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Sony Launches Xperia XZ and Xperia X Compact in Singapore

Sony Mobile added Xperia XZ and Xperia X compact to its new X series smartphones. Continuing the vision set out at Mobile World Congress in February, the first flagship Xperia XZ and premium Xperia X Compact offer an even more intelligent, personalised experience.

 

“Our flagship Xperia XZ and premium pocket-size Xperia X Compact are built to cater to the consumer who wants more from their smartphone. Functional design, intelligent user features and the best of Sony’s camera technologies come together to provide an unparalleled experience; allowing consumers to capture their best moments in life in a crystal clear fashion,” said Vincent Yip, Director, Market Head, Sony Mobile Communications, Singapore.

 

Sony Mobile Presentation at National Gallery

 

More Stable, Higher MP, “Truer” Colour and Better Selfie   

Sony’s triple imaging sensing technology helps user to capture image true to life colours by automatically adjusting the white balance virtually under any light conditions.

The 23MP main camera not only gives you clear shots, but also super-fast start-up going from standby to capture in 0.6sec at the touch of a dedicated shutter release button, ensuring you are ready to take the perfect shot whenever it might strike

Xperia XZ provides a 13MP front camera for the selfie perfectionist, with its super high sensitivity as high as ISO6400 and 22mm/90-degree wide angle lens it will make the best of your pose even in low-light and group selfies. Xperia XZ also offers the highest quality recording in 4k so you get sharp, crisp footage that is full of detail.

With Sony’s proprietory 5-axis stabilisation, user can shoot smoother videos even when walking or capturing extreme close-ups

Sample photos 

Outdoor condition under broad daylight. Source: Instagram user @weewu
Outdoor condition under broad daylight. Source: Instagram user @weewu
Close-up food photo. Source: Instagram user @weewu
Close-up food photo. Source: Instagram user @weewu
Selfie with hand shutter feature. Source: Instagram user @weewu
Selfie with hand shutter feature. Source: Instagram user @weewu

 

Availablity and Specifications

Xperia XZ will launch in Singapore island-wide at Sony Stores, Sony Centres, local telcos and authorised retailers on 15 October 2016, retailing at recommended retail price of $998. Xperia XZ will be available in 64GB, Hybrid Dual SIM variant in three colours in Forest Blue, stylish classics Mineral Black and Platinum.

 

Xperia X Compact will launch exclusively in Sony Stores and Sony Centres on 15 October 2016, retailing at recommended retail price of $648. Xperia X Compact will be available in Mist Blue, along with timeless Universe Black and stylish White in 32GB Single SIM variant.

 

Pre-orders for Xperia XZ and Xperia X Compact starts from 30 September 2016 to 7 October 2016 through Sony Stores and Sony Centres.

 

Smartphone Market Maintains Growth in South East Asia in 16Q2; Samsung, OPPO, True and ASUS Dominate

According to the latest International Data Corporation (IDC) Asia/Pacific Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, total smartphone shipments in the South East Asia (SEA) region is approximately 28 million units in the second quarter of 2016 reflecting an 18.1% increase quarter-on quarter (QoQ) and continued positive growth year-on-year (YoY) of 6.5%. Countries in the SEA region tracked by IDC’s local and regional analysts are Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

The report states that competitive price points and heavy marketing activities in a now crowded market are the key driving factors for the budget conscious SEA market.

In terms of market share, the overall smartphone market remains dominated by Samsung, followed by OPPO, True (an operator in Thailand), Asus and Lava.

 

 

  • Samsung retained its top position by relying on its price and spec competitive Galaxy J series which was highly suited for the budget conscious SEA market. Meanwhile, the flagship Galaxy S7 series saw better YoY performance in terms of unit shipments compared to the Galaxy S6 series launched back in 2015.
  • OPPO moved to second position for the first time. Despite Oppo’s continued marketing investments to build a solid brand equity for its F1 family, it was the Neo model that drove up its volume.
  • Asus’ position is supported by its highly affordable Zenfone Go model. Meanwhile, the growth of its flagship, the Zenfone 2 Laser, slowed down in preparation for the new Zenfone 3 targeted for launch in the third quarter.
  • Unit shipments for True and Lava were propelled by heavy operator activities to increase 3G subscribers nationwide in Thailand.

