LG introduced LG Stylus 3

LG recently introduced the LG Stylus 3, a phablet suited for the busy working professionals with features from their premium flagship smartphone models. At an affordable price and technical specifications packed inside this phablet, the busy working on the go professionals can consider the LG Stylus 3 as their work smartphone.

Let me share with you more information and details of the LG Stylus 3 below –

LG has combined its best-in-class technologies seen in its premium flagship smartphones with affordability in a mid-range smartphone. Running on the latest Android 7.0 Nougat, the Stylus 3 also boasts a 3,200 mAH battery capacity ideal for protracted use.

Intuitive Stylus Perfect for Working on the Go

LG Stylus 3 delivers an improved writing experience with a 1.8mm diameter fiber-tip stylus to provide the tactile feedback of an actual pen when writing on the screen. Coupled with an enhanced UX with Pen Pop 2.0 as well as the popular Pen Keeper and Screen-off Memo, users can experience a higher level of efficiency due to the Stylus 3’s intuitiveness.

Once the stylus pen is detached, a quick menu of useful tasks pops up: Pop memo, Capture Plus, Pop Scanner, Quick Memo, and thumbnail previews of the user’s recent notes. With Pen Pop 2.0, one’s memos are never out of sight and can be set to display on the screen whenever the stylus is removed. The smartphone’s Screen-off Memo enables note-taking directly on the screen even when the display is off. Have an idea that pops into mind? Jot it down immediately without the need for finding paper.

The Pen Keeper displays a warning when the stylus strays too far from the phone so one does not have to worry about misplacing the pen. To unlock the screen to start writing, the Stylus 3 features a fingerprint scanner that is conveniently located at the back of the phone, which double up as the power key as well.

Capture Quality Photographs

The Stylus 3 is not just for work purposes. Offering more value to users, it comes with a 13MP rear camera, which is equipped with a 1/3.06” sensor and a F2.2 lens. The lens captures light even in dim conditions, resulting in photos that are sharp in low-light environments. The 8MP front camera also provides a great option for selfies and high quality video calling.

“The LG Stylus 3 is all about giving our customers a wide variety of options and choices for their mobile lifestyle,” said Mr. David Yoh, Mobile Communications Business Director of LG Electronics Singapore. “This smartphone comes in a premium design and offers replaceable batteries with an expandable memory slot, all key factors that customers consider when buying smartphones in this category.”

Pricing and Availability

The Stylus 3 will retail at S$448 in shiny titan and will be available from April 1, 2017 at M1, Singtel, StarHub, and other LG authorized retailers. Each purchase comes with a free flip standing case (worth S$48) while stocks last.

Key Specifications:

  • Networks: LTE FDD2100 (B1)/1800 (B3)/2600 (B7)/900 (B8), TDD2300 (B40); WCDMA 850/900/1900/2100; GSM/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900
  • Speed: LTE Cat 6 up to 300Mbps; DC HSPA+ up to 42Mbps
  • Display: 5.7” HD (1280×720); Capacitive Touch display
  • OS: Android 7.0 Nougat
  • Memory: Up to 16GB ROM / 3GB RAM / microSD slot (up to 2TB)
  • Camera: Rear 13MP/Front 8MP
  • Size/Weight: 155.6mm x 79.8mm x 7.4mm (LxWxT) / 148g (incl battery)
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, BT 4.2, A-GPS (Glonass), USB 2.0, USB OTG
  • Processor: MediaTek MT6750 (Octa-Core 1.5GHz Processor)
  • Audio: MP3 player, Audio jack: 3.5mm, supporting codecs incl.: MP3, AAC, AAC+, WMA
  • Battery: 3,200mAh (Removable)
  • Colour: Shiny Titan

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

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

Singtel partners Telkomsel to expand mobile money services

Singtel and Telkomsel recently announced that they are partnering to launch a new service, a real-time mobile remittance service to Indonesia.

In this current era of smartphone and mobile data usage, smartphone apps can be very handy to handle some of the daily routine or monthly routine matters at your finger tips with your smartphone and app, without having to be physically there in person to do the things.

