The BlackBerry Q5 is now available on contact with Maxis from as low as RM438. The Q5 is the most affordable BlackBerry 10 OS device in the market which retails at RM1,299 outright which even comes with 4G LTE support.
As usual, Maxis is offering the BlackBerry Q5 on its BBMore55, BBMore 88 & BBMore 148 plans and its bundled pricing as follows:
BBMore 55 (12 months) – RM1,198
BBMore 88 (12 months) – RM1,068
BBMore 88 (24 months) – RM738
BBMore 148 (12 months) – RM968
BBMore 148 (24 months) – RM438
To recap on the specs, the BlackBerry Q5 comes with 3.1″ 720×720 touch screen display and is powered with a decent 1.2GHz dual-core processor with 2GB of RAM and a rather generous 2,180mAh battery. While the BlackBerry Q10 is seen as a BlackBerry Bold replacement, the Q5 is more of a BlackBerry Curve equivalent.
For more info, head over to Maxis BlackBerry Q5 page.
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If you’ve been waiting for this beast of a phone then your wait is over. The Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom is now available from IPMart for RM1,577. But before you rushing to make your purchase, you must know that the units currently on sale from the website are grey imports and do not come with a Samsung-backed warranty.
The Galaxy S4 Zoom is what happens when a point and shoot camera rapes a Galaxy S4 mini, you get a dedicated camera that you can use as a smartphone.
The S4 Zoom boasts a 10X optical zoom lens (24-240mm) with a bigger than average 1/2.33” 16MP imaging sensor that’s supposed to improve picture quality. On top of that, you get a 4.3-inch qHD (960×540) AMOLED display pushing out 256ppi. Under the hood, there’s a dual-core 1.5GHz processor with 1.5GB of RAM and 8GB of onboard storage. Storage is expandable with microSD up to 64GB. For video calls and selfies, there’s a 1.9MP secondary camera included as well.
Instead of an LED flash that you typically get with phone cameras, the Galaxy Zoom uses a faster Xenon Flash that should give you better lighting in low light conditions.
In terms of connectivity, the Galaxy S4 Zoom comes with the usual WiFi 802.11n, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC and certain versions have LTE support as well but we don’t think the units being sold by IPMart have LTE.
As a phone, the Galaxy S4 Zoom is bulky to use and you look like dork using it. As a camera, while the S4 Zoom may be able to take better pictures than most phones, it’s barely average as a point and shoot camera.
So what’s the point of the Galaxy S4 Camera then? When it comes to sharing or uploading pictures that are better than what a smartphone can muster, nothing comes close to the Galaxy S4 Zoom (ok, perhaps maybe the Galaxy Camera does come close). The ability to make phone calls is a bonus but the bulk of the device is not something you’ll be comfortable having in your pocket. At the end of the day, how many times have you looked a camera said to yourself “I wish I can use this to call someone”?
Check out the Galaxy S4 Zoom from IPMart here.
It’s official, the Lumia 925 will be available in Malaysia starting August and will sell for RM1,799.
First announced in May, the Lumia 925 features an aluminum frame wrapped around a polycarbonate body. In terms of hardware, the 925 is virtually identical to Lumia 920 with the same 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm MSM8960 processor with 1GB RAM and 2,000mAh battery.
Where the 925 differs from the 920 is the display and camera. While the size of the display remains the same — 4.5-inch 1280×768 pushing out 331ppi — the Lumia 925 uses AMOLED where the 920 uses an LCD IPS panel. Also, the Gorilla Glass display with Nokia’s ClearBlack technology can be used even if you have gloves on.
The 8.7MP camera with Optical Image Stabiliser is given a boost with a 6-element Zeiss optics lens instead of five on the Lumia 920. In addition, the Lumia 925 is lighter at 139 grams (Lumia 920: 185 grams) and smaller overall (in terms of height, width and thickness).
Nokia’s built-in camera application gets an upgrade in the 925 as well. You can do burst shots (Max 5MP), best shot (similar to best faces) and Action shot (similar as the one in Galaxy S4 and the HTC One) allowing you to superimpose multiple pictures in one shot. Existing Nokia Lumia devices will also get the latest Smart Camera apps via Nokia’s upcoming Amber update but there’s no mention when it will be rolled out.