 

 

Meanwhile, 3G handsets still make up majority of the market share as they carry significantly lower price points as opposed to 4G ones, a pivotal factor particularly for SEA consumers. Furthermore, the slow uptake of 4G is largely attributed to the temporary rise of 3G devices in Thailand, where operators were in a rush to migrate subscribers from 2G to 3G, handing out large amounts of free or heavily discounted handsets.

Source: IDC

(Video) Maybank launches Samsung Pay Service in Singapore

It is official that Maybank will offer Samsung Pay to their credit and debit cardholders. This is inline with the bank’s objective in pushing digital initiatives in the South East Asia region. Samsung Pay provides an additional payment option for Maybank’s customers.

Senior management from Maybank and Samsung at the launch of Samsung Pay by Maybank Singapore (left to right): Choong Wai Hong, Head, Community Financial Services, Maybank Singapore; Karen Low, Head, Cards & Unsecured Lending, Maybank Singapore; Lim Kuo Siong, Head, Information Services, Maybank Singapore; Mohd Suhail Amar Suresh Abdullah, Group Chief Technology Officer, Maybank; Michael Foong, Group Chief Strategy Officer, Maybank; Lim Hong Tat, Group Head, Community Financial Services and CEO, Maybank Singapore; Eugene Goh, Vice President, IT & Mobile, Samsung Electronics Singapore; Andy Sim, Vice President and Head, New Business Development, Samsung Electronics Singapore; Christopher Tarr, Director, Samsung Pay – Southeast Asia & Oceania
Senior management from Maybank and Samsung at the launch of Samsung Pay by Maybank Singapore (left to right): Choong Wai Hong, Head, Community Financial Services, Maybank Singapore; Karen Low, Head, Cards & Unsecured Lending, Maybank Singapore; Lim Kuo Siong, Head, Information Services, Maybank Singapore; Mohd Suhail Amar Suresh Abdullah, Group Chief Technology Officer, Maybank; Michael Foong, Group Chief Strategy Officer, Maybank; Lim Hong Tat, Group Head, Community Financial Services and CEO, Maybank Singapore; Eugene Goh, Vice President, IT & Mobile, Samsung Electronics Singapore; Andy Sim, Vice President and Head, New Business Development, Samsung Electronics Singapore; Christopher Tarr, Director, Samsung Pay – Southeast Asia & Oceania. Source: Instagram user @weewu

As the world is moving towards transactions using smartphone, Samsung, as the world’s largest mobile phone maker, plays a strategy role in assisting the bank’s initiative in digitizing banks’ services.  With Samsung Pay, the bank expects the adoption to be 10,000 for the first year and 20,000 by the end of second year.

Besides payment, Maybank is exploring other banking solutions using Samsung Pay’s biometric authentication technology. Integration of loyalty cards and cardless withdrawals are services in the pipelines and will be made available to the bank’s customers in the near future.

Maybank has also supported Fintech community and will be a key partner of the Fintech festival in Singapore this November.

To view the presentation at Galaxy Studio, see below Facebook Live video below

Highlights (with Video) of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7’s Features

In an effort to streamline the branding of the Galaxy series of phones, Samsung has skipped “Galaxy Note 6” for Galaxy Note 7.

This week, we have the opportunity to meet with key executives from Samsung to talk about the features and designs of the new Galaxy Note 7. See the Facebook Live video I took at the Galaxy Studio held at the Civic Plaza, Ngee Ann City

In the video, Mr Cue Kim, Product Planning Manager of Samsung Electronics (Mobile Communications) talked about the key improvement in the user interface of the Galaxy Note 7  such as the S Note/Memo and the text translation.

The presentation is followed by Mr Woontahk-Sung, Engineer who helped in the development of Iris Scanner. In his presentation, he shared about technology behind of the Iris Scanner.

Ms Haejoo Han is the product designer of the Note 7. She shared about the concept of the Galaxy Note 7 and how she gathered feedback from customers for the development of the phone.

