Nokia 220 & Nokia Asha 230

· · · Event, Mobile Phone

Apart from the three Nokia Android phones, Nokia X, Nokia X+ and Nokia XL, being announced, Nokia also announced the Nokia 220 and the Nokia Asha 230.

Nokia 220 Announcement
Nokia 220 Announcement

Nokia Asha 230 Announcement
Nokia Asha 230 Announcement

Both the Nokia 220 and Nokia Asha 230 will be available in single or dual SIM version.

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Nokia First Android Phones: Nokia X, Nokia X+ & Nokia XL

Nokia has launched their first family of phones running on Android (sort of) at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2014.

Nokia MWC 2014 Booth
Nokia MWC 2014 Booth

The reason why I say “Android (sort of)” is because there is no Google Play services in the Nokia X family of phones, instead it is been replaced by Microsoft Services.

Nokia Asha x Nokia Lumia = Nokia X

Nokia, Nokia Asha, Nokia X and Nokia Lumia
Nokia, Nokia Asha, Nokia X and Nokia Lumia

The Nokia X goes in-between the Nokia Asha and Nokia Lumia bringing Nokia ranges of phone to four: Nokia, Nokia Asha, Nokia X and Nokia Lumia.

Nokia X Family

The Nokia X Software Platform which is the OS behind Nokia X, Nokia X+ and Nokia XL is a forked off Android Open Source Project (AOSP) based on Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean).

The first three phones to be launched under the Nokia X Platform are the Nokia X, Nokia X+ and Nokia XL.

The Nokia X will retail for €89 (~SGD$155) starting from today while the Nokia X+ will retail for €99 (~SGD$173) and the Nokia XL for €109 (~SGD$190) from Q2 2014.

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Xiaomi’s Redmi & Mi 3 In Singapore

· · · Mobile Phone

Xiaomi will be launching the Redmi in Singapore tomorrow, 21st February 2014 at 12pm for SGD$169 without contract. Redmi is also known as Hongmi in China which directly translated to Red Rice in English.

At launch there are also some accessories for the Redmi:

  • Accessories Pack (Spare Battery, Battery Charger, Screen Protector & Protective Case) – SGD$28
  • Spare Battery – SGD$9.99
  • Battery Charger – SGD$9.99
  • Screen Protector (Matte or Clear) – SGD$4.99
  • Protective Case – SGD$8.99

You can get it from Xiaomi Singapore Online Store tomorrow today or from local telcos starting from next Thursday, 27th February 2014.

Two weeks later on Friday, 7th March 2014, they will be launching the Mi 3 and it will be retailing for SGD$419 without contract.

Both Redmi and Mi 3 does not come with 4G/LTE capability. According to Hardwarezone, the Singapore variant of Mi 3 will come with Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 (MSM8274AB) quad-core 2.3GHz processor, and is available only in 16GB.

Xiaomi’s Redmi

Xiaomi Redmi
Xiaomi Redmi

  • Processor: Mediatek MT6589T Quad-core 1.5GHz
  • GPU: Imagination PowerVR SGX544
  • RAM: 1GB
  • ROM: 4GB
  • Storage: Micro SD (Up to 32GB)
  • OS: Android 4.2.1 Jellybean with MIUI v5
  • Cellular: Dual SIM (WCDMA/GSM) and (GSM 900/1800/1900, WCDMA 900/2100)
  • Wireless: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0
  • Screen: 4.7″ IPS multi-touch capacitive screen (1280 x 720)
  • Camera (Back): 8MP A f/2.2 aperture with dual LED flash, 1080p HD video recording
  • Camera (Front): 1.3MP
  • Sensor: GPS+AGPS, Gyroscope, Light sensor, Accelerometer, Proximity sensor, Electronic compass
  • Weight: 158g
  • Dimension (mm): 137 x 69 x 9.9 (Height x Width x Thickness)
  • Battery: 2,000mAh lithium-ion battery
  • Colours: Deep Grey with Replaceable back cover

