Just as the Huawei Ascend P7 is starting to gain attention locally, the Chinese smart phone maker will be holding an event on 24th June where they are expected to introduce its new Honor 6 smart phone. The current Honor is still in its 3rd generation and it is interesting to see Huawei skipping the numbers 4 and 5 for this one.
There’s a lot to look forward to with the Honor 6. Their recently announced Kirin 920 is expected to make its debut in the device which is an Octa-Core processor based on ARM’s big.LITTLE architecture. It consist of 2 sets of Quad-Core processors with 4 Cortex-A15 cores for high performance and another 4 Cortex-A7 cores for power efficiency. Performance wise, it is spotted in early benchmarks with performance figures trailing closely behind Qualcomm’s next generation Snapdragon 805 processor.
Other specs also include 3GB of RAM and a 5″ Full HD 1080p display. The rest of the details are quite scarce right now but we do expect better if not similar offering as their current Ascend P7. Check out the purported Honor 6 design after the break.
Looking for a tablet that’s not a hefty 10-incher but not too small that you can’t enjoy your favourite TV shows and movies on? Then a mid-sized tablet (anything below 10-inches and above 6-inches) is just the thing you’re looking for.
We compare the Xiaomi Mi Pad along with 9 other mid-sized tablets such as the Nexus 7, Huawei MediaPad X1, Samsung Galaxy Tab 4, iPad mini with Retina Display, ASUS Memo Pad 8, FonePad 8 and Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 so you can find the best one for you.
With a 8.4-inch display, the Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 is the largest in this comparison. It packs the highest resolution (2560×1800 pixels) and also the highest pixel density (359ppi versus 326ppi on the iPad mini Retina Display and the Xiaomi Mi Pad) which should give you a great viewing experience especially when watching high resolution movies.
In terms of processing power, all of the tablets in the comparison run on quad-core processors except for the iPad mini which is running a dual-core A7 chip. Notable in this lot is the Xiaomi Mi Pad being the first tablet to use Nvidia’s new Tegra K1 processor. Announced at CES 2014 in January, the Tegra K1 features a completely revamp design architecture that promises better graphic performance on top of improved processing and power management. The recently announced ASUS Memo Pad 8 for 2014 also packs quite a punch with the latest Intel Atom Z3580 “MooreField” Quad-Core processor that’s running at 2.3GHz.
In terms of storage, all the tablets in our comparison supports microSD expansion except the iPad Mini, Nexus 7 and the latest Memo Pad 8 for 2014. The best of the bunch is the Xiaomi Mi Pad which supports cards up to 128GB where the others only go up to 64GB.
In terms of camera, Huawei leads the way (on paper at least) with a 13MP rear camera with f/2.2 aperture. You also get a large 5MP front facing camera in case you want to take selfies with the Media Pad X1 — but for the love of all that is good, please don’t.
If its a large battery that you’re looking for than the Xiaomi Mi Pad is something you want to look at (if it becomes available in Malaysia). The device packs a 6,700mAh battery, the largest in this group.
So in terms of specs, the Xiaomi is looking pretty good. You get the latest processor, a high resolution screen and a large battery. Combine that with Xiaomi’s very attractive pricing strategy, you end up with a really, really good buy.
For those looking for something really compact and would like to make phone calls and SMS while on the go, the Huawei MediaPad X1 is the lightest and compact tablet here. Thanks to its thin bezels, it is only 107.9mm in width making it bearable to hold in a single hand. It is only 7.2mm thick and weighs and also incredibly light at just 239 grams. That’s lighter than the mammoth sized 7″ Galaxy W smart phone.
What do you think of the mid-sized tablet we’ve compared here? Which one is your favourite? You can click on the image above for a larger view.
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The ASUS ZenFone smart phone series created quite a buzz a few months back with decent performance offered at an affordance price. After much delay, the ASUS ZenFone 4 finally went on sale in Malaysia last month while the stock availability of its bigger ZenFone 5 & ZenFone 6 remains still unknown.
If you are still waiting, the ASUS ZenFone 5 appears to be officially available in Malaysia with couple of retailers offering it online. While the previous RM599 ZenFone 5 that was announced earlier came with just 1GB of RAM, the new batch that’s available comes with 2GB instead. You can check out the full specs of all 3 models here.
The rest of the hardware remain unchanged with a 5″ IPS display that does 1280×720 pixels resolution and Intel’s 1.6GHz Dual-Core Atom Z2560 processor with 8GB of on-board storage. Also retained is a 8MP main camera that is enhanced with PixelMaster technology and it is accompanied with a 2MP front facing unit. Unfortunately the price is RM100 more at RM699. During its regional launch, the ZenFone 4 is priced at RM299 while the ZenFone 5 is priced at RM599 for its 1GB RAM version. The top of line ZenFone 6 with its 2.0GHz Dual-Core Atom processor and 2GB RAM is priced at RM899. If you haven’t seen it yet, you can watch our hands-on with all 3 models here.
You can check out the ASUS ZenFone 5 listing from Gadget Village and SatuGadgetDotCom. Interestingly ASUS last week had also introduced the ZenFone 5 with 4G LTE support and uses a more mainstream Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor.
Huawei has launched its latest range of smart phones and tablets today including its flagship Ascend P7 smart phone. As seen from some online retailers, the Huawei Ascend P7 is priced at RM1,499 while its compact MediaPad X1 tablet is priced at RM1,399 for the 4G LTE version. Apart from these 2, they have also announced an 8″ multimedia tablet, a mid-spec smart phone and a hybrid sports wearable device.
Read on for the 5 new products launched by Huawei Malaysia today.
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