Do spread this news on the real-time mobile remittance service by Singtel and Telkomsel and pass it on to your family, relatives, friends and colleagues if they need to remit cash back to Indonesia.

Let me share with you more information and details of the Singtel and Telkomsel partnership in real-time mobile remittance service to Indonesia –

Singtel and Telkomsel launched a real-time mobile remittance service to Indonesia. Offered by SingCash under the Singtel Dash brand, this service allows customers in Singapore to send money to PT Pos Indonesia’s 4,500 cash-out points (1) across the country via Weselpos Instan (2). This is an enhancement to the current facility that lets customers send money to Indonesian bank accounts.

The service was launched at Festival Rising50, the first concert event celebrating 50 years of Singapore and Indonesia bilateral ties. It marks the first time that Singtel and Telkomsel are collaborating on mobile money initiatives to drive innovation in both their markets.

According to the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Singapore, there are 200,000 Indonesians living and working in Singapore. Outward remittance from Singapore to Indonesia totals more than US$ 409 million yearly (3).

Mr Yuen Kuan Moon, Chief Executive Officer, Consumer Singapore, Singtel, said, “Indonesia is one of our main remittance corridors and we are pleased to partner Telkomsel to offer convenient and secure mobile remittance cash pick-up service for our Indonesian friends. Singtel Dash will continue to enhance the mobile payments experience for our customers and enable their digital lifestyles. We are also excited to contribute to Singapore’s journey to a Smart Nation by developing the mobile payments ecosystem in Singapore.”

Mr Ririek Adriansyah, Chief Executive Officer, Telkomsel, said, “Telkomsel’s partnership in Singtel’s remittance service is one effort to support our government in promoting financial inclusion for Indonesian people, especially the unbanked segment. Foreign remittance enables them to improve their quality of life as well as provide an opportunity to begin saving for the future. We believe every little effort to promote financial inclusion will also accelerate the growth of Indonesia’s economy.”

In line with their commitment to work together on smart money initiatives, the two leading telcos also announced future plans to offer mobile remittance to Telkomsel’s TCash, offering a complete mobile wallet-to-mobile wallet experience. They also plan to expand the number of cash pick-up points to GraPARI Telkomsel service centres, as well as PT Bank BRI branches in the second half of this year.

Singtel Dash is Singapore’s first all-in-one mobile payments solution that is available to everyone. It is the only mobile payments app that offers fast, secure and real-time mobile remittance services, supports in-store and online retail payments, as well as transit payments. Customers can enjoy paying with Singtel Dash for their taxi, bus and train rides, as well as at supermarkets, convenience stores and food courts.

Since its re-launch in May 2016, the number of Singtel Dash customers has grown to almost 500,000. The volume of monthly transactions has also doubled over the last six months.

Notes

(1) Kantor Pos (post office) branches operated by PT Pos Indonesia

(2) Weselpos Instan is a remittance product of PT Pos Indonesia

(3) Source: World Bank Bilateral Remittance Matrix 2015

* Information and details courtesy of Singtel Corporate Communications *

LG G6 is now in Singapore

The LG G6, the latest flagship smartphone by LG Electronics (LG) was unveiled on 5th April 2017. At the media launch event in Singapore, I witnessed the unveiling of the LG G6 and had a short hands on session with the LG G6 smartphone.

This LG G6 is a smartphone packed with a number of interesting features and it was also designed with the help and input from the consumers through feedback and user opinions. With ideas, designs, inputs and opinions from both sides of the LG G6, the manufacturer/designer and consumers, the LG G6 is a smartphone that has the best of both worlds.

During my short hands on session at the LG G6 unveiling event, I was most impressed with the following features of the LG G6

  • Form factor and screen size, a 5.7inch 18:9 QHD + FullVision Display in the size of 148.9 x 71.9 x 7.9mm
  • Dual 13MP cameras with wide angle lens.
  • Rich and vivid colours produced by the LG G6 dual lens smartphone camera
  • New photography features – Square Camera Mode, Grid shot, Snap shot, Match shot and Guide shot

While I wasn’t able to fully try and test all of the new photography features out during the event, I would share some of the photographs on the capabilities of the wide angle lens. Personally speaking, the LG G6 smartphone camera functions and features had improved and I hope to obtain a review unit and share on the LG G6 smartphone, from a daily usage for leisure/work and as a smartphone camera for enthusiast/serious photographers.

