Microsoft Surface Pro 4 Now In Singapore

Microsoft has announced the retail availability of Surface Pro 4 in Singapore. Customers can buy the Surface Pro 4 Intel Core m, Core i5, and Core i7 models at microsoftstore.com, Challenger, Courts, Harvery Norman and Newstead as well as authorised commercial resellers. Check up hashtag #DoGreatThings

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“Surface Pro 4 brings together the performance of a laptop and the full power of Windows 10 with the portability of tablet” said Arthur Huang, Director Consumer Channels Group, Microsoft Singapore. “Surface has transformed the category by focusing on productivity, creating a highly versatile device that people love to use”

Arthur Huang, Director of Consumer Channels Group, Microsoft Singapore at the launch of Surface Pro 4 – Source Instagram user @weewu
Technical Specification could be found at Microsoft site 
Pricing 
128GB 6th Generation Intel Core M3 with 4GB of Ram SGD1,399
128GB 6th Generation Intel Core i5 with 4GB of Ram SGD1,599
256GB 6th Generation Intel Core i5 with 8GB of Ram SGD1,999
256GB 6th Generation Intel Core i7 with 8GB of Ram SGD2,499
256GB 6th Generation Intel Core i7 with 16GB of Ram SGD2,799
512GB 6th Generation Intel Core i7 with 16GB of Ram SGD3,399
Type Cover SGD199
Docking Station SGD314
Surface Pen SGD94

Lamch & Co Unveils Twist World Adapter series from One Adaptr

(Singapore, November 2015) Lamch & Co is pleased to unveil two new exciting additions to the Twist World Adapter series, the Twist World Adapter Duo and the Twist+ World Adapter Duo by OneAdaptr.

 

The all-in-one world adapters work globally with the patented Twist & Lock mechanism. Simply twist to select one of four most popular power sockets compatible in over 150 countries from Europe, Australia, China to North America, allowing you to simultaneously charge your MacBook and iPad or iPhone from one electrical outlet wherever you are. The built-in Max 3.4A high-powered dual USB charger charges twice as fast as your devices’ included charger and is compatible with the latest mobile technology.

The Twist World Adaptor was introduced as a kickstarter project last year and has successfully received more than USD 36,000. Take a look on the product demo below.

The Twist World Adapter DUO and Twist+ World Adapter Duo are now available at ante@TANGS at TANGS Plaza Level 3, ante@Suntec City Mall, ante@Vivo City,

Epicentre, Epilife, istudio, and retails at $65 and $69 respectively.

Samsung Showcases the Premium Handcrafted Leather Strap for Gear S2 classic

Samsung announced the retail availability of the Premium Handcrafted Leather Strap for Gear S2 classic. A perfect add-on to the Gear S2 classic, the premium leather strap is uniquely handcrafted using high quality leather from the finest tannery, and is lined with all natural cowhide for maximum comfort. Each individual leather strap is carefully constructed with saddle stitching, symbolising the v ery best of leather craftsmanship. Each handcrafted strap takes approximately 4 weeks to complete as every single step is carefully and meticulously constructed by the Master. This strap is definitely the must-have accessory and ideal gift for users passionate about an elegant and timeless watch design during this festive season.

The  Premium Handcrafted Leather Strap for Gear S2 classic will retail exclusively in Samsung Experience Stores at VivoCity and Paragon, from 14th November, Saturday, at a recommended retail price of $368. Available in two sizes (S: 70mm/115mm; M: 75mm/125mm), the Premium Handcrafted Leather Strap for Gear S2 classic will be sold in a range of ten colours (Glossy Red, Glossy Latte, Matte Peanut, Matte Orange, Matte Mustard, Matte 2-Tone Blue, Matte Rubber Blue, Matte Dark Brown, Matte Burgundy and Matte Purple)*.

To see the photos of the individual strap, visit here

ASUS’ First Smartwatch, the ZenWatch 2, Now Available in Singapore

KEY POINTS

  • First ASUS smartwatch to launch in Singapore market at an affordable price tag of $229
  • ZenWatch 2 is a stylish and truly-personal wearable device powered by Android Wear
  • Able to be paired with both Andriod and iOS smartphones to provide the best smartwatch for all users
  • Available in 2 sizes for all wearers and a variety of interchangeable straps with more than 50 customisable watch faces
  • Long battery life of more than 2 days with a single charge
  • At-a-glance view of incoming calls, messages, notifications without the need to remove smartphones from pockets or bags and remotely accessing the smartphone camera

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Singapore, November 2015 — ASUS announced the availability of the ASUS ZenWatch 2, which is ASUS’ first smartwatch in Singapore. It will be available at all ASUS brand stores and selected ASUS authorised retailers from tomorrow onwards at $229.

