UPDATE: Acer Liquid E700 is officially priced at RM699 in Malaysia.
Dual-SIM devices are great to stay connected across different networks while getting the best offering of different plans on a single device. If Dual-SIM slots isn’t enough, Acer introduces its new Liquid E700 smart phone that lets you connect up to 3 SIMs simultaneously.
In terms of specs, it runs on a 1.3GHz Quad-Core MediaTek processor that’s mated to 2GB of RAM and it comes with 16GB of storage. If you need more storage, it is also expandable with a microSD slot. The display is a 5″ IPS unit that pushes 1280×720 pixels resolution.
At the back, it gets 8MP camera with assisted flash and there’s also an ActionKey which lets you launch apps or take pictures comfortably in a single hand. Meanwhile the front gets a 2MP camera which even comes with a LED flash light for better Selfie. This was first featured on its Liquid E3 smart phone. To keep the device connected with 3 operators simultaneously, the Liquid E700 packs a huge 3,500mAh battery and it still manages to weigh just 155 grams while maintaining a slim 9.9mm profile.
For those seeking faster connectivity instead of having multiple SIMs, there’s the Acer Liquid E600 which comes with 4G LTE support with a single SIM slot. It gets Quad-Core 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 processor with 1GB of RAM and has a smaller 4GB of on-board storage with 2,500mAh capacity battery. The display for the E600 is a notch down as well with a 5″ IPS display that does a FWVGA resolution of 854×480.
If 3 SIM slots isn’t enough, you probably might want to consider this feature phone which offers a whooping Quad-SIM slots. With this device, you can stay connected with Celcom, DiGi, Maxis and U Mobile networks all at the same time.
Check out the hands-on video of the Triple-SIM E700 by MobileGeeks after the break.
Along with its Liquid Leap wearable, Acer has announced its Liquid Jade smart phone which supports dual-SIM. At the front, the Liquid Jade sports a 5″ IPS display that does 1280×720 pixels resolution and is toughen with Gorilla Glass 3. Design wise, it is pretty curved all over which Acer claims to be both ergonomic and elegant to hold
Underneath it runs on a 1.3GHz Quad-Core MediaTek MT6582 processor with 1GB of RAM. There’s 8GB of on-board storage which can be expanded with microSD card up to 32GB. At the back, there’s a 13MP camera that boasts f/1.8 aperture and a fast 0.3 seconds autofocus. For selfie, it is handled by a 2MP shooter at the front. It is juiced up with a 2,100mAh battery and has a respectable thickness of just 7.5mm. Out of the box, it runs on the latest Android 4.4 KitKat which is quite surprising for a MediaTek based smart phone.
Overall, the specs are quite close with the Huawei Honor 3C except for its camera and RAM. Availability wise it is targeted for Q3 this year and Acer is bundling its Liquid Leap wearable smart band in selected countries.
The images suggest a very similar design with a perforated back cover and it still retains the same fingerprint scanner on the home button plus a heart rate sensor behind. Compared with the full sized Galaxy S5, the camera on the purported mini is more flush without protruding too much while the microUSB port is of standard size instead of the longer microUSB 3.0. With the back cover removed, the Galaxy S5 mini seems to have some water resistant properties with a rubber gasket lining up inside the cover.
Earlier on, an alleged leak suggests that the new compact model will be called as Galaxy S5 Dx and comes without a heart rate sensor at the back. In terms of specs, the Galaxy S5 mini is said to be having a 4.5″ 720p HD display and runs on a Quad-Core 1.4GHz Exynos processor with 1.5GB of RAM.
The hands-on photos look legit but there’s a possibility that this is another good knock off of the Galaxy S5. Check out the rest of the pictures after the break.
Acer joins the wearable bandwagon by announcing the Liquid Leap, a smart band with phone notification features. It is their smallest touch device to date and it comes with a 1″ touch screen display with a rubberised wrist band. The Liquid Leap offers a host of fitness tracking features including steps, distance, calories burned and sleeping patterns. In addition it also alerts you on incoming calls, messages and even lets you control your music playlist from your wrist.
It also gets water resistance at IPX7 rating and the battery is said to be able to last up to 7 days with its efficient Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity. There are 5 colours available – Moonstone White, Mineral Black, Aquamarine, Fragrant Pink, and Vivid Orange. The Liquid Leap will be released in limited countries as a bundle with its newly announced Acer Liquid Jade smart phone. Overall, this looks like a simplified version of the Samsung Gear Fit without a curved screen and heart rate sensor underneath.
