Category: Windows 8

Panasonic Introduces the Toughpad TM FZ-M1 Fully-Rugged 7’’ Windows 8.1 Pro Tablet
HC 21 Jan 2014
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At the press event held Artery Restaurant (16 Jan 2014), Panasonic also showcase the just launched TM FZ-M1 7″ Windows 8.1 Pro Tablet which was announced at 2014 international CES a week ago. This new tablet joins the Toughpad family with it’s toughness, flexibility and durability which will be demonstrated in the video that follows.


The FZ-M1 is powered by Intel Core i5 vPro processor and runs Windows 8.1 Pro. With Windows 8.1 Pro, it makes it easy to configure and integrate into the enterprise network which is basically Windows centric. FZ-M1 has multiple configuration options enabling it to be customized to meet the unique needs of highly mobile professionals in various markets such as field services and sales, retail, supply chain and logistics and government.


The Toughpad ™ FZ-M1 is designed to improve productivity and efficiency in a host of professional scenarios, including customer service, inventory management and asset tracking, maintenance, eForms, route delivery, eCitations, electronic medical records, inspections, mobile point-of-sales and Geographic Information System.

Its user-replaceable battery delivers eight hours of uninterrupted work, with quick-charging technology that reaches 100% capacity in just two hours. An optional high capacity battery delivers 16 hours of power, and an optional hot swap bridge battery enables users to switch out batteries without powering down the device, providing for virtually unlimited use.

Thin, Light & Rugged At 1.3 lbs. and only 0.7” thin (Depending on options), the Toughpad TM FZ-M1 is the world’s lightest and thinnest* tablet in its class.  Its fully-rugged design is certified to meet MIL-STD-810G for drops (up to 5 feet), shock, vibration, altitude, humidity and extreme temperatures. The Toughpad ™ FZ-M1 is the first 7-inch Intel® Core™ i tablet with a fanless design*, allowing 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.


Display Designed For Mobile Workers The Toughpad TM FZ-M1’s 7’’, 500nit, sunlight readable WXGA display features anti-reflective and anti-glare screen treatments, making it ideal for outdoor use. Its high-sensitivity capacitive, 10-points multi-touch screen can even be used with thick industrial-type gloves.

Highly Configurable Like the rest of the Panasonic Toughpad TM line, the Toughpad TM FZ-M1 offers numerous configuration options allowing organizations to customize the ideal tool for their workforces. Configuration options for the Toughpad TM FZ-M1 include dedicated GPS; Ethernet or serial port; near field communications (NFC), SmartCard reader, barcode reader, UHF radio-frequency identification (RFID), or magnetic stripe reader and stylus.

On the next 2 pages are more pictures and a video of the drop test.


Toughpad TM FZ-M1: Key Features •High-Performance Processing Power: New Fourth generation Intel® Core™ i5 vPro™ processor or an  Intel® Celeron™ processor model**

•Operating System: Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit with Windows 7 Professional downgrade option available

•Durability: MIL-STD-810G, 5’ drop, IP65 fully sealed fanless design

•Screen: 7’’ daylight viewable WXGA display (1280×800); high-sensitivity 10-points capacitive multi-touch input

•Storage & Memory: 128GB SSD (256GB SSD option available) with 4 GB RAM (Intel® Core™ i5 vPro option) or up to 128GB eMMC with 2 GB RAM (Intel® Celeron™ processor option)

•Connectivity & I/O: Intel® Centrino® Advanced-N 6235 Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth® v4.0 (Class 1), USB 3.0, micro SDXC card slot, docking connector. Other options include dedicated GPS; Ethernet or serial port; near field communications (NFC), SmartCard, barcode, UHF radio-frequency identification (RFID), or magnetic stripe reader

•Lightweight Portability: 540g., 0.7” thin (Depending on options)

•Battery: 8 hours per MobileMark® 2007 testing (user-replaceable); optional hot swap bridge battery and  high capacity battery (16 hours) available

•Camera: 720P built-in front camera with microphone; 5MP rear camera with auto focus and LED light (8MP option available)

•Security: Enterprise-class security features include encryption, IPsec VPN, trusted boot, root protection and mobile device management (MDM) tool compatibility

•Warranty: The Toughpad TM FZ-M1 is backed by the industry’s most comprehensive 3-year warranty

As with other Toughpad ™ models, Panasonic will offer a full set of enterprise-grade accessories to support the Toughpad ™ FZ-M1, including cases, mounts, printers, keyboards and multi-unit storage and charging solutions.

