Everybody has been talking about Samsung’s upcoming premium smart phone and we’ve heard various names like the Samsung Galaxy F and most recently Samsung Galaxy Alpha. Now a collection of photos have confirmed the existence of the Galaxy Alpha and it reveals a more upmarket build. This looks quite legit as both Sammobile and tinhte.vn had acquired photos of the same model.
Initially thought as a more premium Galaxy S5, the Galaxy Alpha appears to be having a smaller 4.7″ display which leads a possibility that this is a model positioned below its current Galaxy S5 hero product. As comparison, the Galaxy S5 mini is having a 4.5″ display that does HD 720p resolution.
The screen resolution is still unknown but it could doing either a HD 720p or a Full HD 1080p resolution. From the photos, the back also comes with a heart rate sensor which is placed vertically on the left side of the camera. It also uses the same perforated design but the dots are much more finer on this new model. Faster 4G LTE-A support is seen as well from its boot up sequence.
With Samsung Galaxy Note 4 launch around the corner, it is likely that this would be a mid-spec device as it doesn’t make sense to have 2 flagships launched around the same time. What do you guys think? Check out the rest of the photos after the break.
Uber, your personal driver on demand service is now reaching out to more users with the availability of its official Windows Phone app. Initially it was available only for iOS and Android platform. Alternatively you can order a ride using their mobile site at m.uber.com.
In Kuala Lumpur, Uber has been expanding quite rapidly and they have recently introduced UberX that offers even lower rates than taxis. The original UberBlack which offers premium rides including Camry, Accord, Teana, Audi A6 and Mercedes-Benz E-class is now on 20% off promotion from its normal rates.
The appeal of Uber is its cash-less convenience where you can just hop on and hop off and the fare will be charged directly to your credit or debit card. You can view a comparison of their rates versus budget and executive taxis over here. If you haven’t seen it yet, do check out our review of UberBlack when it first started end of last year.
For Windows Phone users, you can download the Uber App over here.
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If you missed the previous Redmi 1S sale, Xiaomi is restocking 10,000 units today, 24th July at 12PM. The Redmi 1S is their most affordable dual-SIM device that’s priced at RM419. It happening at their online store at mi.com/my. Nope, there’s no power bank on sale today.
It gets a respectable 4.7″ display with HD 720p resolution and it is powered by a 1.6GHz Quad-Core Snapdragon 400 processor with 1GB of RAM. There’s 8GB of on-board storage which can be expanded up to 64GB with microSD. On top of that, it gets a 8MP rear camera and a front facing 1.6MP unit. You could also see the camera compares in our 5 way smart phone camera shootout.
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The Sony Xperia Z3 is expected to be announced soon at the upcoming IFA 2014 in Berlin. While most of the new high-end smart phones launched recently are having a 2.5GHz Quad-Core Snapdragon 801 processor with 3GB of RAM, you would expect Sony Mobile to offer similar if not better specs than that.
Underneath its new refreshed exterior, serial leaker @Evleaks suggests that the new Xperia Z3 will be running on a 2.4GHz Quad-Core processor with Adreno 330 GPU (Snapdragon 801 series). While the Xperia Z2 is currently having a 5.2″ Full HD display, the new model would be slightly smaller at 5.15″ and does the same Full HD 1080p resolution. Meanwhile, the rest of the specs are similar with 3GB RAM, 16GB of storage and a combination of 20.7MP + 2MP cameras.
If the specs are true, the Xperia Z3 doesn’t look like a major upgrade for those who are using the Xperia Z2. Perhaps Sony has more surprises on the software side of things.
Microsoft Devices is trying to push Windows Phone to the masses with its new Lumia 530. Available in either single-SIM and Dual-SIM variant, the Lumia 530 is priced from €85 (about RM385) before tax, making it its most affordable Lumia yet. Despite its low price tag, it runs on the latest Windows Phone 8.1 that offers the latest features such as Action Centre and WordFlow Keyboard.
At first glance, it does look like a refreshed model of the Lumia 525 as the Lumia 530 comes with a similar sized 4″ display. Instead of using IPS panel, it settles for a standard LCD screen that displays a FWVGA resolution of 854 x 480. Like the Lumia 630, it uses on-screen buttons instead of capacitive ones at the front.
