Lenovo Announces New Range of Devices for today’s Multi-Faceted Consumer

COMEX 2013 will be happening from the 5th to 8th September 2013 at Hall 5 & 6 of Singapore Expo. Lenovo will be launching some new computers there.

Lenovo Flex 14

Lenovo Flex 14
Lenovo Flex 14

Lenovo Flex 14 - 2 Modes
Lenovo Flex 14 – 2 Modes

Press Quote:

Lenovo Flex 14, the world’s first multi-mode mainstream Ultrabook. It comes in two modes – consumers can tap on laptop mode for productivity and content creation, or flip the product into stand mode to for entertainment through internet browsing, watching movies and gaming. Its ultra-slim design and touchscreen interface allow for anywhere, anytime use and is perfect for the on-the-go lifestyle of today’s consumer.

Technical Specifications:

  • OS: Windows 8
  • Processor: 4th generation Intel Core processor (i5-4200U or i7-4500U)
  • RAM: 1x SO-DIMM slot (2GB, 4GB or 8GB) DDR3L 1600 MHz
  • HDD: 500GB HD with Integrated 8GB SSD
  • Display: 14″ HD (1366 x 768) display with 10-point Processor multitouch technology
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GT 740M 2GB graphics
  • Sound: Integrated stereo speakers and Dolby Advanced Audio certification
  • Network: 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.01, 10/100 Mbps LAN
  • Connectors: USB 3.0 x 1, USB 2.0 x 2, 2 x 1 (SD/MMC) card reader, combo of 1/8″ stereo headphone output, HDMI, RJ45
  • Camera: 1MP (720p HD webcam)
  • Battery: Up to 9 hours battery life
  • Weight: About 2.0kg

The Lenovo Flex 14 will be available during COMEX, with prices starting from SGD$999.

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Crumpler Wren – Handbag (Large)

On Friday, 16th August 2013, Crumpler Singapore brought in a new range of bags called Wren which are targeted at girls. At launch there are 8 bags and each bag is available in 4 colors (Feather Print aka Poker Dots, Khaki, Red Orange and Sand).

Here are the bags and the respective prices

I bought Li Xiang the Handbag (Large) at Raffles City’s Crumpler Store.

Crumpler Wren – Handbag (Large) Features

  • 15L Main compartment
  • Large internal zip pocket
  • 3 slip pockets
  • Easy access phone pocket
  • Made with Oxford Weave peached nylon is weather resistant, soft and complements your day to day look without abrasion
  • Soft grey marle lining is durable yet lightweight
  • Smooth microfiber trim in highlight colours
  • Pop colour oversized YKK zip with metal logo charm
  • Soft and strong flat weave satin webbing
  • Strong alloy hardwear
  • Removable coin pouch keeps all your small items secure

Crumpler Wren Handbag (Large)
Crumpler Wren Handbag (Large)

Crumpler Wren Handbag (Large) - Inside View
Crumpler Wren Handbag (Large) – Inside View

Crumpler Wren Handbag (Large) -  Zipped Compartment
Crumpler Wren Handbag (Large) – Zipped Compartment

Crumpler Wren Handbag (Large) - 3 Compartments + 1 Phone Compartment
Crumpler Wren Handbag (Large) – 3 Compartments + 1 Phone Compartment

Crumpler Wren Handbag (Large) - Small Key Pouch
Crumpler Wren Handbag (Large) – Small Key Pouch

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

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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.

SingTel Direct Carrier Billing For Google Play PurchasesSingTel Direct Carrier Billing For Google Play Purchases
SingTel Direct Carrier Billing For Google Play Purchases

SingTel Direct Carrier Billing For Google Play PurchasesSingTel Direct Carrier Billing For Google Play Purchases
SingTel Direct Carrier Billing For Google Play Purchases

SingTel Direct Carrier Billing For Google Play PurchasesSingTel Direct Carrier Billing For Google Play Purchases
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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