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HUAWEI Mate Xs will be launching in Singapore from 21 March 2020 onwards at a retail price of S$3,788. The HUAWEI Mate Xs builds on its predecessor Mate X with a more powerful SoC and unique mechanical hinge design.
“We are thrilled to launch the HUAWEI Mate Xs in Singapore. It is the ultimate product of Huawei’s mission to present an unparalleled user experience with powerful 5G connectivity and cutting edge design,” said Phil Xu, Managing Director of Huawei Consumer Business Group Singapore.
Foldable FullView Display with new and improved hinge design
The HUAWEI Mate Xs comes with a refined version of the Falcon Wing Design. Featuring more than 100 interlocking parts working together in perfect harmony, the Falcon Wing Design minimises the crease on the unfolded screen, delivering a seamless viewing experience.
The HUAWEI Mate Xs adopts a Double Aerospace-grade Optical Polyimide Design to create a foldable device that maintains the mesmerizing screen performance while offering safe, durable foldable technology. On top of it all is a protective layer made of an aerospace-grade optical polyimide (PI), a material that costs almost three times the price of gold by weight.
One of the advantages of the foldable design is that it packs the smartphone and tablet experiences into one pocketable device. Folded, the HUAWEI Mate Xs is a powerful dual-screen smartphone featuring a 6.6-inch main screen and a 6.38-inch secondary screen. Located on the sidebar is an easy-to-reach button that unclasps the folded display with a simple press. Unfurled, the smartphone becomes a tablet featuring an Immersive 8’’ FullView Display that delivers a viewing experience unrivalled by that of any other smartphone.
Enhancing the multi-tasking experience
Work smarter and play harder with the all new Multi-Window feature that makes full use of the massive display to provide innovative interactions. The feature enables users to effortlessly drag and drop files and images between them, providing them with the duality of convenience and efficiency.
A leader in 5G connectivity and performance
The HUAWEI Mate Xs comes with a Kirin 990 5G chipset which includes an integrated 5G modem. This is the world’s first chipset to deliver powerful performance and 5G connectivity simultaneously with better efficiency and lower heat output.
Graphics processing is handled by the 16-core Mali-G76 GPU, the most powerful GPU on Huawei handsets which enhances the quality of images, making them sharper and providing users with a more immersive viewing experience.
High-definition camera system
The HUAWEI Mate Xs houses a SuperSensing Leica Quad Camera in a vertical array along its sidebar. The camera system features a 40MP SuperSensing Wide camera, 16MP Ultra-Wide camera, 8MP Telephoto camera and 3D Depth Sensing camera.
The main camera is a 40MP SuperSensing Wide camera, equipped with a large 1/1.7inch RYYB sensor. The RYYB sensor replaces green pixels in the traditional RGGB Bayer array with yellow pixels, allowing more light into the sensor. This generates more vivid photography, capturing more detailed information and ultimately providing a higher image quality. The HUAWEI Mate Xs has an aperture of f/1.8 with a maximum ISO of 204,800.
For stunning landscapes and detailed macro shots, the 16MP Ultra-Wide camera features a 17mm focal length and 2.5cm micro focus capabilities, lending itself to a wide range of photographic scenarios from scenic landscape shots and group photos, to extreme close-ups of small objects.
Availability and Pricing
The HUAWEI Mate Xs in Interstellar Blue will be retailing at S$3,788 islandwide from 21 March 2020 in all Huawei Concept stores, selected* M1 and StarHub shops; consumer electronic stores and official online stores with Lazada and Shopee. Customers are also entitled to a 1-year warranty coverage that comes with a one-time screen replacement at 50% fees waived within the first year from date of purchase. Terms and conditions apply.
What’s more, customers will receive a free HUAWEI envelope leather case worth S$238 and a pair of HUAWEI FreeBuds 3 worth S$238 with every purchase of the HUAWEI Mate Xs, while stocks last.
The HUAWEI Mate Xs runs on EMUI10.0.1, an Android Open Source Project-based operating system which offers enhanced performance, improved security and better mobile customization.
