Honor, the e-commerce sub-brand of Huawei will be releasing its new Honor 4X in Malaysia. This is their mid-range 64-bit smart phone that supports dual-SIM and 4G LTE.
At the front, the 5.5″ screen pushes a modest HD 720p resolution and under the hood, it comes in two 64-bit processor variants – 1.2GHz Quad-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 and a 1.2GHz Octa-Core Hi-Silicon Kirin 620 version. Whichever model that comes, it gets a generous 2GB of RAM and 8GB of on-board storage which can be extended with microSD.
For imaging, it gets a similar 13MP Sony BSI main + 5MP selfie cams as the Honor 6. Keeping the lights on is a decent 3,000mAh capacity battery which claims to last up to 3 days. At time of writing, it still runs on Android 4.4 KitKat with its latest EMUI 3.0 on top. Overall, the Honor 4X is 8.65mm thick and it weighs 170g.
With its imminent launch happening soon, Honor Malaysia has started its registration of interest. Pricing wise, do expect it to be competitively priced like its Honor 6. In China, the Kirin version of the Honor 4X is priced from 799 CNY, which is about RM469 when converted directly. This could possibly give the Redmi 2 (RM449) a serious run for its money.
Check out some hands-on photos of the Honor 4X after the break.
Sony had disposed its VAIO computer brand last year in a bid to focus more on mobile device and other various services. Under its new owners (Japan Industrial Partners), the VAIO brand has finally released a smart phone of its own and it looks like nothing from the current Sony Xperia line up. Instead of getting help from Sony, the VAIO phone is basically a rebadge of a Panasonic Eluga U2 smart phone.
On paper, the VAIO phone is quite a mid-range device with a 5″ HD 720p display and a 1.2GHz Quad-Core Snapdragon 410 processor with 2GB of RAM. There’s also 13MP + 5MP cameras and a decently sized 2,500mAh capacity battery. Out of the box, it runs on the latest Android 5.0 KitKat with a plain vanilla OS. Design wise, it does look like a Nexus 4 at first glance.
Like its current new laptops, the VIAO phone is only sold within Japan at 51,000 yen (about RM1,550). It will be released first on Japan telco b-Mobile on 20th March.
The Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge are probably the best Android smart phones right now but it loses out in one area – water resistance. The previous model, the Galaxy S5 came with IP67 rated dust and water resistance but Samsung has decided to do away with it on the latest model for a more premium look and feel.
If you need a phone that you can take to the swimming pool, Samsung will be introducing its waterproof Galaxy S6 Active version very soon. Word has it that the rugged smart phone (SM-G890A) will make its debut soon on US operator AT&T. Spec-wise, it retains the same hardware under the hood, with a 5.1″ Quad HD display and a 14nm Exynos 7420 Octa-core processor that’s mated to 3GB of RAM. Its on-board storage is 32GB in capacity and it also gets a similar 16MP + 5MP cameras as its non-water resistant sibling.
Probably the biggest advantage would be its battery, which claims to be a larger 3,500mAh capacity unit. That’s almost 1,000mAh more than the normal Galaxy S6 (2,550mAh) and Galaxy S6 edge (2,600mAh). With its frugal processor and power efficient Universal Flash Storage, the Galaxy S6 Active could possibly last up to 2 days on a single charge.
Being an “active device”, the upcoming model would come with some rugged finishing to withstand the elements. As a result, it would be slightly thicker (8.8mm) than the 6.8mm side profile of its Galaxy S6. For a more practical experience, we hope Samsung would go with a flapless design for its microUSB port just like the HTC Butterfly 2 and recently announced Xperia M4 Aqua.
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If HTC’s One M9 is too small or too bulky, worry not, for the M9’s larger cousin the HTC’s One E9 has been leaked by Chinese regulators. So far the recent leaks point more towards a marginally larger 5.2″ for the bigger One smartphone, but this latest leak talks about a 5.5″ model.
