The Samsung Galaxy S5 was recently found to be frugal with power. Earlier on we’ve seen a battery life test where the Galaxy S5 manages to push longer talk time and web surfing than its larger Galaxy Note 3 sibling. When you’re out on the go with heavy usage, going low in battery life can be a dreadful experience. To highlight Galaxy S5′s life saving potential, Samsung has just released a new video ad showcasing its Ultra Power Saving Mode.
The Ultra Power Saving Mode is an extreme way of stretching your usage from your battery’s final moments. When switched on, the display goes into monochrome mode which uses significantly less power on its AMOLED display. In addition, the functionality of the phone becomes very basic to calls, SMS and selected instant messaging apps to reduce unnecessary battery and data connectivity usage. According to Samsung, the Ultra Power Saving Mode can push up to 24 hours of standby time with just 10% battery left.
You can check out the new Galaxy S5 ad after the break. To get a better idea on how this works, we’ve also embedded a video walk through of Ultra Power Saving Mode as well.
The Sony Xperia Z2 which runs on the latest Android 4.4.2 KitKat comes with a number of interesting features. As seen on our earlier hands-on, the new KitKat update has a double tap to wake up the screen, a built-in answering machine and a couple of new camera features as well.
To make sure you don’t miss all of them, Sony has released 2 videos highlighting the new UI features which you can watch after the break.
At the moment, the Xperia Z2 is yet to launched locally in Malaysia. If you can’t wait, some grey importers are offering the Xperia Z2 at RM2,499.
DiGi is organising a couple of roadshows this weekend where they are offering the Galaxy S5 for just RM999. This is applicable if you sign up on DG Smart Plan 108 & a supplementary line. On DG Smart Plan 108 alone, the Galaxy S5 is normally offered at RM1,399, so this is a RM400 off provided you get an extra sub-line under your account.
The roadshows are happening at KSL City Mall JB, Mid Valley KL, Queensbay Mall Penang, Mahkota Parade Melaka, East Coast Mall Kuantan, Suria Sabah and The Spring in Kuching.
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Gphone which used to be offering entry level smart phones has just announced its high end Android offering. The new GPhone EVO is a True Octa-Core smart phone with an affordable price tag of RM899.
It gets a 5″ IPS display with 720p HD resolution and the EVO is powered by MediaTek’s MT6592 1.7GHz Octa-Core processor that’s mated with 1GB of RAM. On-board it gets a 16GB of storage. The device also supports Dual-SIM cards with one slot being a micro-SIM and the other having a regular mini-SIM slot. Similar to the Alcatel One Touch Idol X+, it lacks 4G LTE but it supports 3G HSPA+ on both sim slots.
The EVO also gets a removable 2,000mAh battery which supposed to last the whole day due to MediaTek’s frugal power management. It also comes with a 13MP camera at the back which shoots Full HD 1080p video while the front gets a 5MP camera. At time of writing, the EVO is currently running on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean but GPhone says that KitKat will be available through OTA (Over The Air) update.
In terms of build quality, the EVO could have been better if it uses a matte finish for its back cover. The metallic paint looking glossy back cover is quite a fingerprint magnet. Design wise, it feels nicely weighted in the hands and placement of volume rocker on the left and power button on the right makes it friendly for single handed use. Oddly, the micro USB charging port is located at the top. The 5″ display is decent and pushes a pixel density about 293ppi (Pixels Per Inch). It has great viewing angles since it is an IPS display and uses OGS (One Glass Solution) to minimise thickness.
GPhone is banking heavily on MediaTek’s Octa-Core processor features on the EVO. Apart from benchmark performance, the MT6592 processor boast lower heat, longer battery life and Ultra HD video playback. There’s a ClearMotion video enhancer that pushes normal 25fps/30fps video frame rates up to 60fps with minimal blur. MediaTek has also collaborated with GameLoft to showcase its full processor potential in gaming. The upcoming 8-core optimised Modern Combat 5 will be bundled for free on the device once it is available.
The GPhone EVO will be available next week and comes in a single black colour option. More images of the device after the break.