Pricing and Availability The Toughpad TM FZ-M1 will be available in Singapore in March 2014 All Toughpad ™ tablets can be purchased through authorized Panasonic resellers. For further information, please visit

All products in the Toughpad TM family come standard with the industry’s most comprehensive 3-year warranty.

*World’s lightest and thinnest fully rugged 7-inch tablet as of January, 2014

*First 7-inch Intel® Core™ i tablet with a fanless design as of January, 2014

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.

Nokia, a Finnish mobile phone manufacturer, is said to be launching a fairly large smartphone. The Lumia 1520 is expected to feature a 6-inch 1080p display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon quad-core processor and  a 20-megapixel camera,  and run on Windows Phone 8. Sadly, there’s been no word for Windows Phone 8.1

The 1080p screen upgrade, known as GDR3, will mean an extra column of Live Tiles on your start screen, rotation locking, driving mode, and some minor UI modifications.


This is not yet confirmed but Nokia might unveil this device on their press release this coming September.

Source: @evleaks

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

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




Add Windows Media Center to Windows 8 Pro

                  If your PC is running Windows 8 Pro and you’d like to get Windows 8 Media Center Pack so you can watch and record live TV with Windows Media Center, you can take advantage of the following special offer:

                    For a limited time, get Windows 8 Media Center Pack for free **

To receive a free product key and get Windows 8 Media Center Pack, provide a valid email address in the space provided. Once you receive your free product key through the email address you provided,  follow the instructions for adding Windows 8 Media Center Pack that appear later on this page.

                Add Windows 8 Pro Pack or Windows 8 Media Center Pack to your edition of Windows

  1.                   Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and then tap Search.(If you’re using a mouse, point to the upper-right corner of the screen, and then click Search.)
  2.                   Enter add features in the search box, and then tap or click                     Settings                  .
  3.                   Tap or click                     Add features to Windows 8 and then do one of the following:
    •                       If you need to purchase a product key, tap or click I want to buy a product key online.You will be prompted through the steps to buy a product key from there and it will be entered for you.
    •                       If you already have a product key, tap or click I already have a product key.
  4.                   Enter your product key and click Next.
  5.                   Read the license terms, select the check box to accept the license terms, and then click Add features.

If you were running Windows 8, your PC will restart automatically and Windows 8 Pro With Media Center will be on it.

If you were running Windows 8 Pro, your PC will restart automatically and Windows Media Center will be available for use.


Before you go and buy the Windows 8 upgrade or the DVD from retail store, it is best that you run the Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant from Microsoft.

Currently, I am on Windows 7 Ultimate. I ran through the Windows Upgrade assistant and was surprise to see the possible issues that I would face.

I am surprised that Windows Media Centre isn’t preinstall and I need an application to play DVD.

I did a check on the FAQ

Is Windows Media Center included in my upgrade?

No. If you want to install Windows Media Center, you need to buy the Windows 8 Media Center Pack after you upgrade to Windows 8. For more info, see the Add features webpage.

If you don’t have a third-party app that plays DVDs, or if you currently rely on Windows Media Player for DVD playback, you’ll need to download and install a third-party app or install Windows Media Center to play DVDs. If you use Windows Media Center on Windows 7 and are upgrading to Windows 8, for a limited time you can get the Windows 8 Media Center Pack for free.

Other issues are that my processor does not support NX and secure boot isn’t compatible with my PC’s BIOS.

To my surprise, it prompts that my screen resolution isn’t 1024×768. This is strange as I am running at 1280×720 wide screen.

Although Windows 8 upgrade promises upgrade paths for Windows XP users. It seems to cut off all support for Office 2003. My copy of Office 2003 professional has to go into history as it won’t run on it.

