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Samsung tops The Straits Times Tech Awards 2018

Singapore, 21 Feb 2018 - Samsung emerged the big winner at The Straits Times Tech Awards 2018 today, sweeping five categories in the seventh annual series that celebrates the best tech gadgets and games of the previous year. 

Samsung’s flagship Galaxy Note8 smartphone won both the Editor’s Choice awards for Best Smartphone and Best Smartphone Camera. The South Korean firm’s Samsung Gear Fit2 Pro clinched the Editor’s Choice award for Best Fitness Tracker. Samsung was also readers' favourite for its Q9F Qled TV and the Galaxy J7+ midrange smartphone. 

Finishing a close second were two major brands - Apple and Sony - with four awards each. Apple was the favourite smartphone of ST readers, with its iPhone X winning two Readers’ Choice awards, while the Apple Watch Series 3 was the unanimous pick for best smartwatch, taking both the Editor’s and Readers’ Choice.

The other big winner, Sony, had four nods in the camera, smart TV and headphones categories, including Editor’s Choice awards for the Bravia A1 Oled TV and the WH-1000x M2 over-ear headphones.

Competition was stiff this year in the laptop category with five different brands winning the six awards at stake. LG, which returned to the local laptop market in 2016, won the Editor's Choice award in the Best Ultrabook category with the incredibly-light LG gram 14. Another relative newcomer, Aorus, was deemed to have built the Best Gaming Laptop with the Aorus X9 by the editorial team. Asus came in tops with readers, winning the laptop categories while Microsoft was also the readers’ pick for Best Hybrid Laptop.

In the camera categories, Canon once again proved popular among readers with two wins, while Sony’s a7R III was ahead of the competition, winning both Editor’s and Readers’ Choice for Best Mirrorless Camera. Other products that did well to earn both gongs in their categories included the Google Wifi for Best Wireless Router and the Nintendo Switch game console for Most Innovative Product. 

Mobile culinary game Chef Wars won the Readers’ Choice for Best Local Game while the editorial team went for the action role-playing game Cat Quest. For the game of the year, The Straits Times chose Super Mario Odyssey, which was narrowly trumped by Destiny 2 in votes for the Readers’ Choice award.

In line with the rebranding of The Straits Times Digital to The Straits Times Tech earlier this year, the annual awards was renamed The Straits Times Tech Awards. 

Mr Jeremy Au Yong, Tech Editor of The Straits Times said: “It's been a very interesting year in tech with companies like Samsung, Apple, Google and Nintendo all releasing landmark devices. 

“The Straits Times Tech is happy to be able to partner our prize sponsors to recognise the best hardware and software the year had to offer.”

Readers who voted on the Readers’ Choice awards stand to win prizes worth more than $30,000 in total. The winners will be announced in March. 

The list of category winners for The Straits Times Tech Awards is attached in Annex 1, and also on, as well as published in today’s edition of The Straits Times in the Life section. 


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About The Straits Times 

The Straits Times, the English-language flagship daily of Singapore Press Holdings, is the most-read newspaper in Singapore and is followed widely in the region for its comprehensive coverage of local, regional and world news, provided by its correspondents in 20 bureaus in major cities worldwide. 

Launched on July 15, 1845, The Straits Times underwent a major redesign across all platforms in July 2015, when it celebrated its 170th anniversary. This revamp is part of its continuing efforts to refresh its products, maintain quality and stay relevant to the changing needs of its readers. Its integrated newsroom operates round-the-clock, providing readers with news as it happens on all platforms, from its website at, Apple and Android apps to social media. 

The Straits Times is a member of two media networks - the Asia News Network and the Impact Journalism Day alliance of newspapers - and it has won multiple international media awards, including from the Society of Publishers in Asia, the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers, the Pacific Area Newspaper Publishers' Association (Panpa), Society of News Design and Wan-Ifra. In 2017, it was conferred the silver award for best news mobile service and the bronze award for best use of online video by the World Association of Newspaper at the Digital Media Asia Awards.