Owners of the first generation Samsung Galaxy Gear smart watch are getting a new software update which overhauls the entire system from Android to Tizen OS. It is updated through Kies and carries the software version number 2.2.0. Since this is a major upgrade, the Galaxy Gear smart watch contents will be wiped clean. Do take note that you would lose your 3rd party Android based smart watch apps as the it will now run on Tizen OS.
The user experience is pretty much the same as before and it is reported that the Galaxy Gear performs better with longer battery life with Tizen. In addition, the Galaxy Gear now is also able to work as a standard alone music player just like the latest Gear 2 smart watch. If you can’t update this through Kies, you have the option of updating manually through SamMobile by downloading the SM-V700 firmware.
You can check out the comparison of the Galaxy Gear vs Gear 2 vs Gear 2 Neo on Tizen OS in our previous post.
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Apart from the HTC One (M7), the Butterfly S is also getting the latest Sense 6.0 update that runs on top of Android 4.4.2 KitKat. The HTC Sense 6.0 UI offers a refreshing new experience that’s found on the latest HTC One M8. You get a new BlinkFeed and a redesigned look for the Camera, Gallery and Music apps.
The software update is pushed over the air (OTA) and if you haven’t received it yet, you can check manually under Settings > About > Software Updates.
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The Oppo N1 mini is finally revealed in China. This is the compact version of its unique Oppo N1 5.9″ phablet which comes with a swivelling 13MP camera. It will be going on sale in its home country on 11th June and some of the specs have been revealed partially.
The camera on the N1 mini still packs a 13MP shooter with f/2.0 aperture and comes with a single LED flash instead of 2 that’s found on its bigger brother. From the promo page, it appears that it can output 24MP photos, that’s similar to its high-end Find 7 which takes 50MP photos from its 13MP camera.
The N1 mini supports 4G LTE connectivity and overall it weighs 150 grams, which is 63 grams lighter than its full sized sibling. So far there have yet to reveal other vital specifications like its processor, RAM, storage and battery capacity. If they packed it with high spec internals, this can be a worthy competitor to the Xperia Z1 Compact. The only problem is that a 5-incher isn’t really that mini in the hands.
Check out more images after the break.
UPDATE: Looks like it is just Power Bank this round without any Mi 3 Smart Phone.
UPDATE 2: 5,000 units of Mi Power Bank sold out in 1 minute and 2 seconds.
Xiaomi is selling its Mi Power Bank once again with 5,000 more units on next Tuesday, 3rd of June at 12PM (noon). In the past 2 sales, the Mi Power Bank were snapped up incredibly quick within 10 minutes after its online store doors are open. Retailing at RM36, it packs an incredible value with a massive 10,400mAh capacity battery that pushes 2.1Amps.
Apart from the Power Bank, we also expect its Mi 3 smart phone to go on sale as well. Xiaomi should be announcing its quantity in the coming days. If you haven’t purchase anything from Xiaomi’s online store, be sure to read our Buyer’s Guide ahead of its sales happening next week. Hopefully Xiaomi would improve the website for mass traffic as last week’s Tuesday sale had to be postponed to the next day due to technical issues.
If you haven’t seen it yet, do check out our hands-on with the Mi Power Bank after the break.
UPDATE: There’s actually 2 models – Dual-SIM 3G HSPA+ or Single SIM 4G LTE.
If you’re looking for a new mid-spec device, the Sony Xperia M2 has finally arrived with the price tag of RM939. There are 2 variants available – Dual-SIM with 3G HSPA+ or Single-SIM with 4G LTE. It gets a 4.8″ display that pushes qHD resolution (960×540) and underneath is powered with a 1.2GHz Quad-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage that can be expanded with microSD. It also gets a 8MP rear camera that does Full HD 1080p videos and a front facing VGA camera.
Juicing up the Xperia M2 is a 2,300mAh capacity battery and overall it weighs 148 grams with a thickness of 8.64mm. Like its flagship models, it is available in 3 colours – Black, White and Purple. The specs of the Xperia M2 is quite similar to the Moto G 4G LTE version but it gets a better 8MP camera and a bigger 4.8″ screen albeit with a lower screen resolution.
Watch our hands-on video with the Xperia M2 after the break.
UPDATE: Original video has been taken down.
We now get a real life glimpse of the LG G Watch which runs on Google’s Android Wear. Someone has managed to get their hands on a Beta unit which shows a couple of basic features. We are not too sure if this is just a fraction of what the watch can do but it shows a list of Android notifications, calendar, alarms and messages. With Android Wear, the watch is supposed to be like a Google Now extension to your phone and it can be controlled by voice.
The LG G Watch will be available in Stealth Black and Champaign Gold which is currently speculated to be released before July. Apart from LG, Motorola too will be releasing a Android Wear based watch with their Moto 360.
Watch the G Watch hands-on video after the break.