The good news is that most of my applications like adobe reader, Auslogics Disk Defrag, Epson Scan, Paint.Net, Tweetdeck, Quicktime, Skype, utorrent and even the Intel HD graphics drivers are compatible and it will run corectly under Windows 8.

So, it is better to run the Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant before you upgrade.



Microsoft Launches Windows 8 in Singapore

New offers, apps and range of hardware options offers choice and opportunity for customers as Windows 8 becomes globally available.


Singapore – 25 October 2012 – Today, Microsoft announced the availability of Windows 8 for its customers in Singapore and around the world. Beginning on Friday, October 26, consumers and businesses worldwide will be able to experience all that Windows 8 has to offer: a beautiful new UI, a wide range of apps with the grand opening of the Windows Store, available on more than 1000 Windows 8 certified  PCs and tablets.

Microsoft held the launch event at the Esplanade in Singapore showcasing the new Windows 8 on different vendor’s AIO and notebooks.

Helene Auriol, Managing Director of Microsoft Singapore gave the opening speech at the launch event.

Windows 8 will be available for download to upgrade existing PCs in over 140 markets and 37 languages at, and at retail locations around the world including Singapore. Over 50 Windows 8 devices from a wide range of manufacturers including Asus, Acer, Dell, Fujitsu, HP, Lenovo, LG, Samsung, Sony and Toshiba – will be available at more than 120 IT retail stores across Singapore, including Challenger, Courts, Harvey Norman and Newstead. Customers will be able to choose from a range of new models, including notebooks, tablets, all-in-ones, touch-enabled ultrabooks and convertibles, all built for Windows 8.


“With the launch of Windows 8, Microsoft is unveiling a reimagined Windows to the world,” said Helene Auriol, Managing Director, Microsoft Singapore. “Windows 8 delivers a no-compromise computing experience to individuals, families and businesses, where they no longer need to choose between the fun and convenience of a tablet and the power and productivity of a PC.”


Windows 8 – Many Shapes and Sizes

Windows 8 will be available in two versions at retail, Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro. And for our business customers, Windows 8 Enterprise offers new possibilities in mobile productivity with features like Windows To Go, DirectAccess, and BranchCache, as well as enhanced end-to-end security with features including BitLocker and AppLocker.

Launching at the same time is a new member of the Windows family designed for ARM-based tablets, Windows RT, which will be available pre-installed on new devices.

Windows 8 features the new fast and fluid Start screen that gives people one-click access to the apps and content they care most about, the entirely new Internet Explorer 10 that is perfect for touch, and built-in cloud capabilities with SkyDrive.

In addition to the range of new devices available, consumers can also upgrade their existing PCs. Through the end of January, consumers currently running PCs with Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7, are qualified to download Windows 8 Pro for an estimated retail price of S$49.99 from And eligible Windows 7 PCs purchased between June 2, 2012, and January 31, 2013 in more than 140 countries can download Windows 8 Pro for an estimated retail price of S$17.99 with the Windows Upgrade Offer, available at New Windows 8 licenses can be bought at all leading IT retail stores for S$89.00.


Windows 8 is All About the Apps

Windows 8 comes pre-installed with powerful apps, which include Mail, People, Calendar, Photos, Weather, Xbox Music and SkyDrive. An integral part of the Windows 8 experience is the addition apps that users can download from the Windows Store, be it productivity tools, news, or simply games. The cloud-connected Windows Store can be accessed via the Windows Store App on the Windows 8 Start Screen and is a central place for users to manage their downloaded apps across multiple Windows 8 devices.

Microsoft has officially opened its Windows Store for Singapore as part of Windows 8 launch today. At launch, Windows 8 users can immediately download quality local apps from Channel NewsAsia, The Straits Times, Stomp, NomWhere, Razor TV, Photo Monkey, SG Cab, NomWhere, SG Deal,, SingTel, StarHub, Merlion Words and iProperty and many others directly from their Windows 8 devices.


Helene added: ”We have put in place a compelling app platform for Windows 8 users to customize their Windows experience, built on our strong ecosystem of app developers, IT partners and enterprise customers. Our partners and customers are very excited about the Windows 8 app and Windows Store opportunity. With the strong pipeline of quality apps that are submitted to the Windows Store every day, we are confident that Windows 8 users will have a good breadth of apps that makes Windows 8 central to their lifestyles.”


