Let me share more key information and details on the OPPO R11s and R11s Plus smartphones:

The R11s and R11s Plus are OPPO’s latest flagship camera phones featuring dual 16MP and 20MP rear cameras that pack a powerful punch, performing as two primary cameras under different light conditions when capturing portrait shots.

Together with the rear cameras, both phones feature a 20MP front camera that utilises OPPO’s ground-breaking AI Beauty Recognition technology that recognises different human subjects in a selfie and makes customised beautification enhancements that appear subtle and natural.

With a higher sensitivity to light and a large aperture, images taken with the R11s and R11s Plus are clearer and brighter, and the viewing experience is enhanced with a 6.01-inch full-screen display and an 85.8 percent screen-to-body ratio on the R11s. On the other hand, the R11s Plus comes with a sizable 6.43-inch full-screen display.

New technology for the best photography on a smartphone

The dual rear cameras have been re-engineered to capture the highest quality of portraits for both day and night conditions.

The 16MP and 20MP rear cameras function as primary cameras under different light conditions. The 16MP rear camera takes on the primary role of normal everyday shots in brightly lit environments, while the 20MP high definition camera becomes the main camera for low-light environments. It will intelligently fuse 2.0µm pixels to quadruple (4X) the size of the photosensitive area of the sensor, increasing the overall sensitivity to light for all images.

Both cameras have a large f/1.7 aperture, allowing more light into the device. The dual camera set-up can also intelligently gauge distances between the phone and subject, creating soft and natural depth-of-field effects that highlight the subject. With a large aperture in normal daylight and software treatment, the bokeh effect looks real and natural.

OPPO’s AI Beauty Recognition technology on the front camera scans for 254 facial recognition points in 3D for each subject, references them against a database of facial images, and analyses features based on gender, age, skin texture, skin colour, expression and environment scenarios before making customised enhancements for each subject.

Simple yet bold design

The R11s takes on a new approach to design. The 6.01-inch FHD+ screen with an 18:9 aspect ratio and 2160 x 1080 dpi offers users a vivid and outstanding visual display without having to increase the overall size of the phone. The R11s is available in black, champagne and red. The red model is a special variant, developed with a unique starry sky screen.

Equipped with a bigger screen, the R11s Plus offers a longer battery life, more RAM than the R11s, and is available in champagne and black.

Applying user-experience design and technical innovation, the R11s and R11s Plus are re-engineered to make video watching and gaming more comfortable. Port modules such as the headphone jack, speaker and mini USB port were shrunk further and fitted into the crescent arcs – the concave, indented bottom edges of the phones. This results in better sound projection without the user’s hands blocking the speakers during gameplay or watching videos, whilst at the same time enhancing the firm grip through a slimmer and sleeker body.

Enhanced user experience with ColorOS 3.2

The R11s and R11s Plus run on ColorOS 3.2 which has an overall smoother performance, is faster and safer, and even enables users to multitask using the split screen mode. Facial unlock uses AI to recognise the user, and can unlock the phone in just 0.08 seconds. Other unlocking functions such as password and a fingerprint scanner on the back of the phones have also been made available.

When it comes to the CPU, it will switch to a high-performance mode when users activate the gaming app. While in this mode, the R11s and R11s Plus process gaming graphics at 60 frames per second (fps), double the rate of 30fps in other standard phones. The gameplay is more fluid, will not hang or pause*, or miss any frames that can affect multi-player games. While gaming, incoming calls, alarm clock and calendar alerts will only be notified as a banner on the screen, resulting in uninterrupted gameplay.

The R11s and R11s Plus are powered by the Qualcomm SnapdragonTM 660 chipset that comes with exceptional battery life with the 3205mAh battery, and the proprietary VOOC Flash charge technology.

* Dependent on the mobile connection and specific games.

Pricing and Availability

The OPPO R11s camera phone is available for purchase in Singapore from 2 December for SGD699. Pre-order starts from 23 November at https://www.oppostore.com.sg/products/oppo-r11s. The OPPO R11s Plus will go on sale on 9 December and will be priced at SGD849.