Out of the box, the Lumia 925 doesn’t support wireless charging natively. However it is still possible with an optional sleeve.
And that’s pretty much it. The Lumia 925 can be considered as an update from the 920 but aside from the superior optics and imaging capabilities the Windows Phone platform remains the Lumia’s biggest weakness.
Videos on the Lumia 925 right after the jump.
Photo prints are a novelty that never gets old and if you like printing photos on the go, you might want to check out the LG PD233 Pocket Photo printer. As the name suggests, the Pocket Photo is a mobile photo printer that allows you to print photos on 2×3 inch prints wireless using Bluetooth. The printer is also NFC-enabled to make pairing easy.
Measuring 72 x 120 x 24 mm and weighing in at 215 grams (about the weight of an average steak), LG says the Pocket Photo is one of the smallest and lightest mobile photo printing devices in the market.
The Pocket Photo printer is compatible with both Android and iOS smartphones but we’re not sure at the moment if the device supports Windows Phone and BlackBerry phones as well. It’s worth noting that the Pocket Photo requires you to install a dedicated Pocket Photo app on your device to be able to print pictures.
The app also allows you to edit your photos and even embed QR code on your prints (if you want to include a link to your Twitter account or Facebook page for example). You can use the printer to print customised birthday invitations, thank you cards, or even business cards with a personal QR code.
UPDATE: Sony Xperia Z Ultra is priced at RM2,299 for HSPA+ (non-LTE) version.
During the global launch of its first ever large format smartphone, Sony said that Malaysia will be among the first countries in the world to launch the device and today Sony is making good with that commitment by announcing the launch date of what we consider one of the best large format phones you can get.
The Xperia Z Ultra will be officially launched to the Malaysian media on August 1 and we’re pretty sure that the device will go on sale soon after that. And judging by the top level Celcom and U Mobile reps that attended the global launch in Shanghai recently, you can expect operators to offer the device around the same time as well.
We’re hoping that Sony will bundle the very useful, SBH52 NFC-enabled Bluetooth headset. The SBH52 headset that can be used like a conventional earpiece that you hook onto your ear or like a mini handset that you pick up (something like a conventional phone). The headset immensely useful and easy to setup thanks to NFC and with a built-in OLED display you can screen calls without the need to take Z Ultra out of your bag.
The big question now is pricing. How much will sony sell the Xperia Z Ultra for and more importantly, how much are you willing to pay for the device? Back at the global launch Sony say that the Z Ultra is positioned to deliver a premium experience at an affordable price. Won’t be long till we know for sure. In the meantime check out what we think about the Xperia Z Ultra here.
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Update: The Lumia 625 is now available in Malaysia. Details here.
But is it enough to make you want one? We don’t think so.
With a 4.7-inch LCD display, the Lumia 625 is considered average in a market dominated by Android phones with large displays sporting 720p or full 1080p resolution. And the display isn’t particularly sharp either. Pushing out a lowly 201ppi with a 800×480 resolution, the Lumia 625 has one of the lowest pixel densities we’ve seen on a smartphone in recent months. On the up side, the display sports Gorilla Glass 2 and can be used even if you’re using gloves over your digits.
Powering the Lumia 625 is a dual-core 1.2GHz Snapdragon S4 processor with 512MB RAM and 8GB internal storage. Usable memory can be increased with a microSD card slot that takes cards up to 64GB and there’s also 7GB of cloud storage courtesy of Microsoft via SkyDrive. If you ask us, 7GB is sad considering you can get 25GB of cloud storage from HTC and Samsung. Other specs include LTE connectivity, a 5MP rear camera with 1080p video and a VGA front-facing camera. Powering the device is a 2,000mAh battery.
The Lumia 625 has an exchangeable rear shell and is available in orange, yellow, green, white and black but we’re not sure if all the colours will come to Malaysia. Official price for the Lumia 625 is 220 Euros, that puts in at just under RM1,000 at today’s exchange rate. No doubt this will bring some curious buyers into Nokia’s store but we’re not too sure if many can be convinced to part with their money. The device is expected to come to Malaysia before October.
