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Sony Mobile Releases Report on Selfie Behaviour And Its Future Applications

Visitors Taking Selfie with Sony Xperia XZ. Source: The Straits Times News Dated 3 Dec 2016. ST Photo: Desmond Wee

New research finds consumers are ready to embrace ‘selfies’ as a tool for banking, shopping, healthcare and more

  • Futurologist’s predictions, and a survey of 6,500 people, finds consumers are open to the ‘vast number of potential applications’ for smartphone front cameras
  •  Top ten future uses for smartphone cameras will include banking, shopping, healthcare and dating, among others
  •  Over a third of consumers would feel more secure if banks used selfies as passwords, while more than a quarter would prefer to see their GP via a selfie or video call than in-person

16 February 2017: Smartphone cameras could be poised to transform a number of industries, as ‘selfies’ transition from frivolous fad to technological phenomenon, according to a new report from Sony Mobile. The report and accompanying research, released in conjunction with Futurizon and based on a survey of 6,500 European consumers in the UK, France, Germany and Spain, found that consumers are open to the ‘vast number of potential applications’ for camera photography.

Working with futurologist Dr Ian Pearson, Sony Mobile explored a number of sectors likely to incorporate smartphone photography and selfies as a technological function in the future. The potential applications were wide-ranging, from theme parks building ‘selfie-coasters’ that let adrenaline-junkies capture their experience on the latest rides, to shoppers using it as a ‘virtual personal assistant’ to try on multiple outfits at the touch of a button. Once these applications were identified, more than 6,500 consumers provided their thoughts on the evolution of selfies as a social trend, and the appetite for these more functional uses of smartphone photography.

“The project has given us a real sense of how selfies have evolved, and why they could be set to transform so many different sectors”, said Vincent Yip, Director, Market Head for Singapore at Sony Mobile.

“At Sony Mobile we face the dual task of designing smartphones that make consumers’ lives easier today, while keeping an eye on what the future holds and being part of driving innovation and change. We have always seen photography as being a key function at the heart of the smartphone and have already advanced front camera technology in our Xperia™ XZ for superior quality photos, so it’s incredibly exciting to find that consumers are ready to embrace selfies for such a wide range of future uses that enhance our everyday lives.”

 

Credit Card Authetication. Source: Sony Mobile

The report identified the top 10 ways consumers believe selfies could evolve in the next five years:

1. Dating: Taking a selfie with your date to find out what they really think

2. Medical: Over a quarter of people would prefer to see their GP via a selfie or video call, in the first instance

3. Banking for the selfie generation: Nearly half of 25-34 year olds would feel more secure if accessing their bank through a ‘selfie password’

4. In leisure: Around half of thrill-seekers would like to try a ‘selfiecoaster’ – a rollercoaster that puts you in control of capturing your experience on the ride

5. In a gym / fitness: selfies that work with AI (Artificial Intelligence) to capture body monitoring e.g. testing heart rates and even suggesting how to improve on technique and how accurately a move is being performed

6. Made to measure clothes: taking a 3D body image for made-to-measure clothes

7. In retail: using your smartphone camera to try on different outfits suited to your body shape, at the touch of a button

8. Social currency: paying for entry to the cinema or a tourist attraction through a selfie

9. Robots: Using your smartphone to control drones or robots to take selfies from other or extreme locations

10. Home: Using selfies to secure and access our homes and cars

Dr Ian Pearson, Futurologist and creator of the Future of Selfies report, added: “Through this report, it has been fascinating to chart the evolution of selfies and smartphone photography with the team at Sony Mobile. But even more encouraging has been the response from consumers, who have shown they are open to the range of future uses for selfies and video calls.”

“The results clearly show that selfies are well on their way to transitioning from frivolous fad to technological phenomenon, and provide food for thought to a number of industries. The potential is huge, and it will be exciting to watch this unfold over the coming years.”