Customers are welcome to experience the unprecedented HUAWEI Mate Xs at all Huawei Concept Stores, selected telco shops and consumer electronic stores:
Selected telco shops:M1M1, Paragon Shopping Centre, #B1-28/29 M1, Bugis Junction, #01-81/82M1 Online Store StarHubStarHub, NEX, #B1 – 66 / 67 / 68 StarHub Online Store
Selected consumer electronic stores:Best Denki, VivoCity, 1 Harbourfront Walk, #02-07, Singapore 098585Challenger, Bugis, 200 Victoria Street #B1-26 Bugis Junction, Singapore 188021COURTS Megastore, 50 Tampines North Drive 2, Singapore 528766Harvey Norman, Millenia Walk, No. 9 Raffles Boulevard, #01-59 to 63, Millenia Walk, Singapore 039596Sprintcass, Terminal 2, Transit Hall
Experience the benefits of UOB Mighty on HUAWEI AppGallery
United Overseas Bank (UOB) is the first bank in Singapore to have its consumer mobile banking app, UOB Mighty, accessible through HUAWEI’s official app store, AppGallery. UOB Mighty is an award-winning mobile banking app that enables customers to access a comprehensive suite of banking transactions from payments to rewards redemption within a single app.
From early April onwards, UOB Mighty will be pre-installed on all HUAWEI Mate Xs sold in Singapore. With one in four UOB customers already using a HUAWEI phone, having UOB Mighty pre-installed will help simplify their handset upgrade experience.
Mr Aaron Chiew, Head of Digital and Mobile, Group Retail, UOB, said, “At UOB our focus is always to make it simpler, safer and smarter for our customers to bank and to pay on the go. Our partnership with Huawei enables our customers to be the first in Singapore to use the innovative features of HUAWEI Mate Xs while also enjoying the richness of UOB Mighty’s features such as AI-driven personalised insights and exclusive Mighty deals.”
With the launch of Huawei Mobile Services since October 2019, Huawei has been committed to creating the best user experience by increasing the selection of quality apps on the HUAWEI AppGallery.
Sudio Fem is their latest wireless earbuds and it now features improvements such as 4 environmental noise-canceling microphones, USB-C charging, and touch-sensitive controls.
The packaging is clean and functional and the usual accessories, such as additional eartips and USB-C cable. Besides the carry case, there’s a felt pouch too. While the earbuds now sport a microphone stem protruding out, it does fit in the ear quite well and comfortable enough to wear for a long duration. Specs-wise, the Sudio Fem has a 6 hour battery life, and the case will provide 2 additional full charges. There’s quick charging via USB-C. The Fem is sweat resistant, has a waterproof rating of IPX5, which means its good to bring along for a workout.
There’s no physical button on the earbuds. Instead, control is via touch.
Previous track (L) / Next Track (R)
Decrease volume (L) / Increase Volume (R)
Hold for one second
Invoke voice assistant
Hold for 8 seconds
Hold for a long time after turning off
Enter pairing mode
On pairing there’s a prompt to select either SBC / AAC audio codec. SBC is more commonly supported but AAC offers better audio fidelity. If you can, go with AAC. Overall, sound quality seems better than the previous Sudio Niva. The overall sound is well-balanced, the highs aren’t too bright and the bass sufficient. I typically used it for music listening, and watching some shows and was overall quite impressed across the different genres and sound stages.
In summary, the Fem features:
20 hours of battery life, 6 hours in a single charge
Real Clear Voice: 4-microphones system
IPX5 – Splash, rain, sweat proof
Individual automatic pairing (both earbuds connect directly to the phone)
Huawei Singapore is launching new vibrant colours for the HUAWEI nova 5T and FreeBuds 3, in Crush Green and Red respectively. From 10 – 16 February, customers can receive a free gift with every purchase of the HUAWEI nova 5T in Crush Green and/or FreeBuds 3 in Red exclusively at the VivoCity launch roadshow at Level 1, East Boulevard.
The Nova 5T is equipped with a 32MP selfie camera and four ultra-clarity cameras on the back. In addition, it comes with AI capabilities to tailor beautification effects to individual facial features. Customers are entitled to a Huawei Mini Speaker worth $48 with every purchase of the HUAWEI nova 5T in Crush Green, while stocks last.
The HUAWEI FreeBuds 3 features Active Noice Cancellation and is equipped with the Kirin A1 Chipset, an aerodynamic mic duct and built-in bone voice sensor technology. Customers are entitled to a creative silicone case with every purchase of HUAWEI FreeBuds 3 in Red, while stocks last.
