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Huawei Mate 30 series pricing and availability in Singapore

Comes in a bundle gift for a day!

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The Huawei Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro are coming to Singapore.

First announced in September 2019, the Mate 30 series faced a unique challenge as it launched right after the whole US ban. While it still runs on Android, it will instead run on Huawei Mobile Services out of the box.

That said, the Mate 30 Pro is still the hardware powerhouse it has always been. It’s equipped with the best cameras on an Android smartphone: A 40MP SuperSensing Camera, 16MP Ultra Wide-angle Camera and an 8MP Telephoto Camera. It’s also powered by Huawei’s latest chip the Kirin 990.

The Huawei Mate 30 sports a 4200mAh battery while the Mate 30 Pro has an even bigger battery capacity with 4500mAh.

Pricing and availability

The Mate 30 Pro (8GB/256GB) and Mate 30 (8GB/128GB) will be sold in Singapore from November 16 at SG$ 1,298 and SG$ 948 respectively with a one-day launch event at [email protected], Level 1 Atrium from 10AM to 10PM. The phones will come in both Black and Space Silver.

Customers who purchase a Huawei Mate 30 Pro or Mate 30 at the [email protected] roadshow will receive a gift bundle while stocks last. Only a limited quantity of 500 HUAWEI Mate 30 Series will be available for sale. Due to limited quantities available, each customer will only be entitled to purchase one handset at the roadshow.

The Mate 30 Pro bundle include: DJI Mobile Osmo 3 Combo, Huawei Super Charge Wireless Car Charger, Huawei Mate 30 Pro PU Case, Huawei Super Charge 12,000 40W Power Bank. That’s a total value of SG$ 463.

Meanwhile the Mate 30 bundle include: Huawei Super Charge Wireless Car Charger, Huawei Mate Pro PU Case, Huawei Super Charge 12,000 40W Power Bank. That’s a total value of SG$ 274.

For those who are unable to purchase at the roadshow, the Mate 30 Pro and Mate 30 will also be available at selected M1 and StarHub shops, consumer electronic stores, official online store with Lazada and at all Huawei Concept Stores.

SEE ALSO: Huawei Mate 30 Pro review: The best Android smartphone in an ideal world

 

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Amazon to invest $1 billion in India’s small businesses

Jeff Bezos is convinced it’s time to double down

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Jeff Bezos is visiting India and Amazon has organized a conference to announce their plans and goals for the regional market. Dubbed “Smbhav”, it’s a collaborative event for small and medium businesses and will see the participation of senior industry executives.

Bezos said the global online retailer will invest US$ 1 billion in digitising India’s small and medium businesses. He also said the company is eyeing scaling locally produced products from India — in line with the Make in India program — to be of US$ 10 billion size on Amazon platform by 2025.

“We are doing this now because it is working. And when something works you should double down on it,” Bezos said.

The news comes just after the Competition Commission of India (CCI), started an investigation into anti-competitive practices of Amazon and its Walmart-owned rival Flipkart earlier this week.

An Amazon executive said the company has amassed over 500,000 sellers in India and thousands of merchants in the country who are selling on 12 Amazon marketplaces around the world.

India is a lucrative market for internet companies because of extremely cheap data rates and easy availability of affordable smartphones. With a population of 1.3 billion people, the potential is unmatchable. Especially because China’s markets are closed by an internal firewall and the developed markets are highly saturated.

The country is Amazon’s largest bet outside its home market and currently at the cutting edge of digital payments. In India, Amazon is able to set up a highly scaled operations unit, ensuring lower costs and better reach.

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POCO is now officially an independent brand

No longer affiliated with Xiaomi

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Xiaomi has announced it’s spinning off POCO as an independent brand. This means the brand will now operate on its own. POCO started in 2018 as a sub-brand of Xiaomi and the parent company has decided to bring in structural changes.

POCO branding is active in India while all other markets get Pocophone. The brand is famous for its POCO F1, an affordable phone that packs a flagship-grade processor. The phone’s arrival created a completely new category of smartphones that are built to be inexpensive, yet offer unmatchable speed.

However, POCO took the backseat in 2019 while Xiaomi rained the markets with Redmi branded phones. Fans have been asking about POCO F1’s successor ever since and the parent company consistently stayed silent about the sub-brand’s future.

Rival brand Realme was also formed as an independent company but is able to leverage OPPO’s infrastructure as “partners”. Having complete independence, the company can operate on its own and decide its own strategy. This structural divide let Realme form a new identity and within no time, it reckoned with Xiaomi as India’s leading mobile vendor.

There were reports in the second half of 2019 that suggested Xiaomi might ditch the POCO brand completely. It’s safe to say that isn’t happening anymore. POCO’s social media handles have been actively announcing discounts and deals on the POCO F1, suggesting a new product could be on the way soon.

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Hisense partners with NBA icon Dwyane Wade

It’s a multi-year deal

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Hisense has been one of the fast rising brands especially in the television department. The company is now partnering with three-time NBA Champion Dwyane Wade to attract the sports-consuming market.

Wade will serve the as the company’s US Ambassador and will be prominently featured in premium product launches, in-person event appearances, and other upcoming marketing campaigns. He will be joining Hisense’s list of sports partners that include NASCAR, FIFA (2018) and UEFA (2016 and 2020).

The retired NBA star says he sees the company’s dedication to producing quality products and he’s excited for the partnership.

Hisense offers several value-for-money products especially with televisions. In CES 2020, the company launched the L5 laser TV and XD9G — the first dual-cell technology TV on the market. They also offer various other products like home appliances including refrigerators, wine coolers, portable air conditioners, and more

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