The HTC One M8 Duo Camera set up at the back allows you to enhance depth-of-field after the picture has been taken. While this “Refocus” implementation is done more effectively through its twin camera hardware, the software unfortunately has very limited controls where the background is often blurred excessively.
To give users some level of adjustment, HTC has updated its Gallery app where you can adjust the intensity manually. The new Gallery update also benefits other HTC models that are running on Sense 6.0 such as last year’s HTC One M7. It adds extra functions such as Dimension Plus and Pan 360.
You can update the Gallery app manually through Google Play Store here.
If you’re looking for an incredibly slim smart phone that supports dual-SIM and runs on an Octa-Core processor, you might want to check out the IPro Sense Avancer. IPro is home grown Malaysian brand that’s trying to move up the ladder with a higher-spec offering. Design wise, it looks quite similar to Huawei Ascend P6 with its slim profile and curved edges towards at the top and bottom.
At just 6.8mm thick, this is probably one of the thinnest Dual-SIM Octa-Core smart phone in the market. The front gets a 5.5″ Full HD 1920×1080 resolution display which pushes a rather dense 400 pixels per inch. To withstand day to day abuses, it is further toughen with Gorilla Glass 3.
On the inside, the Sense Avancer packs quite a decent spec with a 1.7GHz Octa-Core MediaTek processor mated to 2GB of RAM and comes with 16GB of storage which is expandable with microSD. At the back, it sports a 14MP Sony BSI Camera while the front gets a 8MP shooter for higher resolution Selfie shots.
In terms of connectivity, it ticks all the crucial boxes such as WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, NFC and it even offers wireless charging as well. On-board it is juiced up by a 2,300mAh battery and like most affordable Octa-Core devices, it supports up to 3G HSPA. Out of the box, it runs on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.
The asking price for this device is RM1,099 which excludes the optional wireless charger. Compared with another local brand Gphone EVO, the IPro Sense Avancer costs RM200 more but you get a better screen, more RAM and a thinner design.
Check out the IPro Sense Avancer promo video and their list of outlets after the break.
Have you been in a situation where you and your mates have hung out all day only to find yourselves running out of smart phone battery? Having a single battery pack can be a problem if you need to charge multiple devices at the same time. For those who feel that the standard 10,000mAh battery packs and up to 2 USB ports isn’t enough, check out the Luxa2 P-Mega which comes with a whooping 41,600mAh battery capacity.
Luxa2 which is a division under Thermaltake, a company that specialises in cooling and computer casing products is not positioning the P-Mega as a battery pack but instead they are calling it the World’s Largest Portable Power Charging station. It has 6 USB ports with 3 of them pushing a higher 2A output that can charge tablets while the other 3 ports are pushing 1A.
To put things in perspective, the 41,600mAh Charging Station capacity is equivalent to 4 units of Xiaomi’s 10,400mAh Power Bank. The size of the Charging station is about 10cm cube and it weighs 1KG. To create a pleasant environment while charging, it even comes with blue illumination light which can be turned on and off manually.
If you don’t plan on sharing, the 41,600mAh capacity is rated to be sufficient enough to charge a Galaxy Note 3 8.9 times or a iPhone 5S 19 times. If this is what you’re looking for, it costs US$162 on Amazon.
Alternatively, you can just purchase 4X Mi PowerBanks at RM36 each which comes to a total of RM144. In case you missed it, Xiaomi is restocking 10,000 units of its 10,400mAh Mi Power Bank tomorrow at 12PM. Also available is a smaller 5,200mAh version at RM25.
Check out the video and more pics of the P-Mega Charging station after the break.
Lenovo’s first 4G LTE smart phone, the Vibe Z has finally gotten its Android 4.4.2 KitKat update in Malaysia. Apart from having a newer Android version, the new update appears to have given it a cleaner UI. One of our readers have feedback to us that the WiFi signal strength appears to have improved well.
The Android 4.4.2 update for the Vibe Z is downloaded over the air (OTA) and is a whopping 1.2GB in size. It is advisable that you do this over a faster WiFi connection instead. Check out another screenshot of the Vibe Z UI post-KitKat update after the break.
Thanks Jiaye for the tip!
The World Cup fever is starting this week and you can stay on top of match times and scores with Google Now. They have just updated its algorithm to better recognise football related questions like “When is Brazil Playing”.
On the Google Now results page, you will be able to see upcoming matches in local Malaysian time, Groups and standings. On an Android device just press and hold the home button to trigger Google Now (could be different depending on your device) or just say “OK Google” if your device supports it.
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The iPhone was introduced about 7 years ago by Steve Jobs which defined a new course for smart phones that we know today. Apple will be releasing a new iPhone model at the end of this year and they had just announced its latest iOS 8.
To showcase how iOS has progressed over the years, the Verge had compiled a highlight video from the very beginning when it was known as iPhone OS until the current iOS 8. Initially the iPhone OS was a very closed system and AppStore was only introduced in iPhone OS 2.0 where they finally open up to 3rd party app developers.
Copy and Paste function was lacking on the iPhone until it was finally introduced on iPhone OS 3.0. The mobile operating system then was renamed to iOS in 2010 when the iPad was first introduced.
We are not going to spoil the rest of the history lesson, so head after the break to watch the video.
The front display is bigger and appears to have thinner bezels at the sides with less space to waste at both top and bottom. As rumoured previously, the Galaxy F or speculated to be the Galaxy S5 Prime is expected to feature a larger 5.2″ display that does QHD resolution. The back comes with similar camera and heart rate sensor placement as the Galaxy S5 but the surface is noticeably different with a glossy and brushed aluminium look.
Considering that this device would be launching sometime later in September, it is advisable to take such rumours and leaked images with a pinch of salt. With Samsung’s tight secrecy, it is unlikely they have a prototype that looks like the final product this early ahead of launch. Just a few days back, @Evleaks revealed an image of the purported Galaxy F which appears to have brushed metal finish like its current nemesis, the LG G3.
Considering the Galaxy Note 3 replacement is coming out around September/October period, we could be seeing 2 flagship Samsung devices launching very closely together. So if you’re planning to purchase a smart phone during the year end holidays, which would you pick? The Galaxy F or the Galaxy Note 4? Leave your comments below.
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