 

(from right to left) Cue Kim, Product Planning Manager Samsung Electronics, Mobile Communication, Haejoo Han, Designer, Samsung Electronics, Mobile Communication, Woontahk Sung, Engineer, Development of Iris Scanner, Samsung Mobile Communication
(from right to left) Cue Kim, Product Planning Manager Samsung Electronics, Mobile Communication, Haejoo Han, Designer, Samsung Electronics, Mobile Communication, Woontahk Sung, Engineer, Development of Iris Scanner, Samsung Mobile Communication

 

 

OnePlus 3 is Hitting Singapore This July

SINGAPORE, 15 Jun 2016OnePlus is releasing its long-awaited flagship smartphone, the OnePlus 3 in Singapore from Q3 (July) onwards at traditional retail stores. Available in Graphite and Soft Gold.

OnePlus 3 will be available in Graphite and Soft Gold

The OnePlus 3 features Dash Charge fast charging technology, which adds a day of power in only half an hour. It comes completely unlocked – no carrier contracts necessary, and an unlocked bootloader . It is also the first OnePlus smartphone to be available for purchase at launch without an invite on OnePlus’ e-commerce site.

“We know that the best smartphone is the one that works exactly how you want it to,” said OnePlus Founder and CEO Pete Lau. “The OnePlus 3 delivers that experience. It combines what our customers already love about our products with what they want and expect next. For example, Dash Charge sets a new standard for fast charging technology. It’s a flagship smartphone inspired by – and made for – our fans.”

Dash Charge – A Day’s Power in Half an Hour

The OnePlus 3 utilizes Dash Charge technology, a faster, cooler and safer way to charge a smartphone. Unlike other quick charging technologies, Dash Charge replenishes more than 60% of the 3,000 mAh battery in 30 minutes and continues fast charging even when streaming video or playing energy-intensive games. This is made possible by leveraging a large electric current for stable, consistent charging speeds. In addition, Dash Charge carries more current than other charging solutions, and at lower temperatures, by shifting the power management process from the phone itself to the Dash Charge adapter, so a vast majority of the heat generated while charging never reaches the device. Along with five custom safety measures in place to safeguard the adaptor, cable and phone itself, users can charge their OnePlus 3 as fast as possible without worry.

Smart Capture – High-quality Photos and Easy Selfies

The 16 MP rear camera on the OnePlus 3 provides better imaging with incredible detail and clarity. OnePlus’ proprietary Smart Capture, allows users to capture the ideal shot in any environment. Smart Capture functionalities include HD Mode, Auto HDR and Dynamic De-noise, which compares several frames of the same photo and blends them together in post-processing to reduce noise. The OnePlus 3 also includes a new Smile Capture feature, allowing user to take selfie photo using the front-facing 8 MP camera simply by smiling.

Dual-stabilization technologies – Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) and Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS) – help reduce blur, ensuring photos come out as planned.

Premium Design – Elegantly Curved Aluminum Unibody

The design of the OnePlus 3 takes aesthetics, quality and usability to a new level. The all-metal unibody, carved from a single slab of space-grade aluminum alloy, makes for a seamless, resilient build, while the balance of soft curves against sharp lines creates a striking impression and comfortable grip. At 7.3 mm, the OnePlus 3 is one of the thinnest flagships ever. The 5.5-inch 1080p Optic AMOLED display produces colors that are more vivid and true-to-life than ever before – even in bright sunlight.

Fast, Powerful, Customizable

The OnePlus 3 was designed to deliver maximum performance. Packing the new quad-core Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 820 processor (up to 2.2 GHz), the OnePlus 3 performs tasks 35% faster than the OnePlus 2 and features a 40% boost in graphical power – all at a fraction of the power consumption.

The device also sets a new standard in smartphone memory. The OnePlus 3 boasts 6 GB of LPDDR4 RAM, allowing for next-level multitasking without delay or lag and ensuring it can handle the most demanding apps. The OnePlus 3 also features an improved, more durable ceramic fingerprint sensor that improves accuracy with increased use. Offering the ability to unlock the device in under 0.3 seconds, even from a sleeping screen, users can access their phone faster and more accurately.