The OPPO R11s and R11s Plus specifications: 

Dimensions/Weight

Height                          [155.1]

Width                           [75.5]

Thickness                     [7.1]

Weight                         [153]

Basic Parameters

Colour: [Champagne, Black, Red for R11s] / [Champagne, Black for R11s Plus] Availability vary by markets

Operating System: ColorOS 3.2

Processor: [Qualcomm Snapdragon 660]

GPU: [Adreno 512]

RAM: R11s 4 GB, R11s Plus 6 GB

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

Battery: 3205mAh or 4000mAh Li-Po Battery (typical value, irremovable)

Display

Size: 6.01 inches

Type: AMOLED

Resolution: FHD (2160 by 1080 pixels)

Colours: 16 million colours

Touchscreen: Multi-touch, Capacitive Screen, Gorilla Glass 5, Support for Gloved and Wet Touch Input

Camera

Dual Rear Cameras: 16MP for daylight, 20MP for low-light conditions

Front Camera: 20MP

Flash: Flash

Aperture Rear: f/1.7 + f/1.7

Aperture Front: f/2.0

Connectivity

GPS: Supported

Bluetooth: 4.2

Wi-Fi: 2.4GHz, 5GHz

NFC: Not available

OTG: Supported

Sensors: Distance Sensor, Light Sensor, G-sensor, E-compass

* Information and details courtesy of OPPO Singapore and MSL Singapore *

Amazon Prime launch in Singapore

If you are an avid online shopper, this giant brand name Amazon is no stranger to you. Amazon Prime is now available in Singapore today on Wednesday 6th December 2017, with Amazon announcing the launch of Amazon Prime in Singapore. Prime is Amazon’s popular membership program that provides exclusive access to benefits such as fast shipping, streaming and gaming.

While I am not an avid online shopper, I do visit Amazon once a while for “window shopping”, keeping a lookout for good deals. With Amazon Prime now available in Singapore, it gives me the opportunity to enjoy Amazon Prime and its services.

What are the benefits of Amazon Prime membership in Singapore? Here are some information on the Prime membership benefits:

  • Free Two-Hour Delivery with Prime Now: Following the introduction of Prime Now earlier this year, customers began enjoying exclusive access to Prime Now benefits and can continue to enjoy those benefits as part of their Prime membership, getting ultra-fast delivery on tens of thousands of items with free two-hour delivery on orders over S$40, between 10am and 10pm daily. Items range from groceries to electronics, including a variety of new brands added to Prime Now since the launch such as Sunshine, Bebe Bamboo, Archipelago Beer, Kat Food, Razer and more.
  • Free International Shipping on over 5 Million Items: Unlimited free shipping in 7 to 9 business days on orders over S$60 from the Prime Now App on more than 5 million international products shipped from Amazon US. Products include a wide selection of top brands such as Leap Frog, Rubbermaid, Zojirushi, BCB Generation, The Children’s Space, Pet Safe, Rebecca Minkoff, and Melissa and Doug.
  • Amazon Prime Video: Members can stream or download popular and award-winning Amazon Prime Originals like the highly anticipated second season of The Grand Tour premiering December 8, starring Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May, Golden Globe-winner Mozart in the Jungle, Emmy-winner The Man in the High Castle, comedy series The Tick, Bosch, Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan coming in 2018, and more, as well as other popular movies and TV shows like Fear the Walking Dead, Seinfeld, Justified, The Transformers franchise and Mission Impossible franchise. Prime members can watch anytime, anywhere through the Amazon Prime Video app on Android and iOS phones and tablets, select smart TVs, game consoles or online at PrimeVideo.com.
  • Twitch Prime: Free in-game loot, like exclusive characters, boosts, and skins, in games including Blizzard Entertainment’s Hearthstone, Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed Origins, and Digital Extreme’s Warframe, plus full games from indie developers. Members also receive a Twitch channel subscription every 30 days, as well as ad-free viewing, an expanded set of chat emotes and colors, and an exclusive chat badge, all available at amazon.com/prime.

If you are keen in Amazon, you can try all of the benefits of Amazon Prime for 30 days. There is an introductory promotional price of S$2.99 per month  for a limited time, ahead of the S$8.99 monthly price.

Customers can visit www.amazon.com.sg to sign up for a free 30 day trial and to learn more about Amazon.

* Information and pictures courtesy of Amazon Prime and Ogilvy Public Relations *

The LG V30+ is now available in Singapore

The LG V30+ has finally arrived and it is now available for purchase in Singapore starting from today 2nd December 2017. Coming in Aurora Black, Moroccan Blue, Lavender Violet and Cloud Silver, the V30+ will retail at S$1,098 at M1, Singtel, StarHub, and other LG authorized retailers. Each purchase of the V30+ comes with a two-year warranty, a 15% discount voucher for all B&O Play devices and an iWalk Linkme 3,000mAH USB-C portable power bank.[1]

At a recent LG Singapore launch event, I had the opportunity to take a look at the LG V30+, a beautiful sleek smartphone packed with a number of features, innovative upgrades and smartphone firsts. The powerful video capabilities of the LG V30+ caught my attention, this would bring cinematography closer and easier to LG V30+ smartphone users, anyone can now shoot and produce videos, with the LG’s new Cine Video mode.

The LG V30+ is a pretty powerful lifestyle and media smartphone, from their Hi-Fi Quad DAC sound system, their advanced user experience and Cine Video mode. It would be an interesting experience to produce videos (and even short films) with the LG V30+ smartphone!