Video highlight of the Lumia 625 after the jump.
Nokia’s having an event to announce one, possibly two devices today. Could this be it?
This is the Nokia 625, that is expected to make an appearance at Nokia’s event happening in less than an hour. The device features a big (for Nokia) 4.7-inch curved Gorilla Glass 2 display (800×480, 201ppi), 1.2 GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 (MSM 8930) with 512MB of RAM and 8GB of onboard storage. There’s also 7GB of SkyDrive cloud storage (7GB when others are offering 25GB? Oh, come on Nokia) and a microSD card slot good for an additional 64GB. A leaked spec sheet says that the Lumia 625 can be used with gloves on.
In the camera department, you get a 5MP rear shooter with 1080p video and an LED flash, while at the front features a VGA sensor. Juice is provided by a 2000mAh battery.
If you look at it, the Nokia Lumia 625 is nothing spectacular and will probably be priced to match the rather average specifications. We’re hoping there’s more to today’s announcement that this.
One more image of the Lumia 625 after the jump.
Nokia said on its official blog that it will be revealing something big and aside from the time and location — London, 9am which is 4pm Malaysia time — there’s really not much for us to bite into. Or is there.
Well for one there is the Nokia Lumia 625 that’s rumoured to feature a 4.7-inch screen. If this is true, then the still unconfirmed Lumia 625 will have the biggest screen on a Windows Phone ever. The Lumis 625 is expected to be a budget phone with its low-res 4.7-inch 800×400-pixel display and 1.2GHz dual-core processor with 512MB RAM and a 5MP camera. That could be the something big that Nokia is talking about.
The other big thing would be a Windows 8-based tablet that we saw on the internet a few weeks back. Earlier leaks suggests that the Nokia Windows 8 tablet will be based on the much-ignored RT version rather than the full OS that can run desktop applications.
Whatever it is, the event is happening in less than in less than 2 hours, so we’ll find out soon enough.
The Sony Xperia ZR is now available in Malaysia with the retail price tag of RM1,649. To recap, the Xperia ZR is a waterproof smart phone which comes with IP55/IP58 dust and water resistant capabilities which lets you go underwater up to 1.5 metres for 30 minutes. As comparison, the IP57 rated Xperia Z is capable of going up to 1 metre for 30 minutes.
Recapping the specs, the Xperia ZR comes with a 4.55″ 720p display that does 1280×720 pixels resolution and runs on a rather high-end 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor with 2GB of RAM. On-board there’s 8GB of storage which is expandable with microSD up to 32GB.
Since underwater photography and video shooting is its biggest highlight, the Xperia ZR packs a 13MP Exmor RS main camera which comes with a dedicated camera button. Having a dedicated camera button is crucial as the touch screen doesn’t function when submerged in our Xperia Z hands on.
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The little brother of the HTC One has gone official as the HTC One mini. Maintaining the same aluminium clad profile, the HTC One mini maintains the same thickness of 9.3mm as its flagship model but shaves 5mm its from its width. Just as speculated earlier, the One mini comes with a more single-handed friendly 4.3″ Super LCD2 display which delivers a resolution of 1280×720. This gives a pixel density of 342ppi which is rather decent.
Powering the HTC One mini is a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor clocked at 1.4GHz with 1GB of RAM. Storage wise it comes with 16GB on-board and like its bigger brother, it lacks expandable microSD storage. Juicing up the HTC One mini, is a smaller 1,800mAh battery which is non-removable. Another missing item from the One mini is the IR blaster which acts as a universal remote control.
In terms of imaging, it uses the same Ultrapixel camera as the HTC One which does 4MP while over at the front, you’ll get a 1.6MP camera that does 720p videos. For audio, it retains the awesome dual-front facing boom sound speakers which is also found on the new HTC Butterfly S and HTC Desire 600. Connectivity wise, it is good to know that the HTC One mini also supports 4G LTE at 1800MHz/2600MHz bands.
The HTC One mini will be available in both Silver & Black colours with roll-out to begin globally sometime in September. For more information, head over to HTC One mini‘s product page.
Head after the break for more official photos and video.