A Swedish Company is Trying to Improve Singapore’s Retail Sector

Axis Communications (Axis, stock quote: STO:AXIS ), a Swedish maker of network cameras, aims to redefine local brick-and-mortar store operations and customer engagement, with the launch of its video network solution today. The new solution offers HD TV image quality, intelligent video functions and analytic capabilities. These will support retailers in their efforts to remain productive, reduce manpower reliance, gain consumer insights, and ultimately, win back customers from e-commerce players.

“The consumer shift from brick-and-mortar stores to e-commerce have undeniably impacted traditional retailers. However, we believe that brick-and-mortar shops still have a competitive edge over e-tailers, and that is the human aspect of a shopping experience,” said Mr Magnus Zederfeldt, Director, South Asia Pacific, Axis Communications. “Customers want authentic experiences today, and it is thus imperative for traditional retailers to leverage emerging technologies to enhance this. If implemented effectively, brick-and-mortar stores can flourish.”

Magnus Zederfeldt, Regional Director South Asia Pacific Axis Communications. Source: Instagram user @weewu

Key highlights of Axis’ network video solution

Axis’ network video solution is capable of helping retailers in two key aspects:

 

1.    Enhanced security

  • Axis network video solution provides high resolution store-wide image coverage that enables retailers to follow any suspicious behaviour inside and outside store, even after operating hours.
  • The new solution is able to distribute HD TV video over any kind of IP network or the internet, assisting investigators with crime and positive identification.

 

2.    Enhanced customer experience

  • When placed strategically, the network cameras can assist retailers in recording, measuring and better understanding consumer activity and buying behaviour.
  • Retailers will be able to identify the popular areas in-store and optimise the store and display layouts accordingly.

 

Axis’ had previously launch its retail solution in the region, and some of its key customers  include Hang Ten in Taiwan, and Volkswagen in China. Customers have feedback that the solution has not only helped to effectively reduce its operational costs, but also raised in-store surveillance and employee productivity.

 

“Competition against huge e-commerce players, such as Alibaba and Amazon, are heating up. As such, Singapore retailers must focus on delivering greater value to consumers through the implementation of digital initiatives in stores. This will enable local store owners to stand against e-tailers, and bring about enhanced experience for consumers,” said Mr Zederfeldt.

 

 

EZ-link Announces EZ-Link Wearables, Partners Garmin and Watchdata Technologies

EZ-Link Pte Ltd, Singapore’s largest issuer of CEPAScompliant cards, today announced the launch of EZLink Wearables, a new product line featuring smart, stylish wearables offering ez-link payment functions and a new array of lifestyle options.

For a start, EZ-Link unveiled the Batman v Superman Fitness Tracker X EZ-Link in collaboration with Watchdata Technologies and the Garmin vívosmart HR with EZ-Link smartwatch in partnership with Garmin Ltd. Both devices carry the ez-link CEPAS purse for fast, convenient and reliable contactless payments on public transit and at more than 30,000 ez-link acceptance points island-wide.

“Our vision for EZ-Link Wearables is to give our users new possibilities and freedom, by blending an essential part of their daily journeys – ez-link with different aspects of their lives. We are excited to partner with Garmin and Watchdata Technologies to give both hardcore fitness enthusiasts and more casual active lifestyle seekers options in realising their fitness goals and enjoying their daily commutes with just one stylish device. We are even more excited to be at the core of a wearable revolution for Singapore and the limitless possibilities we can bring to consumers in the future,” said Mr Nicholas Lee, Chief Executive Officer, EZLink Pte Ltd.

Batman v Superman Fitness Tracker X EZ-Link

 

Designed and developed by EZ-Link and Watchdata Technologies, the Batman v Superman Fitness Tracker X EZ-Link combines both the functionalities of a smart fitness band and an ez-link card. Its lightweight ergonomic design makes it the perfect wrist companion for both daily commute and purchases. Besides using it to tap and pay for trains, buses, taxis and shopping, users can also pair it with the Watchdata Wearables mobile application via Bluetooth to monitor the number of steps taken, amount of calories burnt and sleep quality.

Featuring the legendary symbols of two iconic super heroes, theBatman v Superman Fitness Tracker X EZ-Link will be available exclusively on My EZLink Online Shop from 24 January 2017, 11am at S$42.80 inclusive of GST.

