Xiaomi is doing things differently from the rest. If you always have a question that’s begging to be answered, Xiaomi is opening up a Q&A channel on their global Facebook page.
Your questions can cover anything from their management, product, MIUI team and etc. You can leave your questions now until Friday, 1st of August and they will try to answer immediately. Just recently they have announced the Mi 4 and Mi Band in China.
For the Mi 4, their China Unicom 3G version will be available next week while its 4G version (TDD-LTE) is targeted for September release. For the rest of the world including Malaysia, Xiaomi will be releasing a FDD-LTE version of the Mi4 much later towards the end of the year. The Mi 4 is priced at 1,999 Yuan (about RM1,025) for the 16GB model, and 2,499 Yuan (about RM1,280) for the 64GB version. Meanwhile its Mi Band is priced at 79 Yuan, which is about RM40 in our local currency. You can compare the specs of the Mi 4 against other flagship Android models over here.
Watch the promo video and our 10 minute interview session with Hugo Barra after the break.
If you’re curious of what goes into the Xiaomi Mi 4, a couple of folks at the MIUI Forum had managed to give it a proper tear down treatment. The new flagship comes with a solid metallic frame and while the previous Mi 3 is still slimmer by 0.8mm, the curved back promises to offer a more comfortable grip that feels natural in the hands.
The Mi 4 back cover is removable and it is customisable with a range of wood, bamboo, textile, marble and leather textures but its battery isn’t user replaceable. From the tear down process, the 3,080mAh capacity unit is found to be sourced from Sony and its micro-USB port is seen to have 6 pins, which is a one extra than the standard 5-pin design. The 6-pin design is likely to support its rapid charging that claims to do 60% charger within 1 hour with its 9V 1.2A charger. As comparison, the Oppo Find 7 with VOOC Charging technology comes with a 7-pin micro-USB design. Since this isn’t from iFixit, there’s no repairability score for this one. From the photos, it looks easily dismantled with precision screw drivers and they have reported that each screws are labelled with tiny MI stickers which upon tampering would void its official warranty.
Check out the rest of the step by step tear down images after the break.
It is the second day of Raya this Tuesday and Xiaomi is continuing its weekly sales on their online store at 12PM. This time they are restocking 5,000 units each for its dual-SIM capable Redmi Note and Redmi 1S smart phones, priced at RM509 and RM419 respectively. Also available is their popular 10,400mAh and 5,200mAh power banks but they didn’t specify its exact number of stocks available.
Last Thursday, surprisingly Xiaomi had ran its 2nd sale of the week with 10,000 units of Redmi 1S. As many were caught unaware, they took significantly longer time to sell out all 10,000 units at 21 minutes and 20 seconds. As the next sale falls on a public holiday, it might be easier for anyone to secure a unit.
Specs compared: Xiaomi Mi 4 versus Mi 3, Redmi Note and Redmi 1S
Cameras Compared: Redmi Note, Redmi 1S, Honor 3C, ZenFone 4 & ZenFone 5
Charging Times Compared: Oppo Find 7, Galaxy S5, Xperia Z2 & Redmi Note
Redmi 1S versus Honor 3C
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The Lenovo Vibe Z (K910) is due for a replacement and its upcoming K920 is set to be announced next week in China. Like the latest top spec flagship smart phones, Lenovo is jumping on the Quad HD bandwagon and it stands out by having the largest display and battery capacity.
Now its full specs and features have surfaced ahead of its main event. Its front display is sporting a 6″ IPS Quad HD screen which does a colossal 2560×1440 pixels which does a pixel density of 490ppi. As comparison, the LG G3 and Oppo Find 7 displays are pushing 538ppi with its smaller 5.5″ screen. For heavy duty processing, it runs on the similar 2.5GHz Quad-Core Snapdragon 801 and it is also mated with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage, putting it on par with the current flagships including the Xiaomi Mi 4.
The Internet of Things has been a buzzword these days. While we are seeing more internet connected appliances, what if you can do something right now and it’s something you can build yourself? Now there’s an easier way to connect the Internet to anything around you, be it your home, office, car or even your pet!
