Make Heads Turn When Driving Volvo XC90 R-Design

The All-New Volvo XC90 R-Design is aimed at buyers looking for a head-turner that radiates a truly sporty and dynamic look. And it sure lives up to it’s head-turning reputation. We felt like some superstars driving around town when we took this monster ride for a test drive. At every traffic light we stopped, I counted at least 3 out of 5 heads turning back to catch a second look at our ride – The All-New Volvo XC90 R-Design. There was once where I laughed-out-loud when we spotted a white Volvo XC90 along Tanjong Rhu when the driver took a triple look back at our ride. He was driving the Volvo XC90 Momentum. Same same but yet different.

This time round, I did not get to be on the driver’s side as I was too chickened to drive this huge SUV. But I enjoyed every seconds as a passenger on the front seat, second row seats and even in the last row. Spacious seats comfortable enough for me (standing at 1.7m) no matter which row I was in. Feedback from the driver who drove throughout the long easter weekend in the Volvo XC90 will be quoted in the following review and feature of the SUV.

And here goes…

The All-New Volvo XC90 is visually striking, a premium quality 7-seater SUV with world-first class-leading safety features, new powertrain technologies, and an unrivalled combination of power and fuel efficiency. It also represents Volvo’ s distinctive take on what it means to drive a luxury car in the 21st century. The embodiment of unrivalled contemporary Swedish design and craftsmanship, both inside and out.

Spacious premium, smart and luxury interior that makes driving the Volvo XC90 so unique

“There’s so many function and features in this car, I don’t think we can figure everything out in just 4 days.”


True enough, we really did not get to try out the many features come pack inside the Volvo XC90. You can find the full specs and features of this car on Volvo Website, here I will be highlighting the ones we experienced and love. Let’s start with the outside.

Distinctive R-Design Exterior

The R-Design is what makes this Volvo XC90 such a sexy, head-turning automobile. From the grille, front bumper, integrated roof rails, silk metal wing mirrors and window trim and integrated dual tailpipes. All these make the vehicle look like a sporty monster ride for those who goes for a YOLO lifestyle. Its 20-inch R-Design Diamond Cut alloy wheels complete the stylish, dynamic look. What’s not to love about this sexy ride you tell me?

To match the sporty exterior, the inside is super cool too – sports seats and steering wheel in perforated fine Nappa leather upholstery are accompanied by special R-Design details, such as gearshift knob, pedals, floor mats and illuminated tread plates. The driver also gets an exclusive R-Design leather key fob in matching perforated leather.

Most Modern Control System in the Market

The new Sensus user interface is without doubt the most modern in-car control system in the market. It completely reinvents the way drivers operate their cars. The traditional selection of buttons and controls has been replaced with a smooth, intuitive interaction between a large tablet-like touch screen, controls on the steering wheel and a capable voice-control system. Yes we were talking to the car and it responded well!


Tell the car “I’m hot!”, and it adjusts the temperature for you.


Sensus gives comfortable access to a wide selection of cloud-based applications. The outstanding in-car possibilities includes Internet radio, connected navigation, seamless music streaming, the ability to mirror and use Apple and Android devices in the touch screen display, a hot spot for using a tablet in the car – and much more.

Four-zone Climate System

The All-New Volvo XC90 can be specified with a four-zone climate system with individual settings for the occupants in the front seats and in the second row. Volvo Cars’ CleanZone air purification system, one of the most efficient on the market, has been further improved by adding a new carbon filter for more efficient capture of small, harmful particles and pollen in the incoming air.

Individual touchscreen air-condition control panel for the second row seats

“Such a huge car but so easy, so light, so comfortable to drive.”


The All-New Volvo XC90 R-Design come with a customisable Drive Mode function where the driver can choose between different drive modes. The control systems for the engine, automatic gearbox, steering, brake, electronic Stability Control and Start/Stop function are programmed to give different characteristics in the different modes. The Driver Display will even change accordingly. This mode can be easily changed by an elegant and ergonomic roller control on the centre console, without having the driver take his eyes off the road.

