Category: Tablets

nokia tablet n1Bloomberg report that Nokia just announced a tablet under the Nokia branding. This seems like a new strategy after selling it’s mobile arm to Microsoft. It seems that Nokia probably has the go ahead with an Android tablet just like it did with Nokia X series, Android based entry level smartphones.

The 7.9-inch (20cm) N1 tablet has an aluminium body. It includes an Intel Corp. processor and the Lollipop version of Android. On top of that, it runs Nokia’s Z Launcher interface software, which predicts and highlights the apps consumers are likely to want based on time of day and location, according to a report by Bloomberg.
It will first be available in China in the first quarter of 2015 with an approximate price tag of US$250 (S$325), before being introduced to other markets.

Nokia N1’s reveal video:

Mr Sebastian Nystrom from Nokia’s technologies unit said today (Nov 18) that the former global mobile phone leader was “pleased to bring the Nokia brand back into consumers’ hands.”

Press Release

During the Slush 2014 conference in Finland on Tuesday, Nokia announced its return to the consumer devices business with the brand new Nokia N1 tablet. While Nokia’s deal with Microsoft prevents it from releasing any new smartphones for a period of time, tablets are apparently a different story entirely.

The N1 is a complete departure from anything Nokia has released in the past. In fact, it’s the polar opposite of Nokia’s most recent phones and tablets.

First and perhaps most importantly, the N1 runs Android 5.0 Lollipop. Z Launcher was a good indication that the new Nokia is moving away from Windows Phone, and now we can see exactly where Nokia’s consumer business is headed.

Designed and built by the Nokia Technologies division of Nokia, the N1 tablet’s housing is one piece of machined, anodized aluminum. The device features a 7.9-inch display and an overall size that rivals Apple’s iPad mini lineup, but at 6.9mm, the N1 is even thinner than Apple’s iPad mini 3, which is 7.5mm thick.

Also of note, the device is powered by a 64-bit quad-core Intel Atom Z3580 processor clocked at 2.4GHz. It also features 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, an 8-megapixel rear camera, a 5-megapixel front-facing camera, a universal insertion 2.0 USB C-type port and a 5,300 mAh battery that Nokia says will provide up to 9 hours of usage time per charge.

Nokia’s Android 5.0 Lollipop installation on the Nokia N1 is basically stock, but it ships with a special tablet version of the Z Launcher app that is exclusive to the N1. Buyers can disable it or install other launcher apps if they choose, but Z Launcher is great to have on a tablet, where users tend to install even more apps than they do on smartphones.

The Nokia N1 tablet will launch this coming February after Chinese New Year, and it will initially be available only in China. Nokia will then launch the tablet in Russia and several European markets in the months that follow, but the company currently has no plans to release the N1 in the United States.

Additional images of the Nokia N1 tablet follow below.





If you are a Surface RT user, this is good news. Microsoft has put up the recovery image file for you. You can download it from this link.

Click Microsoft Surface RT and Accessories to check out the Microsoft Surface RT and accessories pricing.

According to reports from upstream supply chain, both Microsoft 2nd generation Surface and new Android based tablets sales might be affected by the upcoming launch of the new generation iPad and iPad mini. This is to be expected as existing models pricing will be lowered and it will appeal to some users who are not to eager to get the latest generation.

The current Apple iPad Mini MD531LL/A (16GB, Wi-Fi, White / Silver) which is slated to be priced at USD 329 and the retina version at USD 499. The new range should also be priced at these levels. Microsoft’s Surface 2 series tablets sales will be most likely be affected by it’s high price tag of Surface Pro 2 starting USD 899 and the Surface 2 is priced at USD449.

As for the Android camp, there is a large variety to choose from with Sony Xperia Z SGP311U1/B 10.1-Inch 16GB Tablet  on it’s higher price tag while the Kindle Fire HD 7″, HD Display, Wi-Fi, 8 GB – Includes Special Offers  should appeal to most at USD 214.

So, which one will you pick ?


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Microsoft Singapore announced today price revisions to Surface RT with immediate effect.



