Vivo, a young leading global smartphone brand debuted in Singapore with the launch of its flagship V7+ selfie-shooter, and the Y65. The V7+ represents Vivo’s mission of empoweringOn March 11, 2018 / By Nookmag
Vivo, a young leading global smartphone brand debuted in Singapore with the launch of its flagship V7+ selfie-shooter, and the Y65. The V7+ represents Vivo’s mission of empowering self-expression of the next generation and features the industry’s first 24MP front-facing camera, together with a FullView Display. It has the most advanced technologies, not only in the cameras but in all aspects, from photo shooting to display, helping savvy consumers capture and enjoy their meaningful memories.
Vivo’s smartphones sold locally, are equipped with at least two card slots for two SIM Cards, or one SIM Card and one microSD Card. Its operating system for the V7+ and Y65 is also built with user- friendly features such as App Clone which allows you to run two accounts on applications like WhatsApp and Instagram. Multi-tasking is easy with the Smart Split 3.0. If a text message comes in while you are watching a video, you can simply click to split the screen in two. Sliding three fingers down the screen allows other applications such as Facebook or YouTube to be run in split-screen mode without pausing your game or interrupting your WhatsApp chat.
Vivo’s smartphone camera represents one of its most important competitive advantages. The devices offer you a professional-grade photography solution, taking mobile photography to the level of an art form, witnessing and recording all of life’s beautiful moments.
Pioneering the use of Hi-Fi audio chips in smartphones, Vivo created the very first smartphone with a dedicated Hi-Fi chip, the X1. Since then Vivo has remained committed to providing the very best possible audio experience to customers. The Hi-Fi audio chip is also used in the V7+, taking mobile audio technology to new levels.
Vivo’s flagship V7+ is the ultimate selfie shooter with an industry-leading 24MP front-facing camera and 18:9 aspect ratio FullView display with true-to-life color and contrast and a clear background. The V7+ is a selfie-centric smartphone which represents Vivo’s mission of empowering self-expression of the next generation. It features advanced technologies not only in the cameras but in all aspects, from photo shooting to display, helping media-savvy consumers to capture and enjoy their meaningful memories.
Equipped with a 64-bit Qualcomm octa-core CPU, 4GB RAM, 64GB ROM, 2 Nano SIM Card slots, and 1 microSD Card slot which supports up to 256GB, the smartphone provides a smooth and seamless user experience. Apart from the fingerprint sensor, the V7+ features Vivo’s Face Access technology, providing an easy and convenient way to unlock your phone. It quickly detects up more than 100 different facial identification points, allowing users to capture important moments anytime, anywhere.
The latest V7+ and Y65 smartphones is available through Singtel and M1 Limited (M1) retail stores
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. introduces the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+, smartphones that rethink the way people communicate, share and experience the world. Made for an age whereOn March 1, 2018 / By Xavierlum
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. introduces the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+, smartphones that rethink the way people communicate, share and experience the world.
Made for an age where consumers increasingly communicate and express themselves with images, videos and emojis, the Galaxy S9 and S9+ drive innovation with Samsung’s advanced camera.
Both models are equipped with a new Dual Aperture lens that powers an innovative low light camera, Super Slow-mo video capabilities and personalised AR Emoji, the Galaxy S9 and S9+ also ensure that users do not miss a moment, where their every day can be made epic.
The Galaxy S9 and S9+ deliver an enhanced entertainment experience with powerful stereo speakers tuned by AKG, immersive audio with Dolby Atmos® and a refined edge-to-edge Infinity Display1 – a key staple in Samsung’s design heritage. The Galaxy S9 and S9+ will also come with the new SmartThings app, which unites Samsung’s existing IoT services all into one single, smart experience.
Today’s cameras are for more than taking pictures for connecting and communicating. The Galaxy S9 and S9+ cameras are built with a SuperSpeed Dual Pixel sensor with dedicated processing power and memory to take amazing shots with high photo quality. The Galaxy S9 and S9+’s camera features include:
Capabilities in taking slow-motion video that captures 960 frames per second. The Galaxy S9 and S9+ also offer automatic Motion Detection, an intelligent feature that detects movement in the frame and automatically begins to record – all users have to do is set up the shot. After capturing the Super Slow-mo video, users can select background music from 35 different options or add a tune from their favourite playlist. Users can also quickly create, edit and share GIF files with a simple tap in three playful styles of looping to watch the action over and over again.
Low Light Camera
Samsung’s Dual Aperture2 (F1.5 / F2.4) automatically lets in more light enter the sensor when it’s dark and less light when it’s too bright, taking optimising the exposure based on the lighting condition.
Samsung lets users create an emoji that looks, sounds and acts like them. AR Emoji uses a data-based machine learning algorithm; it analyses a 2D image of the user and maps out more than 100 facial features to create a 3D model that reflects and imitates expressions, like winks and nods, for true personalisation. AR Emoji shares users’ real-life emotions not only in video but also with a range of stickers and uses a standard AGIF file format so that users can share their emojis across most third-party messaging platforms like Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, Telegram etc.
Samsung’s intelligence platform, integrated into the camera, uses augmented reality and deep learning technologies to provide helpful information about a user’s surroundings3. With real-time object detection and recognition, Bixby instantly generates data directly on top of the image that the camera is pointing. Users can translate foreign languages and currency in real time with Live Translation, learn about their surroundings, purchase products seen in the real world and track calories throughout the day4.
Smartphones are often our go-to choice for entertainment, which is why Samsung created a device that offers premium sound experiences with stereo speakers tuned by AKG. Sounds are crystal clear, crisp and rich in quality, whether users are watching their favourite movie or streaming their favourite artist’s latest album. The Galaxy S9 and S9+ also support Dolby Atmos, giving the effect of 360-degree sound.
The Galaxy S9 and S9+ audio experience complemented by Samsung’s revolutionary Infinity Display. First introduced on the Galaxy S8, the bold, bright Super AMOLED Infinity Display blends right into the phone with virtually no distracting notches. With adaptive contrast enhancement, users can use their device even in direct sunlight.
