ASUS has revealed the Transformer Pad 300 which offers quad-core Android performance at a lower price point. While it maintains the same Tegra 3 processor from the Transformer Prime, the Transformer Pad 300 has a plastic body instead of the premium brushed aluminium. However what you do get is a choice of 3 colours as shown in the photo above.
It still maintains a 10.1″ screen that does 1280×800 and there’s 16GB of on board storage. Just like the Transformer Prime, it also runs on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
Dimension wise, it is slightly thicker at 9.9mm and weighs 635 gram. All that reduction and shortfalls has made the Transformer Pad 300 US$100 cheaper than the price, which means that it is likely to be priced under RM2000 if it reaches Malaysia.
One more front pic after the break.
UPDATE: Nokia 808 PureView Sample Photos here.
Nokia has finally revealed its super camera phone with the Nokia 808 PureView which was earlier teased as a Nokia N8 successor. The Nokia 808 PureView comes with a colossal 41MP sensor with Carl Zeiss optics which widens the gap with other rival camera phones.
While having a 41MP censor, it actually takes 38MP photos at 4:3 aspect ratio and 34MP photos at 16:9. On most camera phones, zooming in would normally distort the image by over-scaling. With the Nokia 808 Pureview, zooming in for 5MP-8MP will appear lossless, maintaining its true details. For full HD 1080p videos, you could zoom up to 4X without losing any details.
Just like the N8, it comes with Xenon Flash but in addition, it also comes with assisted LED for videoshooting in the dark. For audio, the 808 PureView has Rich Recording that boasts CD-like quality which is capable of recording stereo sound up to 140-145db. That’s 4X louder than conventional mics which is greatly appreciated in extreme audio conditions such as concerts.
On the smart phone aspect, the Nokia 808 runs on Symbian Belle with a 1.3GHz single core processor, 512MB RAM with 16GB of on board storage that’s expandable with microSD. The front features a 4″ AMOLED display that does 640×360 resolution with Gorilla Glass. With a big bulge for the lens, the 808 PureView is 17.95mm thick and weighs 169 grams. There’s also HDMI, DLNA, NFC & a built-in FM Transmitter.
The Nokia 808 PureView is priced at €450 which is about RM1800, and it is expected to ship in May 2012. It’s a pity that it doesn’t run on Windows Phone and the screen resolution of 640×360 is rather low compared to what its camera could do.
Head after the break for more details & video demos.
Nokia has finally revealed the Nokia Lumia 610, an entry level Windows Phone for the masses. At a lower price point of €189 which is about RM770, this makes really affordable for people to get on the Windows Phone bandwagon. While it also runs on Windows Phone 7.5, the Lumia 610 is actually running on a different variant called Tango that allows it to run on devices with lower RAM and processor while still maintaining an optimal user experience.
In terms of specs, the Lumia 610 runs on a single core 800MHz Qualcomm processor with 256MB RAM, 8GB of internal storage and a 1,300mAh battery. At the front, it has a 3.7″ WVGA TFT display which pushes 800×480 resolution. In terms of imaging, it comes with a 5MP camera with assisted LED flash.
The Lumia 610 comes with a choice of 4 colours – white, cyan, magenta & black. It is expected to start shipping in Q2 2012.
We already know that the Galaxy Note 10.1 will make its debut at MWC. Samsung is shouting it from the rooftops. No surprises there. What we don’t know is what kind of hardware the Galaxy Note 10.1 will be packing.
Samsung is scheduled to hold a press conference at MWC today 1600hrs, so it won’t be long till we know for sure but ahead of the event, information on the specifications of the Galaxy Note 10.1 has already been leaked out.
The Galaxy Note 10.1 is rumoured to have a 1.4Ghz dual-core processor and run on Android 4.0. On board memory options are the standard 16GB, 32GB and 64GB variants. In addition, the device is expected to pack a 7,000mAh battery. Essentially, the Galaxy Note 10.1 is packing the same processor as the Galaxy Tab 7.7 but with a battery capacity similar to that of the Galaxy Tab 10.1. If the leaked specs are true then this makes the Galaxy Note 10.1, the most powerful tablet in Samsung’s arsenal.
The Galaxy Note 10.1 is also said to feature an improved S-Pen design that offers the same tactility as a real pen with the addition of an eraser at the rear end. There’s also a new split screen feature to make the most out of the additional screen real-estate. The Feature divides the 10.1-inch display into two halves to allow users to take notes on one side and display content on the other.
We have to point out though that none of this information is confirmed at the moment, so we’ll have to wait for a couple more hours for the Samsung press conference to get the final word.
Finally the Sony Xperia NXT Trio has been revealed at MWC 2012 with Xperia P and Xperia U as its new models. Appearance wise, all 3 look exactly the same and they all carry Sony’s iconic transparent belt at the bottom.
While the newer 2 models run on a lower 1.0GHz dual core processor, the P and U has its own distinctive features. On the Xperia P, it features a single aluminium unibody design and a “WhiteMagic” feature that claims to be the smartest and brightest smart phone display in the market.
Meanwhile the Xperia U looks like a mini smart phone designed for the youthful audience. While it comes with lower hardware specifications, the Xperia U offers more trendy options such as changeable bottom caps and multi-colour LED for the transparent belt.
