Mobile World Congress is happening soon and Huawei is expected to have an announcement event on the 1st of March. If you’re hoping for a new flagship, the Ascend P8 will not be making an appearance in Barcelona. Instead, it is expected to be announced at a separate event in London held on the 15th of April.
Their current TalkBand B1 is basically a water resistant bluetooth headrest that could dock onto your wrist. In terms of function and build quality, we are not that impressed and hopefully they could do better in the next iteration.
For the upcoming Ascend P8, Huawei is unlikely to regain its slimmest title like how it did in the past. Newer players like OPPO and Vivo have been setting new records at 4.85mm and 4.75mm respectively. However Huawei will still be focusing on premium industrial design and its slimness shouldn’t compromise vital functions such as battery life.
If you’re looking the ultimate in slimness, the OPPO R5 smart phone with its ultra-thin 4.85mm profile is now available on contract with U Mobile. Priced at RM1,598 outright, it can be yours from as low as RM399 with its U Plus postpaid plan. Similar to its Galaxy A5 offering, existing U Mobile postpaid subscribers of at least 6 months will get to enjoy extra price reduction with its Loyalty Rewards offer.
The full bundled pricing are as follows:
U Plus (RM138/month – 5GB) – RM399 (RM0 – Loyalty Offer)
U88 (RM88/month – 3GB) – RM899 (RM699 – Loyalty Offer)
U58 (RM58/month – 2GB) – RM1,099 (RM949 – Loyalty Offer)
All plans are tied with a 24 month contract duration and during sign up, you are required to fork out between RM348-RM1104 depending on plan as advance payment. This can be waived for U88 and U Plus if you take up its credit card direct debit payment option.
To recap on the specs, the OPPO R5 features a 5.2″ Full HD Super AMOLED display and it runs on an Octa-Core Snapdragon 615 processor with 2GB of RAM. There’s 16GB of storage which is non-expandable, a 13MP Sony BSI main camera, front 5MP selfie cam and a 2,000mAh capacity battery. It supports 4G LTE and OPPO’s famed VOOC rapid charge.
WhatsApp has been working on having Voice Calls on its instant messaging platform. Now it appears that the voice call service up and running but it is activated by invitation only.
The latest feature to hit WhatsApp was discovered by Reddit user pradnesh07. According to him, you’ll need to be running on a newer WhatsApp Android app version 2.11.508 which isn’t available on the Google Play Store right now. However you can download it as an APK file.
By default, the voice call feature is hidden and you’ll need to receive at least one call to have it activated permanently. If you don’t have anyone with voice calling feature yet, there is a workaround but this requires a root device and running a line of code in terminal.
At the moment, WhatsApp hasn’t made any official announcement yet and it is likely to be open for closed internal testing right now. If you’re adventurous enough, you can give the steps above a try and let us know how it compares against other voice call apps. Check out the video of WhatsApp Voice call in action after the break.
Fake smart phones are a serious problem and there are plenty of cases where consumers are conned with subpar imitations, thinking they are the real deal. It isn’t just limited to high-end devices either. Even cloned units of the already affordable Redmi Note has been spotted in Malaysia.
Now OPPO Malaysia is having a similar headache as well. In an official statement, there are 644 cases of counterfeit OPPO smart phones reported so far in Malaysia alone. This was discovered when some unknowing victims had sent their fake devices to OPPO service centres, which includes its OPPO Find 7 flagship as well as their latest OPPO N3 smart phone with a self-motorised camera. Don’t be surprised if more models are affected as the N1 look-alike was even spotted with a reputable camera brand at CES 2015.
The Samsung Galaxy A7, the largest of its Galaxy A series will be officially available in Malaysia starting this February across Samsung Experience Stores and authorised dealers. The Galaxy A7 retails at RM1,499, and it is a step up from its mid-tier Galaxy A5 that’s priced at RM1,199. It gets 3 colour options – Pearl White, Midnight Black, and Champagne Gold.
What you’ll get is a phablet sized 5.5″ Full HD Super AMOLED display and it runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 Octa-Core processor with 2GB of RAM. On-board it has 16GB of storage which can be expanded with microSD. The cameras are similar with the Galaxy A5 with a 13MP main camera and a front facing 5MP cam that supports wide selfie. It also has 4G LTE support as well as a larger 2,600mAh capacity battery which is non removable.