The Best Comes Standard with the Galaxy Foundation
Samsung sets the gold standard for smartphones with IP687 water and dust resistance and wireless charging and goes a step beyond with the Galaxy S9 and S9+. The devices now support the expandable memory of up to 400GB with a Micro SD Card and are equipped with the latest premium application processors offering dominant performance and sophisticated image processing.
Samsung’s latest defence-grade security platform supports three different biometric authentication options – iris, fingerprint, and facial recognition – so users can choose the way they want to protect their device and applications.
The devices feature Intelligent Scan, a new verification that intelligently uses the collective strength of iris scanning and facial recognition technology to quickly and conveniently unlock a user’s phone in various situations. The Galaxy S9 and S9+ also introduce Dedicated Fingerprint, giving users the option to use a different fingerprint to access Secure Folder than the one used to unlock the phone.
Where can you get one?
Pre Order and Registration
Pre-Order/ Registration of interest with telecommunication operators for the Galaxy S9 and S9+ will commence from today at 12pm.
Interested Consumers can visit the following URLs for more information:
Pre-Order at Samsung Store Online/ Samsung Experience Stores
Consumers can also pre-order their Galaxy S9 and S9+ (without contract) via the Samsung Store online (http://www.samsung.com/sg/smartphones/galaxy-s9/shop/) fromtoday, 12pm or visit the following Samsung Experience Stores during opening hours.
Pre-order at Major Consumer Electronics & IT Stores and Lazada Singapore
Pre-order for the Galaxy S9 and S9+ will also be available online from 1 March 2018, Thursday, 12pm at major consumer electronics & IT stores’ (Best Denki, Courts, Gain City, Hachi, Harvey Norman and Newstead) respective websites and Lazada Singapore. More information is available at the following URLs:
All consumers who purchase Galaxy S9 or S9+ will be entitled to a complimentary Samsung Concierge Care Pack worth $128 and exclusive trade-in value for their eligible device of up to SGD6102 via the Samsung Trade Up (SG) app, upon full payment during collection of their Galaxy S9 or S9+ from 10 March.
Local Pricing and Availability
|Model||Built-in Memory3||RRP (S$)|
|Galaxy S9||64 GB||$1,198.00|
|Galaxy S9+||64 GB||$1,348.00|
|Galaxy S9+||256 GB||$1,498.00|
The Galaxy S9 and S9+ will be available in Midnight Black, Coral Blue and Lilac Purple
If you own a Samsung phone, this article may be useful to you. The Samsung Member app developed by Samsung is here to monitor and solve your phoneOn February 13, 2018 / By Xavierlum
If you own a Samsung phone, this article may be useful to you. The Samsung Member app developed by Samsung is here to monitor and solve your phone issue thru the apps. Let me share with you.
You can find and download the Samsung Member App in the Google Play.
The Samsung Members app comes with the support features; you can get help from Samsung Customer service for selected products.
It allows you to send feedbacks, call, live chat with their support staffs or find the nearest Samsung support centres location.
Samsung periodically offers some events and deals in this section. So do keep a lookout for this section regularly.
So that you wouldn’t miss the latest happenings and recent news
I am saving the best for the last; the diagnostics section is the most critical section that every Samsung user should take note.
Samsung had done a great job to recreate hardware test mode into a clean and straightforward graphical interface.
Tapping FREE UP NOW to stop apps from running in the background and delete unwanted, unnecessary data such as cached, temporary and ad files.
Alongside with cleaning unwanted memory and storage, uninstall unused apps to free up internal storage space and improve your phone’s performance.
There is also an optimised settling to turn off unused functions to reduce battery consumption and speed up your phone.
In my opinion, I would recommend installing the Samsung Member apps, as it serves as an essential tool to upkeep your beloved Samsung phone’s performance.
The Samsung Electronics Singapore has debuted the latest upper mid-range smartphones in the A series – The Samsung Galaxy A8 and Samsung Galaxy A8+. The sleek, large infinityOn January 22, 2018 / By Xavierlum
The Samsung Electronics Singapore has debuted the latest upper mid-range smartphones in the A series – The Samsung Galaxy A8 and Samsung Galaxy A8+. The sleek, large infinity display screen and enhanced camera features offer consumers the ultimate smartphone user experience.
Both phones are almost identical except the Samsung Galaxy A8+ has a larger display, more storage, RAM capacity and bigger battery capacity compared to the Samsung Galaxy A8.
The Samsung Galaxy A8 and Samsung Galaxy A8+ feature a new 16MP + 8MP F1.9 Dual Front Camera and an impressive 16MP rear camera. As the front camera is made of two separate cameras, it allows the user to take normal selfies and super wide group selfies.
Users can easily create and adjust the depth-of-field (bokeh effect) before or after taking the picture on their smartphones.
Compared to the previous Galaxy A series phone, both smartphones come with 5.6-inch and 6.0-inch screen size options. With the Super OLED display, users can enjoy the rich colour quality experience when watching movies and playing games. The screen is supported with premium metal frame and curved back glass on the back and front.
Both devices equipped with IP68-certified water and dust resistant capabilities; same as the Galaxy S8 series and Note 8. Additionally, both smartphones have separate sim trays for two sim cards and support microSD cards up to 256GB, for users to fill their favourite memories till their heart’s content. Both the Samsung Galaxy A8 and Samsung Galaxy A8+ are also the first Galaxy A series to support the Samsung Gear VR. The Samsung Pay is available for the user to make safe and secure mobile payment without worrying about having their wallet in hand.
The users can opt for a hassle-free way to unlock their Samsung Galaxy A8, and Samsung Galaxy A8+ with the facial recognition features; with just a look. By simply registering your facial with the front camera and enabling the feature under the security settings, consumers are ready to unlock their phone in an effortless matter.
Both Samsung Galaxy A8 and Samsung Galaxy A8+ is available from now at the price of SGD648 and SGD798 respectively, available in black and gold. The smartphones are available at all local telecommunication operators, consumers electronic stores, authorised mobile retailers, Samsung Experience Stores and selected online marketplace.
