OPPO is refreshing its product line up with newer hardware and 4G LTE connectivity. Now its OPPO R1L is officially announced and this refreshes its previous Oppo R1. The exterior looks pretty much the same with a 5″ HD 720p display and it still retains a respectable slim 7.1mm body that’s surrounded by a metallic frame.
Instead of using MediaTek’s Quad-Core 1.3GHz processor, the OPPO R1L is powered by Qualcomm’s 1.6GHz Quad-Core Snapdragon 400 processor that’s mated to 1GB of RAM and it gets 16GB of storage which is non-expandable. The main camera has been improved too from 8MP to 13MP f/2.0 shooter. This is the same Sony IMX214 Sensor that’s found on the Find 7 and OnePlus One smart phones.
BlackBerry has officially announced its third device developed with Porsche Design with the BlackBerry P’9983. Like Porsche Design devices of the past, it offers premium style with upmarket materials instead of the usual plastic. For those who prefer to tap on a physical keyboard, the new P’9983 is the first QWERTY based Porsche Design device that runs on the latest BlackBerry OS 10.3. Previously, the P’9982, was based on the BlackBerry Z10 that came with a full touch screen experience.
Spec-wise, the new P’9983 is based on the BlackBerry Q10 with a 3.1″ 720×720 touch display, dual-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm MSM8960 processor, 2GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. It also has a microSD slot that support cards up to 128GB, a microUSB 2.0 port as well as micro HDMI as standard. The battery is similar with the Q10 as well with a 2,100mAh capacity unit and a 8MP camera with 5 elements f/2.2 sapphire glass lens. It also gets 4G LTE, WiFI 802.11n, Bluetooth 4.0 LE and NFC support.
It is available for iPhone (iPhone 4S and above), iPod Touch (5th Gen) and iPad (iPad 2 and above). To start downloading, head over to Settings > General > Software Updates. It takes about 30-40 minutes on 5Mbps Unifi plan to download.
UPDATE: Take note that iOS 8 would require up to 5.7GB of free space to update from the phone. Mashable has posted a solution that you can install with less free space by updating using iTunes on your computer. Just make sure you click on “Check for updates” and DON’T click on “Restore iPhone”.
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There are a couple of ways to enhance your smart phone’s camera capability. You can get one of those Sony add-on lens camera or simply get creative with what you’ve got. Now here comes product that lets you take fancy photos all the time in a simple yet elegant solution. And it even claims to be so awesome that it will be hard for anyone to take trashy pictures.
Introducing the Relonch camera case that’s packed with a APS-C sensor with f/2.0 aperture. Unlike typical add-on Lens Camera, there’s no bluetooth or WiFi connectivity to mess around and it connects instantly by slotting an iPhone 5/5S onto lightning connector inside. According to the company, they have plans to release a newer version to support the bigger iPhone 6. To make things simple, there’s only a single shutter button right at the top and all you’ll need is their official app.
Samsung is bringing Android to more appliances beyond your average smart phone, tablets and camera. They have announced its new Smart MultiXpress range of multi function printers that’s powered by Android. This is a first time a MFP system is running on an Android platform and it offers several smart features without the need of having a PC.
With a 10.1″ display that looks like a full sized tablet mounted on the printer, users can print anything from the web, maps, photos and contents that can be accessed on the machine itself. The on-board Samsung Smart UX is said to be similar with Samsung Galaxy’s touch screen UI. Like a smart phone, the touch screen offers haptic feedback with vibrations for a more tactile experience.
Apart from the standard features including CloudPrinting, the Smart MultiXpress also offers an optional NFC module for seamless mobile printing. It could also be used for user authentication when printing confidential documents. To cope with high-demand usage, the printer is powered by a dual-core 1GHz processor.
The new family of Sony Xperia Z3 may have the similar looking Android UI as its previous model but there’s a neat little feature that lets you make a screen capture video on the device itself. By long pressing the power button, you’ll get an extra “Record Screen” button next to the Take screenshot option, and this lets you record a video of whatever is showing on your device.
There are 3 video resolutions available – Full HD (1920×1080), HD (1280×720) and VGA (640×480). You also get the option to record in either landscape or portrait mode as well. Since this makes it possible to record step by step tutorial videos, the Record Screen feature also lets you enable picture-in-picture footages with a front facing camera which can be resized and moved around the screen.
Check out the screenshots and sample screen capture video after the break.
During yesterday’s regional launch, Sony has shared that the latest Xperia Z3 flagship smart phone along with its Xperia Z3 Compact will be available in Malaysia by October 2014. Also available is its affordable Sony Xperia E3 which comes equipped with 4G LTE.
If you haven’t seen it yet, you can check out our first impressions of the Xperia Z3 or you can watch our hands-on video after the break.
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The challenger telco U Mobile has kicked off its new Vision 2 million campaign, with an ambitious goal of getting 2 million new subscribers on its network. Just recently, U Mobile has embarked on a massive network expansion plan where it will invest in building 2,000 new 4G LTE and 3G sites nationwide.
If it does achieve its goal of 2 million new subscribers by 31st December 2014, they will be making this coming New Year’s Day celebration extra special with Free on-network calls and Free Internet surfing on 1st January 2015. In addition, those that port in from other network to U Mobile Prepaid from 16th September onwards will get Free Internet for 1 year (250MB x 12 months), provided they top up RM30 each month.
For existing U Mobile subscribers, they are making it more rewarding for you and your friends to jump on board to their network. With every successful referral, both you and your friend will get RM3 free credit. That’s not all, you’ll also get 10% of their monthly top ups for the first 6 months.
Switching to U Mobile is rather easy as well. All you’ll need to do is to purchase a starter pack from any 7-Eleven and you can perform the MNP port-in online without the need of queuing up at a service centre. For more information, visit U Mobile’s Vision 2 Million page.
To achieve 2,000,000 new subscribers, U Mobile would need to get an average of 18,868 customers per day from now until 31st December. So far it looks like they are on track with their counter showing 17,500 for its first day.
So far there’s no further details or clues of what to expect but we’ve seen a couple of renders which is still a question mark if it is the real deal. What we would expect is a better camera than the previous one and similar features that’s found on its current Find 7 flagship such as VOOC Rapid Charging and possibly a Quad HD display.
When the Oppo N1 was launched, it was priced at RM1,798 with a 5.9″ Full HD display, Quad-Core Snapdragon 600 processor and a 13MP rotatable camera. We expect Oppo to pack higher specs for this one as this would be their high-end flagship for the year end.
UPDATE: Oppo N3 launch happening on 29th October in Singapore. Details here.
Oppo will be launching its new photography and selfie centric N3 smart phone next month. A few days back, we’ve seen a front render of the purported Oppo N3 which came with a weird looking cylinder shape at the top. Now a new render has appeared that looks different and this time is shows the rear end of the device.
It looks more squarish with a flat top end like its current N1 and it appears to be rotatable as well. Also present are twin LED lights next to its main camera. The body seems to be a unibody design and there are metallic looking buttons or slots visible at the sides. So far we can’t be sure if this is a real deal or they are just merely prototype concept designs.
Which do you prefer? This design or the previous one?
Check out the full size of the Oppo N3 render after the break.