For those obsessed with ultra-thin smart phones, Gionee is having a razor thin 5.0mm smart phone with their upcoming GN9005 model. Initially caught during its certification process, the device is now spotted in a fresh batch of leaked photos.
Seen in black colour, the GN9005 is said to be having a mid-spec offering with a 4.8″ HD 720p display and a quad-core 1.2GHz processor with 1GB of RAM. It is also rumoured to be packing a decent 2,050mAh capacity battery, a 8MP main camera and a front facing 5MP unit. So far there isn’t any new information on its launch or hardware spec.
With a mid-spec offering, it would be hard to justify the GN9005 is it is positioned as a premium device. Their previous ultra-slim offering is the Gionee Elfie S5.5 at 5.5mm thick. In Malaysia, the thinnest smart phone with 4G LTE available right now is the Huawei Ascend P7 at 6.5mm.
The Xiaomi online sale in India is done via a third party site called Flipkart and it certainly raises a few questions on the legitimacy of Xiaomi’s gone in a flash sales performance. As comparison in other countries, Xiaomi sells their products directly at their Mi Store while in the Philippines, they are partnering with Lazada where it offers one of the best fulfilment with same day delivery.
Before its initial flash sale in India last week, FlipKart had open pre-registration for the Mi 3 and it claimed to have over 100,000 users registered. During sales day, the servers were plagued with issues and those who had taken the effort to pre-register were merely given a chance to join in the queue and not guaranteed a unit.
To make matters worse, they didn’t reveal specific sales figures in the last 2 sales which adds to the frustration of potential buyers. Some were suggesting that only 5,000 units were available during each sales. That’s very little for the 2nd biggest country in the world. In the last sale on Tuesday in India, Xiaomi claims to have insanely sold out their Mi 3 in just 5 seconds. You can watch the video of their Mi 3 page that goes out of stock in just matter of seconds after the break.
HTC used to be in the business of making Windows Phones. When Windows Phone 7 was released 4 years ago, HTC had introduced 5 different models. 2 years later, they had released their polycarbonate based Windows Phone 8X and 8S which were considered Microsoft’s signature Windows Phone 8 devices at that time.
While Nokia has been dominating the Windows Phone segment, HTC is not throwing the towel just yet as they are set to introduce a new Windows Phone device next month on August 19. They have sent out media invites and word has it that it will be heavily based on their current HTC One M8 flagship device. In terms of naming, it could be called as the HTC One W8. When it comes to premium smart phone design, the HTC One M8 has been holding on to its title rather well. Like the saying “if ain’t broken, don’t fix it”, HTC is just reusing the same device but with a different operating system running on board.
So it is safe to expect 3 metallic colour options (Gold, Silver, Gunmetal Grey), 5″ Full HD display, Quad-Core Snapdragon 801 processor with 2GB of RAM and storage options of either 16GB or 32GB capacity. So far there’s no word on its camera and it will be interesting to see whether they would opt for its 4MP Duo Camera set up or a mainstream 13MP shooter. Out of the box, the new device would be running on the latest Windows Phone 8.1 and apparently it will also have support for its proprietary Dot View Case.
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A couple of weeks back, several Taiwanese sites had reported that the Redmi Note smart phone has been secretly sending personal information such as contacts, text messages and photos to servers in China. This had certainly cast a doubt on its user privacy stand especially with the Redmi Note has been selling well worldwide. Xiaomi takes such allegation seriously and they had strongly clarified that Xiaomi does not transmit any personal information without permission of its users.
Its MIUI operating system does occasionally made contact with its servers hosted in China from time to time for syncing the latest preset messages and OTA updates. When it comes to personal information, the device does back up your contacts, messages and photos if a user opts to use their MiCloud, which is similar to Apple’s iCloud or Google’s Cloud backup system. If MiCloud is not enabled, your personal info will not be synced to their servers online.
Since the discovery was made on a Chinese site, they had released its Q&A in Chinese last week. Head after the break for the clarification in English.
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Plasticky phones are normally frown upon and that’s why more manufacturers are turning to metal for their premium smart phone. We’ve seen HTC going for a metal-clad body construction and Sony using metallic frame all round for a solid feel. Samsung which has been trying to shed its plasticky outlook is about to release a metal smart phone of their own with the new Samsung Galaxy Alpha which is now said to be announced next Monday, 4th of August.
The device will use metallic frames at the sides instead of the usual chrome-plated plastic. In terms of design, it is unmistakeably Samsung with its usual rectangular home button and a perforated back cover which made its debut on the Galaxy S5. The screen is said to be confirmed with a 4.8″ HD 720p unit, which makes it a mid-spec smart phone. There’s 32GB on-board storage which is non-expandable while the back is seen to have heart rate sensor as well. You can view the detailed leak shots over here.
