HMD Releases Nokia 2 – Promise 2-Day Battery Life

Singapore, 2 January 2018 – HMD Global announced the launch of the Nokia 2 that promises two-day battery life.

The enomous 4100mAh battery allows you to enjoy continuous entertainment from your favourite shows, songs, social media without constantly worrying about running out of battery. The Nokia 2 also features a 8MP rear camera and 5MP front camera for you to snap and capture memories on the go.

Availability

The Nokia 2 will be available in Pewter/Black and Pewter/White at SGD 159 and are now available through sole distributor A-Mobile from all M1, Courts, Challenger, Best Denki, Sprint Cass, Gain City, Handphoneshop, 3Mobile outlets, Mustafa and online at Lazada.

 

Technical specifications for the Nokia 2

• Networks:

o GSM: 850/900/1800/1900

o WCDMA: 1, 2, 5, 8

o LTE: 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20, 28, 38, 40

• Network: LTE Cat. 4, 150Mbps DL/50Mbps UL, VoLTE, Video Calling, VoWiFi

• CPU: Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ Mobile Platform

• OS: Android Nougat

• RAM: RAM 1GB DDR3

• Storage: 8GB e-MMC (up to 128GB with MicroSD card)

• Display: 5.0” HD 1280 x 720 LTPS LCD, In-Cell Touch, Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3

• Camera:

o Primary camera: 8MP auto focus with LED flash

o Front-facing camera: 5MP fixed focus

• Connectivity: 802.11 b/g/n, BT 4.1, GPS/AGPS/GLONASS/Beidou, FM/(RDS)

• Sensors: Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer (G-sensor), E-compass

• Battery: 4100 mAh

• SIM slot: 2 Nano-SIM + 1 micro SD card slot (on Dual SIM variant)

• Input/output: Micro USB (USB 2.0), 3.5mm audio jack

• Dimensions: 143.5 x 71.3 x 9.30 mm

Review of Huawei Mate 10 Pro – QnA with Singapore Blogger – Chester Tan

Huawei Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro have been appearing in the news frequently and they are certainly one of the most sought-after phones in 2017.

Before we round up this year, The Neo Dimension would like to do a review for the Huawei Mate 10 Pro. If you have been following our blog closely, it has been a while since we have done a review on smartphone. This time, we are doing a little different from usual.  We manage to interview a prominent blogger in Singapore, Mr Chester Tan (CT) to share with us more about how he feels about Huawei’s latest Mate 10 Pro.

Q1:  What’s your impression when you first touch the Huawei Mate 10 Pro?

CT: It feels solid, does not have the sleek feminine curves like the P10 series.

Q2:  What did you use the phone for? What’s the best feature of the Huawei Mate 10 Pro?

CT: Throughout the 10 days, I use it as a primary phone, transferring all data from my current phone and installing my apps. The best feature that makes Mate 10 Pro stands out has got to be the EMUI Desktop. The camera is superb but is an incremental upgrade from the P10 series.

Q3: Everybody is talking good stuff about the camera? Is it really that good? Tell me more on your photography experience with the phone

CT: The camera captures images quickly without lag, the exposure is well compensated so there is little post-adjustments. I rarely use the monochrome mode because I prefer to shoot in colour then process in black-white. The best mode to shoot is the wide aperture mode, as it achieves the unique shallow depth of field which can be easily adjusted post-shooting. What I like is that adjustment is really fast and not cumbersome, something that other brands fail to achieve.

 

Q4: Personally, I have yet to hear bad reviews on the phone. Is there any specific area that you think Huawei could have done better?

 

CT: I think Huawei needs to continue to reach out to the consumers to give them a chance to experience the phone, to convince them that it is an excellent product. Unlike bloggers, these consumers do not have the luxury of testing the phones at lengths. Among their peers, someone must be using a Huawei phone who will spread the good word about the phone, then others will give it a go.

 

Q5: Out of 5, what score will you give to Huawei Mate 10 Pro?

CT: I give 4.5.