There are 5 available drive modes to choose from:

  1. Comfort Mode (default) which delivers an all-round comfortable driving and riding experience.
  2. Dynamic Mode which sharpens the car’ s responses, from a quicker take-off from standstill to disabling the Start/Stop function. The Driver Display changes to create a more dynamic experience.
  3. Eco Mode which assists the driver in driving more economically – minimising the impact on the environment.
  4. Off-road Mode which helps the driver drive through poor and difficult road conditions.
  5. Individual Mode which allows the driver to tailor a driving mode to meet personal preferences.

Safe and Stress Free Drive

Similar to our previous test drive with the Volvo XC60, we felt safe, in fact it was even more safe when driving the Volvo XC90 due to the following features.

  1. Adaptive Cruise Control makes sure your car keeps the distance to the car in front. It makes driving a lot more relaxing especially in slow moving city traffic.
  2. If your car starts to veer out of its lane, the Lane Keeping Aid kicks in, gently steering you back and sending warning vibrations to keep you alert.
  3. All-New Volvo XC90 comes with Road Sign Information technology as standard. It has been further enhanced to show an extended selection of road signs in the digital display in front of the driver, such as various types of supplementary signs. Including traffic camera, and speed limit, making sure you have a safe drive to your destination.

The All-new Volvo XC90 R-design is available at the Volvo Showroom, book now to test drive this premium SUV and experience its beauty and the unique and premium drive. More information of the car available on the website: www.volvocars.com

Here’s a video I shot during our test drive with the Volvo XC90. Sexy right?

ASUS Zenfone Zoom said to be a DSLR that fits into your pocket

ASUS and StarHub today announced the Singapore launch of ZenFone Zoom, the world’s thinnest optical zoom smartphone with 3X Hoya lens in an innovative 10-element lens arrangement for exceptional clarity and photo close-ups with up to 12X total magnification.

ZenFone Zoom is the world’s thinnest optical zoom smartphone, with a 13MP PixelMaster rear camera and 3X lens in a body that measures just 5mm at the edges. The innovative 10-element digital eye was created by the optics experts at Hoya. Glass, synthetic and prismatic lenses are meticulously configured in a dual-prism periscope arrangement to maximise incoming light and capture the best possible photo quality. Equipped with a built-in OIS, it ensures sharper, steadier shots every time even at maximum 3X optical magnification.

I got a first look at this world’s first from ASUS and here are some close-ups of the ZenFone Zoom smartphone.

It’s like having a mini DSLR in your pocket all the time

The ZenFone Zoom was meticulously created to be the world’s thinnest optical zoom smartphone with ASUS engineers rotating the ZenFone Zoom’s lens mechanism to create a compact, intricately- calibrated periscope-style camera in a smartphone. Coupled with a Panasonic SmartFSI® image sensor, the ZenFone Zoom captures more light and more colour, revealing detail and beauty in both natural and low-light compositions that other smartphone cameras will never see.

The ZenFone Zoom’s design takes its cue from the look and feel of professional DSLR cameras, with dedicated buttons for shooting and recording.

Its strong uni-body frame is precision-crafted to a metallic finish that is smooth to the touch, with a choice of premium Pure Black or sleek Ceramic White on the rear, plus diamond-cut edges to create four stunning patterns across the back and sides. The ZenFone Zoom even has an integrated a safety loop and many stylish strap options, for confident shooting from any angle.

The ZenFone Zoom’s 64-bit quad-core Intel Atom processor carefully balances brilliant performance and superb power efficiency, empowered by Intel’s sophisticated 22nm Silvermont architecture. Intel’s new Tri-Gate transistors have three times (3X) more surface area than planar transistors, enabling the flow of more electrons that increase computing performance and reduce power leakage. Furthermore, coupled with a huge 4GB of fast dual-channel DDR3 RAM, the ZenFone Zoom provides top performance in a smartphone.

More information of the ASUS ZenFone Zoom available in their official press release here.

Exclusive to Starhub

Starting 10 March, customers can visit StarHub’s Online Store at www.starhub.com/store to buy the ZenFone Zoom. Please refer to the below table for details on pricing.

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And here’s some shots of the launch event which took place at Parkroyal at Beach Road.

Mr Benson Lin, ASUS Corporate Vice President shared about Zenfone Zoom and I was sold by the quality of photos this phone can produced.
Mr Wang Li-Na, Starhub Head of Product & Marketing and Mr Benson Lin with their ASUS Zenfone Zoom smartphones
Everyone couldn’t wait to get their hands on the ASUS Zenfone Zoom after the presentation.