ZenWatch 2 (WI501Q)

“Sparrow”

ZenWatch 2 (WI502Q)

“Wren”

Processor

Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 400 Processor

Qualcomm® Snapdragon™400

Processor

Operating System

Android Wear

Android Wear

Memory &
Storage

512MB RAM

4GB EMMC

512MB RAM

4GB EMMC

Display

AMOLED 1.63-inch

320 x 320

278 ppi

2-finger touch

AMOLED 1.45-inch

280 x 280

273 ppi

2-finger touch

Communication

Bluetooth® 4.1

Wi-Fi

Bluetooth® 4.1

Wi-Fi

Watch Crystal

2.5D curved Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3

2.5D curved Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3

Sensors

6-Axis (A+G) with sensor-hub

6-Axis (A+G) with sensor-hub

Battery

400mAh

300mAh

Charging

Magnetic charging cable

Magnetic charging cable

Water Resistance

IP67

IP67

Colours

Silver, Gunmetal, Rose Gold

Silver, Gunmetal, Rose Gold

Strap

22mm

Rubber, leather, stainless steel

18mm

Rubber, leather, stainless steel

Size

49 x 41mm

45 x 37 mm

Weight

60g

50g

To read the full press releases, see below

[pdf-embedder url=”https://theneodimension.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/ASUS-First-Smartwatch-ZenWatch-2-Available-in-Singapore-Now.pdf”]

#LogitechCREATE for the #iPadPro

SINGAPORE — November 2015 — Logitech unveiled its first accessories designed in collaboration with Apple to perfectly complement the aesthetics and features of the new iPad Pro​™​: the Logitech CREATE Backlit Keyboard Case with Smart Connector and the Logitech CREATE Protective Case with Any­angle Stand. The Logitech CREATE Keyboard Case is the first third­party keyboard on the market to leverage Apple’s new Smart Connector​, eliminating the need to power on, connect or charge the keyboard.

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Both Logitech CREATE products offer thin and light front and back protection, and the tightly­woven premium fabric resists accidental bumps, scratches and spills.

Highlights of the cases include:

The Logitech CREATE Backlit Keyboard Case with Smart Connector

The Logitech CREATE Backlit Keyboard Case is designed to work exclusively with Apple’s new

Smart Connector for seamless communication between the iPad Pro and the keyboard. Through leveraging the Smart Connector, the Logitech CREATE keyboard automatically powers on and securely connects with the iPad Pro when placed in the typing position – no Bluetooth® pairing needed. And because the keyboard is powered by the iPad Pro, you never have to think about charging your keyboard again.

The Logitech CREATE Backlit Keyboard Case is built for productivity. The keyboard features full­size 19 mm keys, adjustable backlighting and an intuitive layout, helping you take full advantage of the iPad Pro’s expansive workspace and new iOS® 9 features. The iOS shortcut keys also put the power of your favorite apps at your fingertips – you can activate search and media controls without ever leaving the keyboard. The case provides two viewing angles, so you can make the most of the iPad Pro’s big, beautiful screen whether you’re posting an update, watching videos, or using the Apple Pencil to take notes.

The Logitech CREATE Backlit Keyboard Case will be available for a suggested retail price of S$249.00.

The Logi CREATE Protective Case with Any­angle Stand

The Logi CREATE Protective Case with Any­angle Stand adjusts to whatever adventure comes your way. The case’s flexible stand has a hidden hinge that firmly holds your iPad Pro in the perfect viewing angle within a 60­degree range. Place the iPad Pro upright in the stand for watching video in comfort or nearly flat for sketching with the Apple Pencil – there’s an angle for nearly every activity or work setup. The Logi CREATE protects the front and back of your iPad Pro without adding unnecessary bulk or weight.

The Logitech CREATE Protective Case with Any­angle Stand will be available for a suggested retail price of S$129.00.

Availability

Both Logitech CREATE products will be available in black, blue and red. The black Logitech CREATE Backlit Keyboard Case will be available from end­November at all authorized Logitech stores, while the Apple Online Store will have all three colours.

The Logitech CREATE Protective Case with Any­angle Stand will only be available on the Apple Online Store.

See below for the factsheet

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PlayStation®VR Makes Singapore Debut at GameStart Asia

 

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Sony Computer Entertainment Hong Kong Limited Singapore Branch (SCES) is proud to debut the PlayStation@VR – the virtual reality system for the PlayStation 4 gaming console – to members of the public in Singapore at GameStart Asia. This is also the first time that SCES is showcasing its PlayStation®VR at a public event in South-east Asia and the first time that the fans here can experience the next dimension of video gaming at a major public event here of this magnitude.