New Price from 15/7/13

(prices inclusive of GST)

Old Price

(prices inclusive of GST)

Surface RT 32GB



Surface RT 64GB



Surface RT 32GB Bundle with Touch Cover



Surface RT 64GB Bundle with Touch Cover




Best described as a tablet with some laptop capabilities, the Surface RT weaves productivity and mobility into one beautiful product. With up to 8 hours of battery life, the Surface RT is great for those looking for an entertainment-first experience, along with the ability to still get work done. It is also equipped with Microsoft Office Home & Student 2013 RT at no additional charge, providing a complete Office experience which includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote. The recently announced Windows 8.1 update will see the inclusion of Outlook RT for Surface RT users, giving more value for users seeking an all-rounded productivity experience.


Surface RT is available at the following retailers:

  • ·         Challenger (Funan Digital Life Mall, AMK Hub, Bedok Point, Causeway Point, Changi City Point, The Clementi Mall, Funan DigitaLife Mall, Great World City, Hougang Mall, IMM Jurong, Jcube, Jurong Point, 112 Katong, nex Serangoon, North Point, Parkway Parade, Plaza Singapura, Tampines 1, Tiong Bahru, Vivocity, and White Sands.)
  • ·         Harvey Norman (Parkway Parade, The Centrepoint, Funan Digital Life Mall, Millenia Walk, Square 2)
  • ·         Newstead (Jurong Point, DigitalStyle @Funan DigitaLife Mall, IMM, Nex, Sim Lim Square #03-90/91) outlets.

For more information on Surface, please visit

ASUS and Google to launch 2nd generation Nexus 7 will launch by end of July or early August



Picture of the original Nexus7

According to a report on digitimes, ASUS and Google will launch the 2nd generation of Nexus 7 soon. The new Nexus 7 features a 7 inch 1980 x 1200 display and is powered by a QUalcomm Snapdragon 600 processor. It has a 5 megapixel rear and a 1.2 megapixel front facing camera. It is expected to be priced in the range of USD 199~249 for WiFi support model.

The old model sold 6 million units and ASUS is hoping to reach 8 million. It might be a difficult uphill task as HP slate 7 at USD 169. Acer, Lenovo also has similar products. It will be a cut throat business for the various players the 7″ tablet business.

So, which brand will you buy and why ?

You can also read our review of the 1st generation Nexus 7 here.


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Microsoft Chief Operating Officer Kevin Turner shared some new hints about what’s coming during what he called Microsoft’s “biggest innovation year ever” during Day 3 of Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Conference.

We already knew Microsoft had committed to launching Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2, Visual Studio 2013, SQL Server 2014, System Center 2012 R2 and a host of other “Blue” wave of products during this coming fiscal year. (Microsoft’s FY 14 runs from July 1, 2013, to June 30, 2014.)

Other than that, there are some changes planned for other Microsoft products.

Skype: Will support larger meetings with enterprise voice. It will also integrate with and Office 365.Office 365

Windows Phone: A new start screen on the Windows phone probably just like Windows 8.1 on desktops.

Surface: There will be new accessories and accessory colors; some kinds of updates to both Surface RT and Surface Pro (no word if this means just the regular monthly firmware-type updates or new processors, or what)

Office: A Window Store codenamed Gemini

Dynamics: NAV 2013 R2; GP 2013 R2


Sony Xperia Z tablet launched
29 May 2013

Sony Mobile announced the availability of the Sony Xperia Tablet Z at a press event held at Wisma Atria, Singapore held yesterday. The Sony Xperia Tablet Z is part of the Xperia family of mobile products from Sony. Similar to the Sony Xperia Z smartphone, it is IP57 certified – dust proof and water resistant. It is also NFC capable.

The tablet incorporates much of the features of the famous Xperia Z smartphone. It has a LED-backlit LCD, capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors Size 1200 x 1920 pixels in a 10.1 inches (~224 ppi pixel density) screen. The HD Reality Display is also powered by Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2. It also has S-Force Front Surround 3D and Clear Audio+ for an excellent multimedia experience.