Am impressed by this album filled with photos taken by Tugo Cheng (Winner of National Geographic International Photo Contest 2015) with the ASUS Zenfone Zoom! Super nice wor!
Bloggers hard at work, who say being a blogger is easy?

CTG: Alcatel Flash 2 – Your Spare Smartphone at Less Than S$200

Thanks to the folks at Alcatel, I got to experience the Alcatel Flash 2 before they launch in Singapore. I did what I used to do a lot in the past here at The Claudia Post, here’s my long-time-no-do-liao Claud Talks Gadget: Alcatel Flash 2.

Unboxing Alcatel Flash 2

The set I got to try was not a local set, so the manual and power adaptor is not for Singapore. Of course the one you order will be in English and comes with the 3-pin plug.

Value For Money, Great for Kids and Grandparents
The Alcatel Flash 2, when I saw it, touched it and got wind of the price, I was already mentally taking order for who to give this to for Christmas. My dad is going to be getting one for sure, cos his phone is hand-me-down from me then to my mum and now to him. And of cos, the Flash 2 camera is better, so he can take better and sharper in focused photos of his grandkids to use as his wallpaper!

See even the packaging looks so good! No one will know its a phone less than $200 loh!

Retailing at just S$199 without contract, this is the cheapest smartphone that gives you a powerful camera and some awesome specifications. You can buy it online at Lazada.sg from 4 December. Just in time for Christmas!

Full set of accessories and even comes with screen protector and leather case, all for just S$199! Set in photo not the local set, Singapore units will come with our standard 3-pin adaptor.

Original Android Lollipop OS
If you are one of those who gets irritated by the numerous apps that come pre-installed in your new smartphone, you’ll be happy to know that Alcatel has keep it as bare as possible. Comes as it is with the authentic Android L UI, similar to the Huawei NEXUS aka Google phone. No branded theme or skin overlaying the original OS.

Taking Mobile Photography To Next Level (They call it Mobigraphy)
Alcatel’s dedication for mobigraphy gives a complete and growing multi-feature camera to ensure that you always have the most needed creative tools for your mobigraphy journey. You can shoot in manual settings, take time lapse videos and capture panorama pictures with the front camera. Other camera features you will see in the Alcatel Flash 2 includes Super Fine, HDR, Face Beauty, Multi-Angle, PIP (Picture in Picture) Mode and even create Live photo. I’ve yet tried all the features, will share more on Instagram when I do!

There’s also a dedicated shutter button for quick switch from phone to camera. Something you don’t find in many phones these days.

Exclusive gSight. Camera Technologies
The gSight. camera is born to deliver superior image quality. The 13MP Samsung S5K3M2 ISOCELL sensor, ƒ/2.0 aperture and 0.3 seconds Phase Detection Auto Focus provides fast, sharp and powerful camera experience. With RealTone flash gives an extra advantage in low light conditions while maintaining the colors as true as possible to real life.

Design to Be Profie Cam
For the Profie Cam. front camera, Flash 2 has the distinct LED flash, shedding light to the users’ selfies. With the advancement of the wider 84 degrees angle, selfie taking with families and friends improves tremendously as you can fit even more people into the photo, and never leave anyone out in capturing your special moments.

Robust 64-bit Octa-core Processor
Built with the incredibly powerful 64-bit octa-core 1.3Ghz Cortex-A53 MT6753 Processor along with the 2GB LPDDR3 SDRAM, the Flash 2 delivers robust performance for heavy duty usage. Users can multitask seamlessly. For peak graphic performance, the l Flash 2 comes with the Mali-T720MP4 GPU.

Pricing & Availability
The Flash 2 (Volcanic Grey) will be available on 4 December 2015 at M1 and Lazada Singapore for $199. Flash 2 flip cover and screen protector will be bundled as a standard in-box accessories.

Check out their website for full specifications and features at http://www.alcatelflash.com/flash-2/. Follow Alcatel OneTouch on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ALCATELONETOUCHsingapore for latest information and promotions.

Buy the phone now on: http://www.lazada.sg/alcatel-flash-2/

GIVEAWAY ALERT

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Check out details on Alcatel OneTouch page on Facebook for contest details.