Hong Kong Tech Phooey

a tech junkie from Hong Kong

This Week in Hong Kong’s Tech World

This past Friday, we finally see the release of the Apple iPad in Hong Kong. Due to limited stock available on the local Apple Store and for the local retailers, the price of the imported iPad still remain on the high side, around HK$800-1,000 on top of the official price tag (that’s as of this morning).

The official prices for the iPad released are as follow:

  • 16GB WiFi ~ HK$3,888 (US$498.50) / 16GB WiFi+3G ~ HK$4,888 (US$627.00)
  • 32GB WiFi ~ HK$4,688 (US$601.00) / 32GB WiFi+3G ~ HK$5,688 (US$729.00)
  • 64GB WiFi ~ HK$5,488 (US$704.00) / 64GB WiFi+3G ~ HK$6,488 (US$832.00)

Judging from the price, only the 16GB versions are a bit cheaper than the US release prices whereas for the 32GB and 64GB version, it’s a buck or two higher.

As for the release of the Apple iPhone4 for Hong Kong, the official date is this coming Friday, 30 July 2010.  The iPhone 4 is available at the local Apple Store, SmarTone-Vodaphone stores and selected ThreeHK’s retail outlets. No news on the release price yet.

Meanwhile, across the border over in Shenzhen, tons of iPad-look-alike Android based tablets are flooding shopping malls all over.  Steve from Honkie Town was up in Shenzhen the past weekend and he blogged about it on his latest post. Link here.

July 26, 2010 Posted by | Apple, Hong Kong, iPad, iPhone | , , , , | Leave a comment

Apple Released iOS 4.0.1 for iPhone

579MB for the full load, now available. According to Apple, iOS 4.0.1 “improves the formula to determine how many bars of signal strength to display.” Well, just wait and see what they have to say at tomorrow’s iPhone 4 press conference.

July 16, 2010 Posted by | Apple, iOS 4, iPhone | , , | Leave a comment

First Look – Sony NEX-VG10 – World’s First Consumer Interchangeable Lens HD Camcorder

image from imaging-resource.com

Shortly after releasing their NEX line mirror-less camera, the NEX-3 and NEX-5, Sony announced the all new NEX-VG10, the world’s first consumer interchangeable lens HD camcorder which utilizes the same E-mount lens.  Like the NEX-3 and NEX-5, this camcorder can use the alpha lenses as well by using the alpha-mount adapter.  The NEX-VG10 will start shipping this September at just under US$2000.  For a complete preview, check out this article over at image-resource.com.

Thanks Maverick for the video link.  This baby is looking sweet.

Source – image-resource.com, imageinsider

July 14, 2010 Posted by | Cameras/Camcorders, Gadgets n Gizmos, NEX, SONY | , , , , | 1 Comment

Video – Gandalf Goes to the World Cup

Source – PistolShrimps

July 8, 2010 Posted by | Blogroll, Video | | Leave a comment

CNET Asia Community Blog Entry – What’s in My Gear Bag (2010 version)?

My new entry over at CNET Asia Community Blog is up. This week’s entry, “What’s in My Gear Bag (2010 version)?”. Click here for the full read.

July 5, 2010 Posted by | Blogroll, CNET, Gadgets n Gizmos | , | Leave a comment

StartUp Saturday 2010 – 7 August 2010

So, what is StartUp Saturday all about?

StartUp Saturday HK 2010 is THE entrepreneurial event of the year!

The 1-day event at Cyberport in Hong Kong will bring together start-ups, entrepreneurs, investors, students, media and tech enthusiasts from Hong Kong and around the region to see 20 Startups showcase their companies and an amazing line-up of panels focusing on funding, creativity, development and ideas for starting up the next big business in Asia.

Sign up now over at http://startupshk.com/sus2010/

Source – StartUp

July 2, 2010 Posted by | Blogroll, Event, Hong Kong | , | Leave a comment

SONY NEX Firmware Released

Shortly after SOny released their mirroless NEX-3 and NEX-5, they released the first firmware upgrade today.  Got my Sony NEX-5 two days ago (review and pics later), and I can say this update came at the best time.  So what’s new with this firmware? Sony added 3D sweep panorama (but only viewable on their own Sony Bravia TV, gee!). Apart from that,

  • Improvement of ‘normal’ 2D Sweep Panorama shooting;
  • Decreased power drain when the camera is switched off;
  • Quicker start-up in low-light conditions.

You can find the download page here. Oh, one more thing, the firmware upgrade is for PC only, Mac users, eat your heart out.

Source – Sony

July 1, 2010 Posted by | Camera, DSLR, NEX, NEX-5, SONY | , , , | 1 Comment