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$54 Huawei phone promo demonstrates the power of “Kiasuism”

$54 Huawei phone promo demonstrates the power of “Kiasuism”

Ever heard of this saying in Singapore? “Hell hath no fury like an elderly scorned”. Clearly, Huawei didn’t, seeing as how they have completely botched their whole promotional event for their phones. Specifically, their whole promotion was based on the upcoming 54th National Day and was targeted at people born during or around the Merdeka generation, aptly discounting their Huawei Y6 Pro smartphone to SG$54 from its original SG$198 price. By now you must have already heard about how it has failed spectacularly, with angry uncles and aunties causing a ruckus at various Huawei stores around Singapore. Obviously, the thought…
HONOR 20 Lite Review: Mid-range Lite

HONOR 20 Lite Review: Mid-range Lite

It’s a little challenging to describe exactly what kind of device the HONOR 20 Lite is.  Taking one look at the price you might get the impression that the quality of the phone matches the cheap cost, but it performs beyond that. At the same time, I also can’t call it a mid-range phone as it doesn’t reach the standards set by others in the market such as Google’s Pixel 3a. At first glance, the HONOR 20 Lite looks alluring to the eye. The distinct neon pink and lavender gradient design featured on the back of the phone that I…
Google Pixel 3a and 3a XL Review: A for Effort

Google Pixel 3a and 3a XL Review: A for Effort

Google’s unveiling of the new Pixel 3a and 3a XL was a peculiar sight to see. In a market where major smartphone manufacturers are touting the capabilities of their flagship line of phones, Google has decided to go against the grain and instead introduce a product aimed at attracting consumers who have a smaller budget. Right now you can purchase the Google Pixel 3a and 3a XL at SGD $659 and $779 respectively; that’s a really good price compared to the phones by its competitors which routinely hit beyond the $1,000 mark. Of course, with that price point, it’s fairly…
giga! Launches New SIM-only Mobile Plan

giga! Launches New SIM-only Mobile Plan

The mobile network market is becoming increasingly competitive. Just recently, M1 revamped their whole mobile plan, reducing its initial 19 plans to just two. Not to be outdone, new telco operator, giga! also launched their new mobile service. giga! briefing the mass media on their Launch Plan details. Though giga! is affiliated with StarHub, it is considered a sub-brand that works independently from StarHub’s business and has their own technology platforms and customer support. giga! is currently offering a base 25GB contract-free plan for $25 that comes with 1,000 minutes of talk time and up to 1,000 SMSes, with free…
First look at the new HONOR 20 series

First look at the new HONOR 20 series

HONOR has officially unveiled their new line of smartphones in London on 21 May, the HONOR 20 series. This new series will comprise of their flagship smartphones, the HONOR 20 and HONOR 20 PRO, as well as a mid-tier option, the HONOR 20 LITE. The HONOR 20 and 20 PRO will have a 6.26-inch display with what the company says is the world’s smallest hole punch display cut-out, enabling a 91.6% screen ratio. They will also have the latest Kirin 980 processor, with the 20 PRO offering 8GB of RAM, 2GB more than the HONOR 20. The back of the…
Trump vs. Huawei: No One Wins in This Two-Sided Feud

Trump vs. Huawei: No One Wins in This Two-Sided Feud

The war between Donald Trump and China rages on, possibly reaching a crescendo following Trump’s recent announcement. The announcement detailed the blacklist of business relations between U.S companies and Huawei, citing the latter as an “unacceptable risk” to national security. The ban itself was not wholly surprising, given the rising tensions between the two countries. However, the ramifications from the fallout will have an impact further reaching than the shores of America and China. In the wake of the announcement, Google has come out and said that they will be complying with the order and thus, will be rescinding future…
Exciting new features on LG V40 ThinQ

Exciting new features on LG V40 ThinQ

Earlier this year, LG Electronics (LG) unveiled the LG V40 ThinQ, set to redefine the standard of smartphone photography. Coupled with improvements in sound technology and screen displays, we take a look if this handset is really what it says it’s out to be. Improved Camera Features In the new age of smartphone photography, megapixels are becoming less of a concern. Rather, phones are instead increasing the number of cameras it packs, to take better photos. The LG V40 ThinQ is no exception in this race, sporting a total of five cameras. It presents itself as a multimedia powerhouse device…
Huawei P30 Pro Review: Its Much Vaunted Camera, Justified

Huawei P30 Pro Review: Its Much Vaunted Camera, Justified

The world took notice of Huawei when they presented the newest addition to the Android-powered Mate smartphone series, the Mate 20 Pro. Now, Huawei is aiming to iterate that success with their newest product in its flagship P series line, the P30 Pro. Design The Huawei P30 Pro has a gorgeous 6.47 inch OLED display that really makes vibrant colours pop from its screen. Those who are not fans of the notches housing the front camera that has been featured on several of the popular phone brands will be relieved to know that the less egregious “teardrop” design from the…
vivo V11: A Mid-range Smartphone With Premium Features

vivo V11: A Mid-range Smartphone With Premium Features

Chinese smartphones have been gaining massive popularity among consumers, and it’s not difficult to see why. Their prevalence — both in and out of the Chinese mainland — are mainly attributed to their low retail price, and the ability to retain the premium specs and features usually found on more expensive flagships. One no longer has to pay kilobuck prices to get dual cameras, a bezel-less screen, a powerful processor, and a fingerprint scanner. Manufacturers like Vivo, Xiaomi, OPPO, and Huawei have been pushing out multiple examples of mid-range phones that can stand up to many current-day flagships, and many…
Google Pixel 3: The Best Smartphone Camera, Yet

Google Pixel 3: The Best Smartphone Camera, Yet

The Google Pixel 3 is the most anticipated smartphone of 2018 after the iPhone XS and the iPhone XS Max. It is set to be released on November 1 2018 after the Google Pixel 2, which was said to have the “best smartphone camera” on the market back in 2017. With an established title to outdo, we will go through the notable features of the Google Pixel 3 to decide if it deserves a prestigious spot among these high-end premium smartphones. Design It is apparent that the Pixel 3 is now nearly made of glass, marking the end of an aluminium era in…
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