 

 

About Chester Tan

Chester Tan is a freelance blogger with a healthy appetite for technology and social media. If he’s not shooting photos or composing music, he’s likely to be spending time with family while tinkering with mobile devices, headphones or other gadgets. His passion for consumer technology lifestyle shines through on his blog, where he shares insight, reviews and opinions on some of the newest gadgets and apps in a non-techie perspective. Through this blog, he hopes to reach out to readers who need opinions to products they are looking out for. To know more about him, visit his blog at http://musicphotolife.com/ or you could follow his instagram at http://instagram.com/musicdiary

 

 

 

 

Kill Some Zombies at Bugis This October

This Halloween, Bugis Junction and Bugis+ are daring shoppers to face their fears with a larger-than-life immersive virtual reality (VR) gaming experience.  This is the first time that malls in Singapore are hosting a VR experience of this scale.

The Time Zombies competition that uses the latest Arctic Fox wireless technology, which allows a fully immersive gaming experience without the the burden of cumbersome cables or backpack computers that hinder physical movement.  The VR gaming showcase at Bugis Junction and Bugis+ this Halloween will mark Arctic Fox’s debut in Southeast Asia, to the delight of VR gaming enthusiasts in the region.

 

The Time Zombies VR competition

 

The thrilling Time Zombies VR competition will take place at Bugis+ Atrium, Level 2, from 13 to 29 October.  To take part in the Time Zombies VR Competition, shoppers can either present a receipt with a minimum spend of $20 in a single receipt at either Bugis Junction or Bugis+, or redeem one game play with 100 STAR$® via the CapitaStar app.

 

Qualifying rounds will take place between 13 to 26 October from 11am to 9pm daily.  Thereafter, scores will be tabulated and the top 10 individual players will be selected on 26 October at 9pm.  The competition will culminate in a final showdown among the top 10 players on 29 October from 2pm to 6pm.

 

Exciting prizes await the top 10 players, which include:

  • First place – $1,000 CapitaVouchers, plus Samsung S7 edge x 1 and Logitech speaker x 1
  • Second place – $800 CapitaVouchers, plus Samsung S7 edge x 1 and Logitech speaker x 1 Third place – $500 CapitaVouchers, plus Samsung S7 edge x 1 and Logitech speaker x 1
  • Fourth to Tenth place – $100 CapitaVouchers each.

 

In addition to the top 10 prizes, daily rewards await shoppers when they participate in the Time Zombies VR competition.  They stand to receive STAR$® when they achieve a minimum game score of 1,000 points, which will be awarded daily after tabulating the day’s game scores.

  • 1,000 to 1,999 game points = 1,000 STAR$® 2,000 to 2,999 game points = 2,000 STAR$®  •   3,000 to 3,999 game points = 3,000 STAR$®
  • 4,000 to 4,999 game points = 4,000 STAR$®
  • 5,000 game points and above = 5,000 STAR$®

More about Arctic Fox VR technology

 

Marking its debut in Southeast Asia, the Arctic Fox VR technology is a fully wireless and untethered system.  Players don only a wireless headset that features a high definition screen and gaming headphones for an immersive surround sound experience.

 

Without the burden of cumbersome cables or backpack computers that hinder physical movement, the system allows the player free movement within a 5 metre x 5 metre (25 square metres) physical space, thereby enhancing the immersive factor of the virtual reality experience.

 

Eight infrared cameras mounted on a truss keep track of the headsets and gameplay pistol positions in 3D where the player’s entire body becomes the controller for the game.  Players can move around in game as freely as they would like – walk, jump, duck, dodge, and even leopard crawl.  Equipped with a software that maps the movements onto the players’ positions within the game, the corresponding virtual visuals are then fed wirelessly to the headsets worn by players with no discernible lag time between the players’ physical movements and corresponding visuals within the game.

Arctic Fox VR headset and controller

Ready to be ushered into unparalleled thrills?  Horror fans will relish the adrenaline rush as Bugis Junction and Bugis+ bring them on a brand-new experience where their worst nightmares come to life with the latest in VR technology.