The newly announced ASUS ZenFone series may look the same but each device is actually different underneath. Available with a choice of 4″, 5″ and 6″ sizes, the ZenFone comes with a different set of processor, RAM and even camera. For instance, the PixelMaster camera technology is only available on its high-end ZenFone 5 and ZenFone 6 which comes with a 8MP and 13MP shooter respectively.
As the screen size goes up, the ZenFone gets slimmer in thickness despite packing a larger battery capacity. In terms of pricing in Malaysia, the ZenFone is priced at RM299 (ZenFone 4), RM599 (ZenFone 5) and RM899 (ZenFone 6). All 3 models get 8GB of storage with microSD slot and supports Dual-SIM cards.
To find out what’s similar and what’s different, check out the ASUS ZenFone trio comparison after the break.
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red ONE has emerged as Frost & Sullivan Malaysia’s MVNO operator of the year for 2014. Out of the 15 MVNOs (Mobile Virtual Network Operators) in the country, red ONE is the only postpaid operator and they stood out as the fastest growing operator with over 200,000 subscribers to date.
For those who are new to red ONE, they were previously under RedTone. Just recently, they had undergone extensive management restructure and branding exercise which now offers something different for personal and business users. While other popular MVNOs like TuneTalk are on the prepaid model, red ONE goes against the grain with a postpaid offering that starts from just RM8/month. This makes it the most affordable postpaid plan in Malaysia and it is even offering free calls within their own network.
The latest Samsung Gear 2 and Gear Fit smart watches are only compatible with a handful of Samsung Galaxy devices. To be extra sure, Samsung has released a simple infographic listing out the supported smart phones and even tablets that would work with the new Gear wearables.
There are a total of 12 smart phones compatible from as old as Samsung Galaxy S III and Note II. Support for tablet users are limited to just 8 models including the newer Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014), the latest range of Galaxy TabPro, NotePro and Tab 4 series tablets. Those on older models, would need to update their devices to the latest version before they can connect to the Samsung Gear watches.
In Malaysia, the Samsung Gear 2 is priced at RM899 while the fitness focused Gear Fit is priced at RM599. You can check out our hands-on with the Gear 2 and Gear Fit smart watches from the Samsung Unpacked 5 event.
You can check out the full pictorial list after the break.
Cloud storage allows ease of sharing of files across desktop and mobile devices. But what if you left something behind on your desktop computer and you need to retrieve it? Now Google has released a Free Chrome Remote Desktop app for Android which lets you access your desktop anywhere from your smart phone or tablet.
Setting up is pretty easy and you can secure your remote access with a pin number. This would work great if you have a high resolution tablet like the Galaxy NotePro 12.2. At the moment, the mobile app is only available on Android, while the iOS version is said to be on the way later this year.
Biometric scanner such as a finger print scanner offers higher level of security with greater convenience. On the iPhone 5S, we saw how its Touch ID scanner gets compromised by a fabricated fingerprint. Now it the latest Galaxy S5 with its new Finger print scanner appears to be fooled by the same trick. With the Galaxy S5′s fingerprint authentication support for PayPal, it does raise concerns if this is a safe way of keeping our online transaction accounts safe.
Similar case with the iPhone 5S, to perform this bypass is quite tough to begin with. Getting a high resolution finger print would require high level coordination and determination to make this happen. Another way to reduce such risk is by using a different finger for more crucial actions like authorising PayPal payments.
It was also pointed out that the iPhone 5S does slightly better security wise as it requires a manual password after it gets rebooted. However for the Galaxy S5, a thief with a fabricated fingerprint can gain as much access even when after the device gets restarted. Hopefully Samsung will address this issue by adding another layer of security onto it. Perhaps they could incorporate a “Knock-Code” like feature as an extra security measure in future.
Watch the Galaxy S5 finger print scanner being bypassed after the break.
Unlike most typical telco deals which requires upfront payment for contracts, U Mobile will be offering the device with zero upfront payment required. At the moment they haven’t reveal their plans yet. It could be possible that they are offering the device with a slight discount off its RM2,399 retail price tag followed by monthly rebates off the subscription fees. In a nutshell, U Mobile might be subsiding the subscription heavily instead of the discounting the device price, like what DiGi has done before with their iPhone 4 plans.
More details to be revealed on 25th April. The Galaxy S5 will be available at U Mobile Stores next Friday.
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