Check out the LG V30+ and have a feel of the LG latest V series flagship smartphone. I would share some key features of the LG V30+ smartphone below:

The V30+ packs advanced features such as an immersive QHD+ OLED display, professional Cine Video mode, and high-quality audio via Hi-Fi Quad DAC. LG showcases these capabilities and more in the LG V30+ through a series of campaigns.

Challenging Norms through LG V30+ Video Campaigns

The Cine Video mode on the LG V30+ makes users feel like a real filmmaking pro. In its latest This is Real campaign, real and honest moments of inspiring individuals shot on the smartphone were captured in docu-style segments. The video highlights and supports real people overcoming obstacles in their lives and achieving amazing feats. From revealing the sheer skill of a deaf dancer to highlighting the triumphs of an actress living with alopecia, the series is all about highlighting the V30+ as the smartphone to document everyday stories with cinematic results. Watch the This is Real video here: https://youtu.be/9FRBcjteA58.

With powerful multimedia features, the LG V30+ also challenges the user’s perspectives of creating content as highlighted in a Kinetic Art campaign. Teaming up with artist Michael Murphy, a pioneer of Perceptual Art and best known for his 2007 portraits of then-U.S. Presidential Candidate Barack Obama, his artworks interpreting the smartphone’s video and audio capabilities transform into different visuals from various angles, eventually coming together to form a ‘V’. Check out Michael Murphy’s Kinetic Art here: https://goo.gl/SkkEVN and https://goo.gl/rq3cjX.

These campaigns showcase the LGV30+’s multimedia strengths, a combination of its Cine Video and Hi-Fi Quad DAC that completes the LG V30+ experience, by placing these tools into the palm of the user’s hand in a 6.0″ QHD+ display form-factor.

A Crystal Clear Mobile Experience with Superior Features

Users can expect high-quality videos thanks to the finishing touches from Cine Effect, which applies filters and colorization that are unique to different movie genres. The industry-first Point Zoom feature also allows users to smoothly zoom in on any area within the frame during filming.

The primary camera on the rear of the V30+ is an F1.6 aperture Crystal Clear Lens that lets in more light, delivering brighter, more dynamic shots with highly accurate colors and clear images. The second rear camera on the V30+ is an upgraded 13MP wide-angle lens with two-thirds less edge-distortion than in the V20.

The widely-lauded Hi-Fi Quad DAC is even better on the LG V30+, thanks to brand-new digital filters and sound presets. Being the first global smartphone to support Master Quality Authenticated (MQA) technology that enables the streaming of high-resolution audio, the new digital filter modifies the pre- and post-ringing of the impulse response. The pre-programmed presets let users quickly find the sound experience that suits them best, be it enhanced or detailed, and live or bass.

An extra touch of convenience is delivered through its Qi wireless charging Extended Power Profile (EPP). It enables safe, wireless fast charging capability while remaining compatible with existing Wireless Power Consortium (WPC), Qi 5W, baseline transmitters that are commonly used today.

Key Specifications:

  • Chipset: Qualcomm ® Snapdragon™ 835 Mobile Platform
  • Display: 6.0-inch 18:9 QuadHD+ OLED FullVision Display (2880 x 1440 / 538ppi)
  • Memory: 4GB LPDDR4x RAM / 128GB UFS 2.0 ROM / MicroSD (up to 2TB)
  • Camera:
    • Rear Dual: 16MP Standard Angle (F1.6 / 71°) / 13MP Wide Angle (F1.9 / 120°)
    • Front: 5MP Wide Angle (F2.2 / 90°)
  • Battery: 3,300mAh
  • Operating System: Android 7.1.2 Nougat
  • Size: 151.7 x 75.4 x 7.3mm
  • Weight: 158g
  • Network: LTE-A 4 Band CA
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a, b, g, n, ac / Bluetooth 5.0 BLE / NFC / USB Type-C 2.0 (3.1 compatible)
  • Colors: Aurora Black / Cloud Silver / Moroccan Blue / Lavender Violet
  • Others: IP68 Water and Dust Resistant / MIL-STD 810G Compliant / Crystal Clear Lens / 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC / HDR10 / Daydream / Google Assistant / UX 6.0+ / Voice Recognition / Face Recognition / Fingerprint Sensor / Qualcomm ® Quick Charge™ 3.0 Technology / Wireless Charging

For more information on the LG V30+, please visit

http://www.lg.com/sg/mobile-phones/lg-LGH930DS-aurorablack

http://www.lg.com/sg/mobile-phones/lg-LGH930DS-lavender-violet

http://www.lg.com/sg/mobile-phones/lg-LGH930DS-moroccan-blue

http://www.lg.com/sg/mobile-phones/lg-LGH930DS-silver

[1] While stocks last

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