Meanwhile, let me share the key information and details of the LG G6 from the press release information below –

LG Electronics (LG) unveiled the G6 smartphone, its latest flagship offering that features a bold new display format complemented by a cinematic viewing experience, exceptional screen to body ratio, wide angle camera and more. Designed in response to consumer feedback and user opinions, the LG G6 focuses on the features consumers want, most notably a big screen that comfortably fits in one hand.

First Smartphone in the World to Feature 18:9 Display Format

The LG G6 comes with a 5.7-inch QHD+ (2,880 x 1,440 resolution) FullVision display, and for the first time ever in a smartphone, an 18:9 screen aspect ratio. Compared with conventional 16:9 aspect ratio displays, the 18:9 format offers more viewing space and a more immersive experience when streaming videos and playing games.

Despite the larger display format, the LG G6 comes in an ergonomic design that is optimal for usage with one hand. The ergonomics research teams led by Dr. Andris Freivalds at Pennsylvania State University and Dr. Ji Yong-gu at Yonsei University tested the smartphone, and it received the highest marks for the test categories including stability when holding the phone, comfort in various postures and actions, as well as muscle fatigue when using the smartphone for long periods.

Sculpted from aluminium and glass, the G6 features a minimalist and sleek design smooth to the touch. The metal frame that is a soft matte finish, imparts solidity in style with a high gloss back is perfectly flat. The rounded corners of the G6 also disperse the impact if the phone is dropped.

Elevate the Mobile Viewing Experience with Dolby Vision

With the rising trend for content on demand and a greater viewing experience, the LG G6 now supports two High Dynamic Range (HDR) standards for viewers to get more out of cinematic contents available for smartphones. As the first smartphone to feature Dolby Vision technology, the LG G6 also supports HDR 10, both of which are standards for the picture quality technology that displays a wider range of colour and luminosity. The darkest and brightest areas are more vivid, revealing greater detail for a truly immersive viewing experience. Users will get to enjoy cinematic-like viewing experience for streaming videos from Netflix, Amazon and more content providers that are increasingly creating HDR video content.

Dual 13MP Cameras with Wide Angle Lens to Capture all the Beauty

LG G6’s dual 13MP rear cameras, which boast a 125-degree wide angle lens, capture more in a shot that regular phones cannot achieve. When taking scenic shots of natural landscapes such as vast mountain ranges and waterfalls, simply switch to the wide angle lens to get all the beautiful details in. Users will also experience seamless transitions when zooming in and out between the wide angle and standard camera lenses even during 4K video capture.

 *** Special thanks to Dennis from SuperAdrianMe for holding the LG G6 and allowing me to take these 2 photographs! ***

The G6 comes with an expanded 100-degree field of view with its 5MP front camera, which means users can take selfies or wefies without the need for a selfie stick. Plus, the camera reduces edge distortion, which makes for more natural-looking images.

*** Special thanks to Ivan from SGIG for holding the LG G6 and allowing me to take this wefie view photograph ***

Square is the New Creative
The LG G6 smartphone offers a Square Camera Mode, which offers new exciting ways to create photos with the Snap shot, Match shot, Grid shot and Guide shot features. Snap shot splits the screen into two, taking advantage of the screen’s 18:9 display which are essentially two squares. The upper half is a viewfinder while the bottom half lets users preview the photos after they take them for easy comparisons. Match shot allows users to get creative, matching disparate photos, such as the wings of a bird to the tail of an airplane.

With Grid shot, users can form a collage made up of four quadrants with photos and video contents. The mode eliminates the need for any third-party apps, and users can share the collages on their favourite social networks instantly.

Finally, the Guide shot is a smart and creative feature that matches the composition of a chosen image to act as a guide for the next shot. This is especially useful to snap a series of photos, such as striking a similar pose in different settings, or various cuisines shot in the same plating format.