Want to find out if OPPO’s cameras are as good as it claims to be? Head over to The Playground, an interactive pop-up store located outside the mainOn November 27, 2017 / By Nookmag
Want to find out if OPPO’s cameras are as good as it claims to be? Head over to The Playground, an interactive pop-up store located outside the main entrance of Wisma Atria on Orchard Road, where OPPO’s latest camera phones will be put to the test through curated photography studios.
You can test out these features at The Playground’s night-time photography studio to experience how the dual rear cameras perform, capture the ultimate ‘Gram in the beauty box to see how OPPO’s AI Beauty Recognition technology stacks up, and discover for themselves just how impressive images are when captured by the R11s and R11s Plus in the portrait studio.
New technology for the ultimate smartphone photography experience
The dual rear cameras on the R11s and R11s Plus have been re-engineered to capture the highest quality of portraits for both day and night conditions.
The 16MP and 20MP rear cameras function as primary cameras for different light conditions. The 16MP rear camera takes on the primary role of normal everyday shots in brightly lit environments, while the 20MP high definition camera becomes the main camera for low-light environments.
OPPO’s AI Beauty Recognition technology on the front camera scans for 254 facial recognition points in 3D for each subject, references them against a database of facial images, and analyses features based on gender, age, skin texture, skin colour, expression and environment scenarios before making enhancements that are customised for each subject. As a result, selfies are all the more visually stunning, without compromising the natural look of each selfie subject.
Together with the dual cameras and enhanced AI technology, the R11s and R11s Plus offers a higher sensitivity to light and large aperture to allow more light into the device, resulting in even clearer and brighter images than ever before.
Simple yet bold design
For an immersive camera phone experience, the OPPO R11s features a 6.01-inch full-screen display to bring images to life, and is available in black, champagne and red. The red model is a special variant, developed with a unique starry sky screen. On the other hand, the R11s Plus comes equipped with a 6.43-inch full-screen display, battery, and more RAM than the R11s, and is available in champagne and black.
The crescent arc design of both phones, which are the concave indentations at the bottom edges, holds the headphone jack, speaker and mini USB port. Sound projection is no longer muted by the user’s hands. At the same time, OPPO has enhanced the firm grip and aesthetics of the slim and sleeker body, which rests snugly in the palm.
Under the hood, the R11s and R11s Plus are powered by the Qualcomm SnapdragonTM 660 chipset that comes with exceptional battery life with the 3205mAh battery and the proprietary VOOC Flash charge technology.
Enhanced user experience with ColorOS 3.2
The R11s and R11s Plus run on ColorOS 3.2, which has an overall smoother performance, is faster and safer, and even enables users to multitask using the split screen mode. Facial unlock uses AI to recognise the user and can unlock the phones in just 0.08 seconds. Other unlocking functions such as a password and fingerprint scanner on the back of the phones have also been made available on the R11s and R11s Plus.
The OPPO R11s camera phone is available for purchase in Singapore from 2 December for SGD699. Pre-order starts from now at https://www.oppostore.com.sg/products/oppo-r11s. The OPPO R11s Plus will go on sale on 9 December and will be priced at SGD849.
The Playground pop-up store will be held outside of Wisma Atria’s main entrance on Orchard Road from now to 25 December from 12pm-10pm daily.
Google announced that the Google Assistant will be made available in Singaporean English. The Google Assistant is your helpful kaki that can answer questions and help get thingsOn November 3, 2017 / By Nookmag
Google announced that the Google Assistant will be made available in Singaporean English. The Google Assistant is your helpful kaki that can answer questions and help get things done in your world–from telling you about your day, to giving directions to the closest hawker center, or just setting a reminder to pick up groceries.
With this update, the Google Assistant will now be available for local Singaporean accent, improving voice recognition and providing locally relevant information to users. Pixel 2 XL users will have access to the Assistant in Singaporean English starting 15 November when the phone goes on sale. It’ll also come to Android phones 6.0+ (Marshmallow and above) over the next couple of weeks and to iPhone devices soon as well.
The Google Assistant lets you have a conversation with Google to help you get things done in your world. To try it out, just say “Ok Google” or touch and hold the Home button and your personal Google Assistant will be ready to help you throughout your day. Even when your hands are full, you can quickly send text messages, set reminders, or get directions with the Google Assistant.
Google has a unique blend of expertise in natural language understanding, deep learning, computer vision, and understanding user context. That’s how the Google Assistant is able to understand intent behind words to handle follow-up questions and complex, multi-step tasks. And it’ll get better over time–with your permission, it can learn your preferences, your likes and your dislikes – all done in a private, secure way that puts you in control.
Here are some examples of questions Singaporeans can now ask the Google Assistant:
Stephanie Davis, Country Director, Google Singapore said, “Singaporeans are avid smartphone users who are always on the go. With this latest update to the Google Assistant, we hope to help more Singaporeans get things done quickly on their phones – take a selfie, get directions from Google Maps, find your photos, get help with translation and more. With the Google Pixel 2 XL now available in Singapore, we hope to offer the best Google experience bringing our hardware, software and AI capabilities to more people here.”
With today’s update, the Google Assistant is now available in Singapore, the US, UK, Canada (English and French), Australia, Germany, France, Japan, Brazil, India (English, Hindi), Mexico, Spain, Korea, and Indonesia.
Apple announced the release of its most expensive phone to date, iPhone X. There are several things about its features which caught the attention of many ardent AppleOn October 29, 2017 / By Nookmag
Apple announced the release of its most expensive phone to date, iPhone X. There are several things about its features which caught the attention of many ardent Apple fans – durable all-glass body, augmented reality, and its resistance towards water and dust.
However, what caused quite a stir around the world is the price tag of Apple’s new phone. This premium handset starts at a shocking SGD999 in Singapore and has angered many fans with its exorbitant cost.
But Singapore isn’t the most affected by Apple’s worldwide price changes. According to a global price comparison study by CupoNation, consumers in Europe are paying a higher price for Apple phones – and the launch of iPhone X isn’t changing anything. In fact, Hungary is the most expensive country to purchase an iPhone X.
If you are a fan who is bent on getting your hands on this premium glass phone, US and Japan are the cheapest countries, where Apple Stores will charge iPhone X buyers the equivalent of £755 and £771 respectively.