Windows 8 is ready for Singapore

A multi-million dollar campaign has been rolled out in Singapore to drive awareness and excitement about Microsoft’s latest OS together with hardware and retail partners.  Microsoft kick-started the launch of Windows 8 in Singapore with a launch event held on 25 October at Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay. More than 600 Windows enthusiasts, partners and enterprise customers attended this Windows 8 Singapore launch event. Partnering with hardware and retail partners, Microsoft has also organized special Windows 8 zones in more than 20 major IT retail stores across Singapore from 26 to 28 October 2012 for consumers to experience and buy Windows 8 devices.


HP Delivers Comprehensive Windows 8 PC Portfolio



SINGAPORE, Oct., 25, 2012 — HP today announced availability and pricing details for its new lineup of consumer and business PCs that are designed to work with Windows 8.


The new HP products, ranging from stylish notebooks and desktops to a tablet, leverage premium materials and a purposeful design philosophy to deliver a distinct HP look and feel.


Unique form factors—including a hybrid PC with a detachable screen, a business tablet with optional functionality-boosting HP Smart Jackets and the latest range of slim and elegant All-in-Ones desktops with intuitive touch capabilities—enable users to take advantage of Windows 8 along with HP innovations such as HP TouchSmart technology. They also offer HP Connected Photo powered by Snapfish by HP(1) for convenient access to photos.



“HP’s portfolio of ultrathin notebooks, sleek All-in-Ones and high-performance business PCs is designed to meet the needs of customers anticipating the release of the Windows 8 OS,” said James Mouton, senior vice president and general manager, Personal Computer Global Business Unit, HP. “Consumers and organizations now can choose from a broad range of HP PCs featuring multitouch displays, versatile form factors, sleek designs or customizable solutions that address their needs.”


HP consumer notebooks(2)

The HP consumer notebook portfolio featuring Windows 8 includes a hybrid PC and notebooks with slim and sophisticated designs, multitouch display technology, strong performance and great value.

·    The HP ENVY x2 is a powerful, ultrathin hybrid PC that delivers the power of a notebook and the freedom of a tablet in one stylish, lightweight device. A notebook that doubles as a tablet, the HP ENVY x2 has a detachable screen that becomes a full tablet when separated from the keyboard via a seamless magnetic latch. The HP ENVY x2 includes a vivid 11.6-inch diagonal high-definition (HD)(3) touch display,  Beats Audio, an HD webcam plus an 8-megapixel camera, and near field communication (NFC) technology(4) that lets users share content, including photos, contacts and URLs, with a simple tap. Expected to be available in Singapore in late 2012 at S$1,099.

·    The HP ENVY TouchSmart Ultrabook 4 features a 14-inch diagonal multitouch HD(3) display and a booming subwoofer with Beats Audio. Expected to be available in Singapore on October 26 at S$1,399.

·    The HP Pavilion Sleekbook 14 and Pavilion Sleekbook 15 PCs are available in sparkling black and ruby red and provide the performance and easy applications consumers need every day—now in an ultrathin style. Available in Singapore on October 26, starting at S$699 and S$1,099, respectively.


HP consumer all-in-one PCs and consumer desktops(2)

HP’s new consumer desktops include AiO and tower PCs featuring advanced multitouch technology and offering head-turning designs and powerful performance.

·    The HP ENVY 23 and ENVY 20 TouchSmart AiO PCs deliver 10-point multitouch technology, 23- and 20-inch diagonal HD(3) displays, and excellent performance for working, playing and staying connected. The HP ENVY 23 TouchSmart and HP ENVY 20 TouchSmart AiO PCs are available in Singapore on October 26, starting at S$1,599 and S$1,199, respectively.

·    The non-touch HP Pavilion 20 AiO delivers performance, an attractive space-saving design and intuitive features to keep users connected to family and friends, all at a great value. Available in Singapore on October 26, starting at S$899.