The Xperia Tablet Z has superior camera capability with “Exmor R for mobile”, One-touch function, battery STAMINA mode, and Sony’s media applications for photo, music, and movies on the go.

Having a dimension Dimensions 266 x 172 x 6.9 mm (10.47 x 6.77 x 0.27 in), the tablet only weights 495g (1.09lb) and is way lighter than the iPad.

There are two variants of the Sony Xperia Tablet Z. There is one with LTE enabled with WIFI while the other is WIFI only model. Both will be available from 6 June 2013 in Singapore. Pricing will be announced later.

* Prices just released

16GB (Wi-Fi) – S$688, 32GB (Wi-Fi) – S$788, 16GB (LTE) – S$988

On the next page are more picture of the Xperia Z Tablet.

The Xperia™ Tablet Z arrives in Singapore on 6 June
· Xperia Tablet Z is the world’s slimmest 10” tablet that is water and dust resistant

Singapore, 29th May 2013– Sony Mobile Communications (“Sony Mobile”) today announced that the Xperia Tablet Z, a premium, high performance 10.1” LTE Android tablet will be available in Singapore from 6 June 2013.

sony tablet z

Key Features
· The Xperia Tablet Z is the world’s slimmest LTE tablet.
· Featuring a vivid 10.1” HD Reality Display powered by Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2 that is both water-and dust resistant for the best ever viewing experience matched withS-Force Front Surround 3D, and Clear Audio+.
· The Xperia Tablet Z has superior camera capability with “Exmor R for mobile”, One-touch function, battery STAMINA mode, and Sony’s media applications for photo, music, and movies on the go.

The LTE-enabled Xperia Tablet Z will be available in the Xperia Store, Sony Stores and Sony Centres and all telco operators from 6 June 2013 in the colours Black and White.

The WiFi-enabled variant of the Xperia Tablet Z will also be available in the Sony Stores, Sony Centres and Sony Authorized Retailers from 6 June 2013 in the colours Black and White.

Pricing for both the LTE- and WiFi- enabled versions of the Tablet Z will be announced closer to the launch date.

Microsoft Surface Pro is now here in Singapore

Surface Pro gives full PC experience for consumers in a sleek, touch-based tablet device 


SINGAPORE — MAY 27 — Microsoft Singapore today added a new and exciting chapter to the Surface family with the announcement of the availability of Surface Pro.


At a starting price of S$1,198, Surface Pro will be available at Challenger[1], Harvey Norman[2] and Newstead[3] stores starting June 3 2013, and will also be making an appearance at the PC Show 2013[4], which will be held at Singapore Expo from 6 to 9 June 2013.


Surface Pro delivers the best of both worlds with the capabilities of a PC that doubles as a tablet, and delivers an uncompromised Windows 8 experience that is fast, fluid and beautiful.


“The Surface family is growing with the availability of Surface Pro now in Singapore. Surface Pro is inspired by the rising demand for a more mobile but connected workforce of today,” said Helene Auriol, Managing Director, Microsoft Singapore. “With the extension of the Surface family in Singapore, we hope to deliver the ultimate ultraportable business device that does not compromise on performance and efficiency.”


Thinks like a PC, works like a tablet

Surface Pro is comparable to a full-blown Windows laptop that also boasts the portability and mobility a tablet offers. For the first time, customers can have a fully functional PC that looks, feels and acts like a tablet. With Surface Pro, customers can do virtually everything they have ever done on a PC, ranging from using their favorite desktop applications to enjoying the protection of world-class safety and security software.


Surface Pro is a powerful workhorse that provides the ease of a tablet with capabilities to support full-power productivity work. Like Surface RT, Surface Pro also comes with the integrated Kickstand and Touch and Type Cover keyboards[5], enabling users to get stuff done quickly and efficiently. A uniquely crafted pen provides classic note-taking capabilities and precise navigation.


