ZTE hasn’t been standing out when it comes to smart phones. Things might change with their upcoming Grand S Ext Smart Phone that was caught listed on Reddot21 website.
The Grand S Ext pictured above is said to be using Nano Molding Technology (NMT) and features a rather clean and curved design. A matching curved dock appears to offer wireless charging and possibly supported with magnets for docking at a specific angle.
The Nano Molding Technology on the Grand S Ext claims to be the first being used on a smart phone. It claims to offer a light weight body construction while giving a metallic and durable feeling at the same time.
With the chamfered edge, the Grand S Ext looks aesthetically pleasing and hopefully the hardware specs won’t disappoint when it gets launched. Check out another image of the Grand S Ext after the break.
Oppo will be launching their high-end Find 7 Smart Phone next week and they have sent out a special invitation package to their local Chinese media. Normally an invite for a launch is rather standard with the usual venue, time and date but Oppo decides to do something different.
In the package, it comes with a clear glass-looking pyramid with supporting frames at the top. To view the special interactive invite, a special app is required which can be downloaded using the provided QR codes. With the app installed, the smart phone is then used as a projection onto the provided pyramid. You’ve got to see it yourself after the break.
The new Oppo Find 7 will be launched next Wednesday in Beijing on 19th March and all teasers have pointed out that 2 versions will be made available. The higher end model (X9077) comes with a 5.5″ display that does a 2K resolution of 2560×1440 pixels and runs on a top notch 2.46GHz Quad-Core processor with 3GB of RAM. The front camera is said to be a 5MP shooter while the rear could be packing an epic 50MP shooter based on recent appearance of its purported sample pictures.
The other Find 7 model (X9007) will come with a respectable 2.26GHz Quad-Core processor and a 5.5″ display that does Full HD resolution of 1920×1080 pixels. The rest of the specs for the X9007 are similar as the higher end model. Out of the box, both units will be running on Android 4.3 with Oppo’s customised ColorOS interface. We will be heading to Beijing next week for the launch so do follow us for the latest updates on the Oppo Find 7.
Head after the break to see the interactive invite in action.
The All New HTC One comes with a dual-camera set up as seen from the countless number of leaks. The real purpose of having two cameras has remained a mystery but now it seems that we’ve finally found an answer.
GSMArena has received a leaked brochure from Australian telco Telstra that’s offering the new alumninium clad HTC One on contract. The Camera is listed as “Duo Camera” which allows seamless editing after taking the shot. It adds on that you can choose where to focus, highlight areas desired, soften backgrounds as well as adding 3D effects.
As some had speculated earlier, the twin camera set up is said to consist of a Wide Angle + Tele Lens which somewhat offers a “hardware” version of Nokia’s Refocus and Samsung’s Selective Focus feature.
The front of the HTC One is also listed as having a 5″ Full HD display that’s resistant to scratches. On Telstra, the new HTC One is priced at A$840 outright which is about RM2,486 when converted directly.
If Telstra already has a brochure ready even before the phone has been announced, could this mean that the new HTC One could go on sale almost immediately after its 25th of March announcement? Samsung and Sony will start selling their flagship smart phones in April and who knows the Taiwanese maker might just surprise us by selling the new HTC One much earlier than the rest.
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Meet Carbon, a new watch that’s tells the time and even provides extra juice for your smart phone during emergencies. Unlike the new smart watches we’ve seen, the functionality of Carbon is rather basic. At the top, it comes with a Solar Cell that charges its to built-in 800mAh capacity battery. The basic version which costs US$95 to pledge on Kickstarter only comes with a solar charger without a clock on it. If you want to be able to tell the time, the Carbon Solar Charger + Analog Clock will set you back at $130.
Charging from Carbon is done using a cable that’s connected to a 3.5mm looking port hidden under the side screw-on cap. With a 800mAh capacity, don’t expect it to give a full charge but it should be sufficient enough to run for couple of hours. Recharging the Carbon Solar Watch claims to take about 6 hours to charge under full sunlight. Alternatively you can also charge it via USB using the same connector port under the cap.
It is a nice little idea, but it is rather expensive for a backup battery with just 800mAh capacity. For half the asking price, you can get a pretty decent 10,000mAh battery which is able to fully charge your phablets a couple of times.
Watch the intro video of Carbon after the break or you can check out their Kickstarter page for more info.
The latest Samsung Galaxy S5 is expected to come to Malaysia on 11th April and DiGi has wasted no time by kicking off its registration of interest. The registration page reveals 3 colours available – Charcoal Black, Shimmery White and Electric Blue, leaving out the “band-aid” looking Cooper Gold colour option. So far no word on the Galaxy S5 model that’s coming and we are hoping that Samsung Malaysia is bringing in the larger 32GB version.
To recap on the specs, the Galaxy S5 comes with a faster 2.5GHz Quad-Core processor with 2GB of RAM while the screen is slightly bigger than before at 5.1″ with Full HD resolution. In terms of storage, it comes with a choice of either 16GB or 32GB storage along with a larger 2,800mAh capcity battery. The 2 new notable hardware features include a finger print scanner on the home button and a rear mounted heart rate sensor.
The main camera now has been upgraded to 16MP which claims to offer the fastest focus speed on a smart phone at 0.3 seconds. 4G LTE support comes as standard along with the usual NFC, WiFi 802.11ac, Infared port and Bluetooth 4.0. To make it more life-proof, the Galaxy S5 now comes with water and dust resistance rated at IP67.