Their custom operating system, OxygenOS, offers a fast, clean, customizable and bloat-free operating system based on Android Marshmallow. With off-screen gestures and customizable capacitive hardware and software buttons built in, the OnePlus 3 allows customers to personalize their smartphone experience.

The unlocked OnePlus 3 never ties you down to a carrier. Customers can have more control over connectivity with the ability to choose from a wide band of support for service providers across the globe. Additionally, with dual Nano SIM card support, the OnePlus 3 can connect to two networks with ease.

Availability

Fans in Singapore can expect to lay their hands on the OnePlus 3 at traditional retail stores from the start of Q3 (July), with pricing to be confirmed. The OnePlus 3 will be available for online purchase, followed by traditional retail stores.

Specification

Specsheet-OnePlus3

Press Release – Let Your Vinyl Sing with Sony’s New Premium Turntable

Uncompromising features for an exceptional High-Resolution Audio experience at home or on the move

  • Audiophile Turntable with High-Resolution Audio ripping capability for high quality music on the move
  • Outstanding sound quality through enhanced sound tuning and newly developed arm and plinth design
  • New and incredibly easy to use software to record and edit vinyl recordings

Sony PS-HX500 Turntable. Source: Sony Singapore

(SINGAPORE, 6 June 2016) – As the global resurgence in vinyl continues, Sony has announced a new premium turntable that enables vinyl owners to enjoy their favourite tracks in outstanding quality, even when on the move. In a world first, the Sony PS-HX500 allows you to convert your vinyl collection into High-Resolution Audio quality digital files (equivalent to DSD quality) so that you can enjoy their unique sound wherever you may be.

High quality sound detail

Made for music lovers, every area of the PS-HX500 is designed to deliver the best possible sound quality and treat your vinyl with the respect it deserves. From a newly developed tone arm to the die-cast platter and the plinth itself; every component has been carefully considered to deliver a great musical performance.

The straight tone arm, designed with the stylus tip located in the central axis of the arm, ensures excellent stereo balance. The arm also features an integrated round head shell that minimises resonance, for pure sound reproduction. An anti-skating device is incorporated into the arm assembly, along with an arm cueing system. A moving magnet cartridge is supplied with tracking force and balance easily adjustable.

The PS-HX500 has an aluminium die-cast platter and is belt driven by a two speed motor. A high density 30mm acoustic plinth is featured, along with a newly designed, 5mm rubber mat and four insulator feet. A classical approach to turntable design, from years of past experience has produced a model which can satisfy the music enthusiast.

Vinyl becomes portable

Record enthusiasts can sometimes be faced with the prospect of inferior digital files of their analogue records for listening on the move. The PS-HX500 comes with a high quality DSD native converter, which gives the user the option to copy their favourite analogue tracks to a PC as a digital file, up to High-Resolution Audio quality. This allows the user to take their favourite music from their vinyl collection and play it on a compatible PC, mobile, portable music-player, or even in their car. The record player also comes with an integrated phono preamp, allowing direct connection to an external amplifier for high-fidelity home audio playback.

The PS-HX500 is the world’s first turntable to support Double-rate and Single-rate DSD (5.6MHz/1bit, 2.8MHz/1bit), a powerful audio format that will reproduce your music with both accuracy and natural musicality. Furthermore, the AD conversion process can offer a choice of file quality from WAV, to High-Resolution Audio with higher bit rate and sampling frequencies, through to double-rate DSD. Users can therefore not only enjoy their records wherever they go but also appreciate them in superior sound quality.

Easy recording and editing software

Using the PS-HX500 PC application software, a vinyl can easily be converted to High-Resolution Audio files on the user’s PC and edited in post-production.

The compatible software app is simply downloaded and after connecting the computer to the turntable, the recording process is quite simple. Tracks can later be edited, titled, cut, or combined together, allowing users to be truly creative with their music.

The PS-HX500 will be available at all Sony Stores, Sony Centres and selected Sony authorised dealers from July 2016.