Garmin vívosmart HR with EZ-Link

The Garmin vívosmart HR with EZ-Link brings together the full-bodied features of this fitness tracker with the convenience of paying for your train and bus rides – all in one device. The vívosmart HR offers 24/7 steps, sleep and fitness activity tracking. It also has heart-rate monitor for fitness enthusiasts who want to make sure that they are exercising in the optimal heart-rate zone. It pairs with your smartphone via Bluetooth and once connected, you can receive notifications such as WhatsApp messages and Facebook posts on the fitness band instead of having to constantly check your phone.

 

The Garmin vívosmart HR with EZ-Link will be available at major retailers in Singapore from end March 2017 at S$259.

 

Samsung Introduces the New Galaxy A 2017 Series – Pre-Order Starts Tomorrow

Samsung Electronics Singapore announced the latest Galaxy A series smartphones – the Galaxy A5 (2017) and the Galaxy A7 (2017). Offering two screen size options – 5.2-inch for the Galaxy A5 (2017) and 5.7-inch for the Galaxy A7 (2017).

What did you expect from the new Galaxy A 2017 series?

  • IP68 -For the first time on the Galaxy A series, the smartphones are equipped with IP68-certified water and dust resistant capabilities, allowing it to withstand elements including rain, sweat, sand and dust. Note: Dust and Water Resistant (IP68 rating) means that the device is protected against entry of solid foreign objects, and harmful ingress of static water at up to 1.5 metres, for up to 30 minutes, under certain defined test conditions.
  • Enhanced front-facing and rear camera – Samsung claimed that the new camera is able to execute more stable capturing of images, photos and selfies taken are more vibrant and clear, even in low-light conditions. See below sample photo post on my instagram.
  • Enhanced Mobile Payment with Samsung Pay – Similar to the Galaxy A (2016),  the Galaxy A (2017 Series) is Samsung Pay compatible and it is also approved NFC-enabled devices for transit use in Singapore. Through the activation of EZ-Link Card via Samsung Pay, users of the Galaxy A (2017) can keep their EZ-Link card at home and pay their travel fare with their phones. To find out more, you might want to read up on EZ-Link NFC Sim
  • Compare the specifications of Galaxy A5 and A7 below

    Shot by Galaxy A5 (2017). Source: Instagram user @weewu

 

Local Pricing and Availability

The Galaxy A5 (2017) and Galaxy A7 (2017) will be available from 21 January 2017 at the recommended retail price of $548 and $648 respectively, inclusive of GST. They will be available in three stylish colours – Black Sky, Gold Sand and Peach Cloud – at local telecommunications operators, major consumer electronics stores, authorised mobile retailers and Samsung Experience Stores.

Anticipating hot demand from the market, Samsung Singapore has announced that pre-order will commerce from 11 Jan 2017 onwards. 

Consumers can visit the following Samsung Experience Stores during opening hours to pre-order the Galaxy A5 (2017) and the Galaxy A7 (2017), without contract, by placing a $50 deposit per device:

 

  • Central: 313@Somerset #B2-24/25/26 Tel: 6836 1809, Bugis Junction #01-54 Tel: 6338 7911, Chinatown Point #01-48 Tel: 6222 7911, Great World City #02-39 Tel: 6235 1134, Paragon #B1-27/27A Tel: 6735 5926, VivoCity #02-28/29 Tel: 6376 9150
  • East: Bedok Mall #B1-07 Tel: 6785 1118, Singapore Changi Airport Terminal 3 #02-23 Tel : 6241 4125 (Open to transit and departing passengers only), Parkway Parade #03-30F Tel: 6440 7969, Tampines Mall #02-29 Tel: 6782 9575
  • North: AMK Hub #B1-37/38 Tel: 6753 6070, Causeway Point #03-12 Tel: 6891 1011, NEX #04-42 Tel: 6636 7392
  • West: Jurong Point #B1-09/10 Tel: 6791 2272, Westgate #01-01 Tel: 6369 9175

