Recently Oppo Malaysia has teased a new smart phone which is expected to bring 4G LTE connectivity to the masses. Now the device turns out to be the Neo 5, which basically an updated version of its Oppo Neo that comes with 4G LTE connectivity.
Priced at RM598, this is probably the one of most affordable 4G LTE smart phone you can get. In terms of specs, it is similar with the previous Neo with a 4.5″ screen that does 854×480 pixels resolution. It runs a more trusted 1.2GHz Quad-Core Snapdragon 400 processor with 1GB of RAM, which is quite similar to the Moto G 4G LTE edition. On-board it gets 4GB of on-board storage but it is expandable with microSD card up to 32GB.
When phablet devices like the Galaxy Note first came out, people laughed at its then-considered humongous size. Then came the bigger tablets in 7-8″ sizes that could make phone calls. If you’re doubting anyone would buy any of them as a daily device, IDC has reported an increase of such devices sold in Asia.
According to the recent IDC Tablet tracker report, about 13.8 million tablets were sold in Asia Pacific (excluding Japan) and a quarter of them are capable of making voice calls. That marks a 60% growth year on year for such devices.
If you’re using the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo, you are not going to be stuck with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean for long. Samsung has been reported to have rolled out its Android 4.4.2 KitKat update for Galaxy Note 3 users in India.
The update is a big one at about 495MB in size and it can be obtained via OTA (Over the Air) update or through your PC via Samsung Kies. Apart from the usual security and stability updates, the new firmware claims to offer performance improvements including battery life and a new album art support on the home screen.
Now it is the Nokia Lumia 920‘s turn to get the latest Windows Phone 8.1 as Microsoft has rolled out its Lumia Cyan Update. It is available now for Malaysian users and if you haven’t received the notification yet, you can check under Settings > Phone update.
The Lumia Cyan update adds several new features including transparent tiles, wordflow keyboard, WiFi Sense and the new action centre. Watch the official hands-on video after the break.
For travellers that wish to stay connected for basic internet connectivity, Maxis now offers a cheaper Data Roam Saver that costs RM10/day. Available in 16 countries, it offers 50MB of data per day which is sufficient for instant messaging and quick social updates. The best part is that if you do exceed 50MB, there’s no excess charge but speeds will be throttled to as low as 32Kbps.
The Data Roam Saver countries include Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Kuwait, Macau, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, UK and Vietnam. To activate, you can dial *100# or send an SMS (buy datasaver
The added advantage of the Redmi series over its Mi 3 and Mi 4 is having a microSD slot which allows you to expand your storage beyond its current 8GB capacity. Unfortunately the expansion slot is quite pointless as the native camera app won’t save to SD and there’s no option to move apps to SD storage as well unless you are adventurous enough to root your device. So how would an average joe use the expansion storage then?
Now Xiaomi has released an update for the Redmi Note where it lets you select SD card storage for the Camera, Gallery, Video and Music apps. The only thing though, it isn’t pushed through an OTA (Over The Air) update and you would need to update your phone manually.
When it comes to LTE, South Korea is seen as a pioneer especially with its LTE-Advanced network. This time around, our southern neighbour has beaten them with Singtel’s 4G LTE-A service with speeds up to 300Mbps. With their LTE-A Cat 6 offering, Singtel currently offers the world’s fastest internet for a smart phone. As comparison, South Korea’s SK Telecom’s LTE-A network was launched with up to 150Mbps speeds.
In terms of coverage, Singtel claims to have upgraded most of its network with 55% LTE-A coverage on the city state with areas including Orchard, the CBD, Shenton Way, City Hall, Ang Mo Kio, Tampines, Jurong, Telok Blangah and Woodlands. They are targeting to achieve nationwide outdoor coverage by Q1 2015.
With higher speeds, you would need a different variant of 4G LTE devices that can support 300Mbps downloads. When the LTE-A service goes live this Saturday on 23rd August, Singtel is offering the Samsung Galaxy S5 4G+ variant for S$688 and there are contract options where it is bundled for free. Next month, they will be adding the Samsung Galaxy Alpha 4G+ to its 4G LTE-A bundle line up.
Here’s another way to buy a genuine Xiaomi smart phone. Lazada Malaysia will be offering the affordable Redmi 1S next Wednesday, 27th August at 3.00PM. Similar to the official Mi Store offering, the Redmi 1S is priced at RM419 and it comes with a 4.7″ HD 720p display with a Quad-Core 1.6GHz Snapdragon 400 processor and 8GB of storage.
If you’ve been struggling to get a unit from Xiaomi’s weekly Tuesday flash sales, this can be a better alternative. Also for those without a credit card, you can pay with Cash on Delivery with Lazada if you’re residing in the Klang Valley, Johor Bahru and Penang. To get to know the Redmi 1S better, you can check out our unboxing and its hand-on comparison.
For more information, head over to Lazada’s Xiaomi Redmi 1S product page.
ASUS is doing a roadshow starting today until Sunday (20th – 24th August) at Centre Court, MidValley Megamall in KL. Apart from its usual showcase of products, they are doing a special Happy Hour sale where you can pick up selected ASUS Products for just RM1 during this coming Saturday and Sunday.
Just be among the first few to queue up to stand a chance to purchase a Transformer Book T100 or a FonePad 7 (FE170CG) for RM1. There are free ASUS accessories being given out as well. On top of that, they are giving out ASUS FonePad and ZenFone to those who Like their Facebook page and participate in their Zen Owl survey.
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The Chinese do love taking selfies as evidenced by the fact that most cameras on smart phones from China come with epic facial beautification features. After having their own Selfie-focused smart phone, the Xperia C3, Sony appears to be releasing a CyberShot camera just for that purpose.
Move aside channel perfume phone cases, this is the the real bling. Targeting women, the device is designed like a perfume bottle with a glass-looking camera module that can be rotated horizontally. In terms of specs, the camera is said to be rocking a 1/2.3″ sensor that shoots 19.2MP pictures, which is pretty high res for a handheld selfie shot. Never mind if you have shaky hands, as there’s Optical Image Stabilisation and it can transfer your photos over to your smart phone using WiFi and NFC. The device is said to be 20.1mm thick and weighs 136 grams including its battery.
It is reported that the selfie cameras are currently seeded to Chinese female influencers and models ahead of its purported 22nd August launch. Would you need another camera just to take selfies? Check out more images of the CyberShot Selfie cam after the break.