With the Square Camera Mode, users can also take pictures in 1:1 ratio on one window while checking, editing and uploading pictures in another window immediately after shooting. They can even create animated GIF files by combining between 2 and 100 photos from the gallery in a loop.

By taking perfectly square photos in 1:1 ratio, the LG G6 is ideal for Instagram, Snapchat and other social media apps. Users can also choose other ratios, such as 4:3, 16:9 and 18:9 based on their preferences.

Built for Durability

The LG G6 boasts IP68 water and dust resistance, which makes it protected up to 1.5 meters of water for as long as 30 minutes. Users can now worry less about accidental drops in water and spillages.

The smartphone also endures tests for high temperatures and nail penetration, and uses a proprietary technology that dissipates heat via an internal heat pipe, the first in an LG smartphone. LG engineers have also positioned the components most prone to overheating as far from each other as possible.

Everyday Tasks a Cinch with the Google Assistant

 The LG G6 has Google Assistant built-in. It works seamlessly with LG apps, empowering users to get fast answers, manage everyday tasks, enjoy the best music and videos and search the G6 quicker than ever. And with the remote after-service utilizing artificial intelligence, the more Google Assistant is used, the more personalized the user experience becomes.                                                                                    

“The LG G6 offers users new visual and manual experiences, as it marries an expanded screen with the convenience of one-handed use,” said Mr David Yoh, Mobile Communications Business Director of LG Electronics Singapore. “LG will continue to lead smartphone innovation with a focus on convenience and reliability in order to exceed consumer expectations.”

For more information, please visit http://www.lg.com/sg/mobile-phones/lg-G6

Pricing and Availability

To own the G6 is to embrace the future of smart technology. This stunning smartphone comes with voice control and a personal assistant amongst other new features, offering unrivalled usability and convenience. Coming in astro black, ice platinum and mystic white colors, the smartphone will retail at S$988 and is available from April 14, 2017 onwards at M1, Singtel, StarHub and other LG authorized retailers. Each purchase of the G6 comes with a free flip case worth S$58 while stocks last.

Key Specifications:

  • Chipset: Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 821 Processor
  • Display: 5.7-inch 18:9 QHD+ FullVision Display (2880 x 1440 / 564ppi)
  • SIM: Dual-SIM (4G/3G)
  • Memory: 4GB LPDDR4 RAM / 64GB UFS 2.0 ROM / MicroSD (up to 2TB)
  • Camera:

Front 5MP Wide (F2.2 / 100°)

Rear Dual: 13MP Wide (F2.4 / 125°) / 13MP Standard OIS 2.0 (F1.8/71°)

  • Battery: 3,300mAh (embedded)
  • Operating System: Android 7.0 Nougat
  • Size: 148.9 x 71.9 x 7.9mm
  • Weight: 163g
  • Network: LTE-A 3 Band CA
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a, b, g, n, ac / Bluetooth 4.2 BLE / NFC / USB Type-C 2.0 (3.1 compatible)
  • Colours: Astro Black / Ice Platinum / Mystic White
  • Other: 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC / Water and Dust Resistant / Fingerprint Sensor / UX 6.0 / Dolby Vision™ / HDR10

* Information courtesy of LG Electronics Singapore and Brand Cellar *

Grab launched JustGrab service

Grab recently launched a new service, bringing JustGrab for GrabTaxi and GrabCar vehicles together, forming the largest supply of on-demand vehicles in Singapore.

The topic of dynamic pricing is a topic for discussion here and through the information shared below, it would give a better understanding of the overall picture.

Let me share with you more information and details from the press release information below:

Grab, Southeast Asia’s leading ride-hailing company, announced JustGrab, a new service that brings together fixed fare GrabTaxi and GrabCar vehicles to form the largest supply of on-demand vehicles in Singapore.

With increased vehicle supply, passengers can experience the most affordable taxi or private-hire car rides at a common fixed fare, subject to dynamic pricing, and shorter waiting time. The JustGrab service will be beta tested from today and progressively rolled out to Grab’s tiered GrabRewards customers first, before general public availability on 29 March.