Previously, the UK was a favourite destination for iPhone lovers, however, as the pound rate tumbled, US and Japan became fast new destinations for those planning their iPhone travels this year.
So, now may be a good time to check out flight tickets to Tokyo for a much-welcomed family holiday while bringing back a nice holiday treat of the brand new iPhone X for yourself!
With OPPO’s newest launch of its R11, competitors in the market might be facing their toughest match ever, and here’s why we think so. The OPPO R11 isOn September 12, 2017 / By Tian Tian
The OPPO R11 is created with its users in mind. First of all, the shell of OPPO R11 is designed with a purposeful arched back that allows a comfortable and snug hold, ensuring that your butterfingers will not get a chance to slip this piece of art out of your hold.
In addition to that, the OPPO R11 is built to ensure users get the best out of its charging experience. With just 20 minutes of charging time, the OPPO R11 has the ability to achieve about 50% of its battery life. The flash charge surpasses most of the smartphones in the market, which means you can bid carrying multiple chargers around goodbye.
Quite seemingly, the crux of OPPO R11 is in its camera functions. As of now, it is the most powerful camera phone OPPO has ever introduced. Packed with an astounding 20 megapixels for both its front and back cameras, you will never have to worry about blurry images taken with a zoomed-in function. To sweeten this, the back camera is complemented with an additional 16 megapixels. When used together, images can be taken exceptionally clear with an astonishing 36 megapixels, equivalent to that of professional cameras.
So what if you are an iPhone user who really liked what is mentioned above, but is afraid to take the leap to switch? Well, for iPhone users who are used to the iOS interfaces, the OPPO range of phones is known to have interfaces similar to that of iOS. So, if you ever feel like you might take a long time to get used to using Android phones, perhaps OPPO might just help you ease into that familiarity.
Available in gold, black and red, capture life’s greatest moments with the Oppo R11 now!
From now till 3 April (11am to 9pm), Samsung is hosting the Galaxy Studio consumer event at Civic Plaza, Ngee Ann City. Comprising of themed experiential zones, theOn March 23, 2016 / By Nookmag
From now till 3 April (11am to 9pm), Samsung is hosting the Galaxy Studio consumer event at Civic Plaza, Ngee Ann City. Comprising of themed experiential zones, the Galaxy Studio showcases the best of Samsung’s innovations, demonstrating how its range of devices and services integrate perfectly with consumers’ daily lives.
At this event, visitors can experience the all-round multimedia features of Samsung’s connected suite of devices and services in fun and interactive ways at each of the specially curated zones.
A Walkthrough of Samsung’s Brand Journey
In this exhibition, visitors can take a walk down memory lane, and check out the history and journey of Samsung’s foray in the mobile space. The curated showcase of 13 key Samsung devices over the years represents the key milestones and meaningful progress of the brand, such as Samsung’s first mobile phone, Samsung’s first smartwatch and the first Galaxy device to today’s Galaxy S7 4G+.
4D VR Experience
Visitors can embark on a 4D VR journey where they can take thrilling “Six Flags®” theme park rollercoaster rides, a Ski Jump through the stunning scenery of Canada, or even a road trip with Harley-Davidson® all via the Samsung Gear VR in movie theatre-style.
Connected Galaxy Experience
In this zone, consumers can challenge other gamers in Gunjack™, a visually stunning virtual reality (VR) arcade shooter on the Samsung Gear VR. Consumers will also be able to experience different ways of capturing memories in 360◦ with the Gear 360 which allows reliving them in vivid, immersive quality via the Gear VR.
Samsung Concierge Lounge
In this zone, visitors will be able to learn more about the recently launched Samsung Concierge programme, a first-of-its-kind premium smartphone service in Singapore. Customer service consultants will also be on-site to give technical advice and provide assistance on Smart Switch. The comprehensive product showcase area will also give visitors an opportunity to enjoy hands-on experience of the newly launched Samsung Galaxy S7 4G+ and S7 edge 4G+ as well as the Gear 360 and Gear S2.
Additionally, consumers visiting Galaxy Studio can take part in contests1 where they stand a chance to win Samsung devices every week.
Shoot & Compare Contest
Visitors can bring a friend and participate in the #ownthenightsg photo challenge and stand a chance to be one of three winners of the Galaxy S7 edge 4G+ (worth SGD1,098) every week.
Art of Time Design Contest
Visitors can design and submit their watch face designs for the Gear S2 for a chance to win one of three Gear S2 classic plated in 18k Rose Gold (worth SGD698) available every week.
Featuring A9 Chip, Advanced 12-Megapixel iSight Camera & Apple Pay CUPERTINO, California — Apple® today introduced iPhone® SE, the most powerful phone with a four-inch display, inOn March 22, 2016 / By Nookmag
Featuring A9 Chip, Advanced 12-Megapixel iSight Camera & Apple Pay
CUPERTINO, California — Apple® today introduced iPhone® SE, the most powerful phone with a four-inch display, in a beloved compact aluminum design that has been updated with matte-chamfered edges, a color-matched stainless steel Apple logo, and four gorgeous metallic finishes, including rose gold. iPhone SE offers exceptional performance with the same 64-bit A9 chip offered in iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus for blazing fast speeds, longer battery life, faster wireless, a 12-megapixel iSight® camera featuring Live Photos™ and 4K video, and Touch ID® with Apple Pay®.
“iPhone SE is an exciting new idea — we started with a beloved, iconic design and reinvented it from the inside out. The result is the most beautiful and powerful phone with a four-inch display in the world. [It] is packed with a stunning four-inch Retina display, advanced 64-bit A9 chip with M9 motion co-processor, longer battery life, 12-megapixel iSight camera with True Tone flash, Live Photos, 4K video, faster LTE and Wi-Fi, and Touch ID with Apple Pay. Everyone who wants a smaller phone is going to love iPhone SE.”