With the Galaxy Note 4 launching on the following month in September, the Galaxy Alpha is expected to be a mid-tier model that’s positioned between the Galaxy S5 and the Galaxy S5 mini. All that matters now is the price. It is going to be tricky as they can’t be pricing this the same as the Galaxy S5 and anything lower would mean that it will face off other affordable flagship models that are mostly from China.
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Is a two-camera set up better than one? The guys at PhoneArena had compared the Duo 4MP Ultrapixel cameras of the HTC One M8 against its new One E8 that comes with a mainstream 13MP shooter. The One E8 is the affordable answer of its One M8 where it swaps metal for plastic and it is coming very soon to Malaysia. With a single camera, the One E8 would be lacking the uFocus feature where you can change the focus area after the shot is taken with the One M8.
Drilling down to its camera specs, the Duo Camera set up on the One M8 is has a 1/3″ sensor that shoots 4MP pictures with a bigger f/2.0 aperture and 2 micron pixel size. Meanwhile, the One E8 has a similar 1/3″ sensor size but it takes pictures at a higher 13MP resolution. It gets a smaller f/2.2 aperture and each pixel is about 1.12 microns. On paper, the One E8 is gonna take a hit when it comes to low light photography but it should get greater details from its higher pixel count.
The latest Android 4.4.3 KitKat update is now rolling out to HTC One M8 users in Malaysia. It is over 650MB in size and we recommend updating the software using WiFi.
Apart from the usual security and stability updates, the software also improves the One M8’s wireless connectivity as well as tweaks to its native apps including Camera, Gallery and Settings. If you haven’t received any notification, you can check manually at Settings > About > Software on your phone.
Thanks @en_kermit for the tip!
If taking Selfie is too passé, the Huawei Ascend P7 with its “Groufie” (Panorama Selfie) mode might be what you’re looking for. It is now available from Celcom from as low as RM688 on contract. Retailing at RM1499 outright, the Ascend P7 offers 4G LTE in a super slim and premium body of just 6.5mm. If you haven’t seen it yet, you can check out our hands-on with the Ascend P7 here.
Also available is the Honor 3X, which is the bigger brother of the Honor 3C that’s priced at RM1,099. It gets a large 5.5″ HD 720p display with 1.7GHz Octa-Core processor from MediaTek and it is mated to 2GB RAM. There’s also expandable 16GB of storage, 13MP + 5MP cameras, 3,000mAh capacity battery and support for dual-SIM cards.
The bundled pricing for both devices are as follows with 24 months contract.
Huawei Ascend P7
Celcom First One Plan 3GB (RM68/month) – RM838
Celcom First One Plan 5GB (RM88/month) – RM688
Huawei Honor 3X
Celcom First One Plan 3GB (RM68/month) – RM538
During sign up, there’s an upfront payment of RM500 required for First One Plan 3GB and RM600 for First One Plan 5GB. The advance payment will be rebated back to your monthly bills across 10 months.
For more information, head over to their Huawei promo page.
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The Mi 3 had went on sale in Malaysia for about 2 months now and if you still struggling to purchase a unit, Xiaomi is now offering an easier solution. For the first time in Malaysia, they are offering a pre-sale of the Mi 3 where you can purchase a unit without the mad rush of a flash sale. It is happening at 12PM tomorrow (31st July) at their Mi Online store. If you look at the image above carefully, you will notice a fine line of text at the top and bottom where they are giving out extra freebies through their Facebook page.
According to Xiaomi, there’s no rush and all you need to do is to make a payment immediately at 12PM. The only catch is that you would need to wait a little longer for the phone and depending on demand, it can take up to 4 weeks. A typical order during its weekly flash would normally take about 6-8 working days to be delivered. They didn’t mention any sales duration and it is likely there’s a closing time for the sale.
Outright, the Mi 3 is priced at RM769 for the 16GB capacity version and if you opt for the Essentials Bundle, it would cost a total of RM805 which comes with additional screen protectors and Flip Case. To get to know the Mi 3 better, you can check out our unboxing and hands-on video.
The Mi 4 is currently their latest pride an joy with better hardware and premium exterior design. If you compare both Mi 4 and Mi 3, the Mi 3 is still the thinnest and lightest among its current Xiaomi smart phones. In China, the Mi 4 has gone on sale but only in 3G variant for China Unicom. A 4G model will be made available in September but that only supports TDD-LTE which is commonly used in China. For the rest of the world including Malaysia, Xiaomi will be releasing a 4G FDD-LTE version and they are targeting that for year end release.
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Following the Nokia Lumia 1320, its higher-spec brother the Lumia 1520 too is receiving its Lumia Cyan update. Microsoft has also just updated their availability list with a total of 4 Lumia models currently up to date with the latest Windows Phone 8.1.
If you haven’t received any notification yet on your Lumia 1520, you can check manually under Settings > Phone update.
Thanks @Steady2Twit for the alert!