 

Pre-order for the Galaxy A5 (2017) and Galaxy A7 (2017) will also be available online at major consumer electronics stores (Best Denki, Challenger/Hachi, Courts, Gain City, Newstead and Harvey Norman) and Lazada Singapore at the following URLs from 12 noon on 11 January 2017:

Specification

Galaxy_A_Series_2017_Specifications

Review of Sony Xperia XZ – A Good Camera Phone

Build of the phone

Large screen might not be always better. The New Sony Xperia XZ comes with 5.2 Inch display with Full HD resolutions. Personally, I like the screen size. It is large enough for mobile entertainment and small enough to be held with one hand.

 

Another feature that surprised me is the fingerprint sensor; which is located on the power button. That makes a lot of sense since users are so used to wake up the phone by pressing the power button. As of now, I am rather neutral to the location and accuracy of the fingerprint sensor. Nonetheless, it is generally fine provided you don’t press and release your finger too quickly.

Sony Xperia XZ
Sony Xperia XZ

Stunning camera performance
There are several attributes of the camera that excites me. First, the 23MP of the rear camera which produce sharp and clear images. Second, its proprietary RGBC-IR sensor which Sony claimed it is capable to produce rich and vibrant colour. Ok, I am sold by the camera.

Well, pictures speak a thousand words. I have uploaded some of my photos below:

Night Scene of Singapore. Source: Instagram user @weewu
Night Scene of Singapore. Source: Instagram user @weewu
Captured moving car in front of Fullerton Hotel. Source: Instagram user @weewu
Captured moving car in front of Fullerton Hotel. Source: Instagram user @weewu
Selfie with
Selfie with “Rainbow Warrior” in Taiwan. Source: Instagram user @weewu
Rays of lights at Mt Maokong, Taiwan. Source: Instagram user @weewu
Rays of lights at Mt Maokong, Taiwan. Source: Instagram user @weewu
Jiufen, Taiwan. Source: Instagram user @weewu
Jiufen, Taiwan. Source: Instagram user @weewu

Don’t believe in the photo I’ve uploaded? Check out #shotbyxperia, #shotbyxperiaxz & #sonymobilesg for more photos

The camera also starts fast and responses quickly when u press the shutter. In my opinion, *it is so much better than the older Xperia phones.

*I didn’t own the older Xperia precisely because their camera are quite laggy. But, the new Xperia XZ has changed my perception).  

Front facing camera is packed with 13MP sensor which produces nice selfie photo. To a certain extent, I feel its front facing camera could perform as well as rear camera of mid-range phones currently in the market. **The handshutter feature could accurately detect your palm. Since you do not need to touch the shutter on the camera, it greatly reduces the chance of getting blur selfie photo.

Trying
Trying “handshuttle” feature on the front-facing camera. Source: Instagram user @weewu

Another feature by Sony Xperia XZ that most phones or even some DSLRs in the market could not offer – 4K video recording. I shot a night scene of Singapore in 4K and I was impressed by the amount of details even under a low light condition. Take a look of the sample video below.

 

Sample Video of Singapore River (Night)

 

**I understand that I have mentioned on my Facebook before that the phone camera seems to be a bit laggy after playing with it for a while during its Singapore launch. I would like to take back what I’ve said. The fact is I have brought this device to Japan and Taiwan for a long holiday. The phone performs well under different environments be it up on the high mountain to wet conditions. I suspect an update was done to fix the issue.

Battery and Heat Management.

Battery capacity is only 2900 mAh which is comparatively lower than what most of the smartphones in the market offer. Well, I think it is unfair to judge the battery performance by just looking at its capacity.  Nonetheless, it will be still one of the key factors that determines the time of usage.

During my visit to Taiwan and Japan, I took hundreds of photos and videos. Battery life becomes exceptionally challenging. With lots of video and photo-taking, the phone could not last more than 10 hours.

Heat management has improved compared to the previous Xperia XZ. I have run tonnes of apps on the phone and I don’t remember experiencing any crashes or any heat issues.