·    The HP ENVY Phoenix h9 desktop PC delivers a powerful computing experience for users who enjoy creating digital content and immersive gaming. Available in Singapore from October 26, starting at S$1,699.


HP business PCs(2)

Delivering outstanding performance, versatility and value, HP’s business PC portfolio maximizes productivity for businesses and government organizations of any size.

·    The HP ElitePad 900 is a true tablet for business that balances a beautiful design with enterprise-grade features, serviceability and support. The ultrathin and lightweight Windows 8-based tablet(5) also features optional HP ElitePad Smart Jackets,(6) which add connectivity options and longer battery life along with specific add-ons that customize the tablet for specialized uses. Expected to be available in Singapore in late January 2013. Pricing information will be announced closer to availability.

·    The HP EliteBook Folio 9470m Ultrabook™ is ultrathin, lightweight and efficient. With enterprise docking capabilities and a swappable battery, the HP EliteBook Folio is built for the on-the-go professional. The HP EliteBook Folio 9470m Ultrabook is expected to be available in Singapore in mid-Nov. 2012 at a starting price of S$2,599.


HP announced touch-enabled notebooks on Aug. 30, AiO and desktop PCs on Sept. 12, additional consumer notebooks and commercial PCs on Sept. 25 and an enterprise-ready tablet on Oct. 2.

ASUS TAICHI is the world’s first ultra-portable to feature a back-to-back dual-screen design. Weighing at just 1.25kg, TAICHI features a powerful Intel® Core™ processor and two back-to-back full HD IPS display screens for sharing information all in a slender profile that tapers to a slim 0.3cm. With the lid open, TAICHI is a powerful Ultrabook™ with a backlit keyboard for dealing with even the most demanding productivity tasks. With the lid closed, TAICHI is a lightweight multi-touch tablet for easy and intuitive use with Windows 8 when on the move. Both screens can also be used simultaneously and independently for unparalleled movie flexibility and for sharing information in exciting new ways.

The demonstration below shows how the dual display can be activated.

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

Microsoft just announced it’s own brand tablet Surface. It comes in two flavours:

The first being Windows RT is lighter at 676g and 9.3mm thin. It has a 10.6″ ClearType HD display. powr is at 31.5 W-h. It has microSD, USB 2.0, MicroHD Video, 2×2 MIMO antenna. Softwares include Office Home & Student 2013 RT. It comes with A Touch Cover, type Cover. It is equipped with a vapormg case and stand. It is configurable at 32GB or 64GB.

The second is powered by Windows 8 Pro. It weighs 903g and 13.5mm thin. It also has a 10.6″ ClearType Full HD Display and crated 42 Wh. It has a microSDXC, USB 3.0, mini display port and 2×2 MIMO antenna. It has a touch cover, type cover, pen with palm block. Likewise it has a VaporMg Case and Stand. It comes in 64GB and 128GB variations.

So how much do you think this two devices will cost ? About the same price as the new iPad ? My guess should be SGD 650 or so for the Win RT and a SGD 1000 odd for the Windows 8 Pro version. If you notice, there is no mention of 3G or LTE support. It is just a 802.11n WIFI device. So, who manufactured the device for microsoft? I suppose it should be some China OEM company. Post your comments below.

According to Cnet, Microsoft’s mysterious media event scheduled for tomorrow. It is speculated that Microsoft will launch it’s own brand tablet with Barnes & Noble to challenge Apple’s iPad.

In fact, it is more or less confirmed the media event is focused on a new product is being developed in conjunction with Barnes & Noble and will focus on entertainment, according to a TechCrunch report.

If that is the case, the so called new tablet is aimed at the Amazon Kindle Fire as a entry level entertainment device for e-reading just like Kindle adopted a modified version of Android.

Not long after the media invitations to tomorrow’s event in Los Angeles surfaced, speculation swirled that Microsoft was getting ready to unveil a tablet running either Windows 8 or Windows RT. The Wrap went so far as to report that the new device would be a “Microsoft-manufactured tablet” that would “put the company in direct competition with giant rival Apple.”

The doors open Monday at 3:30 p.m. PT, with the event itself presumably beginning at 4 sharp.

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.