 

Nokia 8 Will Hit Singapore Stores From 14 October Onwards

You have heard it right! The rumor is true. Nokia’s first Android phones – Nokia 8 will be coming in to Singapore and you could get them through major electronics and  Telco’s exclusive stores from 14 October onwards.

Ever since the announcement in Aug this year, the Nokia 8 has been receiving a lot of attentions from the market. Unlike other smartphone markers which try to differentiate themselves from others by putting a lot of proprietary bloat-wares in the Android OS, Nokia 8 will be powered by  stock version Android OS.  This means that Nokia 8 users will get updates soon after Google release it instead of waiting for the patching from the phone manufacturers.

If  you are keen to know what other benefits of stock android, you may wish to read up more here

 

Nokia 8 will be available in three colours – Polished Blue, Tempered Blue and Steel in Singapore at a suggested retail price of SGD 769 from tomorrow through sole distributor A-Mobile at all M1 Shops, Courts, Harvey Norman, Challenger, Sprint Cass, Mustafa, Handphoneshop, 3Mobile and selected AMobile authorised retailers.

About HMD Global

Headquartered in Espoo, Finland, HMD Global Oy is the new home of Nokia phones and tablets. HMD designs and markets a range of smartphones and feature phones targeted at a range of consumers and price points. With a commitment to innovation and quality, HMD is the proud exclusive licensee of the Nokia brand for mobile phones and tablets. Nokia is a registered trademark of Nokia Corporation

Google Pixel 2 XL will arrive in Singapore  exclusively with Singtel

Singapore, 5 October 2017 – Singtel (stock quote: Z74.SI) today announced that it will bring the highly anticipated Google Pixel 2 XL to Singapore as its official telco partner. Singtel customers will be the first in Southeast Asia to purchase the brand new device when it is launched on 15 November.

 

Mr Yuen Kuan Moon, Chief Executive Officer, Consumer Singapore, Singtel, said, “We’re excited to bring the Pixel 2 XL to Singapore. It is a device that many Android fans here have been eagerly waiting for, and we are sure they will be amazed by its innovative features. With our extensive 4G network speeds and new Combo plans, coupled with our unlimited data options, customers will enjoy the optimal Google Pixel 2 XL experience – they can take and upload as many selfies as they want and ask Google Assistant endless questions!”

 

On the fastest mobile network in Singapore, the Pixel 2 XL, a Cat 11 4G LTE device, allows customers to experience data speeds of up to 500Mbps island wide.

The Pixel 2 XL is equipped with powerful features such as a camera that takes beautiful photos and standout videos in any light, unlimited cloud storage1 for all your photos and videos in Google Photos, and a long-lasting battery with 7 hours of battery from 15 minutes of charge2. The Pixel 2 XL also comes with Google Lens, a new set of visual smarts that helps you learn about the world around you and get things done, and a localised version of Google Assistant, which will be launched later this year for use with Singaporean English.

 

Customers can register their interest for Google Pixel 2 XL at singtel.com/googlepixel, from 9am today.

Singtel’s No. 1 iPhone 8 Plus Customer Bought The Phone For His Mum

Singapore, 22 September 2017 – Singtel this morning launched the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus with great fanfare at its exclusive event at Marina Bay Sands Exhibition Hall C. Mr Eng Guan Theng, 30, was the first in line at 6am, waiting eagerly to purchase two iPhone Plus phones, one for himself and the other for his mother.
A Singtel customer since 2008, Mr Eng’s first iPhone was the iPhone 3G. “I’m very excited to be the first Singtel customer in Singapore to get the new iPhone 8  Plus. I got one in Space Grey and another in Gold – I’ll let mom choose which colour she wants!”

An annual highlight on Singtel’s calendar, iPhone launches are always an exciting time for the telco. This year’s two-day event features 40 sales counters, and an entertainment, connectivity and family zone where customers can explore services such as Singtel Circle, Singtel Dash and MobileSwop Unlimited. Customers will also be entertained with live streaming of Singtel TV while they wait for their appointments.