“Surface Pro delivers the best of both worlds through mobility, power and compatibility. With all these great features packed in one powerful device, Surface Pro is a great device that enables information workers to truly get stuff done.” said Joy Quek, Business Group Lead, Windows, Microsoft Singapore.



Consumers and businesses can benefit from Surface Pro as it makes the perfect corporate device through a suite of enterprise-ready connectivity, security and manageability features:


  • ·        Windows 8 Pro: Tablet meets laptop in an intelligently constructed machine with the power and legacy of Microsoft applications and security features — all in one beautiful place.


  • ·        Processor capabilities: Enjoy fast, powerful performance and stunning visuals. The Intel® core i5™ processor is built using the latest technologies, including HD graphics, to deliver impressive speed and responsiveness.


  • ·        Surface pen: Surface Pro includes a pen that lets you jot down ideas anytime, anywhere. Distinctively crafted to work with Surface, the pen is a stylish way to edit, collaborate and do your signature work.


  • ·        Touch and Type Cover keyboard: A cover that you can type on. Touch Cover clicks in to Surface and offers a slim, spill-resistant keyboard for ultimate portability. For a full laptop experience, the Type Cover keyboard is the perfect accessory that marries the speed and comfort of a classic keyboard, allowing fast and easy typing from anywhere.


  • ·        Security and Manageability: Surface Pro combines the security and manageability that you expect from Microsoft. Microsoft BitLocker encrypts your hard drive’s data, helping keep your stuff safe. Install applications and connect with accessories and printers, just like you always have with your Windows PCs.


  • ·        Apps aplenty: Stay productive and connected with Internet Explorer 10, Office, Skype, and Lync[6] from Microsoft. There are also other productivity apps available via Microsoft Store, including OneNote MX and SkyDrive. Enterprises can also choose to deliver custom apps for the businesses through Enterprise Sideloading, or run legacy Windows 7 desktop applications on Surface Pro.


  • ·        Connectivity: When your creations need to be shared with others, connect to projectors, big screens or displays by plugging into the Mini DisplayPort.[7] This HD connection lets presentations, videos and documents take center stage. That’s not all: a full-size USB 3.0 ports transfer files up to 10 times faster than USB 2.0.

Do more with the Surface family


The introduction of Surface Pro in Singapore completes Microsoft’s family of tablet PC offerings, adding on to the momentum created by Surface RT. Surface Pro and Surface RT complement each other to provide a modern personal computing experience for all customers, from business leaders to the busy homemaker.


In Surface RT, Microsoft offers a tablet with PC capabilities, allowing customers to enjoy multimedia entertainment while still getting work done with the free copy of Microsoft Office Home & Student RT built in.



Daniel Goh, a business owner who uses Surface RT to power his three local enterprises, said, “As someone who needs more computing power than those dime-a-dozen tablets without the bulk of a regular laptop PC, Surface RT has become my go-to daily workhorse. Its fantastic battery life keeps my three businesses running all day long, and the fantastic HD touchscreen helps me to unwind with movies and games after a busy day. Best of all, it’s built with mobility in mind and makes for the perfect travelling companion. And I haven’t even touched on the unbeatable value offered by an actual physical keyboard cover as well as the full-sized USB port!”


In Surface Pro, Microsoft presents a PC with tablet capabilities. Customers who choose Surface Pro will not have to give up productivity and all their favourite applications, as it is a full-fledged PC with tablet functionality.


Surface RT and Surface Pro together presents Microsoft’s vision of the future of personal computing, where no compromise is required.


More details on the Surface family of devices are available at, the Surface Blog and Surface on Facebook.  Additionally, Follow Surface on Twitter for additional updates.




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Surface Pro pricing (SGD, inclusive of GST)  


64GB S$1,198
128GB S$1,328





(SGD inclusive of GST)

Touch Cover (Black, White, Cyan)*Starting 3 June, availability of Magenta and Red touch covers


Type Cover (Black)


Wedge Touch Mouse Limited Edition Surface Model


48W Power Supply


USB to Ethernet for Surface Pro


VGA Adapter for Surface Pro


HDMI Adapter for Surface Pro




Google Nexus 7 is first tablet to feature the Android 4.1 Jellybean OS. It is lightweight and has a 7″ display with a resolution of 1280×800.

