If you’ve been holding off your Samsung Galaxy S4 purchase for the LTE version (i9505), you’ll be happy to know that Maxis has listed the LTE S4 as “coming soon” which means it should be in stores in about a couple of weeks.
In terms of pricing, we don’t expect the LTE S4 to differ in price from the non-LTE version as the specs are pretty closely matched. The major difference being the processor — the non-LTE (i9500) runs Samsung’s very own Exynos Octa-core processor (Effectively two quad-core units, one for heavy loads, one for power efficiency) while the LTE version runs a 1.9GHz quad-core Krait processor.
Aside from the faster internet connection (up to 60Mbps download on Maxis LTE in some areas we’ve tested), the quad-core processor in the LTE S4 is potentially more power efficient than the octa-core powered S4. From our tests, the non-LTE S4 with the octa-core processor proves to be a power-hungry device struggling to got beyond 10-12 hours on normal use.
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Acer has recently launched its new Tablet/Ultrabook hybrid devices – the Aspire P3 and Aspire R7. The Aspire P3 is a rather slim Ultrabook which works as a standalone tablet. There are 2 models available with the Intel Pentium Processor version going at RM1,799 and the one with higher spec 3rd generation Intel Core i3 processor going at RM1,999. If you need more power on the go, there’s the Core i5 version but that’s coming into Malaysia in a later time.
The Aspire P3 comes with a touchscreen 11.6″ IPS display capable of pushing 1366×768 pixels resolution, 2GB of RAM and 60GB of SSD storage. The tablet/ultrabook itself is only 9.95mm thick and weighs 0.79kg. At this price point, you would expect it to run on something basic such as Windows RT. Surprisingly the Aspire P3 runs on the full fledged Windows 8 OS and boasts a battery life of 6 hours.
The accompanying keyboard is connected via bluetooth and its own standalone battery source is said to last a month of average use. For productivity mode, the tablet is stowed in its proprietary folio style case with the keyboard attached.
Meanwhile, the Aspire R7 is a larger 15.6″ Notebook which doubles up as a tablet with its flexible Full HD display thanks to its unique Ezel hinge. In terms of design, the touchpad and keyboard had swapped positions with the keyboard made closer to the user. The flexible display allows you to tilt forward or the opposition direction depending on usage. It runs on a Core i5 processor with 8GB of DDR3 RAM, 1TB Hard Disk. Pricing starts at RM2,999 and it is expected to go on sale next month.
For more information, head over to Acer’s Aspire P3 product page.
Head after the break for photos and videos of the Tablet/Ultrabook hybrid devices.
Just like the Samsung Galaxy S4 with its Google Edition, HTC is now purported to be working on a HTC One running on a plain vanilla Android OS. This would be a stock Android HTC One without the customised HTC Sense which also means quicker future Android updates. The announcement is yet to be made official yet but there’s strong indication by those close to the source. No word on the actual model options but it could be coming in 16GB capacity size, which is currently sold in Taiwan.
It was also recently claimed that more than 5 million HTC One have been sold so far. This is quite an impressive feat considering initial supply issues and being overshadowed in terms marketing budget by its Korean rivals.
Now word has it that HTC is working on a larger HTC One variant between 5-6 inches to offer more choice for consumers. HTC has been rather conservative with display sizes and their 5″ HTC Butterfly is their largest offering so far. At the moment we are quite happy with the HTC One’s 4.7″ dimensions which is decent for single handed use. If they plan to go bigger, hopefully it comes with a higher capacity battery to go against the likes of the Galaxy Note II.