Event (Video Clips included) – HP Inc Singapore Launched a New Portfolio of Enterprise-focused Products

HP Inc Singapore launched a new portfolio of PCs and Print products bound to engineer experiences that amaze.  With more power in sleeker packages, the new devices deliver the performance, versatility and security needed for consumers and businesses to succeed.

Specifically, HP announced –

  • Latest computing innovations that transform the mobile computing experience, including the new HP Elite x3
  • The world’s thinnest laptop, the HP Spectre, featuring CNC machined aluminum chassis as thin as an AAA-battery at just 10.4 mm.
  • Introducing the latest Pagewide printing technology.

HP Elite x3

The HP Elite x3 is a built-for-business mobile device that integrate phablet, laptop and desktop business features in a single device
. By utilizing Continuum in Windows 10, the Elite x3 enables frictionless multi-screen transitions between a phone scenario and a desktop PC scenario. Users can dock the Elite x3 with its ecosystem of accessories to render desktop and laptop productivity experiences while also retaining productivity on-the-go in a world-class premium and commercial-grade phablet.

The Elite x3 also utilizes biometrics to unlock the device – adding an extra layer of protection for enterprise customers.

See the pitch video

Source: YouTube user HP Business

HP Spectre

Commenting on the latest top-end laptop from HP, Lionel Chng, Managing Director, HP Inc. Singapore said “The HP Spectre is the thinnest notebook in the world, and unlike the majority of other super thin PCs on the market, this laptop doesn’t compromise power or features,”. He futher elaborated “A beautiful Full HD edge-to-edge display, Intel® Core™ i processors coupled with Bang & Olufsen sound and a sexy and thin design, HP amazing engineers set a new standard with the all new Spectre.”

Source: YouTube user Wee Wu Neo


Source: YouTube user HP Studios

Key highlights of the product

  • CNC machined aluminum chassis as thin as an AAA-battery at just 10.4 mm
  • Powerful Intel® Core™ i5 and i7 processors(2) deliver superior performance versus mobile processors often used in this class of device
  • Superb entertainment experience with full HD 13.3″ diagonal edge-to-edge display and Bang & Olufsen sound

Reinventing Business Printing with HP PageWide

HP PageWide Technology is a proven, reliable scalable print technology developed by HP that has delivered more than 140 billion high quality digital pages via HP printers including large format printers and web presses. In addition to the new lineup of A4 devices, early next year, HP will expand the reach of PageWide Technology to redefine the copier market with a new portfolio of A3 multifunction printers (MFPs).

The new HP PageWide business portfolio will be available through channel partners and at select retail stores. In addition, the new portfolio increases the number of managed devices designed for contractual channel partners and managed print services engagements. These contractual HP PageWide printers enable HP channel partners to provide low cost of operation with HP’s highest capacity supplies, a three-year print head warranty, higher speeds and recommended monthly print volume (RMPV) on select models, as well as integration with HP JetAdvantage Management and third-party tools. By optimizing managed HP PageWide devices for contractual agreements, HP provides channel partners with new opportunities to deliver higher customer satisfaction.

Source: YouTube user Wee Wu Neo

Source: YouTube user HP Business

Press Release – BlackBerry PRIV Now Runs On Android Marshmallow

Singapore – April 27, 2016 – BlackBerry Limited (NASDAQ: BBRY; TSX: BB), a global leader in secure mobile communications, has released the Android 6.0 Marshmallow (M) mobile operating system for PRIV, the first-ever BlackBerry smartphone fully powered by Android. PRIV with Android M is coming soon to major carriers offering the smartphone. Existing PRIV users will be able to upgrade to Android M by downloading the software update on their device.

Android Marshmallow on PRIV brings users more ways to improve their mobile security by providing new opportunities to monitor and control privacy with its unique DTEK app. Users will obtain greater productivity through enhancements to the BlackBerry keyboard, BlackBerry Hub, BlackBerry launcher and battery performance. Updates to the BlackBerry camera will foster their creativity.

“PRIV by BlackBerry is the most secure Android device in the market and we continue to find ways to further enhance users’ security and privacy by adding new features with the Marshmallow operating system update,” ‎said John Chen, Executive Chairman and CEO, BlackBerry.