With JustGrab, passengers need only tap a button to find the nearest fixed fare taxi and car within their vicinity. The JustGrab fleet comprises all HDT, Premier, Prime, SMRT, Trans-cab and GrabCar driver-partners to offer the following benefits:

? Lower fares with dynamic pricing: Dynamic pricing adjusts to real-time market demand, resulting in cheaper fares at low demand periods. By uniting fixed fare taxis and cars as one, the increased vehicle supply means JustGrab fares will fluctuate less and be more affordable throughout the day.

? Fret over surcharges no more: Traditional taxi surcharges such as midnight and Central Business District (CBD) charges no longer apply to JustGrab fares. Passengers’ trip fares, excluding toll charges added at the end of the journey, are reflected on the booking screen, giving them full knowledge and certainty of their trip fares before making their bookings.

? More travel options at different price points: JustGrab complements Grab’s existing GrabTaxi and GrabCar services to offer commuters another point-to-point on-demand travel option with Grab. Commuters who prefer metered fares can continue to use GrabTaxi, while those who prefer private-hire cars can go for GrabCar.

? JustGrab and get going: Access to the largest network of fixed fare rides means shorter waiting time for passengers. JustGrab finds passengers the nearest available fixed fare taxi or private-hire car ride within the vicinity at affordable, guaranteed fares.

“At Grab, we believe in pooling together resources to solve urban mobility issues. JustGrab combines the strengths of taxis and cars to improve the efficiency and affordability of point-to-point transportation in Singapore. We are positive that JustGrab will help shave waiting time for rides by up to five minutes, and bring us closer to our goal of ensuring commuters get a Grab ride within three minutes every time. Our hope is to encourage more people to use shared transportation over personal cars, and offer our driver-partners additional income opportunities from our growing passenger base,” said Melvin Vu, Head of GrabTaxi Singapore.

Making driving with Grab more sustainable with new driver care initiatives

With a strong commitment to driver care, Grab is enhancing benefits for GrabTaxi driver partners and introducing additional perks for top-tier GrabTaxi driver-partners under the Platinum Plus and Platinum programme, a rebrand of the Elite and Rangers programme:

GrabTaxi Platinum Plus and Platinum driver-partners will receive quarterly bonuses equivalent to and at half the previous quarter’s incentive payouts, respectively. The bonus comes on top of the incentive that they receive the current quarter, enabling driver-partners to earn more while driving with Grab.

In addition, all GrabTaxi driver-partners will receive a monthly eight percent Medisave contribution from Grab, based on their earned incentives, to help build up their Medisave savings. Grab’s Platinum Plus and Platinum driver-partner enjoy higher Medisave contribution at 15% and 10% respectively.

The quarterly bonuses and monthly Medisave contribution are the latest additions to Grab’s series of driver care initiatives. Grab also constantly recognises Platinum Plus and Platinum drivers for their high-quality service and hard work by rewarding them with special incentives, priority queues at Grab’s Driver Support Centres, and loyalty programmes such as subsidised holiday trips with fellow driver-partners and their families.

* Information and details courtesy of Grab Southeast Asia and Golin *

Journey to 5G: Singtel & Ericsson working together on Massive MIMO and Cloud RAN

The journey to 5G in Singapore, in the article that I wrote about earlier, is in the process of picking up speed and momentum. Adding on to what I shared, Singtel and Ericsson made an announcement in February 2017 that they are working together to pilot Massive MIMO and Cloud RAN on Singtel 4G LTE network, two key components in the journey to 5G in Singapore.

The information that I would be sharing from the press release can be very technical and it may be not that easy to fully understand when you first read it due to the complexity and technicality of the information communications / mobile networks industry.

The key takeaways would be that these two components are essential to the development and growth of 5G networks in Singapore, when the journey to 5G is reached, consumers can enjoy the benefits of faster mobile network speed, your usage and consumption, would increase and power more different type of devices/technologies such as augmented reality, virtual reality, 4K videos, social media, in your personal life and also your work profession.

Personally, the journey to 5G in Singapore might be faster to arrive than we are expecting. Moving towards a digital, technology savvy and well connected economy and country, 5G networks and technology has the capability to help Singapore in its growth and we would need to look at how to leverage and ride on the 5G technology, in improving our workflow and communications.

