Sony Xperia Z Ultra Will Be Available In Singapore From 5th September 2013

· · · Mobile Phone

Sony Xperia Z Ultra will be available in Singapore from Thursday, 5th September 2013 at a recommended retail price of SGD$1,038 without contract. 3 colours will be available, Black, White and Purple.

Pre-order starts today. You can pre-order from Sony stores, Sony centres, Xperia concept stores, authorised retail outlets as well as all telco operators (SingTel, M1 or StarHub). If you pre-ordered, you will be able to collect your phone 4 days earlier, from Sunday, 1st September 2013 onwards.

You will also receive the following complimentary exclusives worth SGD$288:

  • NFC-enabled Smart Bluetooth Handset SBH52
  • Stylish leather case cover
  • Xperia Z Ultra Official Guidebook

I had a chance to play with the Sony Xperia Z Ultra last Thursday at a blogger event. I would say it is the best Phablet out there in the market now. It has one of the biggest screen with 6.44″ Full HD screen, fastest processor, the Snapdragon 800 processor and is the thinnest measuring at 6.5mm. It is also waterproof and dust resistant (IP55/IP58).

The only downside to the Xperia Z Ultra is the camera suck very badly especially under low light.

I am interested to see how the rumoured HTC One Max will compare to this. And also, Samsung Galaxy Note 3 launch is also around the corner.

Sony Xperia Z Ultra Press Render
Sony Xperia Z Ultra Press Render

Holding The Sony Xperia Z Ultra
Holding The Sony Xperia Z Ultra

Specifications

  • OS: Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean)
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor with 2.2 GHz quad-core CPUs
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Display: 6.44″, 1920×1080, 16,777,216 colour TFT, TRILUMINOS display for mobile, touch panel cover glass with Super Hard Coat ASF
  • Internal Storage: 16 GB (up to 11 GB user-accessible memory)
  • External Storage: microSD card, up to 64 GB (SDXC supported)
  • Camera: 8 megapixel camera, 16x digital zoom, Auto focus
  • Bluetooth: Bluetooth 4.0
  • NFC: Yes
  • Water-resistant: IPX5/8
  • Dust-proof: IP5X
  • Stylus: Input with any pencil and selected stylus or pen (capacitive stylus or metal pen with tip diameter over 1mm)
  • Size: 179.4 x 92.2 x 6.5 mm
  • Weight: 212 grams

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SingTel Offers Direct Carrier Billing For Google Play Purchases

Last Thursday on the 15th August 2013, SingTel started offering direct carrier billing for Google Play purchases. They are the first in Southeast Asia to offer that.

This simple and convenient payment option will be available to all SingTel mobile postpaid customers and will also be progressively rolled out to Optus and SingTel’s regional associates.

With this payment option in place, you do not need a credit card to pay for apps and content on Google Play. Do note that all Google Play purchases have to be made in Singapore currency.

For more information, check out SingTel’s Android Page, or you can view Google Play’s Accepted payment & direct carrier billing methods.

Since my HTC One’s line is under my company’s name, I did not sign up for the direct carrier billing. Instead, I captured some screenshots to show how you can switch yours from Credit Card to Direct Carrier Billing.

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SingTel Direct Carrier Billing For Google Play Purchases

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SingTel Direct Carrier Billing For Google Play Purchases

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SingTel Direct Carrier Billing For Google Play Purchases

Bose AE2i Audio Headphones

Bought the Bose AE2i Audio Headphones for SGD$239 (usual price is SGD$269) at Stereo (Plaza Singapura).

Atlas (official distributer of Bose products) is celebrating their 50th anniversary with discounts for almost all Bose products till 31st October 2013. Checkout the Bose’s products discounted pricelist.

I was looking for an alternative headphones to replace my spolit Nokia Purity HD Stereo Headset by Monster after less than a year of usage.