Introducing the new cloudBit, a new internet connected component by littleBits. For those who aren’t familiar with littleBits, you can think of them as the LEGO for electronics. They have a huge library of cleverly designed components that can easily assembled by kids. There’s no soldering required and the components are snapped together with magnets. It is pretty clever as well with the use of different colours for input, output, power and wiring parts.
With the new cloudBit module, you can bring your littleBits electronic project to a whole new level with its WiFi enabled connectivity. Some of the stuff you can do is a wireless door bell that can send an SMS to your phone or a fish feeder which can be triggers over the net. The Cloud Starter pack which consists of a power, CloudBit, button, servo, LED, sound tigger and mounting board costs US$99 (Normal price: US$165). They ship to Malaysia too for US$37.45, which brings it to a total of US$136.45 (about RM433).
The CloudBit set makes the perfect gift for those who love gadgets and DIY projects. See it in action along with a couple of sample CloudBit projects after the break.
The Oppo N1 mini with its unique rotating camera is available starting today throughout its dealers in West Malaysia. Meanwhile those over at East Malaysia may need to wait a while and it is likely to be available right after the Hari Raya holidays.
Priced at RM1,398, the Oppo N1 mini is the smaller sibling of the original Oppo N1. With a 5″ HD 720p screen, the N1 mini is more practical to hold compared to its larger 5.9″ sibling . In terms of specs, it gets a mid-spec 1.6GHz Quad-Core Snapdragon 400 processor that’s mated to 2GB of RAM. There’s 16GB of on-board storage which unfortunately isn’t expandable.
While the camera is a similar 13MP shooter as its bigger brother, the N1 mini gets additional features including Animated GIF and a UltraHD mode which produces a higher 24MP image. Another plus point is that the N1 mini supports 4G LTE which was lacking on the original N1. Out of the box, it runs on a Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and keeping the lights on is a adequate 2,140mAh capacity battery.
Perhaps the biggest conundrum is the price. With an extra RM200, you can get the Oppo Find 7a that comes with significantly better specs. So who should be getting the N1 mini? If you love taking Selfies, the 13MP shooter offers the highest pixel count for front facing shots. In addition, the N1 mini also comes with photo beautification tools which is likely to be a hit among the ladies.
You can see how the Oppo N1 mini compares side by side with other 5-incher smart phones over here.
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No doubt they are trying to appeal to the younger crowd but this could have been better. Apparently, this silliness is a long line traditional for Microsoft. Watch the video including a couple of previous ones starring Bill Gates and Steve Balmer.
If you use Waze a lot, you definitely need a car charger to keep your smart phone juiced up at all times. Want something that looks extra cool? Check out this awesome little gadget from ThinkGeek that looks like a tiny Flux Capacitor from the popular time travel movie, Back To The Future.
Western Digital has launched a new Wi-Fi enabled media player, the WD TV – Personal Edition priced at RM359. With support for numerous popular formats, the WD TV can play video and music, and displays photos from any computers, storage devices and also cameras and camcorders that are connected through a home network. And if your mobile device is Miracast enabled, the WD TV can wirelessly share its screen onto your TV in 1080p full HD.
“Consumers have increasingly large libraries of disparate personal content types on a variety of storage devices, from portable USB to network attached storage and personal computers,” explains Jim Welsh, executive vice president, WD Content Solutions Business and worldwide sales. “WD’s ecosystem of apps and media players ensures that viewing that content is seamless on all screens, from mobile devices to the HDTV. WD TV personalizes the entertainment experience, providing the easiest way for consumers to playback all of their personal videos, photos and music.”
Jimmy Kinmel crew is at it again and this time they went to the streets of New York to see if they can trick people into thinking that a thinly disguised US$20 Casio is a smart watch from Apple.
It gets funny when the poor unsuspecting victims go gaga over simple features like a large hours and minute display and a built in stop watch.
Watch the short skit after the break.