Compared to the rest of the Galaxy A series, the Galaxy A7 is the thinnest of the lot at 6.3mm. In fact, this is the thinnest Samsung smart phone to date, beating the Galaxy Alpha that’s 6.7mm thick. Want to know what else is different? You can refer to the Galaxy A series infographic over here.
Check out some hands-on photos of the Galaxy A7 after the break.
From an official posting at OnePlus forum, the upcoming ROM will be called OxygenOS, which promises to be open, customisable, and free of bloat and unnecessary features. This falls in line with its OnePlus One approach of having a device that’s powerful and straight forward without the unnecessary clutter. The reason behind the Oxygen name is because of its simple and pure nature, which OnePlus says its a fundamental building block.
They have yet to announce its official roll out dates but they would make another announcement on the 12th of February, which is just 2 weeks from now.
SwiftKey’s Chinese Input is finally out of Beta and it is now available for Android users. With the latest update, you are able to add Simplified Chinese or Traditional Chinese for either Taiwan and Hongkong. For quicker typing, the Chinese version also gets its famed predictive input where it studies your typing patterns and will try to predict the next word that you’re going to type next.
Pinyin (romanised spelling) is only available for simplified Chinese. To type even faster, you can just tap on the first romanised character of each word. So if you want to type 你好吗 (how are you?), you can just type “nhm” instead of “nihaoma”. If you’re a sloppy typist, it recognises typos and will autocorrect them for you. This also works with names and it gets smarter each time you use it.
To download, head over to the Google Play Store.
Samsung Malaysia has released a new Galaxy Note Edge commercial featuring 2 wealthy thrill-seeking blokes. Instead of showcasing the Note Edge’s extra curved display, they literary took the device to greater heights. As you would expect, it gets a little dramatic in mid air.
The Galaxy Note Edge will be heading to Malaysia in early next month and its official pricing was revealed to be at RM2,999. For an extra RM500, the Note Edge would be quite exclusive as official stocks are said to be limited in numbers, compared to the Galaxy Note 4 which it is based on.
Watch the video after the break.
Planning to get a brand new iPad with 4G LTE support? Celcom is now offering the latest iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 cellular versions on contract, starting from RM998. All 3 storage options (16GB, 64GB and 128GB) are available and you have a choice to subscribe to one of 3 iPad data plans ranging between 2.5GB to 10GB per month.
Its Celcom First iPad Lite at RM50/month comes with 2.5GB a month, while its First iPad Basic at RM70/month comes with 4.5GB data quota. For heavy data usage, its First iPad Advance of RM100/month comes with 10GB of data, which is equivalent to just RM10/GB.
View the full iPad bundled pricing with 24 months contract after the break.
The Samsung Galaxy A5 which offers premium design in a mid-range price bracket is now offered from with U Mobile. Retailing at RM1,199, the Galaxy A5 can be yours for free with 24 months contract. There are 3 plans available and the bundled pricing are as follows:
U Plus (RM138/month – 5GB) – RM0
U88 (RM88/month – 3GB) – RM499
U58 (RM58/month – 2GB) – RM699
During sign up, you’ll need to pay an advance payment equivalent to 6 months subscription for U58 and U88 or 8 months subscription for U Plus. However if you opt for credit card direct debit, the advance payment is waived for U88 and U Plus postpaid plan.
If you’re an active U Mobile postpaid customer for at least 6 months, you can get it cheaper at an even lower RM299 on U88 or RM549 on U58 with its Loyalty Rewards offer.
Just to refresh your memory, the Galaxy A5 is a mid-range 5″ smart phone that comes with a unibody metal frame design. It runs on Qualcomm’s newer 64-bit Snapdragon 410 processor that’s mated to 2GB of RAM and has 16GB expandable storage. For taking pictures, it has a 13MP main camera and a front facing 5MP shooter that supports wide selfie. Keeping the lights on is a 2,300mAh capacity battery which lasted us close to 24 hours on a single charge.
Want to know more? You can read our Samsung Galaxy A5 Review.
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