The HTC One E9 seems to sport a flatter Desire-Eye style body, having ditched the curved back that’s featured on the M9. If the specs are accurate, the HTC One E9 will have a QHD 2660 x 1440 screen which could be a sign that a larger One M9 Plus or M9 Max could be released with a larger display, 2GHz MediaTek octa-core chip, 3GB RAM, 32GB memory with MicroSD support and a 20 megapixel rear snapper.
The “standard version” could also possibly ship with a 13 megapixel front camera while a “higher end” version could carry a low light 4 MP UltraPixel camera like the One M9, which is interesting considering that the E-series is usually seen as the economy version of the HTC One M series smartphones. One of the previous E models, the HTC One E8 had similar specs to the One M8 but was significantly cheaper by RM 700, so it’s safe to assume that the One E9 would be significantly cheaper than the One M9 as well.
Time will tell if the leaks are true.
Not too long ago we spotted ZTE’s Nubia Z9 leaked in the promotional photoshoot image above.
We didn’t get to see it at MWC 2015 as originally predicted, but now we have some specs of the upcoming Nubia flagship smartphone from an AnTuTu benchmark pass of a device codenamed NX510J that’s believed to be the Nubia Z9.
According to the specifications listed; the Z9 will have a 5.2-inch display with a 1080 x 1920 resolution with a pixel density of 424 ppi, an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor mated to 3GB RAM. It will also have a 16 megapixel rear camera as well as an 8 megapixel front selfie snapper while running on Android 5.0.2 Lollipop.
Of course the outlines specs could very well be the Nubia N9 mini or Z9 Max, if ZTE is continuing with their current strategy in releasing three flagship devices per cycle.
Samsung has expanded it’s ultra rugged Xcover line of smartphones with it’s latest member; the Galaxy Xcover 3. Adhereing to MIL-STD 810G specifications that makes the smartphone ultra though by letting it withstand falls of up to 1.2 meters and with a IP67 rating, this phone can take both high falls and a dunking to a meter of water of up to 30 minutes.
The smartphone is a little chunkier than it’s sleeker brethren but it still manages to be relatively thin at 9.95mm with all that armor, weighing at 154g.
Under the hood, the Xcover 3 will have a 4.5 inch WVGA display, 1.2GHz quad-core processor, 1.5GB RAM, 8GB internal memory that’s expandable via microSD slot, a 5 megapixel rear camera with underwater shooting mode support, 2 megapixel front camera, as well as an altimeter, compass, GPS, NFC and KNOX. The phone will also have LTE support and while it comes out out of the box with Android 4.4, it will be upgraded to Android 5.0 Lollipop at a later date.
The Samsung Galaxy Xcover 3 will be shown off at CeBit and will hit the market in April for about 275 euros (RM 1067).
More images after the break.
Apple may have sold more smartphones than Samsung has in the last quarter, but Samsung is still the king in terms of smartwatch sales.
In 2014, 89 companies sold 6.8 million smartwatches across the world, with the average price sweet spot working out at $189 (about RM 694). The Korean behemoth sold approximate 1.2 million units in 2014 alone, way ahead of competitors like Pebble and FitBit which only sold 700,000 and 600,000 smartwatches respectively. It could very well be due to Samsung’s well known aggressive marketing strategies or premium looks as the brand was one of the first to push for the luxury look and a curved screen.
It’s a bit early to say but will Apple be able to turn the tables with their new Apple Watch?
The latest Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge will be available globally starting on 10th April. While we can’t be sure if Malaysia will be having it on the same date, we now have some pricing details from several countries.
For the base Galaxy S6, you could expect a higher price than the Galaxy S5 (Launch price: RM2,399) due to its higher on-board storage of 32GB. We reckon that it could be priced around the current Galaxy Note 4 range of about RM2,499-RM2,600. If you’re eyeing for the dual curved display Galaxy S6 edge, be prepared to pay more than the iPhone 6 Plus.