– Philip Schiller
Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing
The Most Powerful Phone with a Four-inch Display
Reinvented from the inside out, iPhone SE gives customers a powerful, full-featured iPhone no matter which model they choose. The 64-bit A9 chip, introduced in iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, offers iPhone SE customers two times faster CPU and three times faster GPU performance compared to iPhone 5s, all with gains in energy efficiency for improved battery life. M9, Apple’s next-generation motion coprocessor, is integrated into A9 allowing more features to run all the time at lower power, including “Hey Siri” without having to pick up your iPhone, and a range of fitness tracking capabilities like measuring your steps and distance. iPhone SE users can browse, download and stream content even faster with Wi-Fi up to three times and LTE up to 50 percent faster than iPhone 5s.* iPhone SE also includes more LTE bands for better worldwide roaming and supports Voice over LTE and Wi-Fi calling for high-quality wideband calls.
With an easy-to-use interface, amazing features, and security at its core, iOS 9 is the foundation of iPhone SE and brings powerful built-in apps like Messages, FaceTime®, Photos, Music and Maps to iPhone users. iOS 9 also brings more intelligence to iPhone SE with proactive assistance, powerful search, improved Siri® features, and a new Night Shift™ feature that uses your iPhone SE’s clock and geolocation to automatically adjust the colors in the display to the warmer end of the spectrum after dark and may even help you get a better night’s sleep.
All of these innovations are packed into a light and compact phone designed to fit comfortably in your hand, crafted from bead-blasted aluminum for a satin-like finish, refined matte-chamfered edges, a new color-matched stainless steel inset Apple logo and a brilliant four-inch Retina® display.
The World’s Most Popular Camera
iPhone SE has an advanced 12-megapixel iSight camera featuring Focus Pixel technology for fast focusing, an Apple-designed image signal processor, advanced noise reduction, third-generation local tone mapping and better face detection, all resulting in sharper, more detailed photos like the ones shot on iPhone 6s. With Live Photos on iPhone SE, customers can go beyond snapshots to capture moments in motion and relive unforgettable memories with sound. Live Photos are beautiful 12-megapixel photos that, with just a touch, reveal the moments immediately before and after the shot was taken, so users can enjoy a living memory rather than an instant frozen in time.
Additional camera advancements include:
Pricing & Availability
* Data plan required. LTE is available in select markets and through select carriers. Speeds vary based on site conditions and carrier. For details on LTE support, contact your carrier and visit Apple’s website here.
** Prices are rounded to nearest dollar and are based on 24 monthly installment payments. Qualified customers only with eligible credit card. Two-year loan required. First installment payment, full taxes and activation fees may be due at sale. Carrier terms and other terms and eligibility may apply.
*** Prices are rounded to nearest dollar and are based on 24 monthly installment payments. Requires trade-in of iPhone 5s in full working condition. Trade-in values and monthly pricing for devices will vary based on the condition and model of your smartphone trade-in. Trade Up with Installments is only available to qualified US customers with eligible credit card. Two-year loan required. First installment payment and full taxes due at sale. Full terms apply.
Apple revolutionized personal technology with the introduction of the Macintosh in 1984. Today, Apple leads the world in innovation with iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch and Apple TV. Apple’s four software platforms — iOS, OS X, watchOS and tvOS — provide seamless experiences across all Apple devices and empower people with breakthrough services including the App Store, Apple Music, Apple Pay and iCloud. Apple’s 100,000 employees are dedicated to making the best products on earth, and to leaving the world better than they found it.
A leader in smart speaker system, Sonos never stops reinventing. Ushering in the next era of home audio innovations, it has recently introduced breakthroughs in both hardware andOn December 2, 2015 / By Nookmag
A leader in smart speaker system, Sonos never stops reinventing. Ushering in the next era of home audio innovations, it has recently introduced breakthroughs in both hardware and software – the new flagship SONOS PLAY:5 smart speaker and a new speaker-tuning software called Truplay.
The SONOS PLAY:5, elegantly designed from the inside out, delivers the purest, deepest and most vibrant sound yet from Sonos. The speaker delivers an audio experience that transports music aficionados to the studio where the sound is mixed and mastered.
Built with six synchronised, custom-designed drivers, the speaker’s three mid-woofers create smooth mids and deep, powerful lows that go as low as 27Hz, and three tweeters deliver crystal clear highs at any volume. The drivers are strategically placed to create a soundstage that is much wider than expected in a single speaker. What this creates is the precise separation of every vocal and instrumental element in a track.
For the first time, SONOS PLAY:5 has three orientations. In addition to horizontal orientation as a standalone speaker, two SONOS PLAY:5 paired together vertically produce top-of-the-line stereo sound with a focused and intense sweet spot. Paired horizontally, they create a larger stereo image for an immersive, room-filling listening experience.
Boasting an extremely sleek aesthetic with a matte finish, the SONOS PLAY:5 is thoughtfully designed for the home environment with the following features:
The new touch controls offer an intuitive, easy way to play, pause, adjust volume and change the track. Smart sensors make these touch controls responsive to all orientations, so the volume-up is always facing up.
Similar to its predecessor, the new SONOS PLAY:5 works seamlessly with all Sonos smart speakers and adds even greater modularity with the ability to act as rear speakers in home theatre setups with SONOS PLAYBAR® and SONOS SUB™.
Trueplay is a new feature in the Sonos app that will calibrate your speaker to your room. It is a tuning software that allows your speaker to analyse the acoustic profile of any room and fine-tunes itself. Using the Sonos app, the microphone on an iPhone or iPad, and a series of test tones emitted by the Sonos speaker, the system analyses how sound reflects off walls, furnishings, glass and other surfaces in any given room. Sonos then smartly tunes that speaker so the music sounds its very best. The result? Music is liberated so that it sounds great in every room, in every home.
“Our remit at Sonos has evolved from constantly working to improve the general sound of all of our speakers to customising them: first by room, and in the future, by person, activity and content,” said record producer, composer, and Sonos sound experience leader Giles Martin. “We are obsessed with improving the home music experience, which must take into account acoustically unfriendly rooms. Tuning a room is the first of many software enhancements that make the experience richer and more personal for listeners whilst giving artists a whole new creative arena.”
Trueplay will be available first on all SONOS PLAY:1®, SONOS PLAY:3®, SONOS PLAY:5® products and iOS controllers, and will be further added to the Sonos lineup over time.