The only time that I experienced heat issues is when I was doing a video recording with the device. The device gets hot and there was once, some camera functions were disabled (in-build safety feature to manage the heat and to protect the phone as well as the user)

 

Price

Price wise is competitive if you compare to other high-end smartphones in the market and it is certainly one of the models that you should be put in your radar. Recommended retail price – SGD 998/-

 

Likes And Dislikes

Likes: Camera and price (if you compare to other high-end devices in the smartphone market)

Dislikes: Heat issue

 

Who should buy?

If you are looking for a productive phone, the Sony Xperia XZ is certainly not designed for your liking. However, it is a good travel phone for people who love taking photos but do not wish to carry lots of camera equipment. The battery life issue could be solved with power bank (anybody don’t pack a power bank when out for tour? Don’t think so…)

The dual SIM cards slot also makes Xperia XZ travel-friendly. (The best part you do not need to use a pin to open the SIM card slot)

M1, Singtel, StarHub Use GSMA’s Mobile Connect For Unified, Secured, Mobile-based Authentication for Singapore

Singapore, 29 November 2016 – All Singapore consumers will be able to enjoy fast, simple and secure access to a variety of online services with their mobile number when M1, Singtel and StarHub adopt the GSMA’s Mobile Connect authentication standard.

 

The internet offers unprecedented access to information and services. Many of the best services also require their users to register, which inconveniences them. According to the GSMA, 87% of consumers leave a website when asked to register. Additionally, they also face difficulties remembering their growing list of usernames and passwords, with 40% using the “forget password” feature monthly.

 

Mobile Connect will free customers from having to manage multiple usernames and passwords for every online account. With Mobile Connect, mobile customers can look forward to creating a universal trusted digital identity for convenient and secure access to compatible telecommunications, banking, e-commerce, entertainment, government and travel services and applications.

 

Through interactive prompts on the mobile phone, customers will be able to easily confirm their identity using their mobile number, combined with a unique personal code for online transactions that require greater levels of security. No information will be made available to online service providers without users’ permission.

 

Accepting Mobile Connect logins will benefit online service providers too. They will be able to offer simpler sign-ups, reduce customer frustration and abandoned transactions due to authentication issues, and increase the likelihood of repeat business.

 

To drive rollout and adoption, M1, Singtel and StarHub are building a unified platform to enable easy integration with online service providers through a common Mobile Connect Application Programme Interface (API). M1, Singtel and StarHub expect to announce the first wave of supported online services in the second half of 2017.

 

Mobile Connect is developed by the GSMA and currently available in 22 countries.

GSMA Mobile Connect Factsheet

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Singtel’s Video-on-demand Start-up – HOOQ is now available in Singapore

HOOQ, announced today that it is now available in Singapore for just $8.98 per month.

HOOQ is a start-up venture established in Singapore back in January 2015 between Singtel, Sony Pictures Television and Warner Bros., aimed at driving the entertainment revolution and changing the way Asians consume entertainment. It is the first time in Asia that three media power houses have joined forces to empower customers with unlimited online streaming access to top Hollywood, Asian and Kids movies and TV series anytime, anywhere and on any device. These include computers, smartphones, tablets, set-top boxes, smart TVs via Google Chromecast and all Apple devices.

Peter Bithos, CEO of HOOQ. Source: Instagram user @weewu
Peter Bithos, CEO of HOOQ. Source: Instagram user @weewu

“We are very excited to bring to Singaporeans the ultimate ad-free freemium video-on-demand service with the largest catalogue of Hollywood, Asian and Kids content of any service available today for the price of a movie ticket. With over 20,000 titles to choose from, there’s something for everyone. We are so proud to launch here in Singapore, HOOQ’s home, and we look forward to getting Singaporeans HOOQ’d month after month,” said Chief Executive Officer of HOOQ, Mr Peter Bithos.

HOOQ had also announced a holistic partnership with Singtel that enables Singtel’s prepaid, postpaid and broadband customers to access HOOQ as part of bundled service packages. In a phased launch, HOOQ will be available to Singtel prepaid customers first and the other bundles will be available to postpaid and broadband customer progressively over the next few months.

