The Huawei Ascend P7 with its ultra-slim 6.5mm side profile is the thinnest 4G LTE smart phone no more. It’s homeland rival Oppo has just announced the R3 smart phone that boast an even slimmer 6.3mm side profile. If you plan to get one, unfortunately the Oppo R3 is only available for the Chinese market which is said to be limited to their own local LTE bands.
In terms of hardware, the R3 is quite a mid-tier device with a 5″ 720p HD display and runs on a 1.6GHz Quad-Core Snapdragon 400 processor with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage. It is a far cry from the Ascend P7’s high spec offering. On-board it gets a 2,420mAh capacity battery and weighs 140 grams, which is heavier than the Ascend P7’s 124 grams. The Oppo R3 will be priced at 2,290 Yuan which is about RM1,181.
Check out more pics of the device after the break.
After introducing the Mi 3 smart phone, Xiaomi will be selling its 4.7″ Redmi 1S model in Malaysia this month for less than RM500. Apart from this budget model, Xiaomi also has plans to offer its bigger 5.5″ Redmi Note which was just announced a few months ago.
If you can’t wait, a couple of grey importers have started selling the Redmi Note at only RM599 for the high-spec model. That’s not too bad considering it costs for 999 Yuan in China which is about RM515 when converted directly. The only thing you need to take note is that these are AP sets and they are not officially covered by Xiaomi’s official service centres. However the respective retailers are offering their own local warranty of 2 years. During our interview with Hugo Barra, he said that Xiaomi will still accept grey import units at their centres but you may need to pay for repair cost.
The specs for the Redmi Note include a larger 5.5″ HD 720p display and you have a choice of 1.7GHz Octa-Core MediaTek processor with 2GB of RAM or a lower spec variant of a 1.4GHz Octa-Core processor with 1GB of RAM. It gets 8GB of expandable on-board storage with support up to 32GB microSD card. It gets a 13MP f/2.2 main camera and a front facing 5MP unit. With its large 3,200mAh capacity battery, the Redmi Note weighs 199 grams and is 9.45mm thick. You can get the full specs over at Xiaomi’s Redmi Note product page.
When the Xiaomi Redmi Note went on sale in China, it sold 100,000 units in just 34 minutes. No prize guessing where most of them got transferred to.
One stop Samsung resource centre Sammobile claims to have some legit info on the upcoming Galaxy Note 4. Like previous Galaxy models, the new Galaxy Note 4 is said to be available with 2 processor choices of either Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor or Samsung’s very own Exynos 5433.
It is claimed that the Snapdragon 805 unit will be heading to selected markets such as the US, China, Japan, Korea while the rest of the world including Europe will be getting the Exynos version. The Exynos variant is said to be paired with Intel’s XMM7260 Cat 6 modem which supports LTE-A speeds up to 300Mbps. It isn’t clear whether the Snapdragon version destined for LTE-happy Korea will be having the same modem.
As you would expect for a device that’s launching at the end of this year, the Galaxy Note 4 will be having a Quad HD display which was earlier rumoured to be 5.7″ in size. Over at the back, the main camera maintains the same 16MP pixel count as the Galaxy S5 but Samsung is alleged to be turning to Sony’s IMX240 sensor which is assisted with Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS). After all, they have the LG G3 to beat especially in the display and imaging department.
Adding to the leak confusion, the heavily speculated Galaxy F or Galaxy S5 Prime would be very similar in specs as the upcoming Galaxy Note 4. It could be a Korean or Japan specific model and there’s a possibility that it might just turn out to be another extra Galaxy S5 Neo/Plus/Advance variant as a stop gap measure before the next Galaxy S model is released in 2015.
Last year, we saw major smart phone makers following the cycle of having 2 flagship models per year. If the Galaxy F series is indeed true, having 3 flagship models per annum is quite an overkill considering the average user won’t change their phones that often.
The popular SwiftKey keyboard is now available for free on the Google Play Store. Previously offered as a paid app at US$3.99, the intelligent keyboard has switched to a Freemium model. While it is free for unlimited use, SwiftKey will be making money by selling custom keyboard themes.
So what happens to those who have paid for the keyboard? You’ll get a additional 10 keyboard themes for free with their “Premier Pack” that’s valued at US$4.99. On the latest version 5, SwiftKey is introducing a couple new features including an extra row for numbers, an improved prediction engine and a new SwiftKey Store to discover new themes.
SwiftKey is an awesome keyboard which understands your typing habits and is able to predict the next word that you’re going to type. For those who prefer to swipe, there’s also a Flow Keyboard where you can glide away instead of tapping on each individual keys. Even Apple will be including SwiftKey-like features in their upcoming QuickType keyboard on iOS 8.
