To help you figure out the best option for your needs, here are the latest mobile devices in the market – from nostalgic throwbacks to AI powerhouses.

LG G7+ ThinQ

LG G7+ ThinQ

The latest flagship phone from LG has much to shout about: artificial intelligence (AI) camera, large 6.1-inch screen, and ‘boombox’ speakers. But none will stand out more than the familiar faces of K-pop boy band BTS, who are the ambassadors of the LG G7+ ThinQ ($1,198). Seven handsome reasons aside, this ‘personalised AI smartphone’ is made for all your entertainment needs. Capture crisp images with its dual rear 16-megapixel cameras that function well even in lowlight situations (handy for concerts!), or jam out to BTS hits with speakers that deliver resonant sounds with powerful basses.

Psst, here’s a deal you don’t want to miss: you can get a free 32-inch LG Smart LED TV 1 worth $599 with every purchase of the LG G7+ ThinQ! Available to the first 400 eligible customers from now till 15 August.

Huawei Honor 10

Huawei Honor 10

The Huawei Honor 10 ($579) makes its Southeast Asia debut. Its humble size of a 5.84-inch display comes loaded with features that make the phone punch well above its weight. Like most smartphones, it comes with an AI camera that automatically adjusts to the optimal setting, making photo-taking that much easier. Performance is fast, complemented with an impressive hardware wrapped in an iridescent glass design. For what the brand lacks in popularity, it certainly makes up for in its specifications.

Vivo X21

Vivo X21

The Vivo X21 ($799) introduces a few proud features: in-screen fingerprint sensor, stunningly vivid screen display, and local heartthrob Nathan Hartono as its music ambassador. But what really steals the show is its 12-megapixel camera that will bring your selfie game to the next level with the AI Face Beauty function, which effectively detects skin tones and ambient light conditions.

Nokia 8810

Nokia 8810

‘90s kids who remember the 8-bit snake game of yesteryears will appreciate the iconic Nokia 8110 ($109). Tapping into their archives, the Matrix-inspired slider phone will make a comeback – this time with updated features. Available in black and yellow, it comes with 4G connectivity complete with an app store to access all your usual smartphone essentials. And befitting of all Nokia phones, this trooper also boasts incredible battery life (up to 25 days of standby time), and a sliding tactile mechanic that allows users to end or pick up a call. That’s not forgetting a revamped version of our favourite snake game.

Nokia 7 Plus

Nokia 7 Plus

For a mid-range phone that isn’t mediocre, the Nokia 7 Plus ($599) comes decently balanced in price, style and hardware. Designed for creating picture-perfect content, it has a 16-megapixel front camera, rear-dual cameras, and Dual- Sight technology that captures a #Bothie using the front and rear camera simultaneously. The enhanced processor also comes hidden in a cool ceramic-like coating with a two-day battery life. The only downside? It’ll make putting down the phone that much harder now.

Samsung Galaxy J7 Duo

Samsung Galaxy J7 Duo

Those looking for an affordable introduction into Samsung’s smartphone family should consider the Samsung Galaxy J7 Duo ($348). Within its thin and sleek frame comes a 5.5- inch Super AMOLED display providing clear, crisp imagery. Its function extends to its dual- rear camera (13-megapixel at its highest) and 8-megapixel front camera, with dual SIM capabilities and the option of expandable memory. At a surprisingly affordable price point of $348, it’s a wallet-friendly option from a widely popular brand worth converting for.

OPPO R15

Oppo R15

Combining both looks and function is the OPPO R15 ($749). On the exterior, the glass design creates a lustrous surface for colours like Nebula Purple and Rouge Red to dazzle in the light. Plus, it comes with a bezel-less 6.28-inch display that covers 90 per cent of the front body. Inside, you get an AI camera with intelligent scene recognition and technology that tackles backlit selfies. Other notable features include near-field communication and a roomy 128GB internal storage.

This article was adapted from Teenage Vol.30 Issue 3, out on newsstands now!

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Just in time for National Day, the first ever Tokidoki-themed river cruise has finally hit our shores. Launched by Water B, this collaboration features five Singapore-inspired characters created specially by the creative brainchild of the iconic lifestyle brand, Simone Legno.

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From 2 August onwards, fans of Tokidoki can embark on this once-in-a-lifetime voyage along Singapore River, which is home to many of our historical landmarks such as the Merlion Park, The Arts House and Esplanade Theatres on the Bay. If you can tear your eyes away from the scenic landscape, the boat itself is every bit as photo-worthy as well – all decked out in quirky motifs of several larger-than-life characters from the Tokidoki realm.

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Not only will you get to enjoy an immersive 40-minute cruise, you will also receive a box of exclusive Tokidoki merchandise including a pouch, lanyard and stickers. One session on the Tokidoki boat costs $58, and will be held daily at 5pm, 7pm and 9pm. Bookings can be made on the Water B website up to three months in advance. But here’s a sweet deal: you can get 10% off all river cruise bookings made in the month of August, as part of the National Day festivities!

What more can we ask for?

The Water B Tokidoki River Cruise sets sail from 2 August 2018 onwards at the Water B Fort Canning Jetty.

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If you thought last year’s instalment of Universal Studio Singapore’s Halloween Horror Nights was scary AF, wait till you step foot into Resorts World Sentosa this year.

From 27 September to 31 October, brace yourself for “infinite fear” at the eighth edition of the annual spook fest. With five haunted houses, three live shows and two scare zones, you’ll be treated to an endless cycle of horrifying thrills revolving around Asian and Western folklores. Here’s what you can expect at #HHN8.