Raising the Standard for Privacy and Security

Building on BlackBerry’s legacy of security and keeping customer data private, DTEK by BlackBerry has been updated to empower users with more ways to monitor and control their privacy – better protecting PRIV from malware, hacks and data breaches.

  • Customised Personal Data Permissions – Apps demand access to personal data, even when it’s not necessary for the app to function properly. DTEK gives the power back to users to control what to share and when. Turn permissions off at any time and still continue to use the app.
  • Improved Notification Settings – Users will only be shown notification controls for sensors that a given app has specifically requested access to. For example, if an application does not request microphone it will not appear in the list.
  • S/MIME Support – The new S/MIME feature in BlackBerry Hub adds another level of security by allowing users to digitally sign and encrypt their emails.

Enhanced BlackBerry Keyboard

The BlackBerry Keyboard has been updated to provide better predictive typing, accuracy, and control.

  • More Emoji – Users now have access to over 200 new and updated emojis.
  • New Gesture Typing – The new swipe
    capability allows users to slide their fingers from key to key to enter words on the virtual and/or physical keyboard.
  • Enhanced Word Prediction – Better word predictions anticipate the next word based on where users place their fingers on keys. Predictive typing now also learns words with numbers and provides better name suggestions based on a user’s contacts.
  • Better Cursor Control – Activate “Cursor Control” mode on the physical keyboard
    for easier positioning and control. Tapping a key on the physical keyboard more accurately places the focus cursor on screen.

Know What You Want, When You Want

Customised notifications to better organise apps and manage productivity with a touch of a button.

  • Mute Indicator – Users can now see the phone’s mute status at a glance via the floating phone indicator that appears when a call is active. Green for when call is active and not muted, yellow for when a call is active and currently muted.
  • New Apps in BlackBerry Hub – Staying connected with friends has never been simpler. Now view notifications from app favorites Instagram, Skype, Slack and Pinterest
    directly in BlackBerry Hub to easily manage all messages in one place.
  • Updated BlackBerry Launcher – Better organise apps and widgets into Recent, Personal, and Work sections. Pop-up Widgets are now turned on by default for new users. Set a default home screen, delete a home screen, and remove apps with a flick.

More Battery Life

Get even more out of PRIV with updates to further improve the battery life. When PRIV is at rest, Doze automatically puts the device into a sleep state to increase standby battery life. The App Standby feature will keep infrequently used apps from impacting the battery life.

Engage Your Creative Side

Added tools help customers capture the perfect image with ease and add their own creative flair.

  • Capture Professional and Cinematic Quality Videos – Record videos at 24fps in 4k, 1080p or 720p, for high-quality footage to share on social media.
  • Slow Motion Video* – Capture smooth slow motion video with the PRIV’s camera that’s up to four times slower. Capture video at 120 fps, which plays back smoothly at 30 fps. The slow motion effect can be applied after taking the video and can be applied to all or any portion of the video.

* Audio is not enabled for slow-motion video at this time.

For more information on PRIV, go to BlackBerry.com/PRIV. Follow all updates to PRIV on the Inside BlackBerry blog (blogs.BlackBerry.com). A full list of Android 6.0 Marshmallow updates can be found at:
https://www.android.com/intl/en_ca/versions/marshmallow-6-0/  


Event – Sony Showcases Hi-End Projector – VPL-VW5000ES

Announced at Sound Decisions, the Sony VPL-VW5000ES is the first projector designed specifically for home cinema use that features 4K resolution powered by a laser light engine that provides 5,000 lumens of brightness, is compatible with High Dynamic Range (HDR), emulates the new BT.2020 color gamut, and covers the full DCI colour space.

Source: Instagram user @weewu

Sony continues to be the only manufacturer designing projectors specifically for the home theatre market that provides full 4K resolution imagers. Sony’s advanced SXRD panels are designed to produce outstanding native device contrast and when coupled with the laser light engine, the VPL-VW5000ES provides an infinite dynamic contrast ratio and 5,000 lumens of color light output.