Powering the device is a 1.2GHz Quad-Core Snapdragon 200 processor that’s mated to 512MB of RAM and on-board it comes with 4GB of expandable storage. On top of its free 15GB cloud storage, the Lumia 530 has an expandable microSD slot which support cards up to 128GB.
The affordable Redmi 1S will be offered on contract with DiGi very soon. With its low price of just RM419, you can expect the device to be offered for free on contract but it will probably tie in with a long 24 months duration.
As comparison, its high-end Mi 3 was offered for Free with 24 months contract of DG SmartPlan 148. It is likely that the Redmi 1S would be offered for free as well but at lower monthly commitment plans. To recap on the specs, the Redmi 1S is Xiaomi’s affordable dual-sim smart phone that comes with a 4.7″ HD 720p display and a capable Quad-Core 1.6GHz Snapdragon 400 processor and 1GB of RAM. You can check out our hands-on with the Redmi 1S over here.
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The Tegra K1 processor is Nvidia’s ultimate mobile solution for desktop-class gaming. The Xiaomi Mi Pad is the first tablet to feature such processor and it is even said to be the reference device for gaming developers. If you prefer something that’s suited up for serious gaming, the Nvidia Shield Tablet is the answer that you’ve been looking for.
It gets a practically sized 8″ display that does 1920×1200 Full HD resolution and it is accompanied with a front firing stereo speakers that’s enhanced with dual-bass reflex ports. Like the Mi Pad, it gets Quad Cortex A15 cores running at 2.2GHz and it is mated to 2GB of RAM. For a more intense gaming experience, there’s also an optional wireless gaming console that costs US$59.99 (about RM190) and it connects using WiFi direct. A total of 4 controllers can be hooked up at the same time.
If the 8″ display is too small, you can easily connect the Shield Tablet onto the big screen. It comes with a Mini-HDMI port that’s capable of pushing 4K Ultra-HD resolution. Out of the box, they have included a DirectStylus 2 which can be used for drawing and taking notes. It also gets 5MP camera with HDR capabilities on both front and back, along with a microSD expansion slot. The tablet itself weighs 390grams and 9.2mm thick.
The Nvidia Shield Tablet 16GB WiFi version is going for US$299 (about RM948) while the 32GB version with WiFi + 4G LTE is priced at US$399 (about RM1,265). Check out the Shield promo videos and product photos after the break.
Hari Raya is only a few days away and many would be driving home this weekend for the celebrations. To make your road trip more fun and rewarding, Maxis is running a reward contest on Waze where you can stand a chance to win a Samsung Galaxy S5 (1X Daily) or RM200 Petronas fuel vouchers (9X Daily). To win, all you’ll need to do is be among the top 10 users to submit as many unique codes in a single day.
To participate, just switch on Waze on your trip home. Whenever you’re near a Maxis Pin, a message will pop up which you’ll need to save for later viewing in the Waze Inbox. Each message would contain a unique code which you’ll need to submit them at the end of the day. The more you submit, the more chances you have of winning.
The contest starts this Friday, 25th July until 3rd August 2014 and the pins are dropped randomly nationwide. It is open to Maxis and Hotlink subscribers only. As always, keep your eyes on the road and it is best to get your passenger to handle the app for you.
For more information, head over to Maxis’s Waze Raya contest page.
The recently announced Xiaomi Mi 4 is Xiaomi’s latest pride of joy to take on the high-end smart phone segment. It gets new top notch components that are wrapped around in a premium metal chassis. So how much of a difference is it compared to its former Mi 3 smart phone?
For starters, it gets a more powerful 2.5GHz Quad-Core Snapdragon 801 processor mated with 3GB RAM, which gives it an edge over mainstream flagship smart phones such as the Galaxy S5, HTC One M8 and Sony Xperia Z2. Although it maintains the same 5″ Full HD display, you’ll noticed that Xiaomi manages to trim its dimensions tremendously when you compare both numbers side by side.
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The upcoming iPhone 6 has yet to be announced but that’s not stopping Samsung from taking a first jab at the competition. In their latest ad, they positioned their Samsung Galaxy S5 as the large screen smart phone that you’ve been waiting for.
Samsung has always been taking pot-shots at Apple for the longest time. Are they overreacting this time? They could be and it is interesting to point out that the 8 month old iPhone 5S is still the best selling smart phone model. The iPhone undoubtedly has the smallest screen for a flagship device at just 4″ and up-sizing the display is naturally their best step forward.
Check out the Samsung commercial after the break.