“We are delighted to welcome HOOQ to Singapore. Singtel is always keen to expand our content offerings to enhance our customers’ entertainment experience. They will be pleased with HOOQ’s vast selection of Hollywood hits, as well as, ethnic movies and TV dramas. As an OTT video service, HOOQ is a good complement to our pay TV product, as it allows us to offer an even wider breadth of content over multiple screens – mobile devices, computers and televisions,” said Mr Goh Seow Eng, Managing Director of Home, Consumer Singapore, Singtel.

Q & A session with HOOQ and Singtel executives. Source: Instagram user @weewu
Q & A session with HOOQ and Singtel executives. Source: Instagram user @weewu

Today, prepaid customers who purchase an eligible prepaid data plan will enjoy access to over 15,000 Indian, Indonesian and Filipino movies and TV series. Prepaid data plans start from as low S$7 for 1GB over seven days.

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The New Samsung Galaxy Tab A 4G with S Pen – Specification and Price

White Galaxy Tab A With Stylus. Photo: Samsung Singapore
White Galaxy Tab A With Stylus. Photo: Samsung Singapore

Samsung Electronics Singapore announced the new Samsung Galaxy Tab A (2016, 10.1”) with S Pen 4G.

The Galaxy Tab A (2016, 10.1”) with S Pen 4G comes equipped with an improved S Pen, enabling users to complete their tasks more efficiently and accurately.

Equipped with long lasting battery, users are powered with up to 13 hours of Internet usage on the tablet, be it surfing the net or

Black Galaxy Tab A. Photo: Samsung Singapore
Black Galaxy Tab A. Photo: Samsung Singapore

watching movies on-the-go.

With the Galaxy Tab A (2016, 10.1”) with S Pen 4G, consumers can enjoy additional storage of up to 256GB through the microSD card slot, offering even more content storage versatility.

Local Pricing and Availability

The Galaxy Tab A (2016, 10.1”) with S Pen 4G is available now in Black and White at a recommended retail price of $498.

 

Galaxy Tab A (2016, 10.1”) 4G with S Pen Product Specifications:

Model Code SM-P585
Dimensions 254.3 x 164.2 x 8.2mm, 558g
Display 10.1” 16M colours WUXGA (1920 x 1200) full touch (C-type)

TFT LCD screen

Platform AndroidTM 6.0.1 (Marshmallow)
Processor 1.6GHz Octa Core
 

Network

4G 4G LTE Cat 4 up to 150Mbps/ 4G LTE FDD [Band 1

(2100MHz)/ Band 3 (1800MHz)/ Band 5 (850MHz)/ Band 7

(2600MHz)/ Band 8 (900MHz)/ Band 28 (700MHz)]/ 4G LTE

TDD [Band 38 (2600MHz/ Band 40 (2300MHz)]/ 3.5G

(HSPA+ up to 42Mbps)/ 3G [Band 1 (2100MHz)/ Band 2

(1900MHz)/ Band 5 (850MHz)/ Band 8 (900MHz)]/ EDGE/

GPRS Class 33/ GSM Quad-band (850/ 900/ 1800/ 1900MHz)

 

Camera

8.0MP Rear Camera (4:3) [4X Digital Zoom, Auto,

Panorama Shot, HDR (High Dynamic Range) Shot, Beauty

Face, Sports Shot, Pro Shot, Continuous Shot, Sound &

Shot, Night Shot] + 2.0MP Front Camera (4:3) [Selfie Shot,

Sound & Shot, Night Shot], FHD Video Player [3GP,

MPEG4, MP4, H.263, H.264 (AVC), H.265 (HEVC), WMV,

ASF, AVI, FLV, MKV, WEBM, VC-1, Sorenson Spark]

1080p @ 60fps & FHD Video Recorder [3GP, MPEG4,

MP4, H.263, H.264 (AVC)] 1080p @ 30fps

 

Memory

16GB7 memory + MicroSD slot (up to 256GB) with 3GB

RAM

 