The GameStart Asia is happening at Suntec Convention Centre Hall 401 & 402 from 13-15 Nov 2015.

The launch date of Playstation@VR is not confirmed yet but according to Alphr, it is likely to happen in the first half of the 2016.

To read the full press release, please see below

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My Trip to Hokkaido – Review of Yokoso Sim

These days, 4G has become an inseparable part of our lives. Even when we go overseas, we will buy a pre-paid local sim card so that we can surf while sightseeing. In most countries, getting a pre-paid sim is easy. However, in Japan, as most of you know, it could be kind of tricky. If I didn’t remember wrongly, you can’t even get a call-only sim card in Japan under the country’s telco regulation.

Fortunately, there are many 3rd party distributors that sell pre-paid data-only sim outside Japan and Yokoso Sim is one of them.

Why did I choose Yokoso Sim in the first place?

Frankly, this was the first time I am trying out Japan’s 4G network and I chose Yokoso Sim based on my friend’s recommendations:

  • Yokoso Sim uses NTT Docomo ‘s network. (NTT is an incumbent telephone service provider in Japan just like Singtel is in Singapore.) Judging from the scale of the company, its coverage should quite extensive.
  • Local representatives in Singapore. I am not a patient shopper where I can wait for days for my item to arrive after I have made the purchase. On top of that, I prefer to speak to a person directly so that I could get my queries answered fast. So, having a local representative always appeal to me.
  • Unlimited usage. Fast 4G browsing is limited to the first 135MB per day. Once breached, the service continues but at a reduced speed of 200kps.
  • Reasonable pricing. The 7-day 4G card is selling at SGD35 which is very competitive among other distributors.

If you want to find out more about Yokoso Sim card, you may wish to drop a mail to Mr Shinji Matsudaira at  shinji.matsudaira@yokososim.com or visit the facebook page here

Experience with Yokoso Sim Activation

Unlike other pre-paid sim you get from some countries; you could do the activation yourself as long as you know the APN settings. I have listed it down below for your reference.

  • APN:             so-net.jp
  • Username:        nuro
  • Password:        nuro
  • Authentication:     PAP or CHAP

Note: If you are using Android phone, you would need to give a name for the APN. In this case, just give any name of your preference

I have been researching quite a bit on the phone compatibility with Japan networks. Generally, iPhone/iPad are not a problem. I have read on a Chinese site the limitations on activating on some phones. Basically, most smartphones are compatible except for HTC, Xiaomi, Mainland China-branded Phones, Blackberry and Windows Phone.

I guess for most people, this will not be a problem. If you are carrying your spare Chinese brand phones for your Japan trip which is not compatible with the NTT Docomo network, you might wish to try the following:

First, activate the sim card on a Apple device (refer to the manual that comes along with the sim card). During this trip, we brought an iPad Mini, Blackberry Passport, Blackberry Classic and OPPO Find 7. Yes, you are right! Most of our devices are not compatible according to the website. So what’s next for us? Since we have no choice (trust me! We tried to activate the service using non-Apple mobile devices. It does not work!), we activate the service using our iPad Mini (I believe any other Apple mobile devices could do) It does not come to us as a surprise that it works.

Next, take out the activated sim card and insert into your phone. You should have 4G connection**

**During our trip, we tried the same method for our OPPO Find 7 (a Chinese phone) and Blackberry phones. It works well.

Mobile Hotspot and Converge

Creating mobile hotspot is common when you are traveling in groups. However, this isn’t the case for our Hokkaido trip. We rely a lot on Google map for navigation and having a device with a bigger screen makes a lot of sense. As such, we dedicated the sim card to our iPad Mini. Then came another problem. We could not tether to our iPad Mini as NTT Docomo does not allow the creation of mobile hotspot. However, this restriction only seems to apply to Apple products. We tried tethering on our Blackberry and OPPO phones successfully. Point to note – don’t rely your iPad and iPhone for tethering.

According to NTT, below shows the coverage of 4G network in Hokkaido. Orange and Red refers to the coverage


If you understand Japanese, you may get more information from the website https://www.nttdocomo.co.jp/support/area/hokkaido/index.html

Based on the above, most of the places I went to are covered. Google map worked extremely well when we were doing our nature tour. The signal strength and speed are generally good even at nature parks and mountains. In the cities, speed and accessibility are definitely better. However, I didn’t experience blazing fast 4G speed when comes to uploading and posting on Instagram and Facebook. Maybe I am a pampered Singaporean that has a certain expectation of what an actual 4G speed like. So far, Hoheikyo Dam is the only place that I did not have any signal.

