Sony Mobile Launches Xperia XZ Premium, Xperia XA1 Ultra and Xperia Touch in Singapore

The Sony Xperia XZ Premium will be available for pre-order from 26 May to 9 June at Sony Stores, Sony Centres and on Lazada Singapore website.

As part of the launch promotion, customers who pre-order the Xperia XZ Premium will be able to receive a promotion bundle (worth > $200) that includes a Sony High Resolution noise cancelling in- ear headphones (MDR-EX750NA), USB charging dock (DK60) and a clear style cover.

The Sony Xperia XZ Premium, the World’s fastest smartphone with a 4K HDR Display, and World’s first Super slow motion video in a smartphone, comes with features and technology that include:

  • New Motion Eye camera with Super slow motion 960fps video capture, Predictive Capture and 4K video recording
  • 5.5” 4K HDR display
  • Qualcomm® Snapdragon 835 64-bit Mobile Platform
  • Intuitive unlock with fingerprint sensor on power button
  • USB Type-C

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Review: LG G6 – Great Phone with a Useful Dual Lens Camera

The G6 is LG’s best phone yet. Equipped with an immersive display, the G6 improves on the best feature of the LG G5 while cherry picking the popular features from other Android phones. It’s a more conservative approach, but it’s a pretty awesome package.

The Samsung Galaxy S8 will be a compelling choice, but the LG G6 is a viable alternative too.

Here are 3 reasons why I prefer the LG G6:

  1. A more useful camera. The dual lens setup on the LG G6 offers so much more versatility as compared to the Galaxy S8. The traditional normal field of view shooter will hold its own too.
  2. It’s easier to hold. The Galaxy S8 is definitely prettier, and more polished in terms of overall build. The LG G6 isn’t it’s equal but still manages to hold it’s own. I used a S7 Edge previously, and honestly, using it near the edges wasn’t the best experience.
    It’s also much easier to apply proper tempered glass protectors and cases than the S8

  3. Price and value. The LG G6 is cheaper than the S8 and S8 plus by about $150 to $300 and there is an ongoing promotion of a 49” LG TV with signup of a broadband plan. There’s also an additional 12 month warranty too.
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ASUS Republic of Gamers Maximus IX Extreme Motherboard

Looking to build an ultimate gaming rig? The latest Asus ROG motherboard can help get you started.

This high-performance Z270 gaming motherboard comes with integrated monoblock water-cooler, Aura Sync illumination, exceptional audio, multiple safeguards, and latest connectivity.

I have not really kept up with the latest in PC technology, but here’s a quick refresher on the latest features to look out for. It’s a long list and an excellent starting piece for your ultimate gaming rig.
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Samsung Pay Now Supports UOB and FEVO Cards

Samsung Electronics Singapore has brought on board new partners United Overseas Bank (UOB) and EZ-Link FEVO Prepaid Mastercard for Samsung Pay, making it one of the most connected mobile payment service available in Singapore.

Both UOB debit or credit cards, and FEVO Prepaid Mastercard are now supported, across the Samsung Smart phone and wearable devices with Samsung Pay support.

Samsung Pay’s comprehensive ecosystem of partners and merchants across major payment networks, banks and retailers provides users with greater convenience on-the-go, where they can enjoy the added benefits it brings. With the expanded support for new cards, wide compatibility with more Samsung devices, combined with value-added services, Samsung Pay brings consumers closer to replacing their physical wallets, while paving the way for a more holistic and enriched mobile experience.

Those using the new Galaxy S8 and S8+ can also enjoy using the integrated iris recognition technology, which is a highly secure biometric authentication system (not Face recognition). This when coupled with Samsung Knox, offers a high level of security as well as convenience to Samsung users.

Look for new partner promotions to encourage use of the new cards on Samsung Pay.

UOB Promotion

“Cardmembers” means all cardholders of UOB Credit Card who have not used Android Pay or Mighty Pay since 1 January 2017, and whose UOB Credit Card account is valid, subsisting, in good standing and satisfactorily conducted in the opinion of UOB.

The first 5,000 Cardmembers who:
(i) digitise his/her eligible UOB Credit Card on supported devices offered by Samsung; and
(ii) performed at least three (3) Qualifying Transaction of minimum $10 for each transaction during the Promotional Period, shall be eligible to receive the Prize (“Eligible Cardmembers”).

“Prize” means the S$10 cash credit which will be deposited/credited into your last used UOB Credit Card during the Promotional Period.

Source: http://uob.com.sg/assets/pdfs/personal/ebanking/samsungpay-tncs.pdf

Meet Jelly, the Nougat smartphone that we didn’t ask for in 2017

There was a time where Samsung Galaxy S’s 4″ WVGA display is being introduced as “Large, high-resolution display” while the first Galaxy Note is known as “Giant” and reviewer noticed weird stare by the public for holding such a huge phone. As time passes, we reached a point where 5.1″ Full HD display for 2017 flagship is considered too small & low resolution. In the time of everyone fighting to squeeze the biggest display into their phone, a small company called Unihertz decided to go opposite and introduce possibly the smallest smartphone that runs Android Nougat, meet Jelly.