Connectivity

Bluetooth® 4.2 LE, Micro USB 2.0, Wi-Fi® 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac

(2.4G + 5GHz), VHT80, Wi-Fi Direct®, GPS, GLONASS,

Beidou, Mobile hotspot & Tethering

Email Exchange, ActiveSync, GmailTM
Battery 7,300mAh
Talk Time4 Up to 43hrs (3G)
 

Services

S Pen, Samsung Notes, PEN.UP, Samsung Kids Mode 4.0,

Smart Switch (downloadable), MyKnox (downloadable), Pop

Up Play, Multi Window8, Quick Connect3, Galaxy Apps/

Google PlayTM, S Planner, Google Voice SearchTM,

ChromeTM/ AndroidTM Browser, YouTubeTM, Microsoft

Word®, Microsoft Excel®, Microsoft Powerpoint®, Microsoft

OneNote®, Microsoft OneDrive®, Google MapsTM, GoogleTM

Search, Google PlayTM Music, Google PhotosTM, Google

DriveTM, Google NowTM, HangoutsTM, Ultra Power Saving Mode9

Commtiva Launches SHARP Z2 and SHARP MS1 Smartphones in Singapore

Commtiva Technology announced strategic partnership with Sharp to bring Sharp Mobile in Southeast Asia. For a start, the company is launching 2 new mid-tier smartphones – SHARP Z2 and SHARP MS1 in Singapore.

The SHARP Z2 are available in two colours – Gold and Silver (RPP SGD 399) whereas the SHARP MS1 is available in Hanayome White and Pure Pink (RPP 299)

 

SHARP Z2. Source: Instagram user @weewu
SHARP Z2. Source: Instagram user @weewu
SHARP MS1. Source: Instagram user @weewu
SHARP MS1. Source: Instagram user @weewu

Both products will be available from 29 October 2016 at M1, M1 exclusive distributors and selected Challenger stores.

I have obtained the specification list that compare side-by-side on the difference between the 2 products. See below

sharp-z2-and-sharp-ms1-specification

The company will also be running a Facebook contest from 29 October, at 0900Hrs to 5 Nov, 2359Hrs where followers can stand a chance to win a SHARP MS1 smartphone. More details about the contest will be available on the SHARP Mobile Singapore Facebook page.

 

 

Jaybird Launches New Bluetooth Earpiece – Jaybird Freedom

Photo credit: Jaybird
Photo credit: Jaybird

We all know that Apple has dumped 3.5mm audio jack thinking that wireless- enable listening devices is the way to go! ( I have blogged about the obsolete of 3.5mm audio port like a year ago. Does that I mean I have more foresight than Apple?)

Not as if that is going to make a difference in how other headphone markers manufacture their products. Bluetooth is still currently the wireless standard for the audio devices.

Freedom Charging Clip that could be attached to the remote control of Freedom. Photo Credit: Jaybird
Freedom Charging Clip that could be attached to the remote control of Freedom. Photo Credit: Jaybird

Jaybird announced Freedom Wireless Bluetooth® Buds, its fifth-generation of Freedom.

Highlights of the product

  • Small in Size, Big in Sound – Freedom is Jaybird’s smallest, secure-fit buds to date using a patented taper down design, reducing speaker diameter by 20 percent and never compromising on sound.
  • Ultimate Hands-Free Experience – wirelessly-connected to 2 devices simultaneously.
  • Never Miss a Beat –With the charging clip, you could extend the battery usage upto eight hours of playtime with the charger on. The charging clip could get you an extra hour of playtime with a mere 20 minutes of quick charge.
  • Universal Fit – Sweat-proof premium buds fit perfectly in any ear thanks to ComplyTM memory foam tip and enhanced comfort ear fins. With over 12 different ways to personalize your buds, Jaybird Freedom’s slimmer profile fits comfortably for any lifestyle

Availability
Jaybird Freedom is available from 16 September onwards exclusively at all Jaybird authorized resellers for $259.00. The buds come in four fresh colors: Gold, Carbon (Black), Blaze (Red) and Ocean (Blue).