OnePlus is organising a special smashing sale (literally) of their latest OnePlus One. Their new flagship smart phone can be yours for just US$1 but only if you are willing to smash your phone to smithereens. The promo is limited to 100 lucky people and presumably to those residing in the 16 launch countries.
The registration is now open and the countdown timer is ticking until tomorrow 25th April at 6PM. If such promo is available here, would you smash your current phone for One? The OnePlus One is an impressive high spec device that’s priced for less than RM1,000 (US$299).
Watch their smashing video after the break.
The upcoming Galaxy K or formerly rumoured as Galaxy S5 Zoom will be launched next week on 29th April in Singapore. The device which replaces the current Galaxy S4 Zoom has gotten leaked again, revealing its back that houses the retractable optical zoom lens.
The images shows a transparent protective case and the new Galaxy K is seen to feature a combination of faux leather with perforated texture like the Galaxy S5. Earlier it was shown with a very flat lens design when switched off. However the latest images reveal a slight protrusion especially the ring around the lens. The back also appears to be curvy as well so it might feel more comfortable to hold but won’t be ideal to lay flat on the table.
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The latest Sony Xperia Z2 comes with a number of new camera features. It’s Background Defocus which allows you to blur the background for a bokeh effect is now made available as a standalone app for older models.
The app is available at the Google Play Store but is limited for Sony Xperia devices running on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and above. After installing, it will appear as another feature in the camera UI.
To use this effectively, you would need to have steady hands when taking the shot. It is recommended to keep a distance of 15-45 cm from the actual subject while the background is at least 5 metres away.
To see how it works, check out our hands-on demo after the break.
The newly announced OnePlus One packs quite a lot under RM1,000. To find out it stacks up with today’s flagship smart phones, we’ve compared the dimensions and hardware specs of the OnePlus One, HTC One M8, Samsung Galaxy S5, Sony Xperia Z2 and its closest rival the Oppo Find 7.
In terms of performance, the OnePlus one trumps the mainstream models like the One M8, Galaxy S5 and Xperia Z2 with its high-end 2.5GHz Snapdragon 801 processor and 3GB of RAM instead of just 2GB. The only device on par is the Find 7 High-end version which comes with the same set up but it edges in the display department which does Quad HD resolution and pushes ultra high density of 538ppi.
Dimension wise, the OnePlus One isn’t the slimmest of the lot but it is the lightest for a 5.5″ smart phone at just 162 grams. At just 2grams heavier than the HTC One M8, it is quite a feat considering it packs a larger 3,100mAh battery. When compared to the Oppo Find 7, it is thinner but slightly taller and wider in width. The only shortfall of the OnePlus One is the display which settles for just Full HD resolution which pushes a density of 401 ppi.
If you spot any errors, do let us know under the comments. To get to know each device better, check out our hands-on and first impressions below:
OnePlus is a new smart phone maker which has just announced its first and only flagship device uncanningly called the OnePlus One. The new Chinese based company was founded by Pete Lau who was previously the Vice President at Oppo. Trying to make a difference in the smart phone industry, the company have been teasing their vision of their ultimate smart phone with a strong motto of “Never Settle”.
Now their OnePlus One flagship has been revealed with a sleek design which is almost similar to the recently announced Oppo Find 7. The front sports a clean look without any branding logo and has a discreet recessed bezel surrounding the glass that’s 0.07mm thick at the edges. It is pretty obvious that the Find 7 is their own home ground benchmark to beat but ultimately they are aspiring to complete with international players.
The One (not to be confused with the HTC One M8), comes with a 5.5″ Full HD display developed by JDI which pushes a pixel density of 400 ppi. Underneath, it runs on the current top of the line 2.5GHz Quad-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor with 3GB of RAM. Storage wise, it gets an option of either 16GB or a mammoth sized 64GB capacity. For imaging, the One is fitted with a 13MP Sony IMX214 sensor with a 6-element f/2.0 lens and a front facing 5MP camera, both of which is identical with the Oppo Find 7. The camera is capable of shooting 4K videos and its snappy enough to take pictures in just 0.3 seconds.
Altel, a subsidiary under Puncak Semangat will be investing RM1 billion over the next 5 years to roll out high speed 4G LTE mobile broadband services. Puncak Semangat is among the 9 companies that have been awarded the 2.6GHz Spectrum for 4G LTE.
At the moment, they are running as a prepaid MVNO (Mobile Virtual Network Operator) which utilises Celcom’s 2G/3G network. You can check out their current offering here.