For more more information, head over to DiGi’s Samsung Galaxy S5 registration page.
Want to know more about the Galaxy S5 and its new features? Head after the break for our full coverage of the Galaxy S5 from the recent Samsung Unpacked 5 event.
Here comes another video of the upcoming new HTC One or also known as HTC M8. The new video is shorter than the earlier verson which we saw earlier and this time it gives a closer look at the expansion slots and the software version its running on.
The video shows a 32GB unit that’s running on the latest 4.4 KitKat along with HTC’s Sense UI 6.0. According to the guy behind the video, there would be a 16GB or 64GB version available. There’s still no clues what the dual-cameras at the back will do but we’ll find out soon enough when it gets announced on 25th of March.
To recap, the new HTC One is said to be having a Full HD 5″ display and likely to run on the latest Quad-Core Snapdragon 801 processor. From the teasers we’ve seen so far, the new One promises to offer better built quality, audio and camera performance than its predecessor.
Watch the video after the break.
The latest iOS 7.1 update is now available for download on iPhone and iPad devices. It brings the latest support for CarPlay which allows seamless connectivity with CarPlay supported vehicles along with couple of new enhancements. For Siri, they have added more voices and the ability to manually speak to Siri in a Push to Talk fashion by press and holding the home button to speak. This allows Siri to react faster by releasing the button once you’re done.
Apart from that, there’s some minor improvements on iTunes Radio and Calendar usability along with a couple of bug and performance fixes as well. You can download the iOS 7.1 update Over The Air (OTA) using a WiFi connection. To get started, head over to Settings > General > Software Updates.
Thanks Abdul Muhaimin Jarni for the tip!
The new Microsoft Surface 2 will go on sale in Malaysia this Friday on 14th March. It will be priced at RM1,399 for the 32GB version and RM1,699 for the larger 64GB capacity unit. In terms of specs, the Surface 2 runs on a Windows RT 8.1 and is powered by a Nvidia Tegra 4 (T40) 1.7GHz Quad-Core processor mated to 2GB of RAM. It comes with a 10.6″ screen that does Full HD 1920×1080 pixels resolution and boasts a battery life with 10 hours of usage.
Along with the new Surface 2, Microsoft Malaysia is also bringing in their latest Touch Cover 2 and Type Cover 2 which are priced at RM379 and RM409 respectively.
Meanwhile, the previous generation Surface RT has been slashed to RM1,199 for the 64GB version while the Surface Pro with 128GB storage is now priced at RM1,899. Its smaller storage capacity models appears to have been discontinued. Pricing for the original Touch Cover and Type Cover has been revised as well to RM279 and RM319 respectively. If you’re not looking for the latest, the Surface Pro 128GB model seems to be a rather good buy right now.
If you’re looking for a real portable laptop replacement, you should consider the Surface Pro 2 which runs on a full fledged Windows 8.1. That comes with a Intel Core i5 processor with a choice of either 4GB and 8GB of RAM with storage capacity up to 512GB. There’s no word on its pricing and availability at the moment.
Tablets are usually the “betweener” device that slots right between your daily smart phone and the desktop computer. With the new Galaxy NotePro 12.2, Samsung Malaysia is calling this as a progressive tablet which is designed to take on most of your day to day work in a portable device. Priced at RM2,999, the Galaxy NotePro 12.2 is rather expensive for a typical Android tablet.
In the working environment, the desktop computer is simply irreplaceable even with the best tablet available. However for some high management folks, a tablet might just fit the bill provided that it comes with the right tools and features to get the job done. That’s an area where the NotePro 12.2 aims to accomplish.
Read on to find out more about Samsung’s high-end large screen tablet.
The Samsung Gear 2 is their second take of making a connected wearable device for its line of Galaxy Smart Phones. In their first version, the Android based Galaxy Gear stood out from the crowd with an integrated camera and a built-in speakerphone on the strap. Less than 6 months later, a new one is introduced which runs on Tizen OS along with updated internals.
Since watches are fashionable items, Samsung has taken most of its electronics away from the strap and the new Gear 2 allows seamless swapping of its watch straps. The microphone and integrated camera is now moved to the watch body. Other new features include a heart rate sensor which is now embedded on the back plate and a IR Blaster which can be used to control your home entertainment appliances.
Has the move to Tizen OS alter the way the Gear works? Not really. From our initial hands-on from Mobile World Congress, the interface is pretty much the same as the previous Galaxy Gear but now they have added a Home Button. Some usability has been changed slightly, for instance the camera function. Previously all you need to do is to swipe downwards from the home screen to activate the camera. On the Gear 2, you would need to load the camera by swiping through the home screen interface, which is a couple of steps extra.
If we compare both the Gear 2 and the original Galaxy Gear, the new version is lighter and thinner than before. We like the fact that the new Gear is also water and dust resistant (IP67 rated) which gives more confidence to take this anywhere outdoors in either rain or shine.
Besides the Gear 2, Samsung has also announced the cheaper Gear 2 Neo and a more sporty focused Gear Fit. The new Gear wearable devices are expected to be available on 11th April alongside the Galaxy S5 flagship smart phone.
Head after the break for more hands-on video and photos of the Samsung Gear 2 Smart Watch