The VPL-VW5000ES covers the full DCI-P3 color gamut. By taking advantage of its professional calibration tools the VPL-VW5000ES allows the user to choose to emulate the BT.2020 color space, as well. This ensures compatibility with upcoming home video formats. And by bringing together high brightness, infinite dynamic contrast and the latest signal processing technology, the VPL-VW5000ES provides compatibility with High Dynamic Range (HDR), enabling the viewer to see wider ranges of contrast and colors than ever before.


Sony’s Advanced Motionflow feature reduces blur and maintains brightness and VPL-VW5000ES’ extremely fast imagers allow viewing of fast action content – especially sporting events – with great smoothness, even with 4K signals. Along with HDR and BT.2020 capabilities, the VPL-VW5000ES also includes an HDMI input that is HDCP 2.2 compatible. That same input has enough bandwidth to accept 4K 60p signals up to YCbCr 4:4:4 8bit or YCbCr 4:2:2 12bit, thus helping to ensure that the VPL-VW5000ES is prepared to handle all types of video content now and in the future.

The VPL-VW5000ES can be tilted as much as 30 degrees, allowing for flexible installations that take advantage of mirrors to place larger screens in smaller spaces, such as rear projection. Thanks to a newly developed liquid cooling system with low noise operation, the projector can also be located near viewers without impacting the enjoyment of a program’s audio. The unit ships with a standard powered lens with a zoom ratio from 1.27 to 2.73:1 and lens shift capability of +/- 80% vertical and +/- 31% horizontal.

Benefits of the VPL-VW5000ES’ laser light engine include fast on/off times with no waiting for the projector to cool down – which means you can immediately turn it back on to resume binge-watching your favorite show. The light engine delivers a long operational life with a linear decrease in brightness, so the color shifts seen with traditional lamp wear are not expected. But if the color settings do shift over time the VPL-VW5000ES includes a built-in re-calibration function that can be used to test how much the projector has drifted from its original factory calibration and reset it.

The VPL-VW5000ES is available for pre-order now at a recommended retail price of $84,000. For more information, visit http://pro.sony-asia.com/projector.

Press Release – OPPO DEBUTS SELFIE-FOCUSED OPPO R9 WITH 16MP FRONT CAMERA

  • 16MP front-facing camera with custom sensor and pixel-arrangement technology to capture photos in any lighting conditions.
  • Intelligent fingerprint recognition unlocks phone within 0.2 seconds.
  • New-look ColorOS 3.0 promises smoother User Experience and faster App startup time.

Singapore, 22 April 2016 – The ever-evolving smartphone brand, OPPO, is due to release the R9 on 30 April 2016 on local shores. The phone will carry the legacy of stunning design and superb performance that has come to define the popular R series.

The OPPO R9 improves on all of the strengths of previous entries from the R series, featuring powerful hardware, an eye-catching design and OPPO’s patented, industry-leading low-voltage VOOC Flash Charge technology. It also introduces a brand-new technology in OPPO’s arsenal: The Hi-light Camera, which ensures that users can take clear, bright and colourful selfies in any lighting conditions.


OPPO R9

A Beauty to See and to Hold

The R9 carries on the stylish metallic appearance of its predecessor the R7, while shaving off even more weight from its predecessor. The R9’s measures at 151.8 x 74.3 x 6.6mm, weighing a modest 145g. OPPO’s commitment to innovative design means that the 5.5-inch AMOLED display is accompanied by a bezel that is barely noticeable, measuring only an incredible 1.66mm.


The OPPO R9 has ultra-thin 1.66 mm bezels

Drawing inspiration from snow-covered mountain ridges, OPPO designers gave the R9 a metallic light-catching edge that shows off the phone’s flowing lines. Not only increasing the style ante, the R9’s edges display a clear understanding of ergonomics by perfectly conforming to the contours of the hand to give the R9 an effortless ‘Comfort Grip’.


Comfort Grip

Hi-light Camera: You in the Best Light

The phone’s defining feature, the R9’s 16 MP front-facing camera is built to capture the perfect selfie. The device is fitted with OPPO’s new Hi-light Camera, allowing it to capture more light

to ensure bright and clear selfies even in low-light conditions. Paired with the new Selfie Panorama feature for group photos and Beautify 4.0, the OPPO R9 is the perfect companion for taking and sharing quality shots on social media platforms.