Samsung Introduces 3 New Wearables & New Samsung Pay Loyalty Programme at Galaxy Studio, Singapore

Singapore – 8 September 2017 – Samsung Electronics Singapore today debuted a series of exciting new announcements at the preview of Galaxy Studio at The Plaza, VivoCity. Three new devices to its industry-leading wearables line – the Gear Sport, the Gear Fit2 Pro and the Gear IconX were introduced at the preview. In addition, Samsung also announced Samsung Rewards, a new loyalty programme for Samsung Pay, its flagship mobile payment service.

 

 

Enhanced Gear Wearables to Keep Consumers Moving

Designed to help consumers get the most out of their day and help them live a healthy and wellbalanced lifestyle, these latest innovations in Samsung’s Gear portfolio have a wide range of features that provide users with the optimal experience on a range of activities – from robust fitness tracking to nutrition and sleep monitoring1, as well as motivational coaching as a lifestyle companion. The new line-up of wearables is equipped with new smart capabilities and easy-to-use features, and is also supported by partnerships with leading names in tech and fitness.

The Gear Sport is a sleek and versatile fitness-focused smartwatch that is water resistant; the Gear Fit2 Pro smartwatch is an enhanced GPS sports band integrated with smart features; and the Gear IconX is the second generation of Samsung’s groundbreaking cord-free earbuds. New capabilities have also been introduced for the Gear Sport and Gear Fit2 Pro, demonstrating Samsung’s continued expansion in the fitness wearable category.

 

  • Industry-Leading Water Resistance and Swim Tracking: An ideal companion for any swim – from laps to playing in the pool – the Gear Sport and Gear Fit2 Pro are both 5 ATM2 certified for water resistance. With Speedo’s latest swimming training app, Speedo On, both devices also allow users to easily track key swim metrics including lap count, lap time, setting swim times and distance targets, and more.  

 

  • Top-of-the-line Heart Rate Monitoring: With improved accuracy, both devices offer advanced real-time heart rate monitoring, where users can continuously monitor their heart activity – when enjoying a stress-free nap, or an invigorating cycling class.

 

  • Premium Partnerships: The Gear Sport and Gear Fit2 Pro comes complemented with Under Armour and Spotify partnerships. Users can access Under Armour’s fitness apps, including Under Armour RecordTM, MyFitness Pal®, MapMyRun® and Endomondo™, where they can be provided with a holistic overview of their health and fitness, through the apps’ activity, nutrition, sleep and fitness tracking functions. With Spotify’s Offline mode, users can also listen to their favourite music offline or even without their smartphone, and enjoy their favourite tunes regardless of where they are.  

 

  • Auto Activity Detection: Both devices are both built-in with automatic activity detection that are tuned with and able to recognise users’ activities, including walking, running, cycling and even dancing and playing basketball.

 

  • Personalized Motivation: Gear Sport and Gear Fit2 Pro users can customise their own wellness plan with tailored goals and alerts on both devices.

 

  • Payments On the Go: The Gear Sport also features Samsung Pay, making payments accessible on users’ wrists, where they will be able to make payments on the go, even while on a run!

Local Pricing and Availability 

The Gear Sport, Gear Fit2 Pro and Gear IconX will be available from Q4 2017.

 

 

Samsung Rewards for Samsung Pay

Samsung today also announced the launch of Samsung Rewards for Samsung Pay, the secure and easy-to-use mobile payment service that can be used to make purchases almost anywhere10 in Singapore. The first to launch in the Southeast Asia region, the launch of the new loyalty programme for the company’s flagship mobile payment service in the country follows its initial roll-out in U.S. and South Korea, in November 2016 and March 2017 respectively. In appreciation of the positive uptake of the mobile payment service by consumers, Samsung Rewards aims to provide Samsung Pay users with a more rewarding payment experience when making their purchases.