While being an MVNO gives Altel an instant start to offer commercial mobile services, the operator aspires to be a full fledged telco with its own 4G network. Furthermore, both Altel and Celcom have also tied up to share their 2.6GHz LTE spectrum. Spectrum wise, Altel has a greater advantage with a huge 40MHz chunk while the other 8 companies are getting just 20MHz. REDtone and Maxis have earlier collaborated to combine their spectrum for 4G LTE services.
To build their network, Altel will working with Huawei as their technology and consultancy partner. Since building a new network is taking time, Altel will be leveraging on Celcom’s network to roll out their service. The aspiring 4G player aims to set up 500 LTE base stations in the first year and another 2,100 base stations in the following 2 years.
According to the report, Altel will be launching their LTE prepaid service soon, followed by postpaid services by end of this year. They currently have 20,000 subscribers nationwide with 10 stores in Klang Valley, Johor, Penang and Kedah.
Just last month, TM had acquired P1 to roll out 4G LTE services. With Altel coming into the picture, this will definitely add more competition to the current 4G players – Maxis, Celcom, DiGi and U Mobile.
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LG is still working on its new flagship model to battle the likes of the Galaxy S5, HTC One M8, Xperia Z2 and even the Oppo Find 7. The upcoming LG G3 was earlier rumoured to come with a Quad HD display and this is now confirmed with leaked screenshots from the device obtained by GSMArena. The original image measures 1440×2560 resolution which is similar to the Oppo Find 7′s 5.5″ QHD display.
Overall, the new LG User Interface now a flatter design which is similar to iOS 7 and Samsung’s latest TouchWIZ UI. Even the toggle buttons under the notification comes with a familiar flat rounded icon look. On the home screen, there’s a personal assistant reminder underneath the weather and clock widget. In the screenshot, it shows that you might want to take an umbrella with you as it is going to rain in the afternoon. It is a nice touch and this could be a deeper integration with Google Now which gives contextual information based on time, schedule, historical habits and location.
If your current smart phone is holding you back from getting a new iPhone 5S, Maxis has an easier way to switch. Now they are offering a trade-in and trade-up program which lets you swap your current Galaxy Note II, Galaxy S III, iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S for the latest iPhone 5S on contract.
As comparison, normally the iPhone 5S is offered at RM1,599 with 24 months contract of iValue 1. If you bring in your Galaxy Note II or iPhone 4S, the iPhone 5S can be yours at RM849, which effectively is RM700 trade-in value. For the Galaxy S III and iPhone 4, that’s equivalent of RM500 trade-in value.
The trade-in program is available nationwide at Maxis Outlets and Exclusive Partners. All you need to do is bring your device even without the box, chargers or cables.
For more information, head over to Maxis or you can check out the full trade-in list after the break.
Following its iOS 7.1 update released last month, Apple is now pushing a new iOS 7.1.1 update for iPhone and iPad users. Apart from the periodical bug fixes, the new update improves its Touch ID recognition and the responsiveness of the keyboard. It also fixes a problem with Bluetooth keyboards when voiceover is enabled.
The iOS 7.1.1 update can be downloaded Over The Air (OTA) but only with a WiFi connection. If you haven’t received any notification, head over to Settings > General > Software Updates.
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More info of Samsung’s upcoming mart phone rumoured to be a high-end Galaxy S5 or a new F-series premium line has emerged again. According to SamMobile, the current Galaxy S5 was supposed to feature a QHD display but they had to settle for a Full HD display possibly due to production challenges. They added that the new device carries the internal codename KQ which is speculated to be a high end sibling of the current Galaxy S5 which is codenamed K.
Their trusted source shared that the development of the device is half-way through and it will be running on Samsung’s newer Exynos 5430, a faster 4G LTE modem and a Quad HD display. The Exynos 5430 is a Octa-Core unit with 4x A15 cores clocking at 2.1GHz and another 4x A7 cores running at 1.5GHz. Graphic performance is said to be better as well with a a faster Mali 600MHz GPU.
To keep up with faster 4G LTE speeds, the new device supports Cat 6 LTE with download speeds up to 300Mbps. Instead of using Qualcomm’s solution, the new device is speculated to feature Intel’s XMM7260 LTE modem for international models while the local Korean market units will be equipped with Samsung’s own LTE modem.
So far it is still too early to confirm any of these features would make it in the final product. Samsung is known to experiment with heaps of prototypes with various hardware specs. Earlier on, the new high-spec Galaxy S5 variant was rumoured with a 5.2″ Quad HD screen and runs on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 805 processor.
If a higher spec Galaxy S5 is real, this would mean that we are looking at 3 flagship models in a single year. Or this is probably just a limited release premium model like the Galaxy Round.
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