The OPPO R9 features a custom-built Hi-light Camera

The 16MP front-facing camera isn’t all just about high-pixel counts. The R9’s unique strength in front-facing shots lies in its custom-built sensor, co-developed with Samsung to maximize image quality through pixel arrangement.

The 16MP front-facing camera isn’t all just about high-pixel counts. The R9’s unique strength in front-facing shots lies in its custom-built sensor, co-developed with Samsung to arrange pixels to maximize image quality.

While common photo-enhancing technology confines itself to software-based processing algorithms, OPPO has optimized the arrangement of pixels on the sensor itself to ensure clear, bright and colourful images. Meanwhile, a large f/2.0 aperture increases the amount of light that enters the camera and ISOCELL technology works to prevent “crosstalk” – a phenomenon wherein light spills from one of the sensor’s light-detecting elements to another and muddies the final image.

The R9’s Hi-light Camera is up to four times more sensitive than standard cameras, has twice the dynamic range and captures shots with four times less noise, compared to cameras without the technology. As a result, the Hi-light Camera produces exceptionally vivid images, even in low-light, back-lit and night-time photography.

To ensure a brilliant photography experience, OPPO has also upgraded the R9’s photo-processing algorithms. The Beautify 4.0 feature is optimized to capture selfies with bright, clear skin, and beautifully defined facial contours.

The new Selfie Panorama feature, perfect for capturing group photos makes its debut with the R9. With a few turns of the wrist, users can take extra-wide 120-degree front-facing photos, as the R9 seamlessly combines three photos and ensures that the whole party makes it into the shot.

Meanwhile, the 13 MP rear shooter is fast, steady and clear, letting users do justice to all of their colorful moments. The OPPO R9’s MediaTek Helio P10 2.0GHz, eight-core, 64-bit processor also comes equipped with the world’s first TrueBright image signal processor (ISP) engine, for enhanced colour resolution and detail.

Smooth, Fast and Free: New ColorOS 3.0 and 4G Dual-SIM

The OPPO R9 cruises through multitasking with the MediaTek Helio P10 and 4 GB RAM, rounding out the package with 64 GB of storage space, which can be expanded by an additional 128 GB.

Adding to the smooth and flexible user experience is the smart SIM slot design, which offers a Nano-SIM slot, as well as an adaptable second slot that can accept either a second Nano-SIM or a microSD card for expanded memory. Both card slots support 4G and VoLTE HD voice calls.


Newly designed ColorOS 3.0

The R9 is the first OPPO phone to come equipped with the all-new ColorOS 3.0. With a flat, simple design language, ColorOS 3.0 has a tidy and refreshing new look, and significantly reduces the phone’s built-in image library for increased efficiency. App startup time has also been boosted by 25% compared to ColorOS 2.1.

Fast, Convenient, Secure: VOOC Flash Charge and Smart Fingerprint Recognition

OPPO’s exclusive VOOC Flash Charge technology continues in the R9, reaching a 70% charge after just half an hour of flash charging.


OPPO’s VOOC Flash Charge Adapter

What sets VOOC above other fast-charging technologies is its low-voltage approach to the problem. By adhering to the standard smartphone charging voltage of 5V, VOOC keeps the phone’s temperature low during charging, protecting the longevity of the battery and phone internals, and even allowing the user to simultaneously use their phone while they fast-charge, a function that no competitor can offer.

The OPPO R9 uses a 2,850 mAh lithium polymer battery, allowing for 14 hours and 5 minutes of constant heavy use, ensuring that the R9 keeps users cruising from morning to night.


Front-facing fingerprint recognition

The R9 is OPPO’s first phone to use front-facing fingerprint recognition. It’s able to recognize a wet or dry fingerprint to unlock the phone in only 0.2 seconds. The fingerprint recognition system can also learn over time, gradually refining its image of the user’s fingerprint and making for an increasingly efficient and smooth unlock process.

The R9 (S$649) in Gold (launching 30 April) and Rose Gold (launching in May) will be available from the following retailers: