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First look at Redmi 2

I had the opportunity to check out the Xiaomi Redmi 2 recently before the start of the sales in Singapore.

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The Redmi 2 has a 4.7 inch screen (1280 x 720 HD screen, 312ppi), weighs 133grams and measures 134 x 67.2 x 9.4 mm. That’s thinner and lighter than the Redmi 1S even though both have the same screen size. Quad-core 64-bit Snapdragon 410 processor, Adreno 306 GPU, 1GB RAM and 8GB Flash (expandable to 32GB). The rear facing camera is a 22mm wide angle lens, 8 megapixel with f2.2 aperture. Front facing camera is 2 megapixel.

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The Redmi 2 comes with a 2200 mAh removable battery with Quick Charge 1.0 that charges 20% faster than the Redmi 1S.

Perhaps the most interesting feature is the Dual SIM slot that support 4G. This means you can have two 4G SIM card on standby at the same time. You get to control which card to make outgoing call and which card for data usage. Great for those who have a work line and a personal line. And it’s also great for those traveling and want to use the local SIM card for data only.

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The Redmi 2 will be available in Singapore starting 17 March 2015, 12 noon at mi.com. Priced at S169 and available in White Colour. Past experience tells me that it will be sold out within seconds. So do camp early and good luck.

Mi Band available in Singapore from 16 December

Xiaomi’s fitness monitor and sleep tracker, the Mi Band, will be available in Singapore from 16 December 2014.

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The Mi Band tracks motion to count the number of steps you take each day when walking or running. It also monitos your sleep pattern automatically when you keep it on your wrist in bed. The Mi Band works great with your Xiaomi phone like Mi 3 and Redmi Note 4G. It can automatically unlock supported Mi phone’s screen.

The Mi Band is IP67 water and dust resistant and battery last for 30 days.

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Best of all, the Mi Band will be available in Singapore at just S$19.99. Mi Band will go on sale on 16 December 2014. For more info on how to get the Mi Band, visit Xiaomi Singapore Facebook page.

First Look: HTC One (M8)

HTC just announced their new flagship phone and I’m fortunate to have a sneak peak at this beauty one week before it was officially announced.

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The HTC One (M8) feels good in the hand. It has a new full metal body that is ergonomic and comfortable to hold. The ful metal body and glass sandwiched together gives the phone a strong construction. And most importantly, the back looks beautiful with premium jewelry grade finish and fine hairline brush. It has a beautiful 5 inch 1080p screen with Gorilla Glass 3.

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The HTC One (M8) comes in 16GB and 32GB version with expandable microSD storage that supports the latest 128GB microSD card. And even though the new HTC One (M8) no longer comes with Beats Audio, the sound quality is still impressive. The brand new speaker system and amplifiers is able to produce 25% louder and clearer sound. And yes, the speakers are front facing, just like the HTC One.

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The HTC One (M8) comes with a 2600 mAh battery with quick charging that charges 80% in 1 hour. According to HTC, the new HTC One (M8) has 40% longer battery life compared to the HTC One.

The HTC One (M8) also comes with the new redesigned HTC Sense 6. I’m always a fan of HTC Sense UI. The new Sense 6 comes with new colour code for easy navigation. One interesting feature is the Motion Launch. When the phone screen is off, a simple double tap on the screen to turn on the phone. Swipe up to go to the last app, down for voice dialing, left for widget screen or right for BlinkFeed. It’s dead simple and convenient.

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And perhaps the most interesting feature of the HTC One (M8) is the new UltraPixel Camera. According to HTC, the new camera is able to capture 300% more light to give you great picture under any condition. The HTC One (M8) is also the first smartphone with duo camera for depth capture. The 2 camera allows the phone to detect and separate subjects, foreground and background. This gives the HTC One (M8) ability to shoot first and select the focus point later. It’s not light field technology like the Lytro camera but it produce almost similar results. The duo camera also allows interesting post editing like changing the background of an image to highlight the foreground. These features are cool to have. But if you don’t need them, the HTC One (M8) camera can still take normal pictures like any other camera phone.

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And since selfie has become a big thing recently, HTC added a wide angle 5 megapixel f2.0 front facing camera to the HTC One (M8). Cool.

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The new HTC One (M8) comes in Gunmetal Gray and Glacial Silver colour and will be available in Singapore from the first week of April. If you are looking for an Android phone, look no further. This is the One.

First Look: Panasonic Toughbook CF-LX3

Panasonic is famous for their rugged laptop. But not everyone need the super rugged laptop that can survive a trip to Mount Doom in Mordor and back. Sometimes you just need a tough laptop to get you through the hash environment of the corporate world. Well, the Panasonic Toughbook CF-LX3 seems to be designed for this.

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The Panasonic Toughbook CF-LX3 is the world lightest 14 inch business rugged notebook. Powered by the new 4th generation Intel Core i5 vPro processor and running Windows 8.1, the 14 inch laptop weighs just 1.29kg with a battery life of 7 hours. Yeap, that’s lighter than the 13 inch MacBook Air.

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The rugged Toughbook CF-LX3 is able to withstand up to 100 kgf pressure and drop from a height of 76cm. Pretty impressive for a lightweigh laptop.

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Panasonic Toughbook CF-LX3 is targeted at the mobile business professionals who needs a rugged laptop.

First Look: Panasonic Toughpad FZ-M1

Panasonic recently announced the Panasonic Toughpad FZ-M1, a fully-rugged 7 inch tablet running Windows 8.1. And the best way to show off this ruggedised tablet is to put in on a block of ice.

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The Toughpad FZ-M1 fully rugged design is certified to meet MIL-STD-810G for drops (up to 1.5 meters), shock, vibration, altitude, humidity and extreme temperatures. The fanless design allows it to meet IP65 standards for rain and dust. The tablet has also been submitted for ANSI 12.12.1 certification (Class1, Div2) for use in incendiary environments.

We even got someone wearing heels to stand on the Toughpad. No problem. Don’t do this with your normal tablet.

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Most people would expect a rugged tablet to be bulky and heavy. But this is not the case for the Panasonic Toughpad FZ-M1. The 7 inch tablet weighs only 540 grams and 1.78cm thick.

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The Panasonic Toughpad FZ-M1 is powered by the new 4th generation Intel Core i5 vPro processor with 128 GB SSD and 4GB RAM. Has the usual WIFI, Bluetooth 4.0, USB 3.0, 720p front facing camera, 5 megapixel rear facing camera and micro SDXC slot. Battery life is up to 8 hours and come with hot swappable option. Other options includes dedicated GPS, Ethernet or serial port, NFC, SmartCard, Barcode, RFID and magnetic stripe reader.

Here’s a picture of the Panasonic Toughpad FZ-M1 with barcode scanner.

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The Panasonic Toughpad FZ-M1 will be available in Singapore from March 2014 at a starting price of S$2600. The price may seem expensive for a 7 inch Windows tablet. That’s because this is not a normal consumer product. Most consumer won’t need this kind of rugged tablet. It is more suitable for those working in extreme conditions.

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