#1 Channel your inner Eleven at the Stranger Things House

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Watching Stranger Things through the screen is creepy enough, imagine wandering through the eerie surrounds of the Upside Down woods or getting chased by the Demagorgon monster. Bringing the fictional town of Hawkins to life, the thematic haunted house will feature a total of 12 artfully recreated scenes and storylines that will make you feel as if you’re Eleven herself.

#2 Escape from vampires in the world of Killuminati

Killuminati

This ain’t no Twilight story – you’re entering the Chinese secret society where bloodthirsty vampires existed for centuries, and it’s not gonna be an easy ride. This highly interactive battlefield will be packed with so many terrifying twists, turns and mysterious secret rooms that even the bravest souls will have a hard time sleeping at night…

#3 Visit Pontianak in her very own lair

Pontianak

If there’s an Asian folklore that accompanied us growing up, it’s the legend of the Pontianak. You’ll be setting foot into the hometown of the infamous vampiric ghost where you will watch the all-too-familiar scenes of the Pontianak unfold before your eyes – from the banana trees where she resides, to the laundry area where she sniffs out her next victim. Not for the faint-hearted!

#4 Get transported back in time to the Edo-era

The Haunting Of Oiwa

Go back in time to the Edo period of Japan in The Haunting of Oiwa haunted house. Dedicated to the classic Japanese ghost story of Yotsuya, you will come face-to-face with a wrathful Lady Oiwa who returns from the dead seeking revenge after being poisoned by her unfaithful husband.

#5 Make it out of a zombie apocalypse 

Because what better way to spend Halloween than killing hoards of the undead, amirite? Back by popular demand, the Zombie Laser Tag makes its comeback with an arena double the size – which means more zombies to fend off and greater obstacles to overcome. Do you have what it takes to get out alive? Guess you’ll just have to experience it to find out!

Note: The Zombie Laser Tag experience is available at an additional $38 per participant.

Other noteworthy highlights include a scare zone filled with ancient man-hunters, a Chinese-themed pagoda trapped with demonic creatures and floating spirits, as well as a series of original horror flims leading up to the nighttime event.

Early bird ticket sales will run from now till 12 August at $55 (non-peak) and $65 (peak), while standard event tickets are available at $58 (non-peak) and $68 (peak) each. Tickets can be purchased from the RWS website and/or at Universal Studios Singapore ticket booths.

Photo credits: Resorts World Sentosa

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After several months of evaluation, we’re finally ready to unveil the big winner of the Expedia Singapore Family Showdown! Three finalists – Aisyah, Shirmin and Ruqsaar – were selected to star in the Expedia web series with their folks, which saw them gamely divulging their deepest family secrets and travel quirks in a bid to garner votes. Which family managed to win over the hearts of the viewers and walk away with a $3,000 staycation? Let’s find out, in GIF style.

According to her mum, she’s a “vain lady”.

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But it turns out… like mother, like daughter!

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And even though they annoy each other sometimes…

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They’re still as close as ever.

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Huge congratulations to Ruqsaar for winning a dream staycation for her family worth up to $3,000!

The remaining two finalists will also receive an Expedia voucher worth $500 each. Thanks for voting, everybody!

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Watch the full episode of Ruqsaar and her mum, Sarifah, here.

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There are plenty of reasons why people around the world are so obsessed with all things Korean: the oppas, the shopping, and of course, the plethora of lip-smacking food options. Although street food’s a must in kimchi land, the millennial in us just can’t resist checking out all the aesthetically-pleasing cafes. Cafe culture is huge in South Korea, and it has even made its way onto our shores.

Enter Two Hana, a brand new cafe concept by F&B giant Seoul Garden Group. Located at the freshly-refurbished Century Square Mall, this contemporary establishment is a mishmash of Western and Korean influences, evidenced by its minimalistic theme of light-coloured stone walls, geometric lines and pops of pastel hues. For those with a penchant for covetable social media fodder (and good food, of course), this is the place to be.

Two Hana Kimchi Mac & Cheese Bites

The menu is every bit as Insta-ready as its decor, which offers a novel take on classic Korean dishes with a fusion twist. Some of its signature offerings include the Kimchi Mac and Cheese ($9), which comes served in bite-sized chunks that are deep-fried to golden perfection; and the vegetarian-friendly Korean Cauliflower Fritters ($8), featuring crispy cauliflower tempura glazed with house-made sweet and spicy sauce. Bear in mind that Koreans are big on heavy flavours, so for those with a lighter palate, you may want to order a few dishes for sharing as the portions can be rather substantial.

Two Hana Iced Strawberry Matcha Latte

Also not to be missed is their selection of desserts, such as the Strawberry Crispy Waffles with Honey Citron Ice Cream ($9) and the Doenjang Caramel Apple Waffles ($9). But if you’re here for the ‘gram, we recommend going for the matcha beverages; in particular, the Iced Strawberry Matcha Latte ($7) would look perfect against the gorgeous backdrop.

The best part? Prices aren’t that bad – light bites and drinks are all under $10, while mains range from $12 to $24 (the steepest item on the menu being the Gochujang Braised Lamb Shank, which is good for two). Two Hana, you’re doing things right.

Photo credits: daphotographer/Two Hana

Two Hana is located at 2 Tampines Central 5, Century Square #01-21, Singapore 529509.

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