D-Link’s New COVR EasyMesh Solution

D-Link launches its new COVR-1100 Mesh solution to the market. COVR-1100 is first EasyMesh certified mesh product to introduce to the market. COVR-1100 have a clean and simple design that will blend in well with most households.

World First EasyMeshTM Certified
As one of the world’s first Wi-Fi CERTIFIED EasyMesh™ systems, COVR-1100 boasts industry-standard Mesh Networking technology. You can enjoy the flexibility and reliability of the networking industry’s leading Mesh Wi-Fi standard now, while safe in the knowledge that updates to the standard will be compatible with your system in the future.

Maximum Secure coverage
With COVR-1100, user can enjoy their Internet regardless at which part of their home. To ensure user always enjoy the best wireless Internet experience, it is built in with smart connect where router will choose the best performing wireless band to user devices when user is moving around the house.

In the recent awareness and rise of security concern, COVR-1100 is equipped with WPA3 to ensure greater privacy throughout user’s devices and networks. Its also allow remote secure connect back to your family network with QuickVPN server in built in the router.

Integrate with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant
Turn on/off your guest Wi-Fi, ask for your guest Wi-Fi credentials, reboot your router or update your firmware. Do it ALL hands-free using voice commands.

Just speak the words of command to your Google Assistant or Alexa, and the router bends your smart home Wi-Fi to your will (without you having to lift a finger).

Easy to Set Up and Protect
Setting up your Internet connection doesn’t have to be a complicated process; just download D-Link Wi-fi app and follow the easy step-by-step instructions to get started – Configure and apply setting to your COVR-1100 has never been easier. It also features FOTA – automatic upgrade of the firmware to ensure all your devices has the latest firmware for any possible further enhancement.

Price and Availability
The new COVR series and its extender are available in all major retail store from 15 May 2020.

Google Meet – Now Free

Google Cloud today has just announced that it is making Google Meet, Google’s premium video-conferencing platform, free for everyone, with availability rolling out in the next few weeks. 

Starting in May, anyone with an email address can sign up for Meet and enjoy many of the same features available to G Suite’s business and education users, such as simple scheduling and screen sharing, real-time captions, and layouts that adapt to your preference, including the expanded tiled view.


There are a few ways that individuals, teams and organisations can use Meet for free.

  • Individual users: Once the roll out is complete, anyone with an email address will be able to use Meet for free via meet.google.com and the Meet mobile apps for iOS or Android to schedule, join or start secure video meetings with anyone—whether it’s a virtual yoga class, weekly book club, neighborhood meeting, or any other reason to connect with others. Using the new Meet experience will require a free Google Account, which only takes a minute to create using your work or personal email address of choice. This step is required as a security measure, and you only need to sign up once. Meetings are limited to 60 minutes for the free product, though we will not enforce this time limit until after September 30.
  • Teams that are not G Suite customers: For organizations that aren’t already G Suite customers, today we’re announcing a new edition called G Suite Essentials, which also includes Google Drive for easy and secure access to all of a team’s content, and Docs, Sheets and Slides for content creation and real-time collaboration. It’s perfect for teams that need access to Meet’s more advanced features, such as dial-in phone numbers, larger meetings and meeting recording. Through Sept. 30, we’re providing G Suite Essentials and all of these advanced features free of charge.
  • Existing G Suite customers: G Suite’s 6 million existing customers already have access to Meet. Admins simply need to enable Meet by following instructions outlined on our Help Center. G Suite is also providing three ways for new and current enterprise customers to access Meet through September 30 including: free access to Meet’s advanced features for all G Suite customers, free additional Meet licenses for existing G Suite customers without any amendments to their current contract, and free G Suite Essentials for new enterprise customers.
  • Schools and higher education institutions: Meet is included in G Suite for Education, a suite of free Google apps tailored specifically for schools, which serves over 120 million students and teachers globally for high-quality virtual classes, PTA meetings, etc.

HUAWEI Mate Xs – Foldable 5G Phone

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.

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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.

Review: Sudio Fem

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.

Unboxing

Specifications

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.

Tap oncePlay/Pause
Tap twicePrevious track (L) / Next Track (R)
Tap thriceDecrease volume (L) / Increase Volume (R)
Hold for one secondInvoke voice assistant
Hold for 8 secondsTurn “off”
Hold for a long time after turning offEnter pairing mode

Sound Quality

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
  • Touch control
  • Individual automatic pairing (both earbuds connect directly to the phone)
  • 18-month international warranty

It can be purchased over at https://www.sudio.com/sg. Use code: GADGETREACTORFEM for 15% off.

Until the 14 of Feb, there’s also a CNY Promotion: Free special edition CNY gift packaging + crossbody pouch + buy any 2 earphones and get 25% off  (15% from code + additional 10%)

New Colours for Huawei FreeBuds 3 and nova 5T

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 Launches Mi 9T, Redmi 7A and Mi Smart Band 4 in Singapore

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 Upgrades the Razer Blade Studio Edition

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.