I reviewed the Logitech UE 6000, it was good but a little over my budget. So I continue searching and I chanced upon the Bose AE2i over at some audio forums. I didn’t know that Bose had headphones for the mid-end market. I always thought Bose headphones are around their QC15 prices (SGD$500+).

So I went to Stereo at Plaza Singapura to give it a try and was pretty impressed by it. Even without active noise cancellation, the fit of the headphones cup already block off most noises. The adjustable band fits tightly on your head and coupled with the lightweight AE2i, it does not slide off your head easily when you tilt your head backwards.

The only thing I don’t like about the AE2i is the placement of the remote, it is even shorter than the Logitech UE 6000! In the bass department, it seems that the AE2i has weaker bass than the Logitech UE 6000.

Oh and it comes with 1 year international warranty!

Bose AE2i - Box Front
Bose AE2i – Box Front

Bose AE2i - Box Back
Bose AE2i – Box Back

Bose AE2i - Box Contents
Bose AE2i – Box Contents

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D-Link DIR-868L AC Router Review

The D-Link DIR-868L Wireless AC 1750 Dual-Band Gigabit Router is retailing for SGD$319 (Challenger’s member’s price: SGD$279) which is pretty steep for a router. It is still cheaper than the Cisco Linksys EA6500 AC Router when it was first launched.

The DIR-868L is a draft IEEE 802.11ac router that supports simultaneous dual band (2.4GHz + 5GHz) and can give you speed up to 450Mbps + 1,300Mbps. It is also a “cloud router”, in the sense that you can access your router basic settings via mydlink Lite app on iOS or Android.

Specifications (From SmallNetBuilder)

  • CPU: Broadcom BCM4708X
  • RAM: 128MB
  • Flash: 128MB
  • Wireless: 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac wireless LAN

    • 2.4GHz
      • Broadcom BCM4331
      • IEEE 802.11n, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11b
    • 5GHz
      • Broadcom BCM4360
      • IEEE 802.11ac (draft), IEEE 802.11n & IEEE 802.11a
  • LAN/WAN

    • 4x 10/100/1000 Gigabit LAN ports
    • 1x 10/100/1000 Gigabit WAN port
    • Broadcom BCM4708X
    • IEEE 802.3 & IEEE 802.3u
  • Antennas: Six internal antennas
  • Other Ports: 1x USB 3.0 port
  • Dimensions (L x W x D): 102.3 x 123.3 x 217mm
  • Weight: 560g
  • mydlink Features
    • Remote Management
    • View current upload/download bandwidth
    • View currently connected clients
    • View web browsing history per client
    • Block/unblock client network access
    • Manage wireless network details
    • Accessible through a web browser or iOS or Android
  • Mobile App

D-Link DIR-868L - Box Front
D-Link DIR-868L – Box Front

D-Link DIR-868L - Box Back
D-Link DIR-868L – Box Back

D-Link DIR-868L - Box Contents
D-Link DIR-868L – Box Contents

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Windows 8.1 Launching On 17th October 2013 In Singapore

· · · Software

Windows 8.1 will begin rolling out worldwide as a free update for consumers on Windows 8 through the Windows Store at 7pm on 17th October 2013 (Singapore Time). Windows 8.1 will also be available at retail and on new devices starting from 18th October 2013.

Windows 8 was launched last year in Singapore on the 26th October 2012.

Windows 8.1
Windows 8.1

Here are three new features that are new in Windows 8.1 that you will definitely like:

  • Desktop and Start Screen
    The return of Start Button. Improvements have been made to better support users who prefer a mouse and keyboard experience to access applications.
  • Boot to Desktop
    We have made configuration options available which will allow you to boot directly to the desktop in Windows 8.1.
  • Variable, Continuous Size of Snap Views
    You have more ways to see multiple apps on the screen at once. You can resize apps to nearly infinite sized windows, share the screen between two apps, or have up to three apps on each monitor.

Source: Mark your calendars for Windows 8.1!

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