You can download SwiftKey over at Google Play Store here. Are you new to SwiftKey? Check out the promo video after the break.
The LG G Watch which is powered by Google’s Android Wear has been teased for quite some time now. If you have been anticipating this new smart wearable device, more information of its specifications and availability have finally come to light.
The LG G Watch is said to be running on a Qualcomm APQ8026 SoC which is believed to be a variant of its Snapdragon 400 series. The spec sheet continues with 4GB of on-board storage and 4Gb RAM, which is equivalent to 512MB. Keeping the watch ticking is a decent 400mAh capacity battery but surprisingly it is listed with just 36 hours of standby time. The display is a 1.65″ TFT LCD that does a low 280×280 pixels resolution. Overall, the G Watch weighs 61 grams and is 9.95mm thick.
In terms of availability, the LG G Watch is targeted to be released in the UK on 7th July and it is said to be priced below the Gear 2 Neo which costs £169.99 (about RM913). If you compare the specs with Samsung’s Gear line up, the G Watch display is only bigger by 0.02″ but does lower resolution than the Gear’s 320×320 screen resolution.
Even if the G Watch is cheaper by RM100, it looks pretty bare next to the Gear 2 as it offers an integrated camera, IR blaster and even a heart rate sensor underneath. The Android Wear is still new and it will be interesting to see how it proves itself to be better than Samsung’s Tizen based smart watch. The Gear 2 is currently priced at RM899 while its fitness focused Gear Fit is cheaper at RM599.
Check out the alleged G Watch spec sheet after the break.
Following its earlier leak, the folks at Sammobile have gotten their hands on more photos of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S5 mini. Now the specs of the Galaxy S5 mini have been confirmed as well through AnTutu and CPU-Z screenshots.
From the screenshots provided by Sammobile’s tipster, the upcoming compact device will be having a Quad-Core Exynos processor running at 1.4GHz, Mali-400 GPU, 1.5GB RAM and 16GB of storage which is expandable via microSD. The front display is said to be a 4.5″ Super AMOLED unit and it is confirmed having a a modest 1280×720 pixels resolution.
For camera, it is detected as having a 8MP main unit and a front facing 2.1MP camera. From the images, the Galaxy S5 mini would also feature a fingerprint scanner and heart rate sensor like its bigger Galaxy S5 model. The tipster also added that it comes with IP67 dust and water resistance although the micro-USB port appears to be flap-less in the photos.
So far there’s no word on its release. On pricing, we expect this to be priced around the RM1,500 range like its predecessor and other “mini” rivals like the HTC One mini 2 and Sony Xperia Z1 Compact.
Check out more Galaxy S5 mini photos after the break.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S will be announced this Friday morning and comes in 8.4″ and 10.5″ sizes. The new Galaxy Tab S marks Samsung’s return of using AMOLED displays for tablets which pushes an ultra high definition WQXGA resolution at 2560×1600 pixels. If you’ve been following the recent leaks, you’ll notice that the back of the Galaxy Tab S has 2 mounting points which is likely to be paired with a special case or folder. Now the flip covers have been leaked in high resolution thanks to Sammobile and you can view them after the break.
To recap on the specs, the Galaxy Tab S will be running on Samsung’s Exynos 5420 Octa-Core processor which consists of 4x Cortex-A15 cores @ 1.9GHz and 4x Cortex-A7 cores @ 1.3GHz. It is also mated to 3GB of RAM and a 6-core ARM Mali-T628 GPU for better gaming. The Galaxy Tab S also gets a fingerprint scanner like the Galaxy S5 and comes with 8MP main camera and a front facing 2MP unit.
The Galaxy Tab S 10.5 is expected to be ultra thin and light at just 6.6mm thick and weighing 465 grams. For Malaysia, we are likely to be getting the 10.5″ version with 4G LTE as it was recently spotted in SIRIM’s certification database.
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This year the Chinese smart phone manufacturers are rising up to the occasion with better hardware, improved build quality and competitive pricing. One of such phone maker is Huawei that has stepped up their game with high-end offering beginning with last year’s Ascend P6. That device had grabbed headlines for being the thinnest smart phone at just 6.2mm.
With competition heating up even from its own home ground in China, Huawei has announced its newest Ascend P7 smart phone and it is now available in Malaysia for just RM1,499. It packs improved hardware and support for faster 4G LTE but the price has increased merely by RM100 over its predecessor.
Read on for our first impressions of the Ascend P7.