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Bluetooth headphones seems to be a norm nowadays and the recently launched Plantronics BackBeat SENSE seems to top the chart when it comes to user experience. It’s anOn September 5, 2015 / By Simcik
Bluetooth headphones seems to be a norm nowadays and the recently launched Plantronics BackBeat SENSE seems to top the chart when it comes to user experience. It’s an Ultra-light, smart Bluetooth® headphones that delivers sublime audio with all-day listening on a single charge, and intuitive smart sensor technology.
The BackBeat SENSE is super lightweight at only 140g, about the same weight as a smartphone! This makes it perfect to bring around your daily commute or travel.
The BackBeat SENSE headphones also lets you pair and connect to 2 smart devices at the same time, this intelligent pairing is especially handy for those who alternate between devices by lock the primary device and switching to the other, the BackBeat SENSE smart sensors will automatically follow and switch the audio source!
Intuitive Smart Sensor Technology.
Built-in smart sensors automatically pause your music when you slip off the headphones, preserving battery life when they’re not being worn, then gently fading in your tunes when you put them back on. Intelligent pairing makes connecting and moving back and forth between devices fast and seamless, including pairing with two devices simultaneously. Whispered voice alerts provide important updates on battery life, connection status, and more. Centralizing the headphone controls in one earcup makes the headphones easier to use and more intuitive, and battery life gets a serious boost with the ability to stream music and media for up to 18 hours on a single charge.
BackBeat SENSE also takes an innovative approach to design, ensuring all-day wearing comfort for everyone. Its unique, patent-pending headband is designed to comfortably fit 99% of head sizes and evenly distribute the weight of the headphones, extending wear time by eliminating pressure that can cause fatigue and discomfort. At only 140g, about the same weight as a smartphone, BackBeat SENSE is approximately 50% lighter than most on-ear Bluetooth headphones available today (* Internal testing has shown BackBeat SENSE weighs at least 50% less than a comprehensive list of competitive on-ear Bluetooth headphones.) Pillow-soft memory foam ear pads conform to the shape of the listener’s ear, improving audio performance. The headphones’ compact form and fold-flat earcups make BackBeat SENSE comfortable and convenient to wear around the neck when not in use.
Additional BackBeat SENSE technologies and benefits include:
Signature Plantronics audio and dynamic drivers create the optimal balance of rich bass, crisp highs, and natural midtones to let you enjoy your music to the full, and hear every detail in your media.
Advanced Class 1 Bluetooth lets you control up to two connected smartphones or tablets from up to 330ft/100m away—the length of a football field (* Requires a Class 1 Bluetooth device).
Dual mics enable HD Voice communication for clear calls or interactions with voice applications such as Siri™, Google Now, Cortana and Skype.
OpenMic™ technology for those times when you’ll occasionally need to hear the outside world. With OpenMic, you can do so with the touch of a button, and without missing a beat.
Fold-flat earcups makes BackBeat SENSE easy to transport and store, and a durable pouch is included with a handy pocket for charging and audio cables.
Plantronics Award-Winning BackBeat Family
BackBeat SENSE is the newest member of the BackBeat family of wireless stereo products from Plantronics. Other BackBeat stereo Bluetooth headphones include the critically-acclaimed BackBeat PRO over-the-ear wireless headphones, featuring active noise cancellation, and a record-setting 24 hours of streaming; the BackBeat FIT sweatproof wireless headphones, which feature a unique, safety-oriented design and a stable fit that stays in place comfortably no matter how hard you work out; and the popular BackBeat GO 2 + Charging case wireless earbuds that provide premium audio in an incredibly small and light form factor. BackBeat PRO, BackBeat GO 2 + Charging Case, and BackBeat FIT are currently available at select retailers.
Pricing and Availability
BackBeat SENSE will be available in two styles – Black/Espresso and White/Tan – for MSRP SGD$279.00 with GST. For more information, click here
I remember working as an audio sales person in a major electronics chain store in Takashimaya during my adolescent years. The usual brands populated the shelves, but it wasOn September 2, 2015 / By Roychng
I remember working as an audio sales person in a major electronics chain store in Takashimaya during my adolescent years. The usual brands populated the shelves, but it was Nakamichi that caught my eyes. It was somewhat familiar yet there was so much I didn’t know about. Its products were top of the audio league, setting it apart from the rest.
Now folks, Nakamichi is 67 years old. Ask your vinyl and cassette tape era dads and uncles and I am sure that they can tell you more about this legendary brand.
Audiophiles on the move, Nakamichi has not forgotten you. The new NMMR and NMKT series have arrived. The earbuds feature an all metal housing to give you a balanced sound with enhanced bass. An industrial raw feel that encapsulates the main housing paired with passive noise reduction earbuds will get you dancing on your feet to your favourite tunes, knocking down everyone in your way.
The Nakamichi NMKT earphones retails for SGD49.00 and comes in Grey, Grey/Gold, and Light Gold.
The Nakamichi NMMR100 earphones retails for SGD59.00 and comes in Champagne and Gun Metal.
The Nakamichi NMMR200 Dual Driver earphones retails for SGD69.00 and comes in Deep Coffee and Iron Grey. All earphones are available at all Sprint-Cass outlets. It will also be available in Big Box and Challenger stores from September 2015 onwards.
A premium quality headphone minus the hefty price tag, the Skullcandy Grind headphone is constructed with a low profile, classic design, one-button TapTech™ functionality and materials of aOn August 31, 2015 / By Nookmag
A premium quality headphone minus the hefty price tag, the Skullcandy Grind headphone is constructed with a low profile, classic design, one-button TapTech™ functionality and materials of a higher grade. The ultra-convenient TapTech™, a mic and device remote rest strategically on the left ear cup, making it easy to answer phone calls, change tracks or even hitting pause for a short break.
Grind features a sleek form factor that sits close to the head for a low-profile fit with plush foam ear pads wrapped in synthetic leather. The ear cups move smoothly along the metal headband to fit comfortably on anybody.
Embedded within the headphone is Skullcandy’s unique Supreme Sound™ that promises high-quality sound for every genre of audio. In the words of Skullcandy, it’s “Time to #Upgrade2Awesome”.