Let me share with you more information and details from the press release information below:

Singtel and Ericsson are working together to pilot Massive MIMO and Cloud RAN on Singtel’s 4G LTE network. Both technologies are key components in the evolution to 5G that will enable Singtel to expand its mobile network capacity to offer faster speeds by the end of the year.

Video traffic represents more than half of mobile traffic today. It is set to rise further with increasing adoption of video applications such as Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality and 360-degree video, which imposes high demand on network capacity. This is why networks need to evolve to gradually achieve ultra-high bandwidth, pervasive connectivity and low latency promised with 5G.

Massive MIMO (Multiple-Input Multiple-Output) is key to achieving Gigabit LTE speeds as it improves spectral efficiency to triple or quadruple the number of data paths of cellular base stations. This expands network capacity and improves user experience. Ericsson AIR 6468 radio, providing 64T64R Massive MIMO capabilities, will be tested and progressively deployed on Singtel’s 4G LTE network.

Both companies will also embark on a pilot of Cloud RAN which will provide Singtel with the flexibility to centralise, distribute, scale and virtualise radio access network functions to efficiently meet performance requirements today and on the road to 5G.

Mr Yuen Kuan Moon, Chief Executive Officer, Consumer Singapore, Singtel, said, “Data traffic is on the rise and will increase exponentially with 4K video, Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality services on the horizon. We are investing ahead to ensure that our networks have the capacity and speeds that will offer our customers the best mobile data experience in Singapore.”

Arun Bansal, Head of Business Unit Network Products, Ericsson, said, “Our collaboration with Singtel provides a unique opportunity to be part of their 5G journey.”

Singtel offers Singapore’s widest mobile coverage and fastest mobile data speeds at 450Mbps. Singtel and Ericsson first signed a 5G MOU in January 2015 and were the first to showcase a 5G system in Southeast Asia in August 2016, achieving a downlink speed of 27.5 Gbps.

*Information courtesy of Singtel Corporate Communications*

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?

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*

Singtel partners Microsoft to offer Office 365

The Microsoft Office productivity suite is one of the most well known software in the world, from the home user, student to the businesses, it’s being utilised by many people from all walks of life. A Mac user myself, I have the older Microsoft Office for Mac installed on my MacBook Pro, using Microsoft Word for writing/typing my articles/documents and the powerful Microsoft Excel software.

Singtel is bringing Microsoft Office 365 to her customers in Singapore, with a partnership with Microsoft. This is good news for Singtel customers, I might consider this offer by Singtel.

Let me share with you more details below –

Singtel and Microsoft announced a new partnership for Singtel to offer Microsoft’s cloud-based productivity suite – Office 365 – to Singtel Consumer customers. With this new offering, customers who subscribe to Singtel’s fibre broadband and postpaid mobile services can sign up for either Office 365 Home or Office 365 Personal plans through Singtel. They will enjoy savings of at least $46.80 per year or over 30% off regular online price. In addition, customers can enjoy the added convenience of paying for their Office 365 subscriptions together with their monthly Singtel bills.

Mr Yuen Kuan Moon, CEO Consumer Singapore, Singtel said, “This collaboration marks a new milestone for Singtel. We are excited to be the first telco in Asia to provide Consumer customers the best value for Office 365 applications. With this new offering, customers will also enjoy ease of payment and enhanced productivity. We will continue to engage different partners to offer solutions that are suitable for our customers’ digital lifestyles, whether for work or play.”

Singtel customers can select the plans that best suit their needs:

  • Office 365 Personal caters to people who are looking to have Office 365 for personal use. Subscription for Office 365 Personal starts at $6.90 per month (U.P. $10.80 per month) for a 12-month subscription, and comes with installations on one PC or Mac device, one tablet and one smartphone, as well as 1TB of OneDrive storage.
  • Office 365 Home, on the other hand, caters for the entire household. Subscription for Office 365 Home starts at $9.90 per month (U.P. $14.80 per month) for a 12-month subscription, and comes with installations on five PCs or Macs, five tablets and five smartphones, as well as 1TB of OneDrive storage per user.