With it’s 4325mAh battery that can handle 9 hours HD video playback time, 10 hours of web browsing and up to 300 hours of standby time. So one can be more productive than spending and waiting to recharge the built in battery.

The Nexus 7 is built by Taiwan ASUS, famous for it’s PC range of products. At the centre of the Nexus 7 is the NVIDIA Tegra3 quad core processor which provides smooth and responsive apps. The graphics is powered by a 12 core GPU which delivers rich and detail graphics while the 4 Plus 1 CPU design gives it the procesing power.

As it is a powered by Google, Nexus 7 provides all the Google Apps into this tablet. Access Gmail, Chrome, Google+ and Youtube with ease and sync them across your phones, PCs etc.

With the new Google Now, it brings voice recognition to another level. Google Now brings the right information at the right time. For example, it can tell you today’s weather before you start your day, how much traffic on your route to office and it all happens automatically.

The tablet also comes with a 1.2 mega pixel front facing camera and NFC (Andriod Beam).

On the next page, we take a look at the Interface and features.

After the launch of iPhone 5, the next big thing that will be unveiled is the mini version of the iPad. According to AllThingD, this is going to happen on Oct 23 at an Invitation only event.

This supposedly smaller iPad would probably face challenges from Microsoft Windows 8 Surface tablet which will launch 3 days later on Oct 26.

So which would you buy ? Discuss ?

M1 will launch their 4G service plans on 15 September 2012. On the same day, M1 will also obsolete the old Surf plans – ValueSurf, Lite Surf and ExtremeSurf plans. These 3 plans are rather popular because it gives users a 12GB data bundle and 500 SMS.

M1 will replace it with the new ValueSurf+, LiteSurf+,ExtremeSurf+ and MaxSurf+ plans. The noticeable change is the data bundle for the various plans. From the usual 12GB, it is reduced to 2GB, 3GB, 5GB. MaxSurf+ is at 12GB.

The upgraded ValueSurf+ is still at S$39 bundles in 600 free SMS instead of 500. LiteSurf+ is at S$59 , S$4 more than it’s original plan. Instead of it’s 250mins outgoing calls, M1 throws in 300 mins and 800 free SMS. The ExtremeSurf+ is priced at S$98, $3 more than the original plan. Instead of 600 mins outgoing calls, M1 throws in another 100 mins making it 700 mins and 1000 Free SMS but the unlimited free data is removed and is now capped at 5GB. A new plan MaxSurf+ at S$198 is introduced which has unlimited voice call minutes,2000 SMS and 12 GB data.

The new Surf plans is also available for 4G value added service at S$10.70/mth.

For those who re-contract, an extra 1GB will be added on to the free bundle. Effectively from 15 September, those who are on the old plans will have their data bundle dropped from 12GB to 2+1 GB (ValueSurf+ plan).

Looks like the good old days of unlimited or 12GB abundance of data bundle is history. In fact, if we calculate it this way, we should be paying lesser as most telcos charges S$5.35/GB when the subscriber exceeds the data limit. In this case, A 12GB to 2GB reduction is 10GB, based on the calculation, the plan should be S$50 cheaper.

I do know of people who abuse the data by torrenting. This greatly affects the data performance of others. In fact, the reduction and cap on the limit will smoother give mobile users a better internet experience.

Below are the charts comparing the old and new plans.

* so far, the iPhone plans remains the same with 12GB data.

M1 old plan

M1 New Plans

According to WSJ and AFP news, Apple is preparing to launch a smaller tablet to compete with the Android tablets of various sizes.

Early leaked information claimed that the new iPad will feature a smaller than eight inches (20 centimeters), compared to the 9.7-inch (25-centimeter) screen on Apple’s market-leading iPad, launched in 2010.

It is cited that Apple was working with screen-makers LG Display of South Korea and Taiwan’s AU Optronics.

So will you be getting one ?