The Skullcandy Grind headphone retails at SGD109.90 at Stereo Electronics (ION Orchard #B4-23/24 and Plaza Singapura #04-06) and selected Challenger stores from September 2015.
Skullcandy has a new addition to the family: Strum. Developed for music and tech lovers, Strum earbuds feature three technologies you’ll love – Brinx Tech, which provides aOn August 27, 2015 / By Nookmag
Skullcandy has a new addition to the family: Strum. Developed for music and tech lovers, Strum earbuds feature three technologies you’ll love – Brinx Tech, which provides a custom fit to your ears; Off-Axis Tech, for improved comfort and noise isolation; and Fix Tech, a hook-shaped exterior that keeps earbuds in place by resisting the tugging and pulling.
With its revolutionary construction, Strum earbuds still guarantee the powerful
bass lines, natural vocals, and precision highs of Skullcandy’s Supreme
SoundTM for all your favorite playlists — and now with all day comfort.
At SGD89.90, Strum earbuds are available in three styles and enable you to
take calls, adjust volume, and manage your music on virtually any of your
smart devices. Strum launches next month and is available at selected
Following the success of the Noontec Hammo headphones, Signeo South East Asia launches Noontec’s new and enhanced HAMMO S Over-Ear stereo headphones in Singapore. The new Hammo SOn August 14, 2015 / By Nookmag
Following the success of the Noontec Hammo headphones, Signeo South East Asia launches Noontec’s new and enhanced HAMMO S Over-Ear stereo headphones in Singapore.
The new Hammo S is the result of two dedicated years of research and development, with over ten thousand professional tunings to ensure the best sound quality over a broad spectrum of music genres for discerning users.
The Hammo S uses Noontec’s exclusive and advanced Surround Closed Cavity Body (SCCB) Acoustic Technology, which provides precise acoustic tuning throughout the entire frequency range for an excellent audio performance.
In addition, the Hammo S employs Noontec’s latest Votrik HD500 50mm speakers, which provide high definition across a wider sound field. This technology also creates a better balance between treble, mid-range, and bass, providing more natural audio transitions.
At only 240g, the lightweight Hammo S is convenient to bring around. The new headphones have also adopted the much-loved foldable design of the original Hammo. Once folded, it effectively reduces its space utilization by 50%. With a stylish hard carry case, the Hammo S fits sveltely into most bags or luggage. The headphones feature bold and flowy design lines, with a soft sheen that exudes luxury.
In order to ensure the comfort of the user, the Hammo S’ earcups rotate even more than the previous Hammo, for a better fit. Hammo S’ ear muffs are hand-made from protein cotton, promising durability, while providing long wearing comfort, breathability, and the surfaces are contact-friendly with skin even over extended wear.
The new Noontec Hammo S headphones are available in blue, black, red and white at SGD149. They are available only at Sprint-Cass outlets at Changi International Airport Singapore, at T1 Transit area (Sprint-Cass and E-Gadget), T2 Transit area and iSound (T2 public area), and T3 Transit area and eHub (T3 public area).
– Dynamic over-the-ear stereo headphones
– Surround closed-cavity body (SCCB) acoustic technology
– Breathable and hypoallergenic earmuffs
– Noontec ‘s exclusive 50mm Votrik HD500 speaker driver
– Colours available: Blue, Black, Red, and White
– Portable fold-up design for convenience
– 24k gold-plated 3.5mm plug-in audio connector which reduces impedance and loss of sound along with detachable flat cable for tangle-free experience
– Oxygen-free copper (OFC) cable for lossless audio transfer and enhanced audio experience
– High sensitive cable microphone that is compatible with iPhone®, Samsung®, Sony®, etc
– 1.2m Audio Cable
– Frequency Response: 5 ~ 30 kHz
– Impedance: 32 ohms
– Max Power: 100mW
– Dimensions: 195mm x 185mm x 74mm
Bowers & Wilkins unveils their first ever Bluetooth® headphones, the P5 Wireless. These headphones – crafted with the same luxurious materials and solid build quality – offer allOn August 4, 2015 / By Nookmag
Bowers & Wilkins unveils their first ever Bluetooth® headphones, the P5 Wireless. These headphones – crafted with the same luxurious materials and solid build quality – offer all the power, and true Hi-Fi sound of the renowned P5 Series 2, which were released in September last year.
Furthermore, the P5 Wireless comes equipped with Bluetooth aptX®, the same technology that helped deliver fantastic audio for the Bowers & Wilkins T7 portable speakers. The headphones also offer euphonious sound with their best-in-class bass frequency of 10Hz.
The P5 Wireless headphones are simple to connect to compatible devices, and also have intuitive controls that allow users to adjust music-play without fuss. Also featured are two concealed microphones that are great for answering voice calls and gaming.
P5 Wireless’ rechargeable battery lasts a class-leading 17 hours before a charge is required. Charging from a computer is also a breeze, thanks to a supplied USB cable. A 2.5mm jack adapter, with wired remote control and microphone, is also supplied in the box if a cable is preferred to wireless use.
P5 Wireless retails for SGD690.
A slick affordable alternative to the conventional ear piece, the LOTS LTB-2000 Up-Beat earphone is perfect for audiophiles who enjoy high quality music while on the move. ThisOn July 2, 2015 / By Nookmag
A slick affordable alternative to the conventional ear piece, the LOTS LTB-2000 Up-Beat earphone is perfect for audiophiles who enjoy high quality music while on the move. This Bluetooth 4.0 piece comprises apt-X compatible features and a 10-metre operating distance from any music device.
The LOTS LTB-2000 Up-Beat earphone presents a standby time of 150 hours or a continuous music playback time of five hours, and is easily charged by USB via an innovative charging clip. Its integrated three-button remote control situated on the cable allows direct, easy access in manoeuvring between calls, volume control and music shuffle.
Sport ear cushions add stability during workouts while Comply foam tips provide maximum comfort for day-to-day activities as well as deliver premium sound quality. Both tips come in three sizes in each package, which includes a zippered semi-hard casing too.