Microsoft Office 365 is a cloud-based productivity suite featuring Office applications such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and Outlook, as well as OneDrive cloud storage. With the availability of Office apps on Windows and Android tablets and phones, as well as iPads and iPhones, users can enjoy the flexibility of using Office on-the-go, with the ability to access, view and edit files seamlessly, wherever they are.

“We are pleased that Microsoft and Singtel have come together to offer the best-in-class productivity suite to Singtel Consumer customers. In today’s mobile-first, cloud-first world, constant connectivity and productivity is becoming more important for people in Singapore, and Office 365 is designed to meet that need. Whether they are at home, at their favourite café, or simply moving around and about, Singtel customers can now have easy access to all the features and functionalities of the Office they know and trust, and empower their personal productivity wherever they are,” said Mr Kevin Wo, Managing Director, Microsoft Singapore.

To sign up for Office 365 with Singtel, customers can visit the IT Show from 16 to 19 March 2017, or any Singtel Shop and Exclusive Retailer. Singtel postpaid mobile customers can also sign up via MyAccount or MySingtel App.

For more information, visit http://office365.singtel.com.

* Information courtesy of Singtel *

Shopee Online IT Fair – 9 to 19th March 2017

IT Show 2017 is coming to you this coming weekend, taking place from 16th to 19th March 2017 at Suntec Singapore. Do you have any plans to make any computers/laptops/technology gadgets purchases and you do not wish to squeeze with the crowds at IT Show 2017?

Look no further, come to Shopee Online IT Fair and do your IT shopping there! Let me share with you information on the Shopee Online IT Fair and some exciting shopping deals during this period!

First and foremost, visit Shopee Singapore and start your IT shopping! To shop the fair, shoppers can browse through the discounted products by clicking on the in-app “Online IT Fair” banner which will be released at exactly 12am on the 9th of March.

From a “Xiaomi Mega Sale” to an “Everything at $1” sale, there is something for everyone on the leading mobile-first marketplace in Southeast Asia and Taiwan.

With ten days of insanely good tech deals, here is a what’s what of deals and discounts to look out for (starts at 12am on the stipulated dates)

15 March ~ ‘Everything at $5’ Sale
Buy selected products such as Xplorer 3300 Mouse & Keyboard bundle at $5.

16 March ~ ‘Everything at $3’ Sale
Buy selected products such as Toshiba 8GB Thumbdirve at $3.

17 March ~ ‘Everything at $1’ Sale
Buy selected products such as Google Virtual Reality Glasses at $1.

17 – 19 March ~ Bye 2G Phone Mega Sale
Affected by the discontinuation of 2G phones in Singapore? Shop from a curated list of attractive 3G smartphones such as Xiaomi Redmi Note 4X selling at major discounts!

There are also limited time offers on Shopee, they would definitely get your attention! Shoppers with the fastest fingers get the chance to buy them!

GoPro Hero 5

Original Price: $550
Sale Price: $459 (Save 17%)

Capture stunningly smooth video in 4K quality while mounted to your favourite gear. Designed to withstand rugged conditions, take this waterproof device on diving trips without having to worry about technical complications.

Xbox One 500GB Console Bundle

Original Price: $300
Sale Price: $250 (Save 17%)

With advanced features like Game DVR and in-home streaming, take gameplay to another level with the Xbox One Bundle that includes five free games such as the UFC, Dragon Age and Pro Evolution Soccer among others.

Razer Bundle (Razer Diamondback Gaming Mouse & Razer Firefly Gaming Mouse Mat)

Original Price: $239
Sale Price: $119 (Save 50%)

Featuring the world’s first optical gaming sensor, the Razer Diamondback has received more than 200 reviews and awards worldwide for the ultimate gaming experience. It now comes complete with internal mechanisms for ambidextrous use to deliver pinpoint accuracy and speed. The Razer Firefly’s micro-textured finish complements the Diamondback during the most action-packed gaming showdowns.

