Sony Cyber-shot RX100 III Will Be Available In Singapore From June 2014

· · · Camera

The much anticipated Sony Cyber-shot RX100 III will be available in Singapore from June 2014 for S$1,199. It is not really a successor to the popular Sony Cyber-shot RX100 II because the RX100 II will still be on sale targeting a different audience because of the cheaper, S$899, price point.

Sony Cyber-shot RX100 III
Sony Cyber-shot RX100 III

For the RX100 III, Sony updated the lens to ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T* 24-70mm F1.8-2.8, added a retractable OLED Tru-Finder aka Electronic viewfinder (EVF) and changed the LCD so that it can be tilted 180° to take selfie photos.

Sony Cyber-shot RX100 III - 180-degree tilting LCD Screen
Sony Cyber-shot RX100 III – 180-degree Tilting LCD Screen

Previously for the RX100 II, the Tru-Finder (EVF) is available as a separate accessory and that will set you back S$629, but for the RX III, Sony decided to build that in and just charge you S$300 extra!

Sony Cyber-shot RX100 III - Retractable OLED Tru-Finder aka Electronic viewfinder (EVF)
Sony Cyber-shot RX100 III – Retractable OLED Tru-Finder aka Electronic viewfinder (EVF)

Specifications

  • Image Sensor: 1.0-type (13.2 x 8.8mm) Exmor R™ CMOS sensor, aspect ratio 3:2 (Effective resolution) Approx. 20.1 megapixels
  • Image processor: BIONZ X
  • Lens:
    • ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T* Lens, 10 elements in 9 groups (9 aspheric elements including AA lens)
    • f=8.8-25.7mm / 35mm format equivalent (Still Image 3:2) f=24-70mm
    • Maximum aperture F1.8(W)-2.8(T)
  • Zoom range: Optical (still image/movie): 2.9x; Clear Image Zoom approx. 5.8x
  • Screen: 7.5cm (3.0-type) (4:3) / 1,228,800 dots / Xtra Fine TFT LCD; adjusts up 180° / down 45° (approx.)
  • Viewfinder: 0.39-type electronic viewfinder (OLED), 1,440,000 dots; magnification approx. 0.59x with 50mm lens at infinity, -1m-1(diopter) (35mm equiv.), retractable type
  • Image stabilisation: (Still image) Optical SteadyShot, (Movie) Optical SteadyShot Intelligent Active Mode, Optical type with electronic compensation, Anti Rolling type
  • Focus modes: Single-shot AF (AF-S) / Continuous AF (AF-C) / Direct Manual Focus (DMF) / Manual Focus
  • Focus area: Wide / Centre / Flexible spot S/M/L / Lock on AF (Wide/Center/Flexible Spot S/M/L)
  • Sensitivity (still image):
    • Auto (ISO125-12800, selectable with upper / lower limit)
    • 125/160/200/250/320/400/500/640/800/1000/1250/1600/2000/2500/3200/4000/5000/6400/8000/10000/12800 (Extendable to ISO80/100)
    • Multi-Frame NR[3]: Auto (ISO125-12800), 200/400/800/1600/3200/6400/12800/25600
  • Continuous shooting: Speed Priority Continuous Shooting: approx. 10 fps, Continuous Shooting: approx. 2.9 fps (AF-S)
  • CShooting modes: Superior Auto, Intelligent Auto, Program Auto (Program shift available), Shutter Speed Priority, Aperture Priority, Manual Exposure, Scene Selection, Movie Mode(Program Auto, Aperture Priority, Shutter Speed Priority, Manual Exposure), Panorama
  • Picture Effect modes: Toy Camera, Pop Color, Posterization, Retro Photo, Soft High-key, Partial Color, High Contrast Monochrome, Soft Focus, HDR Painting, Rich tone Monochrome, Miniature, Watercolor, Illustration
  • Other Shooting functions: Eye AF, Face Detection, Face Registration, Smile Shutter, Quick Navi, Digital Level Gauge (pitch and roll), MR (memory recall), Single-bracketing, Cont.-bracketing, White Balance Bracketing, DRO Bracketing, MF Assist, Photo Creativity, Peaking, Zebra, Micref Level, Step Zoom, Self-portrait timer
  • Built-in flash: Manual pop-up
  • Still image record:
    • [3:2 mode] 20M (5,472×3,648) / 10M (3,888×2,592) / 5M (2,736×1,824)
    • [4:3 mode] 18M (4,864×3,648) / 10M (3,648×2,736) / 5M (2,592×1,944) / VGA
    • [16:9 mode] 17M (5,472×3,080) / 7.5M (3,648×2,056) / 4.2M (2,720×1,528)
    • [1:1 mode] 13M (3,648×3,648) / 6.5M (2,544×2,544) / 3.7M (1,920×1,920)
    • [Sweep Panorama] Wide (12,416×1,856 / 5,536×2,160), Standard (8,192×1,856 / 3,872×2,160)
  • Movie record:
    • [AVCHD] 28M PS (1,920×1,080/50p) / 24M FX (1,920×1,080/50i) / 17M FH (1,920×1,080/50i) / 24M FX (1,920×1,080/25p) / 17M FH (1,920×1,080/25p)
    • [XAVC S] 50p 50M (1,920×1,080/50p) / 25p 50M (1,920×1,080/25p) / 100p 50M (1,280×720/100p)
    • [MP4]12M (1,440×1,080/25fps) / 3M VGA (640×480/25fps)
  • Battery life:
    • (Still Image) Monitor: Approx. 320 / Approx. 160min. Viewfinder: Approx. 230 / Approx. 115min.
    • (Movies actual shooting) Monitor: Approx. 50min., Viewfinder: Approx. 50min.
    • (In [MP4 12M] mode, max. continuous shooting time is approx. 15 min. and max. file size is 2GB)
  • Dimensions (WxHxD): Approx. 101.6 x 58.1 x 41.0 mm (CIPA compliant)
  • Weight: Approx. 290g (Battery and Memory Stick Duo are included), Approx. 263g (Body Only)
  • Supplied accessories:Rechargeable Battery Pack NP-BX1, AC AdaptorAC-UB10C/UB10D, Micro USB cable, Wrist Strap, Strap Adaptor, Instruction Manual, AC Power Cord

LG G3 Available In Singapore From 14th June 2014

· · · Mobile Phone

LG G3 will be available in Singapore at selected telcos from 14th to 21st June 2014 and at authorized retailers from 28th June 28 2014.

The 16GB model will retail for S$868 and the 32GB model will retail for S$928.

LG G3
LG G3

Pre-order in Singapore at the selected telcos will be from 14th June 2014 to 21st June 2014. The pre-order package consists of the Quick Circle and the new Wireless Charger (WCD-100) worth S$98 and S$68 respectively.

LG G3 - Full Colors
LG G3 – Full Colors

At launch, only three colors will be available: Metallic Black, Silk White and Shine Gold. Two additional colors: Moon Violet and Burgundy Red will be available at a later date.

LG G3 Features

  • 5.5-inch Quad HD display with 538ppi with four times the resolution of HD and al- most two times higher resolution than a Full HD display
  • 13MP OIS+ (Optical Image Stabilizer Plus) camera with a revolutionary Laser Auto Focus that can shoot stunningly sharp images in a fraction of the time required by conventional phone cameras
  • Polished metallic skin on the rear cover that is lightweight, fingerprint-proof
  • Floating Arc form factor that feels incredibly comfortable in one hand and incorporates the innovative design heritage of the Rear Key
  • Redesigned graphic user interface (GUI) consistent with the Simple is the New Smart concept of the G3

Specifications

  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 (2.5GHz Quad-Core)
  • Display: 5.5-inch Quad HD IPS, (2560 x 1440, 538ppi)
  • Memory: 16/32GB eMMC ROM / 2/3GB DDR3 RAM / microSD slot (up to 128GB)
  • Camera: Rear 13.0MP with OIS+ and Laser Auto Focus / Front 2.1MP
  • Battery: 3,000mAh (removable)
  • Wireless Charging: Yes
  • Operating System: Android 4.4.2 KitKat
  • Size: 146.3 x 74.6 x 8.9mm
  • Weight: 150g
  • Network: 4G / LTE (Cat4) / HSPA+ 42.2 Mbps (3G), GSM
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.0 LE, NFC, A-GPS/Glonass, USB 2.0
  • Color: Metallic Black, Silk White, and Shine Gold (Moon Violet and Burgundy Red available at a later date)
  • Other: Smart Keyboard, Smart Notice, Knock Code, Guest Mode, etc.

There will be three new accessories to accompany the LG G3:

  • QuickCircle Case: QuickCircle Case allows easy access to frequently used functions such as calling, text messaging, music and camera all from the QuickCircle window without opening the cover. In addition to the QuickCircle Case, LG will offer a lineup of Slim Guard Cases and premium Slim Hard Cases to protect the G3 in handsome style.
  • LG Tone Infinim (HBS-900): Developed in collaboration with Harman/Kardon, the Bluetooth stereo headset delivers premium audio quality sound in a stylish design. Built with retractable wire management technology and jog buttons for effortless search, Tone Infinim also features Name Alert to verbally notify you who is calling before you answer.
  • Wireless Charger: Compact and foldable, LG’s Wireless Charger is optimized for easy portability. Compatible with Qi’s wireless power charging technology, the Wireless Charger from LG makes staying powered up as convenient as possible.

LG G3 - QuickCircle Case
LG G3 – QuickCircle Case

LG G3 - LG Tone Infinim (HBS-900)
LG G3 – LG Tone Infinim (HBS-900)

LG G3 - Infographics
LG G3 – Infographics

Pebble Smartwatch Officially Available In Singapore

So after more than a year after I got my Pebble, Pebble Smart Watch is now officially available in Singapore.

It is being brought in by Leader Radio Technologies (LRT) and that makes LRT the sole distributer of Pebble in Singapore.

Pebble - Box
Pebble – Box

The Pebble had been made available since Monday, 26th May 2014 and is retailing for S$249 at these stores:

  • Challenger 1
  • Courts 1
  • Digital Style 1
  • DG Lifestyle
  • EpiCentre
  • EpiLife 1
  • Harvey Norman
  • NuBox
  • Newstead Technologies 1
  • SingTel

1 Selected stores

If you are a member of Challenger or EpiCentre/EpiLife, you will get a 5% discount at the respective stores.

Pebble L Collection
LRT also brought in the Pebble’s L Collection, a limited edition range with only 800 units produced worldwide. It features a polished white exterior accompanied with interchangeable genuine cowhide leather straps in Aspen White and Midnight Black.

Pebble - L Collection
Pebble – L Collection

The Pebble L Collection will be retailing for S$279 and will be exclusively sold at selected EpiCentre and EpiLife stores from 26th May to 26th June 2014.

  • Epicentre @ Wheelock Place
  • Epicentre @ Ion Orchard
  • Epicentre @ 313 Somerset
  • Epicentre @ Bugis Junction
  • Epicentre @ Suntec City
  • Epicentre @ Marina Bay Sands
  • Epicentre @ JEM
  • Epicentre @ Scotts Square
  • EpiLife @ Ngee Ann City

pebble.sg
If you bought a Pebble in Singapore from the above authorised retailers, you automatically qualified to join the pebble.sg Club. It is an exclusive club for Pebble owners in Singapore. pebble.sg is designed to be a platform for Pebble’s fans to discuss all things Pebble, the club also provides members with access to yearly Pebble events, discounts on Pebble accessories and a whole suite of after sales services.

Here are the perks:

  • Invitation to 2 pebble.sg yearly events
  • 20% off tailor-made leather straps at 310 Woodland Leathercraft
  • 30% off original Pebble accessories (Available at the Pebble/LRT office in Singapore)
  • 2 free watch surface polishing services (Worth $100)
  • Exclusive after sales support service

If you bought your Pebble watch from Kickstarter or getpebble.com, you have to pay S$60 to be part of the pebble.sg Club.

Closing Thoughts
getpebble.com is selling the Pebble at US$150 which is about S$195 using an exchange rate of S$1.3 = US$1 (which is roughly the credit card exchange rate as of May 2014). Delivery to Singapore is free using USPS and it takes about 3-5 days.

So by paying S$54 (S$249 – S$195) extra, you will get to enjoy all those perks of being in the pebble.sg Club as well as local warrenty.

Not too sure about you guys, but I will still order from getpebble.com because the price in Singapore and it’s benefits doesn’t really entice me. Besides, now is a bad time to get Pebble Watch because I am sure there will be smarter watches coming out this year like the Android Wear and the rumoured Apple’s iWatch.

SanDisk Connect Wireless Media Drive

· · · Storage

The SanDisk Connect Wireless Media Drive is a pocket-sized media drive that comes with either a 32GB or 64GB built-in flash drive and a SD Card slot. It is extremely portable measuring only 65mm x 65mm x 13.5mm and weighing only 77g. The 32GB retails for S$139 while the 64GB retails for S$209.

The Media Drive is encased in aluminum and that gives it a solid build!

It allows up to eight mobile devices to be connected and have the capability to stream up to five different HD movies at once. A full charge takes 3 hours and each full charge will be able to last you for about 8 hours.

The SanDisk Wireless Media Drive app is available in both iOS and Android. The app allows you to browse files on the Media Drive, copy files to and from your iPhone/iPad to SD Card/Media Drive and vice versa.

SanDisk Connect Wireless Media Drive - Box Front
SanDisk Connect Wireless Media Drive – Box Front

SanDisk Connect Wireless Media Drive - Box Back
SanDisk Connect Wireless Media Drive – Box Back

SanDisk Connect Wireless Media Drive - Box
SanDisk Connect Wireless Media Drive – Box

SanDisk Connect Wireless Media Drive - Box Contents
SanDisk Connect Wireless Media Drive – Box Contents

Features

  • Store and stream your HD content across multiple mobile devices
  • Up to 8 hours of wireless streaming per charge
  • Includes SDHC/SDXC memory card slot for storage expansion and instant viewing of your photos from your camera.
  • Durable aluminum housing
  • Stream five different HD movies simultaneously
  • Works with iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, Kindle Fire, and Android devices
  • Wi-Fi Password Protection

Specifications

  • Charging: Plug in USB cable and charge with computer or AC adapter
  • Material: Aluminum exterior housing with non-slip rubber bottom
  • Battery: Re-chargeable lithium ion battery
  • Security: Optional Wi-Fi password protection (WPA2)

SanDisk Connect Wireless Media Drive - Top
SanDisk Connect Wireless Media Drive – Top

SanDisk Connect Wireless Media Drive - Bottom
SanDisk Connect Wireless Media Drive – Bottom

SanDisk Connect Wireless Media Drive - Back
SanDisk Connect Wireless Media Drive – Back

SanDisk Connect Wireless Media Drive - Front
SanDisk Connect Wireless Media Drive – Front

SanDisk Connect Wireless Media Drive - Right
SanDisk Connect Wireless Media Drive – Right

SanDisk Connect Wireless Media Drive
SanDisk Connect Wireless Media Drive

SanDisk Connect Wireless Media Drive
SanDisk Connect Wireless Media Drive

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Linksys WRT1900AC Router Review

The Linksys WRT1900AC box got to be the biggest box for a router that I have received. When I opened the box, everything is held in place with foam instead of cardboard and there is sponge sticked to the top of the box to protect the router. I have not seen such premium packaging before for a router.

The Linksys WRT1900AC will be retailing for S$399 which makes it the most expensive consumer router that I come across. It is even more expensive than the Asus RT-AC68U. It will be exclusively available at all Challenger outlets from 22nd May 2014 (yesterday) to 22nd June 2014. After that, it will be available at all other leading IT stores in Singapore from 23 June 2014 onwards.

Linksys WRT1900AC - Box Front
Linksys WRT1900AC – Box Front

Linksys WRT1900AC - Box Bottom
Linksys WRT1900AC – Box Bottom

Linksys WRT1900AC - Box Left
Linksys WRT1900AC – Box Left

Linksys WRT1900AC - Box
Linksys WRT1900AC – Box

Linksys WRT1900AC - Box Open
Linksys WRT1900AC – Box Open

Specifications (From SmallNetBuilder)

  • CPU: Marvell MV78230 Armada XP (1.2 GHz, 2 cores)
  • RAM: 256MB
  • Flash: 128MB
  • Wireless: 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac wireless LAN

    • 2.4GHz
      • Marvell 88W8864
      • IEEE 802.11n, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11b
      • Speeds up to 600 Mbps
    • 5GHz
      • Marvell 88W8864
      • IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11n & IEEE 802.11a
      • Speeds up to 1300 Mbps
  • LAN/WAN

    • 4x 10/100/1000 Gigabit LAN ports
    • 1x 10/100/1000 Gigabit WAN port
    • Marvell MV78230
  • Antennas: Four exchangeable external antennas
  • Other Ports: 1x USB 3.0 port, 1x eSATA/USB 2.0 Port
  • Dimensions (H x W x D): 3.81 x 25.4 x 19.05cm
  • Weight: 1kg
  • Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Mobile App

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