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Hands on: Samsung Galaxy Note II LTE

20 Oct


When the Galaxy Note was unveiled a year ago, I saw it as a niche product aimed at folks who might do a bit of sketching on the go. Why would people go back to a stylus and isn’t a 5-inch screen too big for a phone?

Well, if you see the queues this weekend in Singapore for the Galaxy Note II, the followup to the surprise hit last year, you’ll know how wrong many geeks like me have been.

The new S$998 “phablet” – a cross between a phone and tablet – comes with a slightly bigger screen and now looks even more like a sure-fire crowd pleaser.

Tagged in: android, Cellphones, Featured, google, Singapore, Software, 4G, Android Jellybean, availability, Galaxy Note II, LTE, price, review, samsung, Singapore,  

Nexus 7 finally comes to Singapore, costs S$399 for 16GB version

28 Sep

The little Google Nexus 7 tablet that has got geeks waiting for months after its launch in the United States is finally coming to Singapore with a price tag of S$399 for the 16GB version.

That is the only version of the 7-inch Asus-made tablet to ship here from September 29, and it will not come with Google’s store for books, music and movies for now, because they are not available for sale here yet.

Still, the Wi-Fi device will attract users who are looking at a good amount of hardware packed in, such as a sharp 1,280 x 800 screen, a zippy quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 processor and the latest version of Android called Jellybean.

For geeks, the main benefit of having a Google-branded Nexus device is that they will always be the first to receive updates to the Android software running onboard.

Tagged in: android, Featured, google, Singapore, Software, Tablet, Android 4.1, availability, Jellybean, Nexus 7, price, Singapore,  

HTC’s mid-range One S comes to Singapore on June 16

12 Jun

HTC’s mid-range phone, the One S, is hitting the stores here on June 16. Sporting the Taiwanese phone maker’s familiar metallic design and with a dual-core processor, it will cost S$948 when bundled with the Beats Solo Headset.

Tagged in: android, Cellphones, Singapore, availability, Beats Audio, HTC, One S, price, Singapore,  

Samsung Galaxy S III in Singapore on May 30, costs S$998

25 May
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The latest star in Samsung’s Galaxy is coming to Singapore stores on May 30, and will go for S$998 without a subscription plan, the company said today. The first phones on sale will come in white, while the blue version will be available later, at a yet undisclosed date.

One of the most sought-after smartphones now, the Galaxy S III comes with a larger 4.8-inch screen and is powered by a faster quad-core processor, among a number of other upgrades.

Tagged in: android, Cellphones, Featured, google, Singapore, availability, Galaxy S III, price, samsung,  

Nokia Lumia 900 comes to Singapore on May 26, costs S$849

17 May

The Nokia Lumia 900, the Windows Phone camp’s best smartphone to date, is coming to Singapore on May 26 and will go for a rather attractive S$849 at retailers as well as via all three mobile operators here.

Tagged in: Cellphones, Featured, Singapore, Software, Windows Phone, availability, Lumia 900, Microsoft, Nokia, price, Singapore, Windows Phone,  

Samsung Galaxy Nexus goes on sale in Singapore only in Feb 2012

4 Jan

The much-awaited Samsung Galaxy Nexus, the next “Google phone” featuring the new Android 4.0 operating system, will only reach Singapore stores in February 2012, a month later than expected.

Samsung Singapore today said the units would be sold at S$948 (without contract), as it revealed earlier in November. However, the delay will not be good news for folks here who have been waiting for the latest and greatest from the Android camp.

The Galaxy Nexus, following in the Nexus One and Nexus S tradition, would come with a “clean” interface without any add-on software, which is a boon to those who want a “pure” Google experience without clunky extras. It has another plus: being a Nexus phone, it will be the first to get the latest updates direct from Google.

Tagged in: android, Cellphones, google, Software, Tablet, Windows Phone, availability, Galaxy Nexus, Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus, Galaxy W, Omnia W, samsung, Singapore,  

Google Galaxy Nexus reaches Singapore in Jan 2012, costs S$948

8 Nov



The Galaxy Nexus, the first of many phones bearing Google’s latest Android 4.0 operating system, will hit the shelves in Singapore in January 2012, to the delight of Android fans who have waited a long time for a new Google-branded device.

Though it won’t make it in time for the holiday season, the Samsung-made gizmo will come with all the goodies on the “Ice Cream Sandwich” OS that were unveiled in Hong Kong about three weeks ago. Among these: a face recognition feature that unlocks the phone by detecting a user’s face, and updated Gmail features.

However, all the bells and whistles will come at a cool S$948, said Samsung at a regional media event.

Tagged in: android, Cellphones, Featured, google, Singapore, Software, Android 4.0, availability, Galaxy Nexus, Google, Ice Cream Sandwich, samsung, Singapore price,  

HTC Desire S sells for S$688 in Singapore

3 Apr

HTC Desire S, the successor to the popular HTC Desire smartphone, is hitting shelves in Singapore at a suggested retail price of S$688.

Specs-wise, the Desire S is nothing revolutionary. It comes with a new 1GHz Qualcomm chip and 768MB of RAM and a 3.7-inch touchscreen (480 x 800). A 5-megapixel camera at the back is capable of taking 720p videos, and a 1.3-megapixel camera at the front lets you make video calls.

Tagged in: android, Cellphones, Featured, google, android, availability, HTC Desire S, Singapore price,  

iPad 2 available in Singapore and Hong Kong in April

23 Mar

Love it or hate it, Apple’s new toy is set to hit stores in Singapore and Hong Kong next month, as part of a wider rollout after being first sold in the United States on March 11.

Australia and New Zealand, along with several other European countries, will be among 25 countries getting the tablet computer as early as this Friday (March 25), as Apple pushes out the followup to its popular iPad.

Tagged in: Featured, Hong Kong, Singapore, Tablet, Apple, availability, Hong Kong, iPad 2, pricing, Singapore,  

Google Nexus S comes to Singapore, sells for S$828

21 Mar

Google’s Nexus S phone featuring a “pure” Google experience is coming to Singapore officially for S$828, as Techgoondu first reported last month.

Users can buy the Android Gingerbread-powered smartphone directly from phone retailers here without contract, Samsung Singapore said today in a press statement.

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