Xiaomi officially launches three of its latest products in Singapore — Mi 9T, a revolutionary smartphone with a full screen display and a pop-up front camera; Redmi 7A, an entry-level smartphone with a huge battery and the latest Mi Smart Band 4 with an all-new full color AMOLED display.
The launch was held at the grand opening of the largest Authorised Mi Store cum Xiaomi Service Centre located at the newly renovated Funan Mall. Steven Shi, Xiaomi Head of Southeast Asia said: “The opening of the largest Authorized Mi Store at Funan Mall proves that we have great expectations for Xiaomi’s growth in Singapore. We have an amazing relationship with the Singaporean Mi Fans and consumers. We strive to maintain it by providing the best products and service. On that note, the introduction of Mi 9T, Redmi 7A and Mi Smart Band 4 on this day showcases Xiaomi’s commitment to being at the forefront of technological innovation while making these innovations affordable to everyone.”
Mi 9T: Power in full
Making its way to Singapore, Mi 9T, the latest smartphone in its highly popular flagship Mi 9 family. The device sports the best-in-class Qualcomm® SnapdragonTM 730 mobile platform. Featuring a 6.39-inch AMOLED screen without a notch, the display of Mi 9T delivers an incredibly immersive viewing experience by adopting an elegant pop-up selfie solution. Mi 9T has a unique flame design on its four-sided curved glass back and together with the combination of 3D-glass and extremely narrow frame, this design gives the phone an incredibly comfortable hand-feel.
Mi 9T features a main 48MP camera with a 1/2′′ Sony flagship IMX 582 sensor that can produce ultra-high resolution photos in an AI triple camera setup. In addition to the 48MP main camera, the Mi 9T also features a 13MP ultra wide-angle lens with a 124.8 degree field of view and an 8MP telephoto lens. For the front-facing imaging department, Mi 9T sports a 20MP pop-up front-facing camera for amazing selfie shots. Featuring a large 4000mAh battery and an AI energy saving mode to automatically adjust screen brightness and for activating sleep mode at night, Mi 9T has power to last through a day of heavy use. Mi 9T supports up to 18W charging. Mi 9T will be available in three colours: Carbon Black, Glacier Blue and Flame Red at SGD 449 for the 6GB+64GB version and SGD 499 for the 6GB+128GB version via Lazada, Shopee, Q10 and Amazon as well as Authorized Mi Stores in Singapore starting from 13th July 2019.
As part of the grand opening of the Funan Authorized Mi Stores, customers who purchase the Mi 9T from the Funan Authorized Mi Stores are entitled to a free Mi True Wireless Earbuds (U.P SGD 65). This promotion is only available from July 13-14 and the free gift is limited to the first twenty five (25) customers per day.
Redmi 7A: Bigger battery, faster performance
Redmi 7A represents a complete upgrade over its predecessor, Redmi 6A. Equipped with the Qualcomm® SnapdragonTM 439, Redmi 7A is incredibly power efficient, with an octa-core processor providing smooth day-to-day use and reliability. Coupled with a large 4000mAh battery, Redmi 7A offers up to two-days of normal use.
Redmi 7A features a 5.45” HD+ Full Screen Display with wide viewing angles and support for full screen gestures. Redmi 7A sports a 12MP rear camera with large pixel size of 1.25um, able to capture clear images even in low-light conditions, as well as a 5MP front camera that features AI face unlock.
Redmi 7A will be available in two colours: Matte Blue and Matte Black at SGD 139 for the 2GB+16GB version and SGD 159 for the 3GB+32GB version via Lazada, Shopee, Q10 and Amazon as well as Authorized Mi Stores in Singapore starting from 13th July 2019. As part of the grand opening of the Funan Authorized Mi Stores, customers who purchase the Redmi 7A from the Funan Authorized Mi Stores are entitled to a free Mi Band 3 (U.P SGD 55). This promotion is available from July 13-14 and the free gift is limited to the first twenty five (25) customers per day.