Available in red, white and black, the LOTS LTB-2000 Up-Beat earphone retails for SGD99 at selected Newstead and Epicentre.
– Weight: 13.2g
– Bluetooth Specification: V4.0
– Bluetooth Profiles: HSP v1.2, HFP v1.6, A2DP v1.2 and AVRCP v1.4
– Driver Units: 5.5mm Neodymium
– Frequency Response: 20~20,000 Hz
– Playback Time: Standby – Up to 200 hours; Talk – Up to 5.5 hours; Music – Up to 5.5 hours
On hindsight, the evolution of how digital music is made available to the undiscerning consumers could seem like a backward hike down the Great Wall of China. InOn June 17, 2015 / By Gracie
On hindsight, the evolution of how digital music is made available to the undiscerning consumers could seem like a backward hike down the Great Wall of China. In a bid to stuff more music into our portable players, we compress MP3s and compromise their sound quality in the process. Fortunately, technology is allowing our devices to support high resolution music. Even digital music streaming services such as Deezer and Spotify provide high definition audio for consumers to enjoy music the way it was by the artists.
With this said, what’s good quality music without a kick-ass device to project it? Catching our attention with its chili padi persona – petite while packing a feisty punch – is the high-end portable Bluetooth speaker, UB+ Eupho. Fresh in the scene, the UB+ Eupho speakers has already won three awards – the Singapore Good Design Mark 2015, the A’ Design Award 2015 (an international design award based in Italy) and the Computex d&I award 2015 (organised by renowned German industry design leader iF Design).
“What sets us apart at UB+ is that we are all audiophiles at heart. We love our music. We live to hear. Music is an integral part of us. We also believe good sound need not be expensive. So we put together our expertise in sound engineering and design to bring you products with the most advanced technology at the most affordable prices to fit your lifestyle.”
The UB+ Eupho is powered by the patented ORCHAS™ Technology, which stands for Orchestrated Acoustic Structure, after three years of research. The resulting sound is so full-bodied and life-like, comprising all the naunces and details, as though a live performance is playing right in front of you. Unlike speakers of similar size, ORCHAS™ enables UB+ Eupho to have zero vibration even at maximum volume.
These speakers stand out in its ability to offer customisable sounds. On its own, the UB+ Eupho features a series of round, inter-connected branches, enabling the sound to flow out smoothly along the curved surfaces. A stunning stereo production is achieved when two Euphos are connected through the BuddyStereo™ function. More UB+ Euphos can also be connected together through the use of the Mega Party Cable to pump up the volume substantially.
To boost the bass and amplify the overall volume, users can fit in the Expansion Casing, which is sold separately. It conveniently turns into a protective case for UB+ Eupho when flipped around.
In the pipeline are more expansion casing designs such as UB+ Eupho Brave that houses six speakers, to suit different scenarios and occasions.
– Size: 76mm (h) x 53mm (w)
– Battery life of up to 20 hours
– Includes multiple inputs compatible with devices ranging from PCs to mobile phones and on all platforms
Available in warm grey and black, UB+ Eupho is now retailing at SGD89.90, with a current promotional giveaway of the Expansion Casing with every purchase. UB+ Eupho is available at all Popular and TwoBros retail stores, as well as Courts Megastore Tampines and online on Amazon.
Follow UB+ on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @ubplussg for more updates.
Leica Camera AG, Wetzlar, holds a standing in the photography scene like no other. Revered by photographers – professionals and enthusiasts alike, Leica is not in for theOn June 16, 2015 / By Nookmag
Leica Camera AG, Wetzlar, holds a standing in the photography scene like no other. Revered by photographers – professionals and enthusiasts alike, Leica is not in for the gimmicks nor being play things. That’s why when they release a new camera, you know you’d have to sit up and pay attention.
This month, Leica presents the first of a new line of digital compact cameras – the Leica Q. This metallic bad boy has managed to attain perfection in terms of technicalities, which makes it ideal for street, architectural and landscape photography.
With a full-frame sensor and a particularly high-speed, classic focal length prime lens, the Leica Q stands out due to its fast and intuitive handling. It boasts a Leica Summilux 28 mm f/1.7 ASPH. lens, which makes shooting in low light conditions a breeze. Such a highlight that would infect any camera-loving folks with goose bumps, especially those who dreads whipping out their flash.
In combination with a 24 MP, full-frame CMOS sensor precisely matched to its lens, the camera delivers richly detailed exposures with extremely low noise in optimum quality at ISO sensitivities up to 50,000.
Managing Director of Leica Camera Asia Pacific, Mr Sunil Kaul says, “The Leica Q offers the greatest possible creative freedom for realising even the most demanding photographic ambitions, the Leica Q marks a new milestone for Leica Camera, build on the values of exquisite quality and sustainability. I invite all photography enthusiasts to enjoy photography at its purest form and meet your new photography companion.”
To ensure that the decisive moment is never missed, the Leica Q full-frame compact camera has the fastest autofocus in its class and offers almost real-time precision focusing. At the same time, its newly developed image processor from the Leica Maestro II family, specially adapted for use in the Leica Q, processes the data from the sensor at an enormous speed and delivers up to ten frames per second at full resolution.
In addition, Leica Q also promises high quality video recording that is indistinguishable from professional movie footage. The unusually high speed and unmistakable bokeh of the lens play a vital role in delivering superiority of this aspect. Depending on the scene, users can choose between 30 and 60 full frames per second for video recording in MP4 format. An integrated wind-noise filter guarantees crystal-clear sound.
Drenched in Leica’s signature sleekness, the Leica Q is constructed with the finest materials to guarantee exceptional endurance. The top plate is machined from solid blocks of aluminium, the body is made of magnesium alloy, and all lettering and the markings on its setting dials are laser-engraved. The thumb rest on the back of the camera and the diamond pattern of its leathering ensure ideal grip and clearly illustrate that form and function still go hand in hand at Leica.
Other features of the Leica Q include…
The Leica Q is now on sale at all Leica Stores located at Raffles Hotel Arcade, ION Orchard, Mandarin Gallery, Vivocity and at all Leica authorised dealers.