 Xiaomi Redmi Note 4X LTE Dual Sim

Original Price: $240
Sale Price: $199 (Save 17%)

Boasting a 13-megapixel primary camera on the rear and 5-megapixels up front, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4X ensures that there’s no compromise on photo quality. This handy device also comes with a 5.5” touchscreen display for improved user experience and clarity.

LG G6

As part of the “Bye 2G Phone Mega Sale” campaign, the LG G6 will be exclusive to Shopee with a sale price lower than the current retail prices in Korea. The highly anticipated phone is not available in Singapore yet, so if you want to be among the first to get your hands on the latest smartphone, purchase it on Shopee starting 17 March!

This sleek mobile phone employs a Hi-Fi Quad DAC so you can expect a more surreal audio experience. Another compelling feature is Google Assistant – the LG G6 is the very first non-pixel device to support the application. How’s that for cool?

Last but not least, there is something for you shoppers!

As part of the campaign, Shopee is giving away a “Nintendo Switch and two games (Legend of Zelda + 1-2 Switch)” bundle worth $669. Interested parties will have to keep a look out for the contest giveaway post on Shopee’s Facebook page and participants will have to ‘Like’ and ‘Share’ the post, and post a wefie in the comments section. The caveat? Everyone in the wefie will have to hold up the Shopee app on their phone/devices. The more people you have in your photo, the higher the chances of winning!

Pay It Forward and Pass It On, share this Shopee Online IT Fair with your family, relatives and friends! Happy online IT Show 2017 shopping at Shopee!

* Information courtesy of Shopee Singapore and Cohn&Wolfe *

Thank Your Driver this CNY with Grab’s Digital Ang Baos

The Year of the Rooster is arriving soon, marking the start of the Chinese Lunar New Year on Saturday 28th January 2017. Many of you would be doing house visits, enjoying the festivities and food! Some of you might be choosing other forms of transport apart from the trains and buses.

If you are planning to use Grab during this Chinese Lunar New Year festive holiday period to visit your relatives and friends, why not take this opportunity to thank your Grab driver with their digital ang baos?

Time to pay it forward and pass it on! Spread and share some of the Chinese Lunar New Year festive mood and celebrations!

More information below from the press release information below –

Chinese New Year, Grab invites passengers to show their appreciation for Grab drivers through heartfelt thank you messages and digital ang baos – all funded by Grab.

In the midst of all our Chinese New Year celebrations, it is often easy to forget to thank the people who work tirelessly behind the scenes to help you celebrate the festivities. Last year, our GrabCar and GrabTaxi drivers clocked a total of 83,120 hours on the road during the first two days of Chinese New Year. However, this also means that they spend time away from their loved ones during the festive period.

This year, as part of our ongoing commitment to driver care, we encourage all passengers to join us in thanking their Grab drivers for taking care of their travel during the festive period. From 26 – 27 January, all passengers are welcome to gift an unlimited number of digital ang baos worth S$8.88 each – fully sponsored by Grab – along with a thank you message to their drivers. The digital ang baos and thank you messages can be sent via the Grab app (1) by following these steps:

1. Book a GrabTaxi or GrabCar ride using the Grab app

2. Key in the promo code “XIEXIE” and a thank you note for your driver

3. Your assigned driver will pick you up and be notified of your red packet and thank you note

4. Your digital red packet of S$8.88 will be credited to your driver– this amount will be paid in full by Grab. Passengers do not need to pay anything more than the trip fare.

Kick off the Year of the Rooster auspiciously with these tips

Using last year’s Chinese New Year transport data, Grab shares three predictions for a smooth-sailing and rewarding journey on the first two days of Chinese New Year:

1. Auspicious time to travel: The luckiest time to travel is between 8 – 9am and at 6pm on both days of Chinese New Year.

2. Auspicious destinations for last-minute Chinese New Year shopping: The most visited places during Chinese New Year are Mustafa Centre, VivoCity, and Nex.

3. Auspicious direction to meet someone new: The odds of meeting a benefactor or growing your network are highest when you GrabShare to Bedok, Tampines and Hougang.

Grab wishes everyone a joyful, prosperous and blessed Chinese New Year!

(1) The total number of ang baos is capped at 5,500 per day.

* Information and picture courtesy of Grab Singapore and Golin *