Spec sheet wise, the Jelly actually packs a whole lot of feature on its 92.3 x 43 x 13.3 mm size (It’s barely a quarter of the size comparing to iPhone 7 Plus or Pixel XL!). You get a 2.45″ display with a resolution of 240 x 432 pixels running on a Quad-core Mediatek processor, 1/2GB of RAM & 8/16GB of ROM. Most importantly, Jelly is running on the latest mainstream Android version in the market, the Nougat 7.0. Even my 2016 flagship Huawei P9 has yet to get a taste of Nougat at the time of writing.

As a phone size that small, Jelly comes with compromise. For instance, the battery is only 950mAh, probably won’t be the longest-lasting phone that you want but at least it is interchangeable so you can pop in the spare battery if required. The charging time for this phone is going to be significantly shorter since there is so little power consumption on the 2.45″ display.
One thing to be clear of, Jelly is not going to replace your iPhone 7 Plus or Galaxy S8 as the primary phone. Jelly is rather a really compact secondary/backup phone with a decent specification. You are able to get the Jelly (1GB RAM/8GB ROM) or Jelly Pro (2GB RAM/16GB ROM) on Kickstarter by clicking here. Pricing for Jelly starts at US$69 while Jelly Pro starts at US$85 with limited quantity before moving on to the next price range. Their Kickstarter page is fully funded within 57 minutes shows that Jelly is definitely here to stay.

 

Lifepack : Work. Life. Balance

What do you get by combining a laptop backpack with a portable solar charger and a Bluetooth speaker?
Solgaard Design aimed to create the backpack to suit anyone, anytime. Introducing the Lifepack, the Solar Powered & Anti-Theft Backpack.

One of the unique features that stand out from the competitors is that each Lifepack comes with Solarbank (10,000 mAh solar charger + portable speaker) at the top of the bag.

Solarbank comes with 2 USB port with 1A & 2A power hence you might not get the fastest charging speed as you might be expecting. What’s interesting is that you can connect the cable to an extension port inside the bag and able to charge your phone from the bag itself without removing the charger at all.

The solar panel on the charge can ensure that Solarbank is always topping up via solar power while you are on the go. The speaker is located directly on the other side of the solar panel (Check out the image above). Solar power charging may not be the most practical way to charge the Solarbank due to its lower power conversion thus you should always rely on USB charging to top up the juice. The Solar panel will be much useful In the situation such as hiking where you may find yourself without any power source around during emergency situation and it should at least provide you with some power juice to keep in contact with outside world.

A little design concern here, you may wish to note that with the Solarbank removed, the pouch that holds the Solarbank are not covered up hence there will be the risk of water getting into the bag during rainy weather. Thankfully Lifepack also included a fully waterproof cover which you can easily access from the bottom of the bag.

For those who are concerned about the security when carrying Lifepack out for work, Lifepack has you covered by having an integrated 3 digit passcode lock that you can use to lock your bag’s zipper or simply lock the bag to the table or chair to prevent potential theft.

Additionally, there are four hidden pockets round the strap & back that are big enough for you to keep your passport, cards and earphone. Lifepack also included a built-in pouch for laptop size up to 14 inches to protect it from other contents in the bag. Since it is introduced as an Anti-theft bag, Lifepack feels extremely durable and sturdy while you are carrying it. No matter how much/little items you put into the bag, the size of the bag feels the same thus it might feel too bulky for most users who are smaller in body size.

At the current retail price of USD$269 on https://solgaard.co, it is certainly not the bag for everyone. Overall, I recommended this bag for people who looking for multiple usage backpacks that are suitable for both leisure & business due to its feature & better security measure. The SolarBank itself is also a nice bonus for someone who is looking for entertainment on the go with Bluetooth speaker and Powerbank combined into one.

 

Jaybird X3 Wireless Sport Headphones to arrive in Singapore

Looking for a great pair of wireless earbuds for your outdoor lifestyle? The Jaybird X3 now comes with enhanced sound, customisable audio options and an improved secure-fit, in its classic low profile design.
Price: SGD $215
Availability: Pre-Order from Apr 27, 2017; In-stores by May 4, 2017

What’s New?

The Jaybird X3 promises an enhanced sound experience with an improved 6mm driver this time around. Physically, the X3 is now smaller, making it the first in the X-Series to be helmet compatible.

Multi-device pairing is also on the cards. You can now pair two sets of X3 headphones to one device and even pair your X3s to two devices simultaneously.
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