Acer Iconia W700 – Windows 8 tablet with Keyboard Dock

The W700 is a 11.6 inch Full HD Windows 8 tablet that comes with a multipurpose cradle that allows for several viewing options. When using it in landscape, it can be tilted up to 70 degrees for better viewing, or 20 degrees for convenient touch. Furthermore, it can be used vertically like a portrait for easy browsing and reading. The W700 also has three USB 3.0 ports for expansion.

Microsoft has been revamping it’s Operating System to make it look alike the Windows Phone 7.5 Mango. Months ago, we have also tried out the Developer Preview of the new OS and was pleasantly surprised by the speed and ease of use.

Today, Microsoft will announce it’s Windows 8 beta, a more touch up compared to it’s previous Developer release at the Mobile World  Congress at Barcelona.

The system also is expected to enable users to easily back up their pictures, movies, music and other files on a Microsoft storage service called SkyDrive, which will compete against Apple’s iCloud.

In anticipation for the launch of Windows 8,  MSFT closing at $US31.35 on Monday in the US. The stock has gained about 21 per cent so far this year. By comparison, Apple’s stock has surged 30 per cent during the same period, while Google’s shares have dropped 6 per cent.

Here is our first look of the Developer Preview some 5 months ago. We expect the beta to bug fix the earlier version and should be ready for launch later this year.

MWC 2012 – Huawei, ZTE, Fujitsu, Panasonic, Toshiba latest mobile phones on display

Other than the major brands that were present at the Mobile World Congress 2012 Barcelona, Chinese and Japanese firms were also present. They showcase some of their latest mobile phones based on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

Huawei the well known company that makes most HSPA USB sticks showcased the Ascend D series of phones and it’s MediaPad 10.1 FHD etc..

Huawei’s Ascend D series includes the Ascend D Quad, D1, D LTE etc. The Ascend D Quad is the flagship model. It has a 330ppi 4.5 inchs IPS+ display. Powering the device is their own K3V2 Quad Core processor. It runs on Android 4.0.

Ascend D1 is a mid range product, it has a 326ppi 4.5″ screen but uses the TI 4460 dual core processor.

Huawei Ascend D Quad

As for tablets, Huawei showcased the MediaPad 10.1 FHD. It has a full HD 1080p 10 inch screen. built in 2GB RAM and 8GB of storage. It is powered by Huawei’s self engineered processor the K3V2.

Huawei MediaPad 10 FHD

ASUS just delivered it’s over the air firmware update to the 1st generation ASUS EeePad Transformer based on nVIDIA Tegra2. Our editor happens to own a set and took 10 minutes to update it. The update took 10 minutes and the new firmware is Ice Cream Sandwich – Android 4.0.3.

If you own an ASUS Transformer, do update it and tell us your experiences in the forum.

有不少廠商推出了以 Google Android 系統為主的平板電腦 (Tablet), 華碩 Asus 是其中一家. 筆者家中也有一台平板電腦, 華碩 EeePad Transformer (第一代).

今天突然收到OTA 更新通知, 花了十多分鐘的時間, 就正式更新了!
華碩提供的更新, 是Android 4.0.3!

如果是第一代EeePad Transformer 的用家, 可以到




Wintel-based tablet PCs may be priced around 599 to 899 USD as both Intel and Microsoft are unwilling to drop their hardware and and sofrware costs. The impact would be pushing end consumers to buy cheaper tablets powered by other processors and OS.

The reason for not lowering the price is understandable. If tablets are priced too competitively, it will impact the sales of notebooks. Currently, plans for the new tablets will be powered by Intel Clover Trial-W and Windows 8 as the OS.

If Intel doesn’t reduce the pricing of their processors, manufacturers can choose ARM solutions from Nvidia, Qualcomm and Texas Instrument’s (TI’s) for their upcoming Windows 8 tablet PC to reduce their costs.

The ease of use of Windows 8 OS opens another revenue for tablet makers. It will compete head to head with iPad 3 (to be launched in March 2012) and current slate of tablets upgraded to run the Android 4.0.