 

Samsung Rewards is a tiered loyalty programme specially curated for Samsung Pay users, where consumers can earn points from their transactions, which can then be redeemed for additional rewards in the form of gift vouchers from participating merchants or used to participate in the in-app games such as Spin-the-Wheel or Flip-a-Card for additional instant wins. Consisting of three loyalty tiers – Gold, Silver and Bronze – users can level up across the tiers after meeting a target number of transactions. With each level up achieved in the Samsung Rewards programme, users can get to earn more points per transaction, reaping additional rewards in return.

Samsung Rewards will be available on Samsung Pay from 15 September 2017, which is accepted at the vast majority of merchants in Singapore. Consumers may also try out the mobile payment service at the Samsung Pay Café, which will be exclusively showcased at Galaxy Studio from 9 September to 29 October 2017, 11am to 9pm daily.

HMD Global Launches New Nokia 8 Phone

HMD Global today announced Nokia 8, the first smartphone to feature ZEISS Optics and Nokia OZO Audio. Powered by the Qualcomm® SnapdragonTM 835 Mobile Platform, Nokia 8 doesn’t compromise on performance, delivering 11 hours of 4K video playback on a single charge

 

Always Pure Android

Nokia smartphones always offer a pure Android experience, with no unnecessary apps slowing down the performance of your device. And with Nokia 8, pure Android combined with our innovative engineering processes unleashes the full potential of the SnapdragonTM 835 Mobile Platform.

 

Vivid #Bothie images and videos captured by ZEISS optics

The first smartphone from HMD Global to feature ZEISS optics, Nokia 8 can simultaneously harness its front and rear-facing cameras to seamlessly capture vivid, memorable content using its Dual-Sight feature.

 

360° spatial surround sound with OZO Audio

Featuring OZO Audio, Nokia 8 combines three microphones with exclusive Nokia acoustic algorithms to capture audio with immersive 360° spatial surround sound. Share your 4K videos with OZO Audio anywhere – binaural codecs enable high fidelity playback even on devices without OZO Audio.

Nokia 8 will be available in four colours: Polished Blue, Polished Copper, Tempered Blue and Steel and will be available at a global average retail price of €599

 

Technical specifications for Nokia 8[1]

  • Networks:
    • GSM: 850/900/1800/1900 o WCDMA: 1, 2, 5, 8  o TDS-CDMA: 34, 39
    • LTE:1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 20, 28, 38, 39, 40, 41
  • Network speed: LTE Cat. 9, 3CA, 450Mbps DL/50Mbps UL
  • Available in single SIM and dual SIM variants
  • OS: Android Nougat 7.1.1
  • Chipset: Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 835 Mobile Platform o MSM8998 (4* 2.45GHz Qualcomm® Kryo™ + 4* 1.8GHz Kryo)
  • RAM: 4GB LPPDDR4X in the following colours: polished blue, polished copper, steel, tempered blue
  • Storage: 64GBii internal memory with external MicroSD card slot (support up to 256 GB)
  • Form factor: Splashproof IP54 touch monoblock with capacitive system keys
  • Display: 5.3” IPS LCD QHD 2560 x 1440, 700nts screen brightness, Corning® Gorilla® Glass 5, 2.5D Glass
  • Camera with ZEISS optics:
    • Primary camera: 13MP (Colour + OIS) + 13MP (Mono), 1.12um, f/2.0, 76.9˚, PDAF, IR range finder, dual tone flash
    • Front facing camera: 13MP PDAF, 1.12um, f/2.0, 78.4˚, display flash
  • Connectivity & Sensors: Type C, USB3.1 Gen 1 (5Gbps), 3.5mm headphone jack, Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, E-compass, Gyroscope, Fingerprint Sensor, Hall sensor, Barometer, 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (MIMO), BT 5.0, GPS/AGPS+GLONASS+BDS, NFC, ANT+
  • Battery: Integrated 3090 mAh batteryiii with Qualcomm® Quick Charge™ 3.0 (18W, 5V/2.5A, 9V/2A, 12V/1.5A)
  • Audio: MP3,M4A, AAC,OGG,WAV,AMR,AWB(AMR-WB),FLAC,MIDI(MID,MIDI,XMF, MXMF,IMY,RTTTL,RTX,OTA)
  • Video: MP4, 3GP, 3G2, AVI, MKV, WEBM
  • Dimensions: 151.5 x 73.7 x 7.9mm (camera bump 0.4mm)
  • Weight: 160g

[1] All specifications, features and other product information provided are subject to change without notice.  ii Pre-installed system software and apps use a significant part of memory space. iii Battery has limited recharge cycles and battery capacity reduces over time. Eventually the battery may need to be replaced.

OPPO Announces Singapore Launch Date for Limited Edition Red R11

The Red R11 will debut on 29 July, with preorders starting on 21 July.

The all-new Red colour variant will be launched together with French cosmetic brand MAKE UP FOR EVER, the Official Makeup Partner of the Red R11. Consumers will receive a limited edition custom engraved red lipstick by the cult beauty label with successful purchases of the Red R11 camera phone. The launch will be accompanied by a multi-platform campaign fronted by local Instagram personalities including Daryl Yow (@darylaidenyow), Cassandra Tan (@caxs) and Sophia Chong (@sophiachong). Named ‘Caught You RED Handed’, the campaign aims to excite consumers with the creative use of the OPPO Red phone in Instagram stars’ ‘red-handed’ mugshots.

 

In addition to Instagram celebrations, OPPO will transform part of the OPPO Suntec City concept store into a picture-worthy experience zone, where consumers will be able to try out first-hand the Red R11’s camera capabilities against stunning backdrops – guaranteed to attract more Instagram likes. Consumers will also have the exclusive opportunity to experience beauty products by MAKE UP FOREVER in their Red R11 photoshoots.

 

The perfect accessory for fashion enthusiasts, the R11 features a sleek and streamlined appearance and boasts the world’s first 20MP front camera and 20MP+16MP rear dual camera, allowing fashionistas to capture their #OOTD’s and everyday moments in greater clarity. Makeup aficionados can also master the art of clear and beautiful portraits with the R11, thanks to the foreground bokeh effect, the automatic HDR function, and intelligent skin tone beautification technology that ensure every shot is captured to perfection.

 

The limited edition Red R11 retails at S$699 and is available for preorder from 21 to 28 July at all OPPO concept stores and online at the official OPPO Singapore website

Singapore Road Safety Month 2017 – Stand a Chance to Win a Samsung Galaxy S8

Inline with the Singapore Road Safety Month,  Samsung Singapore is having a booth at Nex Shopping Center promoting their latest VR content – Eyes on the Road that aims to educate the public on the importance of staying focused while on the roads.

Encouraging Safe Driving among Road Users

Although the number of fatal accidents has decreased by 5.4 percent from 2015 to 2016, the number of injury accidents has seen a rise of 2.7 percent in 2016 as compared to 2015. To help reduce the number of traffic incidents caused by distractions from mobile devices, Samsung’s Eyes on the Road VR content features different dangerous scenarios to discourage the use of mobile devices while on the road. For example, a scenario plays out whereby the user, experiencing the point of view of a driver, almost gets into an accident at a pedestrian crossing due to distractions from his mobile device.

Instagram user @weewu was trying out the Eyes On the Road with Samsung Gear VR.

Samsung Galaxy S8 Giveaway Instagram Contest

In addition, Samsung will be holding two Samsung Eyes on the Road #EOTR contests on Instagram whereby participants can stand a chance to win a #GalaxyS8 and a Gear VR (with controller).

What you need to do?

1. Head down to the Samsung’s Eyes on the Road booth at Nex Shopping Center between 24 and 28 May 2017 OR the Eyes on the Road experience corner at Samsung Experience Store at Vivo City between 30 May and 2 Jul 2017.

2. Take a photo of themselves against Samsung’s Eyes on the Road backdrop

3. Upload the photo to their own Instagram page and tag @samsung_sg and include the #EOTR hashtag within the captions.