Xiaomi’s Mi 3

Xiaomi Mi 3
Xiaomi Mi 3

  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 (MSM8274AB) Quad-core 2.3GHz
  • GPU: Adreno 330
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Storage: 16GB
  • OS: Android 4.2.1 Jellybean with MIUI v5
  • Cellular: GSM 900/1800/1900, WCDMA 900/2100
  • Wireless: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (dual-band), Bluetooth 4.0, NFC
  • Screen: 5″ IPS multi-touch capacitive screen (1920 x 1080) (44ppi)
  • Camera (Back): Sony Exmor sensor 13MP A f/2.2 aperture with Philip’s dual LED flash, 1080p HD video recording
  • Camera (Front): 2MP
  • Sensor: GPS+AGPS, Gyroscope, Light sensor, Accelerometer, Proximity sensor, Electronic compass
  • Weight: 145g
  • Dimension (mm): 144 x 73.6 x 8.1 (Height x Width x Thickness)
  • Battery: 3,050mAh lithium-ion battery

The Xiaomi MIUI team also designed a really cool and colourful theme inspired by Singapore landmarks. This theme will be available in the MIUI Themes store.

Xiaomi MIUI Singapore Theme
Xiaomi MIUI Singapore Theme

Ozaki O!tool Combo Cable – Charge & Sync For Lighting & Micro-USB Devices

The Ozaki O!tool Combo Cable is a charge and sync cable for Lighting & micro-USB Devices similar to the Innergie Magic Cable Duo with Lightning.

It retails for SGD$39 and is one meter in length. It weighs 35g and you can choose from two colours (black or white).

The price is more reasonable as compared to the Innergie Magic Cable Duo with Lightning. But it faces the same problem as the Innergie Magic Cable Duo with Lightning which is the base of the Lightning head is too wide.

If you are using cases like the Apple iPhone 5s Case, or the Power Support Air Jacket, it will not fit because those cases cover your iPhone precisely.

However, if you are using the Ozaki O!coat 0.3+Pocket Case, it will fit fine because the case doesn’t cover much of the bottom.

Ozaki O!tool Combo Cable - Box Front
Ozaki O!tool Combo Cable – Box Front

Ozaki O!tool Combo Cable - Box Back
Ozaki O!tool Combo Cable – Box Back

Ozaki O!tool Combo Cable - Box
Ozaki O!tool Combo Cable – Box

Ozaki O!tool Combo Cable
Ozaki O!tool Combo Cable

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Moshi iVisor Glass Screen Protector for iPhone 5/5s

Moshi iVisor Glass Screen Protector for iPhone 5/5s retailing for SGD$48.90 is a good alternative to the Spigen SGP GLAS.tR Nano Slim Screen Protector for iPhone 5/5c/5s and is slightly cheaper. It weighs only 10g and is bubble-proof, shock-proof and scratch-resistant.

I tried pasting it on my iPhone 5 and despite it was my first time applying screen protector (I usually get the mobile phone shops to do it for me), I managed to do it on the first try!

Similar to the Spigen SGP GLAS.tR, the Moshi iVisor Glass is as thin and has round edges to fit your phone perfectly.

The only thing that Moshi did differently is the top and bottom portion of the glass screen protector is coloured. Because they are coloured, you have to get the colour specific to your iPhone 5/5c/5s and hence the Moshi iVisor Glass is available in White, Black, Pink, Blue, Yellow and Green.

I wonder what is the reason that leads them want to colour the top and bottom portion of the glass screen protector. Because it doesn’t really make any sense to me.

Features

  • Atomically-strengthened glass screen protector with exceptional clarity.
  • Up to 40% thinner than generic glass screen protectors.
  • 100% bubble-proof, shock-proof and scratch-resistant.
  • Oleophobic surface-coating provides fingerprint resistance.
  • Perfectly rounded edges and cutouts for a comfortable grip and feel.

Where To Buy
You can get the Moshi iVisor Glass Screen Protector for iPhone 5/5s from physical stores such as Challenger, EpiCentre or Infinite. Alternatively you can get it online from Ban Leong’s eStore (coming soon).

Moshi iVisor Glass - Box Front
Moshi iVisor Glass – Box Front

Moshi iVisor Glass - Box Back
Moshi iVisor Glass – Box Back

Moshi iVisor Glass - Box
Moshi iVisor Glass – Box

Moshi iVisor Glass - Box Contents
Moshi iVisor Glass – Box Contents

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