When you hear a sales claim of 50,000 smart phones sold within 15 minutes, you probably think of Xiaomi. It’s not the case this time as HTC too has a hot seller story of its own in the form of the HTC One E8, which is the plastic brother of the HTC One M8 flagship smart phone.
For HTC to claim such a record sale is quite a big deal considering that the Taiwainese smart phone maker is struggling financially. While HTC tends to position itself as premium brand, the HTC One E8 packs affordable performance considering it uses the same internals as the HTC One M8 but carries a much lower price tag. It is basically the same phone as the One M8 except that its metal body swapped for plastic and its Duo Ultrapixel camera set up replaced by a standard 13MP shooter.
In China it went on sale for just 2,800 Yuan which converts to about RM1,445. With the specs compared with other flagship models today, nothing else comes close in pricing. With Chinese smart phone makers like Oppo, Huawei and Xiaomi disrupting the smart phone industry, HTC could replicate the same success by offering the best spec at a lower price point worldwide.
The rumours are not true, there will not be an upmarket version of the Galaxy S5 but there is an updated version. Samsung today lifted the covers off the Galaxy S5 LTE-A created specifically for the South Korea market. In addition to the faster connectivity (up to 255Mbps on LTE-A, almost three times faster then LTE), the new phone features a higher resolution display and a faster processor.
The 5.1-inch Super AMOLED display gets a pixel bump pushing a of 2560×1440 pixels and a pixel density of 576ppi (versus 1080p on the standard Galaxy S5) . The new screen also has better colour reproduction (Samsung claims the display covers 90% of the color gamut), faster response time, and better contrast ratio (0.01ms response time and 100,000:1 contrast ratio respectively).
The Galaxy S5 LTE-A is also the first smartphone in the world to come with the latest Snapdragon 805 processor. The processor has 4 cores running at 2.5GHz and is mated to 3GB of RAM.
Other than that, everything else about the Galaxy S5 LTE-A is unchanged from the original Galaxy S5 including the 16MP rear camera, 2MP front camera, heart rate and fingerprint sensor as well a dust and water resistant shell. The 2,800mAh battery and Android 4.4 KitKat is the same as well.
The Galaxy S5 LTE-A is available for South Korea only at the moment and it sells for 940,500 Won which is about RM2,970 — pricey.
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Cheap and cheerful devices are abundant in our local mobile scene and if you’re looking for an affordable Android smart phone with 4G LTE, you can expect Motorola to release its Moto G with 4G LTE in Malaysia very soon. The Moto G 4G LTE edition which carries the model XT1039 has been spotted in SIRIM database which indicates its imminent launch locally.
Like the current Moto G, it carries the same impressive 4.5″ IPS HD 720p display with 1.2GHz Quad-Core Snapdragon 400 processor that’s mated to 1GB RAM. It isn’t clear what storage options will be available but both 8GB and 16GB models are now expandable with a microSD slot. For imaging, it gets an average 5MP main camera and a front facing 1.3MP camera. Like the current crop of Moto models, you can be sure that this will be rocking the latest Android 4.4.3 KitKat.
Another key difference with its previous Moto G is that the new 4G LTE model that’s being certified only comes with a single SIM slot. Pricing is still unknown at this point and if Motorola aims to stay ahead of the cheap and cheerful game, it shouldn’t be priced far off from its current RM600-800 price range. The current Dual-SIM Moto G is seeing some price reduction with some online retailer offering the 16GB unit at RM659.
Special thanks to NightFelix for keeping an eye out on this.
Acer Malaysia today has announced a couple of new devices that’s focused at portability. The star of today’s announcement is their new Aspire Switch 10 which is a 2-in-1 hybrid notebook that offers 4 modes for touch, typing, viewing and sharing. With growing demand of capable tablets at an affordable price, they have also announced the Acer Iconia One 7 and Iconia A1-830 tablets that are priced below RM600. All 3 devices are powered by Intels’ Atom processors.
Today the Oppo Find 7a has received a software update which upgrades its ColorOS from v1.2.0i to v1.2.1i. Weighing in about 290MB in size, the update fixes a couple of bugs and stability issues with power consumption.
Interestingly, the new ColorOS 1.2.1.i also introduced several new features as well, notably a new Voiceprint unlocking which is pictured above. Within the set up description, it claims that everyone has a unique voice print similar to fingerprints. The set up is done by recording a preset voice password five times to identify your unique voice print. With this, your voice is now turned into an unbreakable private code which could be as secured as fingerprint unlocking.
We haven’t tested this yet and we are curious if it can be fooled easily like the face unlock feature on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Of course, what are the chances of anyone getting an audio recording of you saying Hello Oppo or OK Oppo? Also new is the support for Smart Covers which could be introduced soon.
Check out more screenshots including the change log of the update after the break.
Smart Phones have enabled everyone to share epic moments through social media. If uploading pictures isn’t real-time enough, the Sony Xperia Z2 is now capable of live streaming over YouTube. This allows you to share epic moments in real time video either publicly or within a private group.
Previously Sony had a similar feature called Social Live on the Xperia Z1. While the idea is good, it requires a separate Facebook app which isn’t as accessible as YouTube that’s more widely available.
The YouTube Live feature is exclusively available for the Xperia Z2 and you can download the “Live On YouTube” app from the Google Play Store.