Full specification comparison of the Xperia S, P & U after the break.
Completing HTC’s trio of One devices is the HTC One V, a device relives HTC’s glory days in an unmistakable and iconic design one of our favourite HTC Android devices, the HTC Legend.
The HTC One V sits in the affordable price bracket of the HTC One range of devices and features Android 4.0 with HTC Sense 4.0, a 3.7-inch 800×480 Super LCD 2 display with a 1.0 Ghz single-core processor accompanied by 512MB of RAM 4GB of internal storage. There is also the free 25GB Dropbox cloud storage included with the device and a 1,500mAh battery
In the camera department, the One V gets a 5MP f/2.0 shooter that’s capable of 720p videos as opposed to the 8MP 1080p units its more expensive stable-mates are endowed with. Nevertheless, the One V still benefits from HTC’s ImageSense enhancements that deliver blazing camera performance (0.7 seconds for camera app to start and 0.2 seconds for autofocus lock) as well as other cool tricks highlighted in our earlier post here.
The One V is expected to be available in the global market in April.
Head on over to after the jump for a short promo video of the HTC One V.
HTC has finally taken the covers off two of its latest smartphones this year. The HTC One X and One S revealed at a press conference at Mobile World Congress today signifies HTC’s shift towards focusing more on developing a limited number of devices that emphasis more on quality rather than having a large number of different variants.
The One X features a 4.7-inch 1280×720 HD Super LCD 2 display. Powering the device is a Tegra 3 “4+1” quad core processor accompanied by 1GB of RAM and 32GB of on board memory. Imaging is handled by an f/2.0 lens 8MP camera with 1080p video recording capabilities and enhanced with a backlight illuminated sensor and HTC’s amazing ImageSense technology. At the front, the One X gets a 1.3MP front camera. In addition to this, the One X also features Beats Audio enhancements technology to boost audio output and quality as well as NFC.
With the One X HTC has departed from its design convention by utilising polycarbonate instead of aluminium. In addition, the One X’s unibody construction employs a new microdrilling technique for a more precise construction. The polycarbonate lends the One X a softer, more tactile feel compared to previous HTC devices constructed out of aluminium. Colour options for the HTC One X includes white or grey. The new material also allows HTC to create a lighter device.
The biggest improvement in the camera performance of the HTC range of One smartphones is the camera’s responsiveness. Camera app startup time is just 0.7 seconds, from then focus is automatically achieved in just 0.2 seconds — that’s faster than a blink of and eye.
Holding down the onscreen shutter button automatically switches on burst mode, with an intelligent selection menu that allows you to quickly select the best shot from the burst mode at the same time automatically discarding the rest. In addition, there’s no longer any need to switch between video and photo modes because the software buttons for capturing stills and video sit right next to each other in the new camera application.
The most interesting innovation from HTC is the ability to snap photos while recording video. The new feature also allows you to grab a still image from a video recording you’ve already made using the device.
The Xperia P features a 4-inch 960×540 Reality Display with a new display technology that Sony calls “WhiteMagic” developed for excellent daylight viewing. At the Sony MWC press conference, where the device was unveiled, Sony’s CMO Steve Walker says the Xperia P is the “smartest and brightest smartphone display in the market”.
In addition to the display, Xperia P features an 8MP rear camera with Fast Capture and 1080p video recording, encased in an aluminium unibody design that carries the same design language as the Xperia S and Xperia U.
We’ll update the post with more details when we have them. Added specifications, photos and promotional videos for the Xperia P right after the jump.
The Xperia U follows the same design language as the Xperia S but brings with it a personality more suited to the young and style conscious with interchangeable colour caps at the bottom edge.
Another cool feature of the Xperia U is the transparent belt that now features a multi-colour LED array. When viewing pictures in the gallery app, the transparent belt changes colour to match with the dominant colour on the picture that you’re viewing. That’s a cool feature that we’re pretty sure many of you would like.
In terms of hardware, the Xperia U brings a 3.5-inch 854×480 pixel Reality Display with Mobile Bravia Engine, a 1Ghz dual-core processor and a 5MP rear camera with Fast Capture and 720p video recording.
Specifications plus more promotional videos of the Xperia U from Sony right after the jump.
After weeks of speculation and rumours, Samsung has pretty much confirmed the existence of the 10.1-inch Galaxy Note, and the Korean manufacturer is ready to show it off to the world.
While we know that the Galaxy Note 10.1 is official, the more pertinent details like hardware specifications, OS, pricing and availability are still yet unrevealed but that will not be for long.
Samsung is schedule for a press conference in Barcelona at 1600hrs Malaysian time, Monday February 27. We expect the Galaxy Note 10.1 to make its official debut at this press conference along with all its glorious details. Also, we’re hoping against hope that Samsung will talk a little bit about its upcoming and very much anticipated flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S III at the press conference as well.
Back to the Galaxy Note 10.1, looking at the advertisement billboards and signage, we’re a little concerned about the stylus/digitizer pen that comes with the device. It doesn’t look like there’s any room for the accessory to fit in the device for storage when not in use. We all know that this is an issue because without a proper place to store the pen, the risk of losing it is very high. In any case, let’s see if Samsung has found an elegant solution for this in the Galaxy Note 10.1.