Verdict

Activation process is straight forward if you are using an iPhone or iPad. If you are using other phones, you may run a risk of not able to activate the service. Although there is a work-around (which I have shared earlier), it makes the process less seamless and user-friendly.

If you plan to travel in large group, I will suggest that you obtain 4G router directly from the distributer. Price might be higher but it saves the hassle of having to activate the sim card and having to swap the sim card between devices.

Coverage wise, I think that Japan 4G coverage is far much better than most countries I’ve been to.

@ASUSSG Announces #ZenFoneSelfie with 13MP Front Camera

Selfie with ZenFone
Selfie with ZenFone

Singapore (22 September, 2015) — ASUS today announced the availability of the ZenFone Selfie (ZD551KL) in Singapore, which is the latest addition to the ZenFone smartphone family. A fusion of fashion, technology and craftsmanship, the ZenFone Selfie is the perfect mobile device that allows users to take perfect selfies each time with dual 13MP PixelMaster cameras, dual-colour, dual-LED Real Tone flash for both front and rear cameras, plus laser auto-focus for ultra-fast shots to capture perfect clarity in just 0.3 seconds. With an Ergonomic Arc design and intuitive rear key, it makes capturing selfies easier than ever, with the real-time beautification mode to instantly edit the photo to provide perfect selfies every time. It will be available at all ASUS brand stores, authorised retailers and Qoo10 from 26 September onwards at $399. From 26 September – 31 October, the ZenFone Selfie will be retailing at a promotional price of $379 with free Lolliflash (usual SRP $17.90) accessory.

The ZenFone Selfie comes in elegant pastel-­colour choices such as Pure White, Baby Pink or Tiffany Blue
The ZenFone Selfie comes in elegant pastel-­colour choices such as Pure White, Baby Pink or Tiffany Blue

KEY POINTS

  • Best selfies: 13MP PixelMaster cameras and dual-LED Real Tone flash front and rear, ultra-fast laser focus and ZenMotion S-swipe to shoot
  • Real-time Beautification Mode: Applies instant photo editing to make every selfie a stunning photo
  • 5-in Full HD display: High-density screen with Corning Gorilla Glass 4 for vibrant colour, incredible detail and durability
  • 64-bit power: Octa-core Qualcomm® Snapdragon processor delivers the perfect balance of multimedia performance and battery efficiency

To see the full spec and press releases, see below

[pdf-embedder url=”https://theneodimension.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/ASUS-Announces-Availability-of-ZenFone-Selfie-with-13MP-Front-Camera-in-Singapore-.pdf”]

Samsung Launched #GearS2 #smartwatch in Singapore

Samsung announced in Singapore the Samsung Gear S2 smartwatch. Specially designed for consumers with distinct preferences, the Gear S2 is available in two different options – the Gear S2 and the Gear S2 classic. The Gear S2 classic is made for users who prefer a more timeless watch design while the Gear S2 is ideal for those who are on-the-go and have an admiration for minimal and modern design.

Gear S2 (Left) and Gear S2 Classic (Right) Source: Instagram user @weewu

Key Product Highlights

  • The Gear S2 spots versatile, circular design with an intuitive, custom UX and advanced features that enable users to enhance, personalise and bring more fun to their mobile experience. A unique rotating bezel, along with the Home and Back buttons, ensure users will have a quicker, more precise method to comfortably access notifications and applications.
  • Equipped with Tizen Platform, an optimised 1GHz Dual Core Processor and a 1.2-inch circular screen with 360 x 360 (302ppi) resolution, users can stay connected with the Gear S2 with notifications to check calendars, emails, news and even send important texts directly from their wrist.

    Heart Rate Sensor – Source: Instagram user @weewu
  • Designed for users’ active lifestyles, the Gear S2 comes with smart sensors, an IP68 (dust and water resistant) rating, as well as a battery that can last up to 3 days, allowing consumers to stay connected without the hassle of constantly having to recharge.

 

Wireless charging via charging dock – Source: Instagram user @weewu

Local Availability

  • The Samsung Gear S2 will be available in a Dark Gray case with a Dark Gray band and Silver case with a White band from 2 October 2015 at a recommended retail price of $448. The Samsung Gear S2 classic will be available in a Black case with a Leather band from 2 October 2015 at a recommended retail price of $548.

Read the full press releases below

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