Mi Smart Band 4: Step up, live more
The much-expected new generation of Xiaomi’s top-selling smart wearable – Mi Smart Band 4 was also announced to arrive. According to the latest data by IDC, Xiaomi is the number one wrist-worn wearable company by shipment volume (Q1 2019). Mi Smart Band 4 comes with an all-new full color AMOLED display, allowing users to view fitness stats, messages and notifications in a glance with a splash of color. Even with a full-color display, Mi Smart Band 4 is equipped with a 135mAh battery and is able to last up to 20 days on a single charge. In addition to the health and activity tracking features from previous generations, Mi Smart Band 4 now features a swim tracking mode to monitor swim length, time, swim strokes, SWOLF (a measure of swimming efficiency) and more. Mi Smart Band 4 retains a sleek and lightweight design, an all-new intuitive user interface for easy navigation, automatic band lock feature when removed from the user’s wrist, and controls for music playback on smartphones.
Mi Smart Band 4 will be available at SGD 55 via Lazada, Shopee, Q10 and Amazon as well as Authorized Mi Stores in Singapore starting from 13th July 2019.
Razer’s latest Razer Blade Studio Edition laptops are anodized with a striking Mercury White finish, equipped with 4K displays, upgraded to 32GB of RAM and 1TB of NVMe storage, and features NVIDIA Quadro RTX GPUs.
Brad Wildes, Senior Vice President of Razer’s Systems business unit said, “Razer Blades have become the laptop of choice for users desiring uncompromising performance in a premium design. Now, with the power of NVIDIA Quadro GPUs, the Razer Blade Studio Edition will exceed the demands of professional content creators.”
• The Razer Blade 15 Studio Edition will be available with a 4K OLED touch display, an Intel® CoreTM i7-9750H processor, and an NVIDIA Quadro RTX 5000 mobile GPU. The processing power of NVIDIA Quadro® and vivid colors of the OLED display makes the Razer Blade 15 Studio Edition perfect for creators who are always on the go.
• The Razer Blade Pro 17 Studio Edition will feature a series of firsts, including a new 4K 120Hz display panel, an Intel® CoreTM i9-9880H processor, and the NVIDIA Quadro RTX 5000 mobile GPU. These major upgrades to the Razer Blade Pro 17 Studio Edition allow it to rival even the most powerful of desktop workstations.
Creatives familiar with working on a traditional desktop PC can connect a Razer Blade Studio Edition laptop to the Razer Core X external graphics accessory to create a desktop-class experience on a mobile laptop. With support for desktop PCIe graphic cards like the NVIDIA Quadro RTX and GeForce RTX GPUs, Razer Core X can greatly accelerate the work flow and reduce lengthy rendering times. Applications allowing for dual-GPU rendering will enable users to put both the internal laptop and external desktop graphics to work to provide even better performance.
ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) announces a top-to-bottom update of its entire gaming family. The ROG redefined collection mixes all-new models with refreshed systems to balance the performance required by gamers, content creators, and power users with the convenience of creature comforts.
The lineup splits along chassis lines, with powerful desktop replacements, lithe ultra-portables, and evolved expressions of a more traditional laptop form factor. The ROG Mothership (GZ700) is a portable muscle powerhouse with an innovative standing design that enhances cooling to fulfill the needs of hardcore users, while the ROG Zephyrus S (GX502) ultra slim and light design provides the versatility to slice through both AAA games and professional work. The ROG STRIX Scar III (GL531) aimed for e-Sports excellence with the world’s fastest 240Hz/3ms laptop display allows you to play at the speed of pro gaming.Regardless of the chassis or target audience, ROG gaming laptops are guided by an Intelligent Cooling philosophy that combines the right thermal hardware with smart software to ensure optimal performance and acoustics for what is happening in the moment.
The Future of Desktop Replacements: ROG Mothership (GZ700)
ROG Mothership (GZ700) Gaming Laptop
The ROG Mothership (GZ700) has an upright chassis that draws more air into its advanced cooling system. Its keyboard detaches and folds to fit different scenarios, giving gamers the freedom to find the perfect position, and the innovative design leaves enough room to put all the speakers right below the screen.
The exquisitely machined aluminum chassis contains an ultrafast and ultra-detailed NVIDIA® G-SYNC® display powered by the latest NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 2080 discrete graphics, and also houses an eight-core Intel® Core™ i9 processor coated with liquid metal thermal compound. Better cooling enables the processor and discrete graphic to be pushed beyond stock speeds and still sustain exceptional performance with demanding workloads. The factory-overclocked core is complemented by an insanely fast RAID 0 disk array with three NVMe™ SSDs, plus next-gen networking that enables greater than gigabit speeds for both wired and wireless connections.
Conventional clamshells limit cooling and lock into a fixed position in order to fit a form factor that can sit on a lap. That is a good compromise for many laptops, but desktop replacements are too heavy to sit comfortably, so ROG reimagined the form factor to improve the experience. Instead of lying flat on a desk, the ROG Mothership (GZ700) stands tall to give the cooling system unrestricted access to airflow at the back. The keyboard separates and folds for maximum flexibility, giving freedom to position it for the perfect stance, and connecting wired or wirelessly depending on the scenario. Detaching the keyboard reveals a row of four speakers that are aimed directly at the user, creating an effective sound bar right beneath the display.
The ROG Mothership (GZ700) has an amazing UHD panel with G-sync delivers smooth, crisp visuals up to 400 nits brightness and a 3 ms response time to satiate gamers who want to experience true triple-digit FPS for fast-paced play.
Versatility Reigns Supreme: ROG Zephyrus S (GX502)
ROG Zephyrus S (GX502) Gaming Laptop
The ROG Zephyrus S (GX502) adopts a more traditional layout that works better in cramped quarters and on a lap. It is the most versatile Zephyrus yet, tailored to satisfy both hardcore gamers and professional content creators. The palm rest hides honeycomb reinforcements that make the chassis stiffer where it is needed most. The process starts with molten magnesium alloy and uses a combination of die-casting and machining to create the sturdy piece, which resists the flexing that makes some other ultra-slim gaming laptops feel flimsy and cheap. Soft-touch paint adds a smooth finish that repels fingerprints and adds a subtle sparkle.
Augmented AAS cooling allows the top NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 2070-equipped model to scale up to 1540MHz at 115W with ROG Boost in Turbo Mode, a clock speed and wattage typically reserved for full-sized laptops. The ROG Zephyrus S (GX502) PANTONE® Validated display is calibrated at the factory to guarantee the colour accuracy, and features a 144Hz refresh rate and 3ms grey-to-grey response time. The gaming grade PANTONE® Validated display makes fast-paced shooters silky-smooth and crystal-clear, while guaranteeing accurate colours for content creators. The ROG-exclusive discrete graphic switch gives you the freedom to improve your gaming experience with G-SYNC™, which reduces stuttering and eliminates tearing, or get better battery life with Optimus.
For on-the-go convenience, the ROG Zephyrus S (GX502) can be charged via its USB Type-C™ (USB-C™) port, using a small, lightweight USB-C charger that reduces the overall travel weight and bulk. For everyday tasks like web surfing and office productivity that consume lower amounts of power, the ROG Zephyrus S (GX502) can be used with a standard USB-C adapter rated at up to 65W. It can also be charged from USB power banks and can deliver up to 18W of fast-charge power to compatible devices such as smartphones.
Maintaining a strong Wi-Fi connection is not always easy. Distance from the router, the shape of the room, and even furniture placement can all contribute to dead spots and weak connections. To provide the best possible connection at all times, the ROG Zephyrus S (GX502) has four antennas in different orientations, and ROG RangeBoost then picks the best two antennas for that moment in time. This intelligent multi-antenna array can increase range by up to 30%. For activities like multiplayer gaming and serious streaming that are more sensitive to network performance, wired gigabit Ethernet provides a low-latency connection impervious to any wireless congestion.
Premium ESS SABRE™ audio elevates the experience for gamers and audiophiles with good headphones. This hi-fi DAC reduces noise and distortion, enabling clearer audio with wider dynamic range, and combined with virtual 7.1-channel surround-sound, provides deep spatial immersion in games and virtual reality. Hi-Res Audio (HRA) certification guarantees fidelity, so media can be enjoyed at full quality.
Pick Your E-Sports Champion: ROG STRIX SCAR III
ROG STRIX Scar III (GL531) Gaming Laptop
The ROGSTRIX SCAR III (GL531) is based on the forward-thinking design inspired by a collaboration between ROG and the BMW Designworks Group to imagine the future of gaming laptops. The sculpted surfaces echo a key element of the Face Off concept that resulted from the collaboration, with raised ridges that artfully accent the ventilated 3D Flow Zone at the back. The asymmetrical cut below the display also borrows a design cue explored during brainstorming workshops for the final concept.
Evoking a deeper physical connection with the machine was another key theme of the BMW Designworks Group collaboration. The ROGSTRIX SCAR III (GL531) channels this idea with the new ROG Keystone, which docks neatly with the chassis and offers a more personalised link to your laptop. These NFC-enabled devices act like physical keys: docking one can transform system lighting and other settings based on Armoury Crate profiles, and grant access to a secret Shadow Drive that hides and encrypts important files. In addition to offering new capabilities today, the ROG Keystone lay the groundwork for additional functionality in the future.
Delivering the frame rates needed for the fast pace of high-level e-Sports is a serious business. With the latest Intel® Core™ i9-9750H processor and up to NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 2070, the ROGSTRIX SCAR III (GL531) has the firepower for all the favorite titles. With ROG Boost, the discrete graphic outperforms slower GeForce RTX™ 2070 configurations by clocking up to 1540MHz at 115W, offering incredibly smooth gameplay for action-packed encounters.
High frame rates need a display that can deliver them. ROG works closely with professional e-Sports teams and top tournaments that require a refresh rate of 240Hz, which is four times the speed of conventional screens. Displays this fast have traditionally been limited to high-end desktop monitors, but the ROGSTRIX SCAR III (GL531) can be configured with a 15.6-inch display that makes 240Hz gaming portable. The timely availability of this ultrafast option further cements ROG’s leadership at the forefront of gaming laptop displays. The ROGSTRIX SCAR III (GL531) is also available with a 144Hz refresh-rate display, both displays have 3ms grey-to-grey response times to provide the crisp, clear visuals needed to track targets in the heat of battle. Its ultra-slim bezels that offer a seamless view of the screen and enable a more compact body that fits into any bag.
Focus on the Fundamental: ROG STRIX G (G531/G731)
ROG STRIX G (G531) Gaming Laptop
The ROGSTRIX G (G531/G731) provides an affordable foundation that distills the essential elements of the core ROG experience. Its low-profile design blends into casual environments such as classrooms and coffee shops just as well as at a LAN party later in the evening.
The NVIDIA® GeForce GTX™ 16 series has the right price-performance ratio to fit the ROGSTRIX G (G531/G731)’s profile, complete with an upgraded video encoder that enables smooth, high-quality capture for streamers. The ROGSTRIX G (G531/G731) can be configured with an up to Intel® Core™ i7-9750H processor with six cores and 12 threads, up to NVIDIA® GeForce GTX™ 1660Ti discrete graphic and 15-inch or 17-inch up to 144Hz display. It is available with four-zone Aura Sync lighting for the keyboard, and comes with the same great STRIX cooling and all the essentials, including RangeBoost for the Gigabit Wi-Fi, HDMI 2.0b output for 4K monitors and TVs, and support for G-SYNC monitors via DisplayPort over USB-C on models with GeForce RTX graphics. By concentrating on vital features and components that define the gaming experience, the ROGSTRIX G (G531/G731) offers excellent value in a versatile laptop that can handle work and school in between gaming sessions.
Smooth Gameplay Ahead: ROG STRIX GL10
ROG STRIX GL10 Gaming Desktop
The ROG STRIX GL10 fits full-size power into a compact 27-liter case that uses futuristic armor and the ROG obsession with speed as design inspirations. Customisable Aura Sync RGB lighting can be controlled from Armoury Crate, a single utility that provides all-access configuration and monitoring of the ROG STRIX GL10.
The ROG STRIX GL10 is equipped with up to a six-core 12-thread Intel® Core™ i7-9700K processor, capable of handling multiple concurrent workloads such as gaming, streaming and running voice communication for teammates. With up to 32GB of DDR4 memory, the ROG STRIX GL10 effortlessly switches from productivity tasks to the more demanding workloads generated by the multithreaded applications typically used by content creators. With up to an NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 2070 graphics card with 8GB of video memory, it offers amazing performance for today’s favorite games such as Fortnite and Overwatch, capable of pushing triple-digit framerates at Full HD resolution. The ROG STRIX GL10 can also be used with all major virtual-reality (VR) headsets, providing gamers with totally new environments and experiences.
The ROG STRIX GL10 comes equipped with gamer-friendly features and customisations. The unified Armoury Crate software provides quick and easy access to all parts of the ROG STRIX GL10. There are multiple profiles available that strike different balances between performance and noise, allowing users to easily cater to their environment and preferences. The diffused RGB glow that cuts across the front of it can also be customised in just a few clicks, choosing colours and effects with the capability to synchronise with other Aura-compatible peripherals such as keyboards, mice, and headsets.
The ROG team knows that gaming is social and sometimes computers have to travel. The ROG STRIX GL10 was designed and tested to survive drop and vibration tests that simulate the rough handling of trips to LAN parties and e-Sports tournaments, as well as to survive temperature and humidity extremes, and voltage and frequency fluctuations that may arise from unreliable power sources.
Ultimate Performance: ROG STRIX GL12
ROG STRIX GL12 Gaming Desktop
The ROG STRIX GL12 is a full-featured factory-overclocked and liquid-cooled gaming desktop featuring up to the latest eight-core 9th Generation Intel® Core™ i9-9900K processor and up to NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 2080Ti graphics. The 9th Gen Intel® Core™ processor is fully unlocked for further fine-tuning via the ROG Armoury Crate software, which also lets users customise the Aura Sync lighting inside and out.
It built with the most powerful components available, starting with the best processor for gaming: the latest 9th Gen Intel Core i9-9900K processor. With 8 cores and 16 threads, the new Intel processor is capable of delivering high-frame-rate gaming while simultaneously live-streaming, recording gameplay, and juggling chat and other applications. It is also ideal for creative professionals, delivering incredible performance in multithreaded workloads such as rendering, transcoding, and other tasks.
The ROG STRIX GL12 has sharp angles on the front and top of the case, evoking the gashes on a katana on armor. The included Armoury Crate software allows for the customisation of the RGB lighting that spills out of the intake and exhaust vents. ASUS Aura Sync technology also allows users to synchronise the system lighting with compatible peripherals such as mice, keyboards, and even monitors. The Aura Sync lighting can also reach to in-game events and environments in compatible games such as the new Call of Duty: Black Ops 4.
The ROG STRIX GL12 has a hot-swap SSD bay — developed for e-Sports gaming — that is hidden behind the case’s magnetic front cover, allowing for quick swapping in of profiles and games without needing to shut down the system to install a new drive with the required tools. The hot-swap bay also greatly simplifies storage upgrades for all users. Finally, it includes the innovative ASUS DIMM.2 module that slots into the system’s new Z390 motherboard. This expansion card uses a memory-style slot to provide two M.2 connections for SSDs. Since heat can slow down the performance, the DIMM.2 module has integrated heatsinks for each SSD. These two additional connections allow for dual NVMe® drives and RAID configurations, or one can be used for expansion while the other can be used for Intel Optane™ memory to accelerate a large hard-disk drive (HDD).
AVAILABILITY & PRICING
The ROG Mothership (GZ700), ROG Zephyrus S (GX502), ROG STRIX SCAR III and ROG STRIX G (G731) will be available in June, while the ROG STRIX GL10 and ROG STRIX GL12 will be available in end-May, lastly the ROG STRIX G (G531) will be available in CEE show with prices as follow:
ROG Mothership (GZ700) at $9,999
ROG Zephyrus S (GX502) from $3,398
ROG STRIX SCAR III (GL531) from $2,698
ROG STRIX G (G531/G731) from $1,598
ROG STRIX GL10 from $1,298
ROG STRIX GL12 from $3,998
All models will be available at all ASUS Brand Stores and authorised retailers.
I started using Mopidy recently, and found it to be quite useful. Mopidy is a music server, that plays music from local disk, or streams music from the cloud like Spotify, SoundCloud, Google Play Music, and more.
From your phone, tablet, or computer, you can control the playlist from your phone, tablet, or computer with a web client.
It allows everyone at home an easy way to manage what’s playing, something like a Jukebox. It doesn’t need powerful hardware, I run it on an Orange Pi, my R2D2 which can run Alexa with Mopidy concurrently. Speakers are connected via USB. You can even extend it further with multi-room audio (like Sonos), by combining